一课译词:大材小用

2019.12.17

“大材小用[dà cái xiǎo yòng]”,汉语成语,意思是把大的材料用于小的用处(put fine timber to petty use),比喻人才使用不当,浪费人才,可以翻译为“make little use of a great talent,waste a talent on trivial job,put something big to small use”。

 

例句:

ràng nǐ dāng dǎ zì yuán shì dà cái xiǎo yòng
让你当打字员是大材小用。
The job of a typist is unworthy of your talents.

hěn duō rén jué de zì jǐ zài gōng zuò shàng bèi pò dà cái xiǎo yòng
很多人觉得自己在工作上被迫大材小用。
Many find themselves having to take jobs far beneath them.

jǔ lì lái shuō,rú guǒ dà xué bì yè shēng rèn wéi zì jǐ cóng shì de gōng zuò zhǐ xū yào gāo zhōng wén píng,tā men jiù huì rèn wéi zì jǐ shì dà cái xiǎo yòng le
举例来说,如果大学毕业生认为自己从事的工作只需要高中文凭,他们就会认为自己是大材小用了。
For example, university graduates would count themselves overqualified if they were doing work they believed called for nothing more than A-levels.

 

Editor: Jade

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