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2010下第2周 翻译练习(S)

2010下翻译练习(S)

请将下列两篇英文译成汉语:

A.The Pleasure of Reading

All the wisdom of the ages, all the stories that have delighted mankind for centuries, are easily and cheaply available to all of us within the covers of books—but we must know how to avail ourselves of this treasure and how to get the most of it. I am most interested in people, in meeting them and finding out about them. Some of the most remarkable people I’ve met existed only in a writer’s imagination, then on the pages of his book, and then, again, in my imagination. I’ve found in books new friends, new societies, new worlds. If I am interested in people, others are interested not so much in who as in how. Who in the books includes everybody from science-fiction superman two hundred centuries in the future all the way back to the first figures in history. How covers everything from the ingenious explanations of Sherlock Holmes to the discoveries of science and ways of teaching manners to children. Reading is a pleasure of the mind, which means that it is a little like a sport: your eagerness and knowledge and quickness make you a good reader. Reading is fun, not because the writer is telling you something, but because it makes your mind work. Y our own imagination works along with the author’s or even goes beyond his. Y our experience, compared with his brings you to the same or different conclusions, and your ideas develop as you understand his.

B. Food for Thought

1. I am very happy to be invited to talk to the International Club this afternoon. This group does so much for our school and community that I couldn’t resist accepting your invitation. I’m a firm believer in better international relations. To prove it, I ate pizza with Italian sausage last night, French toast this morning, and tacos for lunch. While I might overdo eating sometimes, I’m not too unusual. Americans have a love affair with food. We simply love food in all forms, shapes, and sizes.

2. Y ou’ve all heard the remark, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. ”That’s probably a few years before modern medicine found that the way to a man’s heart is to turn right at the liver. Y ou may have heard Napoleon’s famous saying, “ An army marches on its stomach”Perhaps that accounts for the slowness of some armies. To these celebrated quotations, I add one more: “The way to express Americanism is through your stomach.” My quote probably won’t go down in history; nevertheless, it is true.

3. As a matter of fact, it was a foreign exchange student sponsored by your club who really first convinced me about the importance of food in understanding people. Her name was Carmen Morales, and some of you might remember her. She came from Colombia and spent a year at our school. One winter’s day after school, Carmen and I had a conversation. I was having my usual after-school candy bar when I saw her. She looked a little glum, so I thought I’d cheer her up.

4. “What’s the matter?” I asked, unwrapping my candy bar.

5. “Isn’t it obvious?” she said. “Just look at me!”

6. “Y ou look fine to me,” I said. In fact, she didn’t look fine. She looked as if she might cry.

7. “I’ve gained fifteen pounds since I’ve been in this country,” she said.

8. “What’s the problem? Are you eating because you miss your folks back home?”