Now Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English.
On today’s show, we cross into the kitchen.
The kitchen isn’t always just in which we put together food. In many locations, the kitchen is the heart of the house. It is wherein we begin our day with a cup of coffee or tea. It’s where we hook up with our circle of relatives and buddies. We speak approximately our days at the same time as we make dinner or have a bite to consume. The kitchen is where we feed ourselves, frame and soul.
So, it can be a totally busy room within the house. Sometimes you need order inside the kitchen for things to run smoothly. And every now and then you want one character to be in charge.
That’s right. Imagine you are cooking dinner for your buddies. As you’re making the soup, your pal Sara tastes it and says, “This desires more salt.” So, she adds extra salt.
Then Harlan comes into the kitchen. He tastes your soup and says, “You didn’t position enough pepper.” So he grinds a few sparkling black peppers into the pot and a few dried herbs.
Cecilia sees him. She tastes the soup and says, “You forgot vinegar. It’s my secret aspect.” Then she pours in a few kinds of vinegar.
You are satisfied to spend time along with your friends. But, quite frankly, all their opinions about your soup have become disturbing. Worst of all, you taste the soup and it’s lousy!
And that is in which we get the expression “too many chefs damage the soup.” You may additionally pay attention to this expression with “broth” or “dish” in preference to “soup.” You also can say truly, “Too many cooks …” and English audio system will understand exactly what you suggest.
This expression describes an age-old hassle: If too many human beings assist to complete a project, it may now not go very well. Too many human beings inside the “kitchen” – or too many people trying to do the equal project – can turn the situation into a warm mess.
But, you could ask, “If many humans are looking to get some thing performed, the mission will get performed quicker.” After all, American English additionally has the expression “many arms make light work.” (This would be the contrary of “too many chefs inside the kitchen.”)
To solution that factor, I will draw your interest in the phrase “cook dinner.” Now, the prepare dinner is the leader within the kitchen. They may also have assistants to assist them. But the cook has the very last say.
So, what if a kitchen has many chefs? Who is the leader? Everyone! And that’s in which the trouble is available.
Maybe you have got skilled this. Let’s say you are trying to do some thing – for instance, decorate your residing room. You have picked your paint and made a plan to arrange your furniture. Then a few buddies come over to help. You think they are just going to do the heavy lifting and take your directions.
However, your pals assume you must concentrate on their design ideas – like Marcus. He mixes your faded yellow paint with some dark crimson and covers the walls with a color you hate.
Your pal Winnie has robust evaluations about the furnishings. She replaces your sofa and chair with massive pillows. “But in which will I take a seat?” you say. She solutions, “On the floor. Look how an awful lot of extra room you have!”
Meanwhile, Talia makes a decision to place purple light bulbs in all of your lamps and lighting fixtures.
When they leave, your dwelling room seems dark, orange, empty, horrifying and lousy! Your mother comes over to peer the results and asks, “What took place?!” You can truely answer definitely, “Too many chefs, Mom. Too many chefs.”
Know that you may use this kitchen expression in any scenario. Let’s listen to it used at work.
Manuel, do you have got a minute? I’d like to talk to you approximately an upcoming assignment.
Sure. What’s the project?
Well, I need a person to guide the new advertising and marketing account and my concept you’d be fascinated.
Yes, I might! Thanks.
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Sure. But I need to be the leader of the challenge. If there are too many chefs inside the kitchen, the mission may want to fail.
I absolutely agree. You are in rate.
In different phrases, having too many managers and now not sufficient people are not an excellent scenario.