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英语背诵精选 The Americans MP3 中英对照

时间:2010-10-26 20:38  作者:admin  来源:www.2abc8.com

英语背诵精选 The Americans MP3 中英对照

 


Americans are a peculiar people. They work like mad, then give away much of what they earn. They play until they are exhausted, and call this a vacation. They live to think of themselves as tough-minded business men, yet they are push-overs for any hard luck story. They have the biggest of nearly everything including government, motor cars and debts, yet they are afraid of bigness. They are always trying to chip away at big government, big business, big unions, big influence. They like to think of themselves as little people, average men, and they would like to cut everything down to their own size. Yet they boast of their tall buildings, high mountains, long rivers, big state, the best country, the best world, the best heaven. They also have the most traffic deaths, the most waste, the most racketeering.

When they meet, they are always telling each other, "Take it easy," then they rush off like crazy in opposite directions. They play games as if they were fighting a war, and fight wars as if playing a game. They marry more, go broke more often, and make more money than any other people. They love children, animals, gadgets, mother, work, excitement, noise, nature, television shows, comedy, installment buying, fast motion, spectator sports, the underdog, the flag, Christmas, jazz, shapely women and muscular men, classical recordings, crowds, comics, cigarettes, warm houses in winter and cool ones in summer, thick beefsteaks, coffee, ice cream, informal dress, plenty of running water, do-it-yourself, and a working week trimmed to forty hours or less.

They crowd their highways with cars while complaining about the traffic, flock to movies and television while griping about the quality and the commercials, go to church but don't care much for sermons, and drink too much in the hope of relaxing - only to find themselves stimulated to even bigger dreams.

There is of course, no typical American. But if you added them all together and then divided by 226 000 000 they would look something like what this chapter has tried to portray.

excerpt:from Why We Behave Like Americans

By Bradford Smith

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美国人是一个与众不同的民族。他们拼命地工作,然后花掉了大量辛苦赚来的钱。他们玩得筋疲力尽,并称之为度假。他们向来把自己想成硬心肠的商人,可是任何不幸的故事都会使他们受骗。几乎所有最大的东西他们都有 :政府,汽车和债务,可他们害怕庞大。所以他们总是要想办法除去大的政府,大的买卖,大的团体,大的影响力。他们愿意把自己看成是小人物,平平常常的人,喜欢一切都是平等的。他们吹嘘自己的高楼大厦,高山,大河,吹嘘自己是大国,是最好的国家,是最好的世界,最好的天堂。 同时,他们的车祸最多,浪费最多,骗子也最多。

美国人一见面就对彼此说:“放轻松点,”然后就向相反的方向狂奔。他们做游戏象打仗一样,打起仗来象做游戏。跟任何人相比,他们结婚次数更多,离婚的频率更高,赚的钱更多。他们爱孩子,爱动物,爱小玩艺,爱母亲,爱工作,爱激动,爱吵吵嚷嚷,爱大自然,爱看电视节目,爱看喜剧,买东西喜欢分期付款,喜欢快节奏,爱买票看体育比赛,同情弱者,热爱国旗,爱过圣诞节,听爵士乐,爱看身材好的女子和肌肉发达的男人,爱收藏经典唱片,爱凑热闹,看连环画,抽烟,喜欢房子冬暖夏凉,爱吃切得厚厚的牛排,爱喝咖啡,吃冰淇淋,穿着随便,喜欢自来水一直淌着,一切自己动手,一周工作时间限制在40小时以内。

当然没有典型的美国人。但是如果你把他们加在一起,然后用226 000 000来除,他们的样子就象这一章要描述的。

节选自布拉德福德所著《为什么我们的举止象美国人》


 

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