Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei…
…and hello, I’m Rob. Feifei, why’s your hair wet – it’s not raining, is it?
No, Rob. I’ve just been for my swimming lesson. It was a bit scary, actually.
Well, for the first time, I swam into the deep end and couldn’t stand up. The lifeguard had to jump in and save me.
Oh dear, Feifei. It sounds like you were out of your depth!
天哪，菲菲。听起来这就是“out of your depth”！
Yes, I suppose I was.
Well, I’m out my depth too.
好吧，我现在也是“out my depth”。
What - you’re learning to swim too?
No, no, I’m struggling to complete this project about statistics that the boss has asked me to do. I know nothing about statistics and numbers – it’s just too difficult and I just can’t do it. So I am out of my depth.
Ah, I’ve got it. When you are out of your depth, it can mean you are in a difficult situation that you cannot cope with – it could be because a task exceeds your knowledge or ability.So it’s a bit like drowning in a situation – but not literally.
哦，我懂了。当你说“out of your depth”，意思就是你正处在一个无法处理的困难境地——可能是一项超出你知识或能力范围的任务。这就有点像被为某种状况烦恼——也不完全是这样。
Exactly. Let’s hear some examples…
I’m so out of my depth in this new job. I haven’t got a clue what to do!
When everyone started talking about politics I knew I was out of my depth, so I politely made my excuses and went home.
He was clearly out of his depth in the match – he lacked any skill and couldn’t even pass the ball!
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we’re talking about the phrase ’out of your depth’. It describes a situation that is too difficult for you, and you do not have the knowledge or ability to cope with it. Well, Rob, I may be able to save you! I love statistics and can help you out.
这里是BBC地道英语，我们正在讨论短语“out of your depth”的意思。这个短语指一个人因能力或知识有限，而无法处理的某种艰难状况。好吧，罗伯，或许我可以帮你！我喜欢数字，我可以帮你完成。
Oh that’s great! And I can help you improve your swimming.
Oh yes? How can you do that?
You can borrow my armbands so you’ll never sink, even in the deep end. You’ll never be out of your depth again!
Thanks, but I think I should learn to swim properly. Anyway, when do you need to complete this project for the boss by?
Oh. Come on then. We had better go and get on with it, otherwise the boss will throw you in the deep end! Bye.