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Two Ticks 两秒钟/一会儿

Two Ticks 两秒钟/一会儿

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William: Hello and welcome to Authentic Real English, I'm William Kremer.

Wang Fei: And I'm Wang Fei. So how are you today?

William: Two ticks...

Wang Fei: What?

William: Give me two shakes, Wang Fei, I just need to...

Wang Fei: Eh? What's that?

William: I'll be with you in a jiffy...

Wang Fei: Jiffy. 什么是一个 jiffy? William, what are you talking about?

William: There, done now. I just needed to send a text.

Wang Fei: But what were all those ticks and jiffys?

William: Ahh, and shakes?

Wang Fei: Yes.

William: Well they're all expressions of time, Wang Fei. So they're ways of saying 'just a moment', or 'just a minute'.

Wang Fei: I see. 这都是说“一会儿”“稍等”的意思。我们下面听几个例子。

Example

A: Can you come and help me lift this sofa?

B: Yeah, I'll be with you in two ticks.



William: Two ticks. In English, we say clocks make this noise: tick tock, tick tock. So two ticks is just like saying two seconds.

Wang Fei: 哦!我明白了,two ticks 字面意思也就是说两秒钟。

Example

A: I said, can you come and help me here? It's too heavy for me.

B: Yes, yes. I'll be there in two shakes.



Wang Fei: Two shakes 摇两下?

Two Ticks 两秒钟/一会儿

How long is two shakes of a lamb's tail?

William: Yeah, the full phrase here is 'two shakes of a lamb's tail', but we shorten this to 'two shakes'.

Wang Fei: 摇两下羊的尾巴? 有时候英语的表达真是很奇怪!是不是?!

William: Yes, it can be! I guess that this is because lambs' tails shake very fast, so two shakes is a short time! And finally...

Example

A: Look Neil, this sofa isn't going to lift itself. Get a move on!

B: I know, I know. I said I'll be with you in a jiffy.

Wang Fei: In a jiffy. 那么 in a jiffy 也是“片刻”的意思是不是?!但是什么是 jiffy 呢?

William: Well, you know what, Wang Fei? Nobody is completely sure of the origin of this word. But it has been in use for over 200 years!

Wang Fei: 200 years! That's quite a long time. More than a jiffy!

William: Yes, and that's several billion shakes of a lamb's tail.

Wang Fei: Yes and all those ticks of a clock! Bye for now.

William: Bye bye.

Example

A: Are you going to help me with the sofa or not?!

B: What sofa? You need help with a sofa?