Neil: This is Real English from BBC Learning
English. I’m Neil.
Helen: 嗨，大家好，我是 Helen。
Neil: Today we’re going to look at words and phrases
that have recently become part of the English language.
Neil: Today’s new expression is trophy wife.
Helen: Trophy wife，在 wife 前面加个 trophy，这是什么意思呢？
Neil: Well, we all know what wife means.
Helen: Wife 我敢肯定，人家都知道这就是妻子，老婆的意思。
Neil: And a trophy is a medal, something you can show
off to your friends and family.
Helen: 嗯，trophy 的意思也挺简单的，就是奖章，奖杯的意思。但是它和 wife
Neil: A trophy wife is a beautiful, young wife that
proves you have been successful, as a businessman, for example.
Helen: 哦，我明白了。A trophy wife
Neil: Well, it’s an informal word, and it is a
negative thing to say about somebody.
Neil: Yes. Don’t say "Ah, this is Helen. She’s my
A: Have you seen his wife? She’s very pretty, but she must
be 20 years younger than him!
B: At least! But you know John – he’s a millionaire. He
wanted a trophy wife to show off at parties, and she just wanted his money!
Neil: In the USA, many rich businessmen have trophy
Neil: Yes. In Beverly Hills you need a sports car, a
big house and a trophy wife.
Helen: I see. So could you see yourself having a
trophy wife, then, Neil?
Neil: I don’t think so!
Helen: Why not?
Neil: I want a woman who loves me. It shouldn't matter
if I’m rich or poor.
Neil: Anyway, let’s recap – trophy wife – means a
young, attractive wife married to a successful, rich, often older man.
Helen: 那么 trophy wife
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Helen: See you next time.