今日主題：Are you a winner? / 你是贏家嗎？
Hello I’m Rob. Welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m joined today by Neil. Hello Neil.
Now Neil, I have a question for you – do you think you are a winner?
You mean someone who has a lot of success in everything?
Well, not exactly – I’m just talking about competitions – do you have a lot of success or luck in winning them?
Competitions? No, not at all. I don’t think I’ve ever won a competition.
Ah, bad luck. That means you’re not a ’comper’. That’s an informal name for someone who takes part in – or enters – competitions on an almost semiprofessional basis. They spend a lot of time trying to win something
You mean winning prizes – or free gifts.
I do. And Neil, you could win a prize if you can correctly answer today’s question. So, are you ready?
Well, a lottery is one kind of competition where the prize is money. The biggest cash prizes can be won in the USA – but do you know what the biggest ever cash prize to be paid in America is? Is it: a) $590 million b) $890 million c) $1 billion
Well, things tend to be big in America, so I’m going to go for c) $1 billion dollars.
I’d like to win that. We’ll find out if you are right or wrong later on. So let’s talk more about ‘compers’ – people who regularly take part in competitions. We could say they are hooked on – meaning addicted to – taking part.
Yes, the lure – or attractiveness – of winning big prizes means these people just can’t stop answering quiz questions, writing slogans and captions or solving puzzles.
是的，誘惑 — — 或贏得大獎品的吸引力 — — 意味著這些人一直不停地回答測驗問題、書寫標語和題注或解決謎題。
Some people go to great lengths – or put a lot of effort into winning something – even if it’s just a box of chocolates or a coffee mug. It’s just the excitement of winning.
But sometimes there are big prizes to win – a new car, a speedboat or a holiday of a lifetime. The only problem is that these prizes are either not easy to win or there are millions of people trying to win them.
I’ve certainly never won anything as fantastic as that – but one man who has had plenty of good luck is Martin Dove, who is a retired lecturer and an expert ’comper’.
He certainly is. He’s won a yacht, a racehorse and lots of smaller prizes too. Let’s hear from him now. Listen out for the names he says people have called him…
I’ve been a comper for 40 years. It’s like admitting some addiction isn’t it really! Some people have called me the Master of Comping, the King of Comping, the Guru of Comping, but it’s just a word, it’s just a phrase, it’s just I was fairly high-profile.
作為“比賽者”我已經做了40年了。就像是有癮，不是嗎，真的！有些人叫我Master of Comping，King of Comping， Guru of Comping，但這僅僅是一個詞，一個短語，這只是因為我相當引人注目。
So, he says he was fairly high-profile – that means he was often seen in public, mentioned in newspapers, or appeared on television. And because he was high-profile he got called a few nicknames…
…names like the master of comping – so someone who is very good or skilled at it. And the king of comping – not an actual royal king but someone is the best at doing something. And the guru of comping – that’s someone who other people respect and go to for advice about comping.
像the master of comping--意思是一個人非常擅長什麼。the king of comping -雖然並不是真正的皇家國王，但指某人做某事做的最好。還有the guru of comping--是一個人很受他人尊敬，並向他尋求比賽的意見。
Well, he knows his stuff and he still checks out competitions on cereal boxes and crisp packets for the next big win. He’s even written books on the subject and offered advice to other compers.
But comping has changed, Rob. There are lots of competitions to enter on the internet now. Every webpage you look at seems to tempt us with a fantastic prize to be won.
That’s true. But Martin Dove doesn’t think that is necessarily a good thing. Can you hear why?
The thing is now competitions are far easier to enter than they ever were. In the old days I could spend a fortnight crafting a slogan and really working hard and really being proud of it. Now all you have do is ’click, click, click, click, click’ and because it only takes 30 seconds to do, 20 minutes you can knock out 40 competitions. And you can get a million entries now, so it’s a million to one.
So, competitions online are easier to enter – you just have to click. Martin said he could enter about 40 competitions in just 20 minutes!
But because it’s so easy, more people enter and so the odds – or chances of winning are less. Sometimes, a one in a million chance of winning – a very rare or unlikely chance. I wonder what your chances are of getting today’s question right Neil?
One in three maybe?
Maybe! Well, earlier I asked you what is the biggest ever cash prize to be paid out in a lottery in the USA? Is it: a) $590 million b) $890 million c) $1 billion
I said it was c) $1 billion.
And you are wrong. It’s actually only $590 million; that was won by an 84-year-old woman in Florida last year. Neil, what’s the biggest prize you’ve ever won?
I think I once, about 10 years ago, won ?10 on the British National Lottery.
Wow, that’s a big win! Well, for getting today’s question wrong you get the consolation prize of reminding us of some of the words that we’ve heard today.
OK, we heard: Luck; comper; prizes; Lottery; hooked on; the lure; slogans; high-profilemaster; guru; the odds; one in a million
好的，我們聽到的有：Luck--運氣；comper比賽者；prizes--獎勵；Lottery彩票；hooked on--著迷；the lure--誘惑；slogans--口號；high-profile--非常引人注目；master--（這裡指）一個人非常擅長某事；guru--受人尊敬，人們向其諮詢事情（贏得比賽）；the odds--幾率；one in a million--百萬分之一。
OK. Thanks Neil – you really are a winner. Well, we hope you’ve enjoyed today’s programme. Please join us again soon for 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English.