[ti:'Spoon-feeding' Not Just for Babies] [by:www.ljhzhm.tw] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [00:00.04] [00:07.72]Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. [00:17.08]Today, we talk about eating and comfort food [00:21.51]– those delicious favorites that make you feel good inside. [00:26.36]Comfort foods provide a sense of well-being [00:30.51]and are usually the foods that you enjoyed as a child. [00:36.12]Most cultures have one type of comfort food -- soup! [00:40.49]Whether hot or cold, meat or vegetable, thick or thin, [00:46.17]homemade soup is one of those dishes that can make you feel comforted and happy. [00:53.40]In most cases, you need a spoon to eat soup. [00:58.04]Eating it with a knife and fork would not work as well. [01:02.22]In fact, when a way of doing something does not work, [01:06.72]we can say it is like eating soup with a fork. [01:11.16]In other words, it is the wrong tool for the job. [01:15.92]Spoons are the best tool for eating soups and other treats, like ice cream. [01:22.09]That is, unless you are very young. [01:25.96]Babies cannot hold a spoon by themselves. [01:30.08]They are spoon-fed by parents or care-givers. [01:34.69]When we spoon-feed babies, we give them food. [01:38.78]But, we do not just push the food into their mouths and down their throats. [01:44.41]Babies should be fed slowly and carefully. [01:48.33]We don't want them to choke or hurt themselves from eating too quickly. [01:54.13]You may also have to spoon-feed others who cannot feed themselves. [02:00.52]However, food is not the only thing we spoon-feed. [02:05.27]We can also spoon-feed information. [02:09.20]Usually that information is very detailed or hard to understand. [02:15.70]So, we must explain it carefully. [02:19.88]When explaining something complex or detailed to others, [02:24.78]you may have to spoon-feed the information. [02:28.55]But never tell them that! [02:31.64]Nobody wants to be spoon-fed. [02:35.16]This term is a little insulting. [02:38.45]It means that they are unable to understand the information by themselves. [02:44.28]It must be given to them in small amounts like a baby eating food. [02:51.12]There is another way to use this expression. [02:54.15]When you spoon-feed someone you can also give them so many ideas [03:00.03]or opinions that they do not need to think for themselves. [03:04.60]So, it's not that the person does not understand. [03:08.67]It is that you are spoon-feeding them the information you want them to have. [03:15.44]There is yet another meaning of the word "spoon-feed." [03:19.12]It can also mean to "baby" or "spoil" someone by doing too much for them. [03:25.88]If someone is always spoon-fed, they will not learn how to take care of themselves. [03:33.64]Now, let's hear how to use the expression "spoon-fed." [03:39.04]The two people in this short conversation are city planners. [03:43.87]They have designed a new library. [03:46.94]But before they build, they must get the approval [03:50.75]from the local government, the city council. [03:53.70]And that is where they run into a problem. [03:58.28]Hey, I'm back from the meeting. [03:59.96]So, how did it go? Did the city council approve our plans for the new library? [04:05.14]I don't know. [04:06.10]What do you mean? You went to the meeting, right? [04:09.00]Yes. [04:09.80]And you explained our plans? [04:11.82]Well, yes. But they didn't seem to understand ... any of it. So, they postponed their vote. [04:18.33]Postponed? We don't have time for another postponement. [04:23.20]Did you go through all the details of the plan? [04:26.31]Yes. [04:27.32]Did you show them our budget? [04:29.00]Our numbers show that it will be cheaper to fix up the old, historic building [04:33.49]rather than building a new one. [04:35.66]Did you explain how our library will better serve the community? [04:39.89]Stop already! I spoon-fed every detail of our plan to them. [04:45.20]But they still decided to postpone their decision. [04:50.40]I will set up private meetings with each council member [04:54.12]and personally spoon-feed each detail to them... again. [04:59.16]Maybe then they will understand. [05:01.94]Um, I doubt it. [05:05.24]And that's all the time we have for Words and Their Stories. [05:08.76]Until next time ... [05:10.24]I'm Anna Matteo. [05:11.99]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 2019六合图库