Welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Rob, and I’m live here with the hero of the day, Feifei.
Thanks Rob. Hello everyone.
Now, let’s talk about that fantastic performance. BBC Learning English FC were two goals down, and then you came along and scored three times in the last ten minutes. How do you feel?
Well, it was really all down to the team. I was just the right person in the right place today.
A very modest answer, but the crowd are going wild about you. Just listen… It’s fair to say Feifei, you played a blinder!
Just doing my job. Though, as a proud BBC Learning English FC player, there is one thing I would like to say to the audience.
Of course, go ahead.
I’d like to explain that phrase you used - ‘to play a blinder’. ‘To play a blinder’ is a phrase used to describe an amazing display of skill, usually in sports, but also in other areas in life.
我想讲讲你刚用到的表达“to play a blinder”。这个表达多用于描述体育比赛中某人的表现特别精彩，有时也可以用于描述人们在日常生活和工作中的某些领域表现极佳。
Yes, not only did you play a blinder in the football game today, Feifei, you played a blinder with that definition! Listen to the crowd…
I’d like to add a little more, Rob. Why do we use the word ‘blinder’? Well, imagine you’re watching a dazzling performance – something so good it seems to shine brightly. The idea is that it’s so shiny, so dazzling, it could cause someone watching to go blind.
Like looking at the sun. Thankfully, it’s just an expression. If you’re watching or listening to this show, we’re sure your eyesight won’t be affected! Let’s have some more examples.
Theresa played a blinder today in the final. What a simply amazing performance on the tennis court.
Did you see Mexico beating Germany in the World Cup? Mexican forward Hirving Lozano played an absolute blinder!
Darren, what an awesome presentation! You played a blinder. I’m pretty sure we’ve just won some new clients.
You are listening to the English We Speak from BBC Learning English. Please notice that in the last example, we weren’t talking about sport. You can also play a blinder in a work or business context, or anything that involves skill and performance.
欢迎收听BBC地道英语节目。请大家注意最后一个例句，我们不是在谈论有关体育运动的话题。所以，在工作或事业场合，或其他需要技能和表现的环境中，也可以说某人“play a blinder”。
Well, Rob, I think we’ve both played a blinder today.
Thank you, thank you. Which reminds me… Hang on a second… let’s bring back the cheering crowd!
I love it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could have people cheering us just like that in real life?
And wouldn’t it be fantastic if, in real life, you were actually good at football!
Hey, come on! We both know I played a blinder – at least in the programme!