雞同鴨講──習近平「鼓勵」梁振英的英文怎樣說？｜A Chicken Talking To A Duck By Chatterbox
Following the recent meeting between the Chief Executive CY Leung and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Apec summit in Peru, many have speculated that Leung might have secured the support from the central government for his re-election bid next March.
Leung remains tight-lipped about what exactly was said or discussed between him and the president, but from the positive vibes he gave off, it was widely believed the president was happy with the overall performance of him and the administration, especially over the handling of the Legco oath-taking controversy. No matter what was said behind closed doors, Leung seems encouraged and happy with it.
From a spectator’s point of view, I thought it might be fun if we looked at the many different phrases we use in English to encourage and inspire people.
First you can describe someone as a pillar or tower of strength especially when they give support to someone in difficult times. This phrase carries a hint of admiration as well.
If someone comes to you for advice on whether to go ahead and do something when they are unsure themselves, you can say “give it a try”, “go ahead” or “go for it”. If you really want to put across a sense of certainty, you can say “go ahead, it’s worth a shot”, which will definitely boost their confidence.
Some English phrases tend to answer a question with a question, but it doesn’t mean you are unsure of what you’re saying. For example, you can say “why not”, “what are you waiting for”, “what’s holding you back” or “what do you have to lose”. With these phrases, the speaker may be raising a question but in fact they are putting the emphasis on the fact that further delay is not recommended.
But if you are the type who doesn’t want to leave any room for misinterpretation, you can opt to say “you have nothing to lose, just do it”. I believe it’s much better than saying “it’s totally up to you”, which is rather non-committal.
Other inspiring phrases I would encourage you to use as often as possible because they do give off good vibes. They are “follow your dreams”, “reach for the stars”, “believe in yourself” and “the sky is the limit”. They may sound a bit corny, but why not? They are motivating and positive, which is a good thing in life.
Don’t forget if someone is doing a great job or they have made improvement, be generous and offer some praise. The usual ones that we often hear include “keep up the good work” or “keep it up”. Other less common ones are “there you go” or simply say “that’s brilliant” or “I’m proud of you”.
If you want someone to keep going when the going gets tough, you can say “hang in there”, “keep pushing” or even better say “I am behind you 100 per cent”.
One last thing: don’t forget when you are delivering positive words, you must also act the part and be positive and confident in what you are saying. If you believe in yourself, you are half way there – this is also another good phrase to learn. Come on, you can do it. Go out and inspire someone. See you all next week.
首先，我們可以用「a pillar of strength」或「a tower of strength」這兩句含有敬佩意思的詞句來形容某人，特別是當他們向正在跨越難關的人伸出援手。相反，若然某人感到困惑，期望你能給他一些應否繼續向前、堅持下去的建議，你可以說「give it a try」、「go ahead」或「go for it」。要是你想再加強肯定的意味，不妨說「go ahead, it’s worth a shot」，這肯定能提升他們的自信心。
有些英語短語傾向以問題方式，來作為另一個問題的答案，不過，這不代表對自己的話沒有把握。例如「why not」、「what are you waiting for」、「what’s holding you back」或「what do you have to lose」，雖然這些話都提出了疑問，但實際上強調的是，千萬別要再延遲計劃了！
不過，如果你是那種「說話時不希望留有一絲被誤解的可能性」的人，「you have nothing to lose, just do it」這句話可能更適合你，起碼比意思含糊的「it’s totally up to you」要好吧。
其他鼓舞人心的短語還有「follow your dreams」、「reach for the stars」、「believe in yourself」及「the sky is the limit」，這幾句容易引起別人共鳴的說話，大家不妨多說。雖然是有點老土，但當中正面、積極的感覺，不就是人生不可或缺的東西嗎？
另外，如果某人表現優秀、有進步，就不要吝嗇你的讚美了，常用的稱讚語包括「keep up the good work」或「keep it up」，亦可說稍為少用的「there you go」或簡潔的「that’s brilliant」、「I’m proud of you」。
要是你希望某人在困難時可繼續前進，「hang in there」、「keep pushing」，甚至是「I am behind you 100 per cent」則可派上用場。
最後，鼓勵別人的同時，別忘了用正面、自信的態度說出以上的話，亦要在行動上支援對方呢。If you believe in yourself, you are half way there，相信自己，就是成功的一半──這也是另一句值得學習的短語。來，多勉勵你的朋友吧！下周再見！