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Feifei: Hello 大家好,欢迎收听《地道英语》。我是冯菲菲。

Neil: (Sounding distracted) Yeah, Hi, I'm err, Neil.

Feifei: Neil, what are you doing? Can we record this programme please?

Neil: Yes, sure, just a second. (Talking to himself) I still need to call the bank, turn off mobile data roaming, finish this script, buy mosquito repellent…

Bits and bobs 零七八碎

Neil needs to pack all his bits and bobs

Feifei: 你自言自语说什么呢? We need to record this programme!

Neil: Yes, I know, just a minute. (Carrying on talking to himself) Need to pick up the Euros, check-in, pack the bag…

Feifei: Neil! What on earth are you talking about?

Neil: Sorry Feifei. I'm trying to sort out some bits and bobs before I go on holiday tomorrow.

Feifei: Bits and bobs? What has Bob done? 奇怪了,Bob 这个人挺好的,怎么招惹你了?Why do you need to sort out Bob before you go on holiday?

Neil: No, no. I don't mean I need to sort out 'Bob'. The word 'Bob' here is not a person.

Feifei: It's not a person? 那 'bits and bobs' 在这里到底是什么意思呢?

Neil: In English, we use 'bits and bobs' to mean small things, or many different types of little jobs.

Feifei: 那也就是说你在去度假前还有很多零零碎碎地事儿要处理, 我明白了。原来bits and bobs 这个表达常用来指零碎的小东西或许多不同的乱七八糟的杂事儿。

Neil: Yes. Now let's hear some examples.

  • A: What are you doing tomorrow?
  • B: Nothing special, just a few bits and bobs.
  • Mum: Alex, can you tidy up all your bits and bobs?
  • Son: Okay.
  • A: Have you been to the shop round the corner?
  • B: No, I haven't. Is it good?
  • A: Aw, it's great – it sells all sorts of interesting bits and bobs.

Neil: Do remember 'bits and bobs' is an informal saying so we wouldn't use it in a formal situation.

Feifei: 注意 bits and bobs 是一个非正式的日常口语表达,通常在正式场合还应该避免使用。Neil, what about the phrase 'bits and pieces'? Is it the same as 'bits and bobs'?

Neil: Yes, 'bits and pieces' is another informal way of saying 'lots of small things'.

Feifei: Bits and pieces 也是一个非正式的表达,它的意思、用法和 bits and bobs 完全相同。Thank you, very helpful, Neil! (Panicking) Oh no, it's 7 o'clock. I need to go!

Neil: But we need to finish recording the programme...

Feifei: You can finish it Neil. I have to get all the bits and bobs for the party tonight before the shops close! Bye…

Neil: Err, OK. Well, maybe we can just finish it tomorrow? (Talking to himself again) I have got the visa, still need buy travel insurance and a guidebook. Ooh, must remember to ring my mum...