Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei…
…and hello, I’m Rob. Erm, Feifei, why were you in the cafe with the boss earlier?
Come on. I saw you having lunch with the boss. Nobody ever has lunch with him.
OK, I admit it. I was having lunch with the boss. What’s wrong with that?
Well, we all know there is a promotion in the department on offer – and you are obviously trying to curry favour with the boss so that you get the job. Honestly!
Hold on. I can assure you I was NOT having curry with the boss – it was just a sandwich.
Feifei, if you ’curry favour with someone’ you are not eating curry. It means you are trying to get someone – the boss – to like you or even give you something. Something like a promotion.
菲菲，如果说你“curry favour with someone”，那并不是说你在吃咖喱。这是说你正试图让某人——也就是老板——看上你，或者说给你提供些什么，比如说升职。
I was not! But I like the expression.
OK. Well, let’s hear some examples of people currying favour with someone else…
I know what you’re up to! You’re trying to curry favour with the manager by telling her what a great job she’s doing!
The company tried to curry favour with its employees by giving them all a pay rise.
He’s trying to get free tickets to the gig by currying favour with the tour manager – it won’t work!
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we’re talking about the phrase ’to curry favour (with someone)’ which means ’to try and get someone to like you or give you something’.
这里是BBC地道英语，我们正在讨论短语“to curry favour (with someone)”的意思。这个短语是指讨好别人使别人看上你或者给你好处。
Another way of saying it is you are ’trying to keep in with’ someone.
还有一个与它意思相近的短语是“trying to keep in with someone”，和别人都搞好关系。
It’s all a bit false, Rob, trying to make someone like you - which is why I was NOT trying to curry favour with the boss.
You won’t get the promotion anyway.
We were actually talking about you!
He wanted my advice on whether he should give the promotion to you.
To me! Well, come on then, what did he say?
You’ll need to curry favour with me, if you want to know that!
How about dinner? I know a nice little curry house just round the corner.