English 中文网 漫画网 爱新闻iNews 翻译论坛
当前位置: Language Tips> 译通四海> 翻译服务

Talk the walk

[ 2009-10-14 17:15]     字号 [] [] []  
免费订阅30天China Daily双语新闻手机报:移动用户编辑短信CD至106580009009

Talk the walk

Reader's question:

Talk the Walk Brazil, which just won the 2016 Olympics, wants to be a global power. So why won't it act like one? Could you explain “talk the walk”?

My comments:

Professional boxers are often seen to promote their upcoming fights by talking big, that is, by bragging about their own chances of winning and belittling opponents. That’s called “talk the talk”. Then they step into the ring to fight. That’s when they have to “walk the walk” - walk referring to the way boxers dance around in the ring.

If they fail to win the bout, they’re said to have failed to “walk the walk”.

Hence, people often ask those who talk a lot: “You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?”

In the above example, the author simply asks Brazil to act upon its promises to be a global power.

In other words, do not talk - do something!

Related stories:

To say the least

In that vein

The devil you know…

Right out of the gate


Up the ante

loose ends

Nose-bleed section

Off the rails

Keeping up with the Jones's

Benefits package

Closed-door talk

March Madness


Go to Zhang Xin's column


About the author:

Zhang Xin has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.