“穷”除了“poor”,用英语还能怎么说?

说到“穷”的英语单词,很多人都会想到“poor”,其实呢,就像老外形容“老人”时不用old、用senior一样,poor这个词他们也是不太常用的。那么,在英语中,怎样形容“穷”呢?

Poor给人一种消极感,所以可以试试更为中性的?struggling(艰难的)或 disadvantaged(弱势群体的):

1、There are a lot of struggling families who need our help.

有很多艰难度日的家庭需要我们的帮助。

2、He lived his whole life as a struggling artist and didn’t become famous until after his death.

作为艺术家,他一生贫困潦倒,直到死后才成名。

3、This scholarship supports disadvantaged youth who can’t afford to pay for their education.

该奖学金用以资助那些负担不起学费的贫困年轻人。

4、A new educational program has been set up for economically disadvantaged children.

他们设立了一个新的面向贫困儿童的教育计划。

表示“没钱”还有很多口语化表达,比如美剧中常见的broke(破产了)等:

5、I can’t afford to go on holiday this year – I’m flat broke.

今年我没法去度假了,我彻底没钱了。

6、Nobody loves you when you’re down and out.

你穷困潦倒的时候没人喜欢你。

7、They’re not badly off but they don’t have much money to spare.

他们并不穷,只是闲钱不多而已。

8、We’re a bit hard up at the moment so we’re not thinking about holidays.

我们最近手头有点紧,所以不考虑度假了。

(英语点津)