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  • Hello. This is 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English.

    哈囉。這裡是BBC 6分鐘學英語。

  • - I’m Sam. - And I’m Neil.

    -我是Sam。- 而我是Neil。

  • It’s nice to see you, Neil! [smiley face],[high five], [fist bump]!


  • What’s this, Sam? Are you saying hello with emojis?


  • Yes, I am! In this programme, were entering the world of emojis, the small characters people use to show emotions in texts and emails.


  • Do you have a favorite emoji, Neil?


  • Mine’s the [crying tears of laughter] emoji.


  • I like the [smiling face with hearts] one, and with over three thousand emojis to choose from, there’s one for every occasion.


  • It’s one of the reasons why emojis have become so popular over the last twenty years.


  • They let people put back some of the human emotion that’s missing in written texts and emails.


  • Well be finding out more about emojis, and learning some related vocabulary, soon, but first I have a question for you, Neil.


  • It’s about the word "emoji" itself, which was invented in 1999 in Japan for the first internet-enabled mobile phones.


  • The name, "emoji," comes from the combination of two Japanese words, but which words?


  • Is the word "emoji" a combination of: (a) face and emotion (b) picture and character or (c) message and image?

    它是?(a) 臉和情感?(b) 圖片和字元? 或 (c)資訊和圖像?

  • I'll say it’s (a) face and emotion.

    我選(a) 臉和情感。

  • OK, Neil. Well find out if your answer gets a [thumbs up] at the end of the programme.


  • When we talk with someone face to face, we use physical gestures like smiling, laughing or nodding to show the other person how we feel.


  • But these gestures get lost in written communication.


  • That’s where emojis come in; they add feeling and emotion to online messages.


  • But not everyone is an emoji fan.


  • Some people believe that carefully chosen words are the best way of expressing yourself, and that emojis are affecting our ability to put feelings into words.


  • Here’s cognitive linguist, Professor Vyv Evans, author of a book about the language of emojis, explaining more to BBC Radio 4’s, Word of Mouth.

    這裡是一位撰寫表情符號語言的書的作者,認知語言學家Vyv Evans教授在BBC Radio 4’s,Word of Mouth 所作出的解釋。

  • A lot of people, you know, language-mavens, the grammar police and so on, or say... have this sort of jaundiced, prejudiced view about emoji that it's taking us back to the dark ages of illiteracy.


  • Bring back Shakespeare, and stick to the language of Shakespeare and all the rest of it.


  • But that fundamentally misunderstands the nature of communication.


  • Emoji is important.


  • In fact, it makes us more effective communicators in the digital age.


  • Vyv Evans describes people who don’t approve of emojis as the grammar police, a slang term referring to people who want to see formal language and grammar, what they call "correct" English written online.

    Vyv Evans說不認可表情符號的人是grammar police(文法警察),這是一個俚語,指的是那些想在網上看到正式語言和文法的人,那些他們所謂的「正確 」英語。

  • The grammar police criticise modern styles of English and like to correct other people’s mistakes in spelling and grammar.


  • According to Professor Evans, the grammar police have a jaundiced view of emojis.


  • They only see the negative side of them because of their own ideas and experiences.


  • What’s more, they think emojis are taking us back to the dark ages of illiteracy, when most people couldn’t read or write.


  • If someone refers to the dark ages, they mean a past time in history considered uncivilised, and characterised by ignorance.

    如果有人提到了dark ages(黑暗時代),指的就是歷史上一個被認為不文明、無知的時期。

  • But luckily for emoji fans, the grammar police are in the minority.


  • Over six billion emoji messages are sent around the world every day, with about 70 percent containing emotion-based characters like [smiley face] and [blowing kisses].

    世界各地每天有超過60億個表情符號資訊被發送, 其中約70%是含有情感的符號,如 [笑臉]和[飛吻]。

  • According to Professor Evans, emoji users are more expressive, more effective communicators.


  • So, could that be an advantage for someone looking for love online?


  • That’s what Michael Rosen, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s, Word of Mouth, wanted to find out.

    這便是Michael Rosen所主持的BBC Radio 4’s,Word of Mouth所想探討的。

  • Is it possible to startrelationship using emoji?


  • Well, there is research that’s been conducted by, the American-based dating site,


  • and what theyve found, based on their research, is that the people that use more emojis tend to be lucky in love, they have more success in terms of dating.


  • In the digital age, using emoji makes us more effective communicators... - More expressive. - More expressive, were better able to express our emotional selves,

    在數位時代,表情符號使我們成為更有效的溝通者。 - 更會表達。 - 更會表達,更能傳遞自我情感,

  • and people therefore stand to reasonif you use more emojis youre gonna get more dates!


  • For people who are dating, or starting a romantic relationship with someone, it seems that using emojis helps them be lucky in love, an expression meaning lucky in finding a romantic partner.

    對於正在約會的人,或正要和某人在一起,看來使用表情符號幫助他們 be lucky in love(在感情中的運氣更好),表示幸運找到了伴侶。

  • Emojis let us show our true personality, so Professor Evans says, it stands to reason, in other words, it seems likely to be true, that emoji users get more dates.

    Evans教授說,表情符號讓我們展示自己的真實個性,所以it stands to reason(這是有道理的),換句話說,這似乎是真的──表情符號使用者有更多約會機會。

  • And that’s a big [thumbs up] from me!


  • What about our question, Sam?


  • Did my answer get a [thumbs up] too?


  • In my question, I asked you which words combine to make up the Japanese word, "emoji."

    在我的問題中,我問你哪些詞組合成日語單詞 emoji。

  • And I guessed it was (a) face and emotion.

    然後我猜 (a) 臉和情緒。

  • Which was [sad face], the wrong answer, I’m afraid.

    答案是 [悲傷的臉],很抱歉答錯了。

  • In fact, "emoji" combines the words for "picture" and "character" in Japanese.

    事實上,「表情符號 」是以下幾個日文的結合:「圖片」和「字元」。

  • OK, let’s recap the vocabulary weve learnt about emojis, starting with the grammar police, people who want correct spelling and grammar online, and criticize those who don’t.

    好的,讓我們回顧一下我們所學到的關於表情符號的詞彙,從grammar police (文法警察)開始,表示想要網路中能使用正確拼寫和文法、並批評其他沒有這麼做的人。

  • If you have a jaundiced view of something, you only see the negative side because of your own bad experience with it.


  • "The dark ages" describes a period in history characterized by ignorance and a lack of progress.

    The dark ages(黑暗時代),描述了一個歷史中時期愚昧無知和沒有進步的時期。

  • If you are dating someone, you are spending time with them romantically, which means you are lucky in love, an expression meaning lucky in finding a romantic partner.

    如果你和某人約會,代表你與他們浪漫地共度時光,意味著you are lucky in love (你在感情上的運氣很好),意思是幸運找到另一半。

  • And finally, the phrase "it stands to reason," means that something seems likely to be true, or it makes sense.

    最後,it stands to reason(這句話是有道理的),意味著某些東西似乎是真實的,或者說是有意義的。

  • - Once again, our six minutes are up. Bye for now! - Bye!

    - 我們的六分鐘時間到了。下次見! - 再見!

Hello. This is 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English.

哈囉。這裡是BBC 6分鐘學英語。

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