老师用的委婉语

英国人的语言习惯,就算骂人,有时候,也可以挺客气的。

 在英国的中学里工作,老师骂学生的话,我听了不少,也学了不少。现在随便挑几个活生生的例子,供大家参考。 

最直接的说法,也是比较接近中国人的说话习惯的,就是用Don’t (不要):Please don’t be silly; don’t do that, please. (别捣蛋了,行不行?)

我更常听到的,是appreciate这个有趣的词儿. 老师会说: ‘I would not appreciate if you do that.’ (如果你怎么样怎么样,我会不悦—-就是叫你Please don’t 啦!) ‘It’s not appreciated.’ (我不喜欢你这么做). 

假设句也常听见: ‘I would appreciate if you weren’t to do that.’ (如果你做了…,我会不高兴。就是预先警告同学,请不要做不该做的事。)

 ‘如果我是你的话…’(If I were you, I would …)

 ‘不行!’‘不对!’ 比较委婉的说法有:It won’t be a clever idea to …; It’s not a good idea to…

 说话中,也会加上I’m afraid 的话,让句子听起来没那么刺耳: ‘I’m afraid it is a wrong answer.’ (听起来,感觉很接近:“很抱歉,这个答案不正确。”)

 行为错误!—‘It shouldn’t be necessary; that was not necessary…’ ‘It’s inappropriate.’

 要表达don’t’的方式,真的有很多。感觉上,句子越长,就相对越委婉。还有一些例子,有机会再分享。

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3 thoughts on “老师用的委婉语”

  1. 风清扬最强大的武功就是以无招胜有招,无招本身就是招。

    骂人如果可以很委婉,对真正“听得懂”&“懂得”的人来说,那是有更大的杀伤力的。而,我们,往往喜欢以暴制暴。是以自我为中心的,而你说的好像是以对方为中心。。。

  2. 是咯,对敏感度不够的人,不一定听得出来。
    我男人在伦敦街头就被”提醒“了三次:”No, I’ve told you three times ….”
    当时我们问旅游巴士的职员关于跳上跳下巴士的事。他只肯回答你向前走转右!其他都不肯答了,很忙的样子,可是没什么其他客人的,除了我们。我们的认知,身为职员,他一定乐于提供咨询。他的立场,那不关我的事。
    英国人不喜欢强逼人也不喜欢被强逼。

  3. I say things like: I need you to get started on the work, I can see some really good work over here.

    I try not to say why, and say ” have you started…, what should you be doing? “. With pupils in this country, we need to give precise, polite instructions that convey a clear expectation. It is true not to say stop, and don’t….

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