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Chris: Hi, I'm Chris, and welcome to Authentic Real English. It's a nice day here in London, so I've come outside to meet Helen. Ah, there she is! Helen, how are you?
Helen: I'm... fine... thanks.
Chris: What are you doing? What are you looking at?
Helen: Err... I'm looking up. 我不是在向上看嗎？
Chris: R-Right. But I can't see anything.
Helen: Neither can I. 我也沒看到什麼東西。
Chris: Have you seen an aeroplane or something?
Helen: Not sure.
Chris: Or maybe a bird?
Helen: Well, apparently things are looking up.
Chris: Things are looking up?
Helen: Yes, 我的同事 Rosie 告訴我過去3天都出了太陽，她說 things are looking up. 所以我也就跑出來看看天上到底有什麼。
Chris: Ah, I think you've misunderstood. Rosie didn't mean that there are things up in the sky.
Helen: Really? Well, what do you mean? Rosie 不是說天上有東西可以看？
Chris: It's an expression. You use the phrase 'things are looking up' when you want to suggest that conditions are getting better or more positive.
Helen: Oh, right...
Chris: Here are some examples:
- My wife and I both found great new jobs last month, so things are looking up.
- Things are finally looking up now that he's recovered from his illness.
Helen: So when Rosie told me that things were looking up, she meant that the weather has been getting better at the moment. 原來 Rosie 是想告訴我天氣會越來越好。
Chris: Yes, she's suggesting that it looks like the weather in general is improving Well, what do you think? Do you think the weather is getting better?
Helen: So far, yes, yesterday was really hot. I hope it lasts for the weekend... But if things get worse, would you say, 'things are looking down'? 如果事情越來越糟，可不可以說 things are looking down?
Chris: Not really. Instead, you could say: "It's taken a turn for the worse".
Helen: It's taken a turn for the worse. That's a useful phrase.
Chris: Oh, but hang on... look at that black cloud in the sky. It looks like it might rain after all. Oh, that's typical English weather!
Helen: Oh great. 哎呀，一片烏雲飄過來了！Things really have taken a turn for the worse! Quick, let's get back to the office before it rains.
Chris: Yes, let's go! Do join us again for another edition of Authentic Real English. Bye for now!