2014.06.15【英译中】他帮助了盲人(二)

发表于:2014-06-15 15:10 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

One day, the pastor of Louis’s church came to Louis’s house and told his parents of a school for the blind in Paris. Louis’s parents decided to send him to the school when he was nine years old.

一天,教堂的一位牧师来访,告诉路易的父母在巴黎有一所盲人学校。路易9岁时,父母把他送进了那所学校。

Louis wanted very much to read. The school had only 14 books for blind people; the books were big and heavy. The letters were large and raised; one book took a long time to read. Louis thought there must be a better way to read.

路易非常想读书,而学校却只有14本可供盲人阅读的书籍;字母大而凸起;一本书得花很长时间阅读。路易认为一定会有个更好的方式去阅读。

When Louis was 12, Charles Barbier,a French Army officer, came to the school. Barbier developed an alphabet code used by army soldiers. The code was used to deliver messages to the soldiers at night. It was made up of dots and dashes. It kept the messages secret even if the enemy would see them, but the code was too complicated for the blind. Louis thought the code was slow and the dashes took up too much space. Only one or two sentences fit on a page.

当路易12岁时,一个叫查尔斯•巴比尔的法国军官来到学校。巴比尔研制了军队士兵使用的字母编码。这种编码常用于士兵夜间传递消息。它由点和破折号组成。即使敌人看见了它们,也无法识别消息。但是这种编码对盲人来说太复杂了。路易认为这种编码使用起来慢,里面的破折号也占去太多空间。一页中只有一两句话。

Over the next three years, Louis world to simplify the code. On a vacation at home, Louis, age 15, picked up a blunt awl. Aha! An idea came to him. He made the alphabet using only six dots. Different dots were raised for different letters. Later, he made a system for numbers and music.

后来的三年中,路易致力于简化这种编码。路易在家中度假时,拿起一把钝尖锤,灵光乍现,他只用了6个圆点来表示字母。不同的凸圆点组成不同的字母。之后,他为数字和音乐做了一个盲文系统。

Today, Braille is in nearly every language around the world. Louis Braille, at age 15, changed the live of blind people when he created the sixdot Braille system. It is fitting that January 4, Louis’s birthday, is considered Braille Day, in honor of the blind.

今天,盲文几乎遍布于世界各种语言中。15岁的路易•布莱叶创造的六点式盲文系统改变的盲人的生活。因此把布莱叶的生日14日那天定为盲文日,向盲人表示尊敬是恰如其分的。



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