2014.10.31【英译中】The English Reserved and Politeness(一) 11句/257字

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The English Reserved and Politeness

英国人的内敛和谦逊有礼


To other Europeans, the best known quality of the British is "reserve". A reserved person is one who does not talk very much to strangers, does not show much emotion, and seldom gets excited. It is difficult to get to know a reserved person; he never tells you anything about himself, and you may work with him for years without ever knowing where he lives, how many children he has, and what his interests are. English people tend to be like that. If they are making a journey by bus, they will do their best to find an empty seat; if by train, an empty compartment. If they have to share the compartment with a stranger, they may travel many miles without starting a conversation. If a conversation does start, personal questions like "How old are you?" or even "What is your name?" are not easily asked. Questions like "Where did you buy your watch?" or "What is your salary?" are almost impossible. Similarly, conversation in Britain is in general quiet and restrained and loud speech is considered ill-bred.

对于许多欧洲人来说,英国人作为人熟知的性格特征就是内敛。一个内敛的人,通常指的是他不会与陌生人做过多的交谈,不会在他人面前过多地展露自己的情绪,很少变得激动或是兴奋。对他人来说了解一个内敛的人是一件困难的事,一个内敛的人不会向你诉说有关他自己的事,或许你跟他共事了许多年还是不知道他住在哪里,他家里有几个孩子,亦或是他的兴趣是什么。英国人民多半是这样的内敛。如果他们要坐公车进行一次旅行的话,他们会尽量找一个空的位子;如果是坐火车的话,他们会找一个空的隔间。如果与陌生人分享一个小隔间,那么很有可能在火车行驶几公里后,两个人也不会有什么交谈。就算谈话开始,像是“你多大了?”,“你的名字叫什么?”这样比较私人的问题,对于英国人来说是很难问出口的。再比如,“你在哪儿买的你的手表?”“你的工资是多少?”这样的问题更是不可能被问出口,大体上来说英国人与谈话都比较安静和保守,大声说话的行为会被认为是没有教养的,粗鲁的。

 


This unwillingness to communicate with others is an unfortunate quality in some ways, since it tends to give the impression of coldness, and it is true that the English (except perhaps in the North) are not noted for their generosity and hospitality. On the other hand, they are perfectly human behind their barrier of reserve, and may be quite pleased when a friendly stranger or foreigner succeeds for a time in breaking the barrier down.2

在某种程度上来说,不愿意和别人交谈是一种不好的品质,因为这样会给他人留下一种“你这个人比较冷漠”的印象,不过英国人(除了住在北部的英国人)也确实不以慷慨大方或是热情好客闻名于世界。在另一个方面,如果除却内敛的表象,他们实际上是好人,如果一个友好的陌生人或是外国人愿意和他们攀谈几句,打破内敛的屏障,他们也会非常友好地作出回应。

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