Kazuko: I really appreciate you helping with the training of the newbies. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Martin: Don’t mention it. I remember when I was still wet behind the ears and the veterans in the company gave me the benefit of their time and expertise. They propped me up until I could stand on my own two feet.
Kazuko: I can’t imagine you as a novice. Everybody here thinks of you as the cornerstone of the institution.
Martin: Well, that may be, but you should have seen me in the early years. I was naive and reckless. I may be more adept at my job now, but I felt inept for years.
Kazuko: I saw you talking with some of the new recruits. What advice did you give them?
Martin: I gave them the same advice that an old hand gave me when I first started: Take every piece of advice you get with a grain of salt!
1. wet behind the ears 少不更事的, 初出茅庐的
He was too wet behind the ears to bear such responsibilities.
If you want to tell your story, we're all ears.
give an ear 或 lend an ear
have an ear to the ground 或 keep an ear to the ground
in one ear and out the other
Since his mind was already made up, my arguments went in one ear and out the other.
on its ear 或 on someone's ear
A controversial film that set the entertainment world on its ear.
play it by ear【非正式用语】
He plays his negotiations by ear, going into them with no clear or fixed plan( -- George F. Kennan)
他谈判时，没有清晰固定的计划，而是随机应变( -- 乔治F.凯南)
up to (one's) ears【非正式用语】
I'm up to my ears in work.
2. prop up 支持,资助
The government does not intend to prop up declining industry
prop up the bar
prop someone/thing up
The government spent £3 billion in an attempt to prop up the pound.
3. stand on my own two feet 独立
I tried to stand on my own two feet rather than turned to my parents.
4. with a grain of salt 有保留地
Take his words with a grain of salt. He always exaggerates.