백문이 불여일견

Mike: I heard that Thomas is your new roommate.
Jason: Yes he is. He’s an awesome roommate so far. He is very clean and organized.
Mike: Really? I used to live with him during our college years. I remember him always being messy and not cleaning up after himself. I can’t believe what you’re saying. Hmm….seeing is believing!

Jason: Then come over to our apartment and you can see for yourself and you’ll believe me.
Mike: Yes, I’ll plan on stopping by one day.

Mike가 Jason에게 “I heard that Thomas is your new roommate. 토마스랑 방을 같이 쓰게 됐다며?”라고 하자 Jason이 “Yes he is. He’s an awesome roommate so far. He is very clean and organized. 응, 같이 살기 아주 좋은 친구야. 정말 깔끔하고 정리정돈도 잘해”라고 하더라고요.

Mike 가 Jason이 한 말을 못 믿나봐요. Mike 가 “Really? 정말로 그래? I used to live with him during our college years. 나 걔랑 대학 때 같이 살았거든. I remember him always being messy and not cleaning up after himself. 늘 지저분하고 청소도 잘 안 했던 걸로 기억이 나는데. I can’t believe what you’re saying. Hmm…seeing is believing! 글쎄, 봐야 믿을 수 있겠는데”라고 하네요.

이어 Jason 이 “Then come over to our apartment and you can see for yourself and you’ll believe me. 다음에 우리 집에 와서 직접 확인해봐 그럼 알 수 있을 거야”라고 대답합니다. Keep today’s phrase ‘seeing is believing’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한번 대화를 들어볼까요?

Mike: I heard that Thomas is your new roommate.
Jason: Yes he is. He’s an awesome roommate so far. He is very clean and organized.
Mike: Really? I used to live with him during our college years. I remember him always being messy and not cleaning up after himself. I can’t believe what you’re saying. Hmm….seeing is believing!

Jason: Then come over to our apartment and you can see for yourself and you’ll believe me.
Mike: Yes, I’ll plan on stopping by one day.

오늘 영어표현은 seeing is believing 입니다. When you say, “seeing is believing” you are saying that you can only believe something is true if you see it or experience it yourself. Seeing is believing 은 직접 보고 체험해야 믿을 수 있다. 보는 것이 믿는 것이다라는 뜻입니다.

사람은 뭐든지 직접 눈으로 봐야 믿음이 가죠. 저도 마찬가지예요. 요즘에는 온라인 쇼핑하는 사람들이 많은데요, 저는 필요한 물건을 직접 보고 사는 편입니다. 품질이나 크기를 직접 확인해야 믿음이 가거든요. 그래서 온라인 쇼핑은 잘 안 하고요. 이거야 말로 Seeing is believing이죠.

또 살다 보면 이런 저런 얘기를 많이 듣게 되죠. 하지만 아무리 많이 듣는 말이라 해도 직접 보거나 경험하지 않으면 쉽게 믿지 못합니다. 그래서 백문이 불여일견 이라는 말이 나온 모양이에요. 백 번 들어봐야 한번 보는 것만 못하다고요. Now you know what ‘seeing is believing’ right? Now let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

Mike: I heard that Thomas is your new roommate.
Jason: Yes he is. He’s an awesome roommate so far. He is very clean and organized.
Mike: Really? I used to live with him during our college years. I remember him always being messy and not cleaning up after himself. I can’t believe what you’re saying. Hmm….seeing is believing!

Jason: Then come over to our apartment and you can see for yourself and you’ll believe me.
Mike: Yes, I’ll plan on stopping by one day.

Let’s review. ‘Seeing is believing’ means that one has to see or experience it themselves, in order to believe something. Seeing is believing. Seeing is believing. Now try using the phrase on your own.