2014.7.4 【英译中】096 美国国旗上为什么会有13道条纹?

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B: Symbols
96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
Answer:
• Because there were 13 original colonies
• Because the stripes represent the original colonies
96. 美国国旗上为什么会有13道条纹?
因为最初有13个殖民地
因为条纹代表了最初的殖民地


Explanation:
    The U.S. flag is often called the Stars and Stripes, because those words describe what the flag looks like. The flag has 13 stripes, which are horizontal lines (or lines that run from left to right). The stripes alternate between red and white, meaning that first there is a red stripe, then a white stripe, then another red stripe, and so on. The upper left-hand corner is a smaller blue rectangle with 50 white stars, which are objects with five points.
    美国国旗也叫做星条旗,就如同字面上的意思,国旗上有13道红白相间的横纹,最上面的是红条纹、接着间一条白条纹,然后又是一条红条纹,以此类推。在旗的左上角还有一个包含了50颗白色小五角星的蓝色长方形框。
    The U.S. flag has a lot of symbolism, meaning that it uses images to present ideas. For example, the symbolism of the 50 stars is that there is one star for each state. The 50 stars are identical, having the same size and shape. This symbolizes the equality (or sameness) of the states, with no state having more power or importance than any other state.
    美国国旗的象征含义多是用图形来表达的。比如,50颗一模一样的小星象征着50个州,其权利相等,没有一个州的权重会大于另一个州。
    The symbolism of the 13 stripes is that each stripe represents one of the original 13 colonies, or the original pieces of land that were owned by Great Britain. After the Revolutionary War, each of the colonies became one state in the new United States.
    13道条纹中的每一条都象征了13个最初的殖民地中的一个,这些殖民地最初是属于大英帝国的。美国独立战争之后,这些殖民地都各自成为了美国的一个州。
    Some people think that the flag’s colors have symbolism, too. They often say that the white stripes symbolize purity or goodness, the red stripes symbolize strength and courage (or bravery and not being afraid), and the stars symbolize heaven (or the place where Christians believe God lives and where good people go when they die). But the founding fathers did not give special meaning to the colors of the flag. Those meanings were created after the flag had already been adopted (or chosen to be used) by the U.S. government.
    有些人认为国旗的颜色也有其象征意义。常认为白色象征神圣与纯洁,红色象征强大和勇气,星星象征着神和好人们安居的天堂。但开国元勋们当初并没有给颜色定以具体的含义。这些象征意义都是在国旗被接受之后才创造出来的。
    Sometimes the flag is decorated (or made to look especially nice) for special events. At these times, a gold fringe is put around the flag, which is a lot of short gold-colored threads (or pieces of string). The U.S. flag with gold fringe is sometimes seen in parades, which are celebrations where many people walk down the street slowly, often with flags.

    有时人们会在特定场合装饰国旗。这种情况下通常选用金穗来装饰国旗的边缘,就是那种金色的细线。这种带有金色流苏的国旗有时会在示威游行中看到,人们常高举着国旗,缓缓走过街道。


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