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Ironic Phrases 讽刺用语

My question is, how to use the expressions 'you'll be lucky' and 'you should be so lucky'. Are they ironic?

Mu Yunyi, Jangsu, China

Today Jean Dong seems to be in a bit of a rush to get to the post office.

Will she get there before it closes? Will she be lucky?

But as Jean discovers, when English speakers say 'you'll be lucky' it doesn't mean you will be lucky. Neither does it mean 'good luck'.

So what does it mean? Listen to the programme to find out!

A sign for a post office

Just why is Jean in such a rush to get to the Post Office?

Jean and William also discuss irony and listen to some examples of native speakers being ironic. Just why are British people so fond of irony?

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Glossary 词汇

irony 讽刺

fond of 喜欢,喜爱