A dime a dozen ってどういう意味？
A dime a dozen は、dime = 1セント硬貨のように世の中に大量に出回っている、「ありふれた」という意味の表現です。
A dime a dozen ってどういう場面で使うの？
Justin: There are so many smart devices these days.
You: Yes. They’re a dime a dozen!
A dime a dozen の自然な使い方を動画で学ぶ
Hello everyone, Justin here and I am back
with another Bizmates for Beginners
video lesson where every week we
introduce a new idiom, phrase, or
expression that you can use in your
daily business conversation. This week
everyone we are going to learn:
"a dime a dozen."
Okay so to find out what this means
please stay tuned
but first let's begin with a quick
review of last week's lesson. Alright
everyone so imagine I say: Wow. You have
a lot of business books! And that is
because you really, really enjoy reading
about business. So how do you say that
using the expression from last week? I'll
give you five seconds to think about it.
Are you ready?
Alright and time is up. If you
said: "Yes. I am really in to reading about
business" then that's exactly right. Well
done, thank you for remembering last
week's class. Alright everyone, let's
move on to: "a dime a dozen." Now this is
what I sometimes hear... Alright, so I'm
talking with my good friend and
colleague, Taro, and I say: Taro, there
are so many smart devices these days,
right? There's smart tablets, of course
there's smart lights, there's smart
watches, there's smart everything.
Then Taro says: Yes. They're very common.
Alright that's good, Taro. Very simple, clear,
easy to understand, but you may hear a
native English speaker use this
expression: "Yes. They're a dime a dozen!"
Okay, so whenever something is very, very
common -- it is not rare -- it's "a dime a
dozen" okay? So smart devices, they are
everywhere these days.
Smart printers, smart home electronics
devices, whatever you can think of,
there's a smart version of it, right?
So those are a dime a dozen. You might also
think of something like, for example,
cafes in Tokyo are a dime a dozen.
There are so many of them. Okay so
whenever something is very, very common --
it's not rare, so it's not so special -- it
is a dime a dozen.
Now a "dime" basically, it equals about ten
yen or ten cents, okay? And a dozen means
12 so for 10 cents or for 10 yen for
example, you can get 12 of something
because it's just so common, it's not
very rare, so it's kind of cheap, okay?
Alright, not cheap in quality, but just
cheap in terms of quantity, okay?
Alright so please remember this for next time.
Okay everyone, so pronunciation as
you see it here: they're a dime a dozen.
Okay so please repeat after me:
Yes. They're a dime a dozen!
Very good okay now after my
sentence here: Wow. There are so many
smart devices these days.
Yes. They're a dime a dozen. Okay?
please remember this for our review next
time. Okay our bonus question this week
is another way to say: "difficult to keep
control". Alright if you have an idea or
if you know the answer, you can leave it
in the comments below. If you don't know
what the answer is, you can find it in
one of our previous Bizmates for
Beginners video lessons so take a look
if you have the time. And of course,
I will leave the answer to last week's
bonus question in the information
section below, okay everyone?
Alright everyone, so that
is it for me this week. Thank you always
for watching. It seems like Christmas is
just around the corner, a few days away,
so for those of you that are celebrating,
happy holidays and I will see you next
time, okay? Thank you.