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An Adult DecisionThe year before my son turned 18, he constantly pleaded to be allowed to a tattoo, but I refused to sign permission for one. He argued that soon he would be a man and he should be able to make adult decisions. Sure enough, a few days after his 18th birthday, he come home with a tattoo. Although I was not happy about this, I was curious to see what symbol of masculinity he had chosen. There, on his shoulder, was a two-inch image of Mickey Mouse.成年人的抉择我儿子十八岁前的那一年,他常常向我提出准许他文身。但我拒绝允许他这样做。他争辩说他不久就要成为男子汉了,并说他应该能够作出成年人的抉择了。果然,十八岁生日的几天后,他文了身,回到家里。尽管我对此感到不高兴,但出于好奇,我想看看他选择了什么雄性象征物。原来是他在肩上文了一个两英寸长的米老鼠像。 /201106/1407881. Discrimination in an employment situation职场歧视 /201107/144897

We are all human and have flaws. Even if your physical appearance, unique personality, or social skills aren't what you wish they were, that doesn't have to stop you from being confident. You are beautiful inside and out so you should love yourself unconditionally. Here's how to believe in yourself.每个人都有自己的长处和短处,别人经常拥有我们所缺乏的所谓的长处,但这些并不能阻止我们自己的自信。1.Make a list of special talents you have, or things you do that are good. Focusing on your attributes helps distract you from those parts of yourself that you think are flawed. It doesn't have to be a specific skill or activity either; it can be an approach or an attitude that you champion through life. Do you always stay calm, cool and collected, even in hurried situations? Are you very patient with people? Do you always see the humorous side of things? Are you always there for your friends? 列出自己的长处。注意自己的长处就会让你忘记自己认为缺乏的地方。这个长处不一定有多么地与众不同,只要是你在生活中有所成就的即可。譬如,面对吵杂的环境,你是不是能做到心静如水呢?你是不是很有耐心呢?你是不是经常为自己的朋友着想? /200911/89686

The plot of “The Romantics,” a new novel by Galt Niederhoffer, unfolds during the weekend wedding of Lila Hayes, a blond, beautiful, witty, and wealthy Yale graduate, and her former classmate Tom McDevon, a handsome, charming, social-climbing cipher. The book’s heroine—the clever, ill-at-ease, Brooklyn-dwelling Laura Rosen—was Lila’s college roommate and is now her maid of honor; Laura dated Tom first, and, unbeknownst to the gilded Waspy bride, has for years sustained an intimacy with the groom-to-be. In the book’s first chapter, Laura arrives at the nuptial site (an island off the coast of Maine) burdened by an unflattering pewter-colored gown and a heart filled with loathing for her best friend. Inevitably, romantic chaos ensues.A party to celebrate the book’s publication was held the other day at the home of Niederhoffer’s friend Kathryn Tucker, a blond, beautiful, witty, and wealthy movie producer, who hosted guests on the roof of her Chelsea town house. The dress code was “slutty bridesmaid or slurring groomsman,” but Tucker had ignored her own injunction, and was dressed in a flattering strapless dress the color of sea foam and red patent-leather Louboutin pumps with four-inch heels. “Look at me—it’s conservative, conservative, conservative, and then the red pumps,” Tucker said, as she elegantly navigated the treacherous decking underfoot, wineglass in hand.Tucker has never been a bridesmaid, she said, “but I hope to be one day. It seems the better role.” She is separated from her husband, John Sloss, a sales agent for independent films. “The institution of marriage is a curious thing,” she said, with a sad smile and a tilt of the head. “It’s a noble ideal.” Theirs has been an amicable parting—“We’re best buds,” she insisted—and Sloss now lives in the lower half of the town house, which the couple bought in 2004 for a little more than five million dollars, while Tucker and their two small children live upstairs. “It’s like the perfect bohemian existence, except not,” she said.Tucker recalled that she had disliked Sloss intensely when she first met him, during a dinner at Chasen’s, in Los Angeles, twelve years ago. “As I was leaving, I had a premonition that I was going to marry that guy,” she said. “I kept trying to shake him. He told a friend of mine that he had fallen ‘deeply and irrevocably in love’ with me. I am a sucker for romantic gestures—I am Jane Austen’s biggest fan.” They were married at their farmhouse in Columbia County. “I had my dream wedding,” she said. “My flowers were thistles—prickly things. The gift we gave people to take home was a jar of blueberry jam, and on the label it said, ‘How do I get out of this jam?’ Which was not a very auspicious start. I wore Vivienne Westwood. Richard Linklater’s daughter came and a sonnet. My dog Rosy was in the wedding. She wore a thistle collar. It was very me.” Was it also very him, she was asked. Tucker paused. “I have no idea,” she said. “Herein lies the problem.”Niederhoffer, who wore a flattering violet-colored gown and teetering black patent pumps, was circulating among her guests with an air of modest gratitude. “The Romantics” is her second novel; her first, “A Taxonomy of Barnacles,” has been described by reviewers as a fictionalized chronicle of her experience growing up as the clever, ill-at-ease daughter of the eccentric investor Victor Niederhoffer, who named her for Francis Galton, the Victorian anthropologist and the coiner of the term eugenics. Niederhoffer is thirty-two and is a producer of independent movies as well as a novelist. She lives in a brownstone in Cobble Hill with her partner, Jim Strouse, and their children, Magnolia, three, and Grover, one. Magnolia is named for the West Village bakery where the couple met. “I was a customer, and he was a trusty icer, recently off the turnip truck,” Niederhoffer recalled. “I was a brazen New York JAP, and he was a totally oblivious rube from the Midwest. I picked him up. It was a horribly tawdry beginning. He told me his name was Jim and his brother was Tim, and I thought, He’s really from a different planet.”The couple have been engaged since before Niederhoffer was pregnant with Magnolia but have no immediate plans to marry. “I come from the kind of family where marriage has not exactly spelled success,” she said. Victor Niederhoffer and his first wife, Gail, divorced after the birth of Galt and her sister Katie; he went on to have four more daughters with his second wife, Susan. Three years ago, he conceived another child with his longtime paramour, Laurel Kenner. “In a way, my book party is my wedding,” Niederhoffer said. “This is a better thing to aspire to, isn’t it? To be celebrated for your intelligence and your talent, rather than for your size-two beauty.”With the sun setting over the Hudson, Niederhoffer, who by now had removed her shoes, like a bride after three hours on the dance floor, gave a toast, offering particular thanks to Kathryn Tucker: “The gorgeous blonde. So glamorous. So lovely.” Tucker was still standing effortlessly in her red pumps, in spite of the fact that she hadn’t had anything to eat. “It’s just like a wedding,” she said, as a waitress came by with an empty tray. “You get drunk and you forget to eat, and you don’t have that great a night.” The waitress returned with a tray of spring rolls, but Tucker declined, with another tilt of the head and a sorry smile, as if discouraging a suitor with a polite, insincere show of regret. 加特·尼德霍夫的新作《浪漫》的故事情节是在莱拉·海耶斯周末的婚礼上展开的。海耶斯是个金发美女,一名聪明而又富贵的耶鲁大学研究生。她以前的同班同学汤姆·麦克德文是一个帅气迷人而又爱攀龙附凤的人。该小说的女主角——居住在布鲁克林的智慧而不安分的罗拉·罗斯——是莱拉的大学室友,也是她如今的伴娘。罗拉在认识有钱人海耶斯之前就和汤姆交往过,又和现在的准新郎也维持过几年的亲密关系。小说的第一章,罗拉穿着笨重的、令人难受的蓝灰色礼来到婚礼现场(离缅因州不远的一个岛上),她的内心充满了对好友的憎恨。很显然,浪漫气息接踵而来。几天前,尼德霍夫在好朋友凯瑟琳·塔克家里举办了一个庆祝小说出版的派对。凯瑟琳也是个金发美女,聪明有财富,电影制片人。她在切尔西城内的住宅顶楼招待宾客。当晚的着装要求是要么带猥琐性质的伴娘装,要么带诋毁性质的伴郎装。但是塔克自己却不顾这个要求,当晚她身穿着一条漂亮的海蓝色吊带连衣裙,脚穿一双著名的卢婷四英寸跟的红色漆皮单鞋。她手握着葡萄酒杯,优雅的指着脚下的装饰,说道,“看看我,这儿保守,这儿保守,保守,以及这双红色单鞋”。塔克从来没有做过伴娘,她说,“我希望有一天能做伴娘,看上去这是个更好的角色”。她和身为独立影片销售代理人的丈夫约翰·斯洛斯已经分居。她歪着头忧伤的笑着说,“婚姻真是奇妙”。他们的婚姻已经有了一个友好的结束。“我们是最好的朋友”她强调道。现在斯洛斯住下面一半的楼层,而塔克和她两个小孩则住上半部分楼层。这栋房子是他们两夫妻在零四年花了不到五百万美元买下的。她又说道,“不排除的话,我们很像波西米亚居住方式”。塔克回忆十二年前,她在洛杉矶蔡斯家的宴会上第一次见斯洛斯时,就对他喜欢得不得了。“当我离开时,我就预感我会嫁给这个男人”,她说道,“我不停的跟他握手,他跟我一个朋友说他已经无可救药地深深地爱上了我。我是个超级喜欢浪漫的人——我很迷简·奥斯丁的作品”。后来,他们在哥伦比亚郡的农场别墅结婚。她说,“我得到了我梦想般的婚礼,花是多刺的苍紫花,我们给宾朋带回家的礼物是一罐蓝莓酱,商标上写着‘我怎么离开这罐果酱呢?’这可不是一个很吉利的婚宴开端啊!我穿着维维恩·韦斯特伍德设计的礼。理查德·林克莱特的女儿也带着她的十四行诗来参加我们的婚礼。我的儿罗斯也在婚礼上,她带着蓟项圈,她就像我一样”。当被问到儿是否也像他时,塔克停顿了下,说,“我不知道,这也隐埋了我们俩的问题”。尼德霍夫穿着一件漂亮的紫罗兰色的礼和一双宽大的黑色专利单鞋,带谦逊的感激之情走进宾客之中。《浪漫》是她的第二部小说,她的第一部小说《刑具分类》已经被家评为她自己的成长小说。她自小就聪明而不安分,父亲维克托·尼德霍夫是个古怪的投资者,他给女儿取名为弗朗西斯·加特——维多利亚人类学家和优生法的创造者。尼德霍夫现年三十二岁,独立电影制片人,也是一名小说家。她和丈夫吉姆·斯特劳斯以及两个小孩(三岁的玛格诺丽亚和一岁的格洛佛)住在科尔山镇的赤竭色砂石高级住宅里。玛格诺丽亚是以西村的一个面包房店名而命名的,这是他俩夫妇相遇的地方。“当时我是一名顾客,他是一名可靠的装冰工人,刚离开装着芜青的卡车”,尼德霍夫回忆,“我可是一名响当当的纽约大作家,而他很明显是一个来自中西部的乡巴佬。不过我让他搭车了,这是个非常庸俗的开端。他告诉我他叫吉姆,他哥哥叫蒂姆。我想他真是来自另外一个星球的人”。他们在尼德霍夫怀上玛格诺丽亚前就已经订婚了,但他们还没有立即结婚的打算。她说,“我出身一个婚姻失败的家庭”。当时,父亲维克托·尼德霍夫和他的第一任妻子盖尔在加特和她出生后离婚了,后来与第二任妻子苏珊生了四个小孩。三年以后,他和他多年的情妇罗瑞尔·肯娜尔又怀了另一个孩子。“从某种程度上说,我小说里的派对就是我的婚礼”,尼德霍夫说道,“这是一件更令人渴望的好事,不是吗?不是为了你不错的美貌,而是为了你的智慧和才能而庆祝。当太阳升上哈得逊河岸时,已经脱掉了鞋的尼德霍夫像是一个在舞池当中跳了三个小时舞的新娘,她向大家祝酒,特别提出了对凯瑟琳·塔克的感激,“感谢这位漂亮的金发碧眼女人,你太迷人了,太可爱了”。塔克仍然穿着那双轻松的红色单鞋,尽管她什么东西都没有吃。“这就像是一场婚礼”,一个女侍应走过来拿走空托盘时,尼德霍夫说,“你喝酒了,但是你忘记吃东西了,所以你并没度过一个美好的晚上”。这时侍应端过来一盘春卷,但是塔克拒绝了。她又是歪着头,抱歉的一笑,好像是礼貌而又不太真诚地回绝一个追求者。 /200808/45962

  

  Just as important as saying the right thing to the one you love is to avoid saying statements that have the potential to destroy the foundation of the relationship. Saying just one wrong thing can negate an entire day of good statements and actions. Negative and hurtful statements can have the power to cut through the very fabric of the bond between two people in love.对你的爱人,不要说可能会伤害你们感情的话。这点的重要性丝毫不亚于对TA的甜言蜜语。只要一句说错的话,就可以使一天表现良好的言行付之东流。那些消极而伤人的话会重创你们的感情。Here are those five things you should NEVER say to your spouse:以下是对你的爱人坚决不能说的五句话: /201006/106204。

  下面一起来看看外卖的由来以及"take out"(“外卖食品”)和"Take home"(“带回家的食品”)的区别。The evolution of modern American take-out is a fascinating convergence of social history and packaging technology. A survey of articles in the New York Times confirms the 1950s as the "start date" for modern take-out meals in the ed States. This also coincides with the explosion of family restaurants and backyard barbeques.美国现代外卖食品的发展是社会历史和包装技术的一种奇妙结合。通过调查《纽约时报》上刊登的多篇文章可以实:20世纪50年代是美国现代外卖食品的“诞生时期”。这段时期又碰巧是家庭式餐馆和后院烧烤急剧发展的时期。The term "take-out" describes both a style of eating and a growing list of prepared foods that consumers purchase from a restaurant or food stand and eat in another location. Delivery format, packaging, and types of food vary greatly, ranging from hamburgers to expensive gourmet fare, but all may be categorized as takeout because of this off-premise consumption. In the ed States, take-out food is often viewed as synonymous with fast food.“外卖”这个词描述的即是一种饮食方式,又指品种日益增多的现成食品,即消费者可从餐馆或小吃摊购买、在其他地方食用的食品。递送形式、包装和食物的品种都花样繁多:有汉堡,也有价格昂贵的美食大餐。不过这些都可以被归类为“外卖”,因为它们都不是堂食的。在美国,外卖食物常被视同为快餐。The concept of take-out food and the practice of buying prepared foods for consumption elsewhere date to early civilization. Roadside stands and food stalls in busy urban markets were commonplace in ancient Greece and Rome. Almost every culture in every era has had its version of take-out foods. Urban industrial workers in nineteenth-century America further popularized take-out foods. Food vendors sold various sausages and stews from carts outside factory gates, catering to workers with little time or money.外卖食品的概念和购买现成食品并在别处食用的习俗可以追溯到早期文明社会。在古希腊和古罗马,路边摊和大排档在繁忙的城市市集上就已经很常见了。不同时期的不同文化几乎都有其特有的外卖食品类型。到了19世纪的美国,城市中的产业工人进一步推动了外卖食品的普及。卖食物的小贩推着手推车在工厂大门外出售各种香肠和炖菜,这迎合了那些时间和经济都很窘迫的工人们的需求。In many urban areas, Italian and Chinese restaurants competed with early hamburger outlets for take-out customers. Small storefront pizzerias sold inexpensive pizzas and Americanized Chinese foods on a primarily take-out basis. Using broad, flat white cardboard boxes for pizzas and small waxy paper cartons for chow mein and chop suey, these ethnic restaurants standardized distinctive take-out packaging. Although popular in city neighborhoods, ethnic restaurants long composed only a small share of the take-out industry. Automobiles revolutionized the take-out food industy, requiring larger-volume production and specialized delivery systems.在很多市区内,意大利餐馆和中国餐馆与早期的汉堡店争夺购买外卖食品的顾客。临街的比萨小店也主要以外卖的形式出售便宜的比萨和美国化的中餐。这些外国餐馆都使用标准化的特殊外卖包装:又宽又平的白纸板盒子用来装比萨,涂蜡的小硬纸盒用来装炒面和炒杂烩菜。尽管这些外国餐馆在市区很受欢迎,但长期以来它们只在外卖产业中占很小的份额。汽车的普及使得更大批量生产及专门运送系统成为可能,外卖行业从而取得了突破性进展。Take home meals 带回家的食品"Take home"differs from "take out" in that it is marketed as a home meal replacement rather than fast food. It is not necessarily cheaper nor is it always quickly prepared. What sells take home? Convenience and taste. Like take out, this dining option was introduced after World War II.“带回家的食品”和“外卖食品”是有区别的,前者是买来代替家庭用餐的,而非快餐。这种食品未必便宜,也并不一定总是很快就会做好。“带回家的食品”的卖点何在呢?就在于它的便利性和味道。和外卖一样,这种用餐选择也是在二战后兴起的。Restaurant chains throughout the U.S. are building up new departments which sell meals for home consumption. Restaurant sales of food for the home are definitely a new industry trend. It won't be long before the average housewife will be buying take-home foods like groceries.美国全国各地的餐馆连锁店都在增建新的部门来销售可带回家享用的食品。餐馆针对家庭销售食品无疑是一种新的产业趋势。不久,普通的家庭主妇们就会像购买日用品一样购买“带回家的食品”。The take-home sales should be sold at lower prices than regular restaurant meals because they eliminate waiters, dish washers, table linen, plate breakage and loss of utensils. One of the reasons given for increased demand for prepared meals was television in the home. Some restaurants in New York have regular television s made up for take-home orders.“带回家的食品”应该比在一般餐馆吃饭更便宜,这是因为它们免去了务员、洗碗工、餐桌布、盘子破损和餐具损耗等费用。对现成食品需求上升的一个原因是受家里电视的影响。纽约的一些餐馆有固定的“电视菜单”供(人们)订购“带回家的食品”。 /200812/59289

  From: 亚瑟的双语客 (Author: Arthur Zhang)Now most of the workers and public servants work from 9 am to 5 pm. Some of them even work from 8 am or 8:30 am to 5 pm. However, according to the global Internet survey done by the UK Sleep Council, the Mediterranean siesta was the right idea all along. The UK Sleep Council called on the country’s bosses to end nine-to-five working in favor of more flexible hours. They believe what would really pump up the pulse of worker productivity is a nice afternoon nap, rather than those bonuses and incentives. Forty-one percent of the 12,000 people who responded to the council’s survey said they were most productive in the morning, while 38 percent said they hit their stride in the evening. “The implication is that the majority are not fully alert in the middle of the day – the traditional time for a siesta in hot countries.” said sleep expert Dr. Chris Idzikowskii. “We must conclude from this survey that the traditional nine-to-five working day does not suit the majority.” He suggested that allowing workers to follow their natural sleeping habits would actually benefit employers by allowing them to expand their working hours and be more productive. Fortunately, being a college lecturer, I don’t have to go to work everyday. I only work three days a week, but during the three days I work really long hours and have no time for a wee little siesta. I’m usually so tired and sleepy in the afternoon, which really affects the vitality of my classes. I used to feel very guilty and sorry for the students of the afternoon classes, but then I excused myself by thinking I’m not a man wearing his shorts outside the long pants (superman does). I strongly support Dr Chris Idzikowskii’s idea for two reasons. One is when people have flexible working hours they could reach their highest productivity. On top of that, flexible working hours means that people don’t have to work all at the same time, in that way we could avoid traffic congestions and jams. Therefore it’s really killing two birds (maybe 7 or 8 birds) with one stone! What do you reckon, guys? 朝九晚五的工作是一种折磨现在大多数的工人和公职人员从上午9:00工作到下午5:00点,一些人甚至从上午8:00或8:30工作到下午5:00,但是根据由英国睡眠(调查)委员会所做的全球外戚农工商调查,地中海国家的午间小憩一直(被认为)是个好主意.英国睡眠(调查)委员会要求老板们结束朝九晚五的工作方式,而选择灵活的时间.他们相信真正能够提高工人生产积极性的是一个很好的午间小睡而不是那些奖金和鼓励. 在12000人回应的调查中,有41%说他们在早上更有效率,38%说他们在晚上才能使出干劲. Chris Idzikowskii士说"调查显示大多数人在中午不完全活跃-这个时间是炎热的国家的午休时间""我们刻意从这个调查中得出结论:大多数人不适合朝九晚五的工作时间"他建议允许工人们按照自己自然的睡眠习惯,从而延长工作时间,这样真正对老板有好处也更有生产力. 作为一个大学讲师我很幸运不用每天去上班,我一周只要工作三天,但是在这三天我工作很长很长时间没有一点时间可以小睡一下.下午我通常感觉又累又困,从而影响了课堂的活力.我常常对下午课上的学生感到很抱歉,但是我想我又不是超人以此原谅了自己. 我有两个理由强烈持士的观点.一个是当人们有灵活的时间的时候他们的效率能达到最高.另一个原因是灵活的时间对意味着人们不必在同样的时间工作,这样可以避免交通拥挤和堵塞.这真是一箭双雕(也许是更多)!你认为呢? /200801/25617Actor Nicolas Cage may want to brush up on his accounting skills. The IRS is going after the 45-year-old actor for .2 million, according to the Daily Mail. The problems stem from 2007, a year in which he made four films, including "National Treasure" and "Ghost Rider."   演员尼古拉斯·凯奇可能是想重新复习下他的财会技能了。美国国税局追缴这位45岁的男演员的时候,搞到620万美元的税收款,据《每日邮报》报道。漏税时间要从2007年开始算起,他当年接拍了4部影片,包括《国家宝藏》、《鬼骑士》。 /200909/841691、Hey, don't try to rip me off. I know what this is worth. 别想宰我,我识货。 2、Can you give me a little deal on this? 这能卖得便宜一点吗?  3、Can you give me this for cheaper? 能便宜一点给我吗?  4、Is there any discount on bulk purchases? 我多买些能打折吗?  5、Give me a discount. 给我打个折吧。  6、How much do you want for this? 这件东西你想卖多少钱?  7、If you don't give me a better price, I won't buy this.如果价格不更优惠些,我是不会买的。  8、I can get this cheaper at other places. 这样东西我在别的地方可以买到更便宜的。  9、What's the lowest you're willing to go? 最低你能出什么价?  10、Come on, give me a break on this. 别这样,你就让点儿价吧。  注解:  1、 买东西是被宰,所以不管是不是行家都要先造出声势,用这句话镇住卖家。“Rip someone off”意为某商店或商贩企图宰它的顾客,敲竹杠。如:“The shop tried to rip me off, but I taught them a good lesson.”(那个商店企图宰我,结果让我教训了一顿)。如果真的被狠宰了一下,你当然还可以说,“I was ripped off.”或者“I was cleaned out.”第二句,有被骗得很惨的意思。  2、 2-3、大家都希望买到物廉价美的东西,所以就免不了要讨价还价。这两句话往往能使你少花些钱。你要注意的是这样的问题一般只在“market”(市场)这些地方问,像“shopping mall”(购物中心),“supermarket”(超市)和“department store”(百货商场)里说这样的话,就不太合适,因为除了大型商品,一般物品是不打折的。  3、 4-5、“Bulk purchases”就是“大量地购买”,等于“buy something in bulk”。“discount”是折扣的意思。平时在商店里常出现的表示打折的牌子是“on sale”。专门卖廉价物品的商店叫“bargain store”,店里卖廉价商品的柜台叫“bargain counter”。原来表示打折的英文还挺多的,原来这些西文人的商业头脑也挺发达。  6、这句话一般是买者问的。如果是在可以讲价的地方,卖主可能会反问你,“How much do you want to pay for this?”  7、 教大家一个讨价还价的秘诀,就是用个“if”从句,即加一个条件,再加一个由这个条件带来的结果。“A better price”就是“a cheaper price”。  8、“Cheap”这个词挺有意思的,“cheap”是“便宜”。如果说某人“cheap”,大致上有两种含义,都不太好。一个意思是指人很小气,吝啬鬼是“tightwad”或“penny-pincher”;另一个意思是“卑微的”、“有失身份的”,“If you wear like that, you will look cheap.”(要是穿成那样,你看起来挺有失身份的。)  9、这句话问的是最低价钱,应该是出自卖者之口了。“Go”就是“charge me”。然而,如果卖者的开价还是太高,你可以说“Could you go up a little?”。如果你的出价太低,卖者接受不了,他/她也可以相应地说“Could you go up a little?”。这里的“go”却是“pay”的意思了。  10、“Give someone a break”的意思是“give someone a chance”。在不同的语境中,这个词组可以有不同的解释。在这句话里,指的是“让价”。另外如你友写信,你的室友却想让你帮他打水,你就可以对他说,“Give me a break, buddy, I'm busy right now.”(老兄,别烦我,我正忙着呢。) /200911/88564

  

  An old song says that "love makes the world go around." If you watch Americans on Valentine's Day, you can believe it. The whole country breaks out with little red hearts. Love-struck people give cards, flowers and candy to their sweethearts. You might call it an annual celebration of love. 有首老歌是这么唱的「爱使世界旋转」。如果你在情人节观察美国人,你就会相信,因为全国突然出现许多小红心,恋爱的人会送卡片、花和糖果给他们的情人,也许我们可以称这是个爱的节庆。Americans are romantic all year long, but especially on February 14. Valentine's Day gives people an excuse to ask someone they admire to "be their valentine."美国人全年都是罗曼蒂克的,尤其是在二月十四日。情人节给了人们借口请他们所欣赏的人做他们的情人。Conversation I 会话一Stan: Hey, Angela! I've been looking all over for you!史丹:安琪拉!我到处找你!Angela: Well, hi, Stan! Happy Valentine's Day!安琪拉:嗨!史丹!情人节快乐!Stan: Thanks! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too! Uh, Angela.史丹:谢谢!我也祝你情人节快乐!嗯,安琪拉……Angela: Yes?安琪拉:什么事?Stan: Well, I...uh...got you a little something for Valentine's Day. Would you be my valentine?史丹:我…,嗯,我有一样小东西送给你当情人节的礼物,你愿意做我的情人吗?Angela: How sweet! The flowers are beautiful! And you know how much I love chocolate! Sure, I'd be honored to.安琪拉:多美啊!这花好漂亮!而且你知道我有多喜欢巧克力!我觉得很荣幸能够成为你的情人。Stan: Would you like to go to the school party with me this Saturday?史丹:这星期六你要和我一起参加学校的舞会吗? Angela: Yes, I would. I'll look forward to it.安琪拉:好啊!我会去,并且满心期待地! The American concept of love and romance begins with dating. Young people date in several ways. At first they might have group dates with several boys and girls together. Later, they start going on single dates-just one boy and one girl. Sometimes a boy and a girl will go to a movie. Maybe they will go to a party at a friend's house. Or they might go out to eat. 美国人的观念认为爱情和罗曼史是从约会开始的。年轻人约会有几种情况。刚开始,他会有群体式的约会,就是几个男生几个女生一起约出去。之后,他们才开始单独的约会,就是一男一女。有时他们会去看电影,也可能去朋友家聚餐,或者到外面吃饭。 When two couples go out together, we call it double dating. A friend might even arrange a blind date for you with someone you don't know. That doesn't mean you keep your eyes closed the whole evening! You just don't know who your partner will be until the time for the date. If someone asks you for any kind of date, and you don't want to go, you may politely say, "No, thanks." 当有两对一起出去时,我们称之为「两对式约会」,甚至朋友也会安排你不认识的人帮你相亲。所谓相亲(blind date)并不是指让你整晚都把眼睛蒙起来,而是一直要等到约会那天你才知道对象是谁。如果有人以任何一种方式约你,但你不想去,你只管礼貌地说:「谢谢你,我不去。」 Conversation II 会话二 Jeff: Hi, Tanya! Boy, it's freezing today, isn't it? 杰夫:嗨!田雅,老天!今天真冷啊! Tanya: You're not kidding! I'm glad I'm wearing a hat and gloves! 田雅:你说得没错,我真庆幸戴了帽子和手套! Jeff: Yeah, you look warm all bundled up like that. Say, I was wondering, would you like to go to the Valentine's banquet with me next week? 杰夫:是啊!你裹得那样看起来很暖和。我在想你下星期要不要和我去参加情人节的宴会?Tanya: Well, I really don't think I can. I have other plans. Thanks for asking, though. 田雅:我想我真得没办法去,我有另外的计划,不过还是谢谢你的邀请。 Jeff: That's O.K. Maybe some other time. 杰夫:没关系,以后还有机会! Tanya: Yeah. Well, here comes my bus. See you later! 田雅:啊!我的车来了,再见!Americans view dating differently from people in other cultures. American young people see a date as a time just to have fun. They don't always have a romantic interest in mind. Someone may go out with one person this week, and another person the next. After a while, a boy and a girl may decide they want to "go steady." This means they think of each other as "boyfriend and girlfriend." It also means they don't want to date anyone else. Romance is beginning to bloom.美国人看「约会」的角度与其它文化不同。美国的年轻人只是把约会当做享乐的时刻,并不都是有感情牵涉在内,有的人也许这星期和这个人出去,下星期和另一个人。过一阵子之后,一男一女可能决定他们要「稳定下来」,就是他们将彼此视为男女朋友,也就是说他们不再和其它人约会。爱情将开始绽放。 Romantic love is very much a part of American culture. Movies, TV shows and books in America all picture people falling in love. Americans know that no romance is perfect, but still they try to find the ideal person. Actually, love is a part of every culture, not just American culture. People all over the world search for happiness in a loving relationship.爱情是美国文化的一大部份,美国的电影、电视和书都刻画人们坠入情网的事,美国人知道没有一个爱情是完美的,但他们仍旧试图寻找理想伴侣。事实上,爱情是每一种文化的一部份而非仅是美国文化的。我们可以看出全世界的人都想在爱情里寻求快乐。Maybe love does make the world go around.也许爱情确实使世界旋转吧! /200804/34323

  A donation that the Twins Days festival is getting from the estate of two frugal bachelor farmers is enough to make some people do a double-take (1): as much as million.John and William Reiff, once recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's most identical twins, left most of their estate to the festival in Twinsburg (2), about 15 miles southeast of Cleveland. John Reiff died in 2005 and William five years earlier, but only recently have plans to develop part of the twins' suburban Philadelphia farm been worked out.With the land deal expected to be completed this year, about million to million will go to the festival, according to a lawyer for the Twins Days Festival Committee. The festival committee intends to invest the money to help pay for operating costs (3).The Reiffs, who attended their first Twins Days festival in the late 1970s, always dressed alike, talked alike and enjoyed dating other twins. The wiry, bespectacled pair won many "most identical" competitions over the years.The annual Twins Days festival, a three-day event that begins Aug. 3 this year, attracts about 3,000 sets of twins, triplets (4) and quadruplets (5) and features contests such as those for the most alike and least alike twins. Over the years, it also has attracted scientists interested in genetic research.Between trips to Twinsburg and to other twin events, the Reiffs lived frugally (6) on a 154-acre farm that had been in the family for three generations. It was no model of agriculture. A wood stove heated the house, and a 20-cow herd barely supported the dairy.Before his death in 2005, John Reiff cut a deal with a development group that planned to use the farm, a rare piece of undeveloped land near Philadelphia, for residential housing.Neighbors sued, but local officials, the developer and residents have finally agreed on a plan to build six houses and a park on the site, and 40 houses elsewhere.The Reiff brothers, who never married, gave most of their fortune to the Twins Days festival but also left 0,000 to four churches. None of their four living sisters was named in their will. 两位简朴的单身农夫向双胞胎日捐赠了价值5百万美元的资产,足以让人们为之惊讶。约翰雷夫和威廉雷夫曾经被吉尼斯世界纪录认为是世界上长得最像的双胞胎。他们把自己大多数的资产都赠给了特温斯堡市的双胞胎节日,即在克里夫兰东南部的15英里地。约翰于2005年去世,而威廉比约翰早去世5年。然而,直到最近,对这对双胞胎兄弟在费城城郊的农场的开发计划才得以实现。据一位双胞胎节日委员会的律师称,随着这项土地交易在今年的完成,双胞胎节日将获得4到5百万美元。节日委员会打算将这笔钱用于付其运营成本。雷夫兄弟俩第一次参加双胞胎节日是在70年代末。他们总是穿同样的衣,用同样的方式讲话,喜欢和另外的双胞胎约会。多年来,这对瘦但结实的双胞胎兄弟参加了很多“最相像”比赛并获奖。双胞胎节日每年都会举办一次,一共持续三天。今年是在8月3日举行的,吸引了有3000对双胞胎、三胞胎和四胞胎的参与,举办了长得最像和最不像之类的比赛。很多年来,这项活动同样也吸引了那些对基因研究感兴趣的科学家们。在往返于参加特温斯堡市和其他双胞胎活动之外,雷夫兄弟在一块154英亩的农场上过着俭朴的生活。这个家族有三代人在这块农场上生活过。这里不是模范的农场。整个屋子靠一个木制火炉取暖,20头牛勉强维持产奶。一个开发商原本打算在这块费城附近的稀有的未开发土地上修建住房,但约翰雷夫在2005年去世以前和该公司缔结了土地交易。邻居们起诉了他,但到最后,当地政府、开发商和居民还是达成一致,计划就在那修建6座房子和一个公园,然后在别的地再修40 座房子。雷夫兄弟一生未婚,并把他们大多数财产都捐给了双胞胎节日,把另外的25万美元赠与了4座教堂。在遗嘱里,他们根本没有提及四个还健在的。 /200807/43317。

  星座决定最适合你的流行发型 星座、发型,也许很多人会认为这两个词风马牛不相及,很少把他们联想在一起。但是,其实很多适合我们的发型可以尝试从星座特定上确定,不同星座总体上代表这不同性格特征,因此也会有不同的发型与之相对应。所以...狮子座 射手座 白羊座性格特质:活力充沛、自我中心、焦急易怒流行发型平衡法则:充满活力但是不稳定的性格,最好弄个浪漫浪卷。浪卷成熟抚媚让火象星座更具稳重气质,这样可以拴住火相星座们狂放的心,显得稳重而不失活力。Aries Leo Sagittarius:disposition:Energetic, self-centeredness, anxious, irritableHairstyle:Romantic waves——modest but not lack of energy /200911/89811

  相信大家对Chinglish早已经见怪不怪了,就连上世纪30年代逐字翻译的中式英语Long time no see(很久不见),也大张旗鼓地进入了英语标准词组的“领地”。当然这不过属于“中式逐字翻译原创版”,老外们看后莞尔一笑也就过去了。但有些情况则不同,已有的英文词句的表意往往并非是单词的真正意思,如果一不留神就会酿成“英语尴尬”,闹笑话不说,表错了意有时还会带来不少误会。就像一位友在加拿大的亲身经历——他刚到加拿大的时候看到很多大厦门口都有smoke free的标志,因此由衷地感叹道:“加拿大就是好,抽烟都免费。”  你犯过类似的错误吗?不管有没有,都千万不要小看这些容易造成误会的“危险词句”——1、成语类pull one's leg 开玩笑(不是“拉后腿”)in one's birthday suit 赤身裸体(不是“穿着生日礼”)eat one's words 收回前言(不是“吃话”)an apple of love 西红柿(不是“爱情之果”)handwriting on the wall 不祥之兆(不是“大字报”)bring down the house 得全场喝(不是“推倒房子”)have a fit 勃然大怒(不是“试穿”)think a great deal of oneself 高看或看重自己(不是“为自己想得很多”)pull up one's socks 鼓起勇气(不是“提上袜子”) /200910/87946

  

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