地道英語口語 Whistle-blower 告密者 - 英語口語
Helen: Hello, welcome to Real English from BBC Learning English. I’m Helen.
Helen: Today we’re going to look at words and phrases that have recently become part of the English language.
Zoë: 在今天的地道英語里，我們來學習一些當代英語中最新出現的詞匯，短語還有習慣表達。那 Helen, 咱們今天要學的新詞是什么呢？
Helen: Today’s new word is whistle-blower. That’s whistle and blower; whistle-blower.
Zoë: Whistle-blower. Whistle 就是吹口哨兒， blower 就是吹哨兒的人，把他們連在一起，是什么意思呢， Helen?
Helen: Well, listen carefully. A whistle-blower is someone who tells the government or the public that the company he works for is doing something wrong or illegal. It’s common in newspaper reporting.
Helen: I’ll give an example. Imagine you were working for a law firm, but you found out that the company was taking money from criminals and not telling the truth in court. What would you do?
Helen: So, you would be a whistle-blower.
Zoë: I see, a whistle-blower. 就是給公眾或者權威機構通風報信兒的人。
A: Why did you have to leave your job, Fred?
B: Well, I became a whistle-blower. The company wasn’t paying its taxes and I told the police. They closed the company as a result, and I lost my job!
Zoë: Would you become a whistle-blower, Helen?
Helen: Hmmm… yes. If the company was doing something illegal, I think I would have to say something. But I would be scared.
Helen: Well, you would probably lose your job for one thing, and if the company was doing something illegal they might do something bad to you, to keep you quiet.
Zoë: In that case, you have to be very careful.
Helen: Exactly. Anyway, let’s recap, whistle-blower is...
Zoë: Whistle-blower. 就是形容對于一些不法行為給公眾或者權威機構通風報信兒的人。
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