|Presenter Helen Hu was sometimes a teacher's pet at school.
Helen:Hello, welcome to Real English from BBC Learning English. I’m Helen.
Helen:Today we’re going to look at words and phrases that you might not find in your dictionary.
Helen:Today we are going to talk about being a teacher’s pet.
Helen:Yes, it’s an expression we often hear in schools, especially among students.
Oliver:那么请告诉我们 a teacher’s pet 究竟是什么意思呢？
Helen:The definition of a teacher’s pet usually refers to a student who is popular with the teachers, and probably not popular with fellow students.
Oliver:老师就是 teacher, a pet 就是宠物, 放在一起，这个短语就是说那些老师很喜欢或者说经常能得到老师特别照顾的学生。
Helen:And it’s not a particularly nice phrase to say to someone. It has a negative meaning.
A: How did you do in your essay?
B: I got an okay grade, but Mr Jones gave Sarah Evans top marks though.
A: I’m not surprised, she’s a teacher’s pet, you know. They always give her good marks.
Helen:Then other students might brand him or her a teacher’s pet.
Oliver:Helen, did anyone ever call you a teacher’s pet?
Helen:Once or twice. I was quite good at maths.
Oliver:And how did you react?
Helen:I just ignored their comments. I think my classmates were just jealous of my results.
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