Helen: Hello, welcome to Real English from BBC
Learning English. I’m Helen.
Oliver: 嗨，我是 Oliver。
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
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,
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
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
Oliver: Helen, did anyone ever call you a teacher’s
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.
Helen: A teacher’s pet. You’ve been listening to Real
English from BBC Learning English. Join us next time.