Emoticons 表情符號

更新時間 2012年 11月 6日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間09:44

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

(Helen bursts into the studio)

Rob: What's happened Helen? You don't look very happy.

Helen: Of course I'm not happy. 我剛剛看到你的電子郵件說如果我不趕快來錄音室你就不等我自己主持了...

Rob: That's right.

Helen: And then 你寫的是: "有我這動聽的聲音,誰還會想到你呢." That's a horrible thing to say, Rob! 你太過分了!

Rob: Well, it would be horrible if it was a serious message. But haven't you noticed my emoticon at the end of the message?

A smiley emoticon and a winking emoticon

What did Rob put in his email to make it more jokey?

Helen: Emoticon? I have the message printed out here... 對了我看到了,這不一個冒號,一個破折號,最後是一個後括號,看上去嗎是個笑臉兒 a smiley face... Yes沒錯,是個笑臉。It's an emoticon 原來你是在開玩笑!:-)

Rob: Yes. Emoticons were created precisely for this purpose, to avoid misunderstandings like the one we've just had. I wrote my message as a joke and you took it seriously...

Helen: That's right. 最近有篇報道說 emoticons 表情符號是30年前由美國匹茲堡卡內基梅隆大學的一位教授首創的. Emoticon 這個英語單詞是 emotional 情緒和 icon 符號合併組成,也就是表情符號。

Rob: It also indicates if a message is serious or a joke. When you speak, you can express if you are serious about what you are saying but sometimes it is difficult to achieve this on paper. Listen to some verbal examples.

  • (angry) "I don't like to go to the cinema with you. You always fall asleep and end up snoring loudly."
  • (jokingly) "I don't like to go to the cinema with you. You always fall asleep and end up snoring loudly!"

Helen: That's right, Rob. 在你講話的時候你可以通過語調來表達你的意思,但是在書寫時就很難以同樣的方式來表達。

Rob: But it's good to point out that emoticons are still an informal sort of message. It might not look good if you use them in a message to your boss or include them in your CV.

Helen: 說的好。這點一定要記住,表情符 emoticons 是很隨便的一種表達,不能用在正式場合,比如給老闆的郵件或個人履歷表。We should be careful when using emoticons.

Rob: Emoticons have become so popular that there are over a hundred of them. Some with a proper round yellow face.

Helen: 既然我們消除了誤會 misunderstanding, 我們是不是應該出去慶祝一下表情符 emoticon 發明30週年呢,至少應該喝杯咖啡,吃塊蛋糕吧。

Rob: And let's celebrate our friendship too. A friendship saved by an emoticon and a smiley face. Bye.

Helen: Bye.

Rob: Now, Helen, your voice is really beautiful, actually.

Helen: And so is yours, Rob. 你應該去當一位歌唱家吶。

Rob: And so should you. Your voice is so melodic...

Helen/Rob: (sing together)

Rob: Beautiful!

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