2014.07.18【英译中】Cultural Encounters 文化冲击(一)

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发表于:2014-07-18 00:39 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

  挑了一篇课文作为素材翻译了一下,其中问题还是挺多的,请各位大神多多指教。(笑



  We live in an age of easy access to the rest of the world. Cheap flights mean that millions of people are able to visit places their parents could only dream about, while the Internet enables us to communicate with the remotest places and the traditional postal services are now referred to almost mockingly as “snail mail.” When students go off backpacking, they can email their parents from Internet cafes in the Himalayas or from a desert oasis. And as for mobile phones — the clicking of text messaging at any hour of the day or night has become familiar to us all. Everyone, it seems, provided, of course, they can afford to do so, need never be out of touch.
  我们生活在一个非常容易与世界其他地方沟通的时代。我们生活在容易与世界其他地方取得联系的时代廉价的航班意味着,成千上万的人可以去游览他们的父母只能想而不能去(梦寐以求)的地方,互联网也使得我们可以与偏远地方的人们进行交流。而传统的邮递服务,现今已经被我们戏称为“蜗牛邮递”。当学生们背上行囊,去当一个背包客的时候,他们可以在喜马拉雅上的咖啡厅里或沙漠中的绿洲里,给他们的父母发电子邮件。至于手机,一天内的任意时刻都可以敲击键盘给别人发短信的行为,是我们再熟悉不过的了。每一个人,如果有条件可以这样做,绝对不会被时代狠狠地甩在后边。

 

 

  Significantly also, this great global communications revolution is also linked to the expansion of English, which has now become the leading international language. Conferences and business meetings around the globe are held in English, regardless of whether anyone present is a native English speaker. English has simply become the language that facilitates communication, and for many people learning English is an essential stepping stone on the road to success.
  同样十分重要的是,这样全球性的通信变革,也与英语的普及有着联系。英语,已经成为主要的国际性语言。大大小小的国际会议都用英语举行,不管与会人员是否是英语母语者。英语,已经成为了使交流变得更为便利的语言。同样的,对于很多人来说,学好英语是通往成功之路上的奠基石。

 

 

  So why, you may wonder, would anyone have misgivings about all these wonderful developments, and why does the rise of English as a global language cause feelings of uneasiness for some of us? For there are indeed problems with the communications revolution, problems that are not only economic.Most fundamental is the profound relationship between language and culture that lies at the heart of society and one that we overlook at our peril. 

  你也许会疑惑,为什么有些人对于这样美妙的发展顾虑重重?为什么我们中的有一部分人对于英语正逐步成为世界语言惴惴不安?问题的关键不仅仅在于经济,更在于今日的世界性的沟通变革。而最根本的是存在于社会核心中语言和文化间的深远联系。假若我们忽视这种联系的存在,必将是会后患无穷。

 

 

 

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