2014.06.20【英译中】赞美的益处(一)

发表于:2014-06-20 13:00 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

Profits of Praise

赞美的益处

       Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit; we cannot flower and grow without it. And yet, while most of us are only too ready to apply to others the cold wind of criticism, we are somehow reluctant to give our fellows the warm sunshine of Praise.

      对于人类的精神而言,赞美像阳光;没有它,我们无法开花生长。然而我们大多数人动不动就会对别人挂起批评的寒风,不知为什么不愿意把表扬的温暖阳光给予我们的同伴。

      Why --- when one word can bring such pleasure? A friend of mine who travels widely always tries to learn a little of the language of any place she visits. She’s not much of a linguist, but she does know how to say one word --- “beautiful” --- in several languages. She can use it to a mother holding her baby, or to a lonely salesman fishing out pictures of her family. The ability has earned her friends all over the world.

       为什么——有时一个词汇能带来如此欢愉?我有一个到处旅行的朋友,总会试着学一点所到之地的语言。她并不是一个很好地语言学家,但知道如何用几门语言说一个词——“漂亮”。她能用它去赞美一个抱着宝宝的母亲,或是一个拿出家人画像的孤独的推销员。这种能力为她赚得了遍及世界的朋友。

        It’s especially rewarding to give praise in areas in which effort generally goes unnoticed or unmentioned. An artist gets complimented for a glorious picture, a cook for a perfect meal. But do you ever tell your laundry manager how pleasant you are when the shirts are done just right? Do you ever praise your paper boy for getting the paper to you on time 365 days a year?

       对平时不被人察觉或提及的努力给予表扬是很容易的。一个画家因一幅漂亮的画作而受到赞美;一个厨师因一顿完美的大餐就会受到表扬,但你可曾告知为你洗衣的经理,当他迅速洗完衬衫送来时,你是多么的高兴?你可曾赞美每年365天按时为你送报的报童?



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