2014.06.20【英译中】赞美的益处(二)

发表于:2014-06-20 13:19 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
  Praise is particularly appreciated by those doing routine jobs: gas-station attendants, waitresses --- even housewives. Do you ever into a house and say, “What a tidy room”? Hardly anybody does. That’s why housework is considered such a dreary grind. Comment is often made about activities which are relatively easy and satisfying, like arranging flowers; but not about jobs which are hard and dirty, like scrubbing floors. Shakespeare said, “Our praises are our wage.” Since so often praise is the only wage a housewife receives, surely she should get her measure.

          那些从事例行工作的人们特别懂得赞美的意义:加油站服务员,女服务员——甚至是家庭主妇。你曾进过一所房子说;“多干净的房间吗?”很少有人这么做。因为家务活细想是一件乏味的苦差事。人们常对一些比较容易又令人满意的活动如插花加以评论,但对像擦地板一样又苦又累的工作却不予置评。莎士比亚说:“对于我们的赞美就是给予我们的报酬。”既然在很多情况下称赞是家庭主妇得到的唯一报酬,那么她理应得到自己的一份赞扬。

          Teachers agree about the value of praise. One teacher writes that instead of drowning students’ compositions in critical red ink, the teacher will get far more constructive results by finding one or two things which have been done better than last time, and commenting favorably on them. “I believe that a student knows when he has handed in something above his usual standard,” writes the teacher, “and that he waits hungrily for a brief comment in the margin to show him that the teacher is aware of it, too.”

          老师们也认可赞美的价值。一个教师写道:“如果教师从学生的作文中找出一、二处比以前有进步的地方并加以表扬,而不是通篇划上批评的红杠杠,结果会有效得多。”“我相信一个学生懂得交作业时,会递交高于他平时水准的作业。”这个老师写道,“而且他焦急地等待着在页边空白处的短暂评价,使他看到老师也注意到了作业。”

          To give praise cost the giver nothing but a moment’s thought and a moment’s effort --- perhaps a quick phone call to pass on a compliment, or five minutes spent writing an appreciative letter. It is such a small investment --- and yet consider the result it may produce. “I can live for two months on a good compliment,” said Mark Twain.

          赞美者仅仅只需花一会儿的心思和努力——或许是简短通话中的恭维,或者花5分钟写的赞扬信。它所费不多——而且我们也可以想象到它能产生的效益。马克吐温说:“有了赞美,我可以多活2个月。”

          So, let’s be a l e r t the small excellences around us --- and comment on them. We will not only bring joy into other people’s lives, but also added happiness into our town.

          因此,让我们留心生活中的小成功并对它们给予评价。这样不仅能给他人带来愉悦,也能给我们自己带来幸福。

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