【150623】第32期: China's dog meat festival

绝望罗勒 (布丁小葵) 资深达人
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发表于:2015-06-23 11:46 [只看楼主] [划词开启]


因为想考翻译证,最近很喜欢看China Daily,也很喜欢把China Daily中颇有意思的新闻抄录下来练笔。
之前用茄子说的方法,把新闻中不懂的单词抄下来,以首字母排好,然后按字母顺序一个一个地背。这样在背完A字母的单词后,看新闻就不会再出现一个以A开头而我又不懂的单词了。这个方法听起来好像很玄乎,但真照着做了大半年,发现现在看新闻真的几乎没有一个不懂的以A开头的单词了。好神奇
当然,我不是说茄子说这个方法真有多好,只是觉得把背单词和看新闻结合在一起,还挺有意思的,而且从某个奇怪的方面而言,可是相当有成就感的哦!因为新闻的用语比较固定,同一类话题中,单词出现的重复率可是相当高的哦!

熊孩子,趁着立夏的热量,开始学习吧!


Please write down your wild guess on words below, and check it out after you finish reading news.
copious
decadent
bourgeois
unfurl
hustle
swelter
tuck into


China's dog meat festival raises hackles of fans and opponents

YULIN - For many residents of China's southern town of Yulin, the peak of summer is the perfect time to get together with family and friends - and consume copious amounts of dog meat.
Thousands of dogs are expected to end up on the chopping block during the city's annual dog meat festival, which has become increasingly controversial in China.
Dog ownership was once looked down upon as a decadent bourgeois habit, but China's growing middle class has started to fight what it sees as barbarous abuse of man's best friend.
On Monday, a group of about 25 animal rights activists briefly unfurled banners in front of the city government office, demanding an end to the festival, but they were quickly hustled away by unidentified men.
The city's dog market has become a site for clashes of supporters and opponents of the trade. In the sweltering heat, tempers can often flare.
"There are all sorts of cultural norms about what you can eat, you eat turkey, so why are you trying to force us to not eat dog meat?" shouted one dog meat supporter.
Eating dog is good for your health at the hottest time of the year, say supporters, and it is just like any other meat. "It's healthy, just like raising pigs or chickens, it's fine," said Teng Jianyi, as he tucked into a dog dish with some friends.
While many Chinese have signed online petitions seeking a ban on the festival, others take a more direct approach.
Last year, Yang Xiaoyun made the headlines after spending 150,000 yuan ($24,160) to rescue about 350 dogs.
Yang, who comes from northern China, has returned this year with funds raised from around the country, but she would not say exactly how much.
She hoped to set up a home for the rescued dogs near Yulin, she said, undeterred by the prospect of any hostility there.
"At the moment we don't have the ability to change people's habits, this is the government's responsibility, isn't it?" Yang said.
Despite the complaints, many Yulin residents vowed to continue eating dog.
"This is one of our traditions," said Liang Xiaoli, who had returned home especially for the festival.
"They criticise us, saying we don't have compassion or humanity, but I think every person has different circumstances," she added. "You can't just lump all people together. For example, if I think eating pork is really brutal, then no one can eat pork. That's not on."



Sentence-Making: Please make sentences with words below.
copious
decadent
bourgeois
unfurl
hustle
swelter
tuck into



I am not a dog fan nor a dog-eating supporter, since I don't have a dog, neither have I ever eaten dog meat. So I am quite confused by the buzz on the net. Dog-eating festival in Yulin is just a kind of tradition there. They eat dog meat, yes, but it violates no laws, right? Also, that eating dogs does not equal to inhumanity, since we cannot judge someone's moral standard just by whether he eats dog meat or not. Candidly speaking, though dogs bring funny times to human sometimes, I don't think they are the best friend for human, at least, they are not for me. Maybe I am too utilitarian, but I suppose cows are far more better than dogs. Cows work for us with their strength, milk us with their milk, and feed us with their meat. They never complain, even if we, human, just pay them back with hay and dirty shed, and never appreciate their efforts or respect them to be our best friend.


答题区

1、What is the meaning of "unfurl"?
2、What is the meaning of "tuck into"?
3、What is the meaning of "swlter"?
4、What is the meaning of "decadent"?
5、What is the meaning of "copious"?

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