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朱迪福.斯特演讲Don't Let Chance Slide Away

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Don't Let Chance Slide Away from Your Fingers
 
不要让机会从指缝中溜走
 
 
【原文】My fellow graduates, I've got the best seat in the house today, a view of the greatest hearts, minds and talents of this generation. You will undoubtedly hear a lot of that kind of talk here today. There are sayings like "the intellectual elite" or "the hope for this country's future" or "the responsibility that comes with the privilege of education."
 
【译文】毕业生们,今天我坐在这个大厅最好的位置,看到你们这拥有最伟大的心灵、头脑和才华的一代。毫无疑问,今天你们将听到许多这样的话,像“知识精英”“国家未来之希望”或是“精英教育赋予的光荣使命”等等。
 
重点词汇短语解析:
 
elite
 
1、N-COUNT 精英;杰出人物 You can refer to the most powerful, rich, or talented people within a particular group, place, or society as the elite .
 
...a government comprised mainly of the elite...
 
主要由精英组成的政府
 
We have a political elite in this country.
 
我们国家有一群政治精英。
 
2、ADJ-GRADED 精英的;精锐的;最优秀的 Elite people or organizations are considered to be the best of their kind.
 
...the elite troops of the President's bodyguard.
 
精锐的总统卫队
 
【原文】And if you're anything like I was at my Yale graduation in 1984, you'll think, what a load of elitist crap. You'll look around you, at your friends still bleary eyed and silly from last night's concoctions, the buddies you curl up with, sing stupid songs with, make faces with. These guys? We can't possibly be the ones they're talking about...Do we know where we're going? Hell no! If you're anything like I was, you'll spend the next six months in bed watching re-runs feeling like a complete idiot.
 
【译文】如果你们一如我1984年在耶鲁毕业时的状态,就会认为这关于精英的说法简直就是一堆废话!你们会望望四周,看着朋友惺松而略带傻气的眼睛,其眼角甚至还带着昨天晚上的分泌物;看着那些密友,他们曾和你相互依偎,和你哼唱愚蠢歌曲,和你互做鬼脸,然后不禁会想就这些人?我们不可能成为人们口中所谓的精英,我们知道该何去何从吗?见鬼,还真不知道!如果你们此时就像当时的我,就会在接下来的6个月里,缩在床上观看毕业典礼录像,然后觉得自己完全像个白痴。
 
重点词汇短语解析:
 
bleary
 
ADJ (眼睛)模糊的,蒙眬的,惺忪的 If your eyes are bleary, they look dull or tired, as if you have not had enough sleep or have drunk too much alcohol.
 
I arrived bleary-eyed and rumpled...
 
我赶到时睡眼惺忪,头发蓬乱。
 
curl up with
 
卷起;使卷曲;撅起(嘴唇):
 
The pages of the dictionary had curled up from constant use.
 
字典的书页由于经常使用都卷起来了。
 
蜷缩;笑得直不起腰来;蜷腿坐(或躺)着:
 
The snake curled up in the long grass.
 
那条蛇在深草里把身子蜷成一团。
 
(烟等)袅袅升起:
 
Smoke is curling up from the kitchen chimney.
 
炊烟从厨房的烟囱中冉冉升起。
 
[口语]使倒下;垮掉;一蹶不振:
 
The blow hit the boxer and he curled up on the floor.
 
一拳击中了拳击运动员,他被击倒在拳台上。
 
(使)感到厌恶,恶心;寒心:
 
Her gaudy dress really curls me up.
 
她的花里胡哨的衣服真叫我感到恶心。
 
以上来源于:《21世纪大英汉词典》
 
【原文】But somewhere in the middle of free from post-graduation survival, the journey of your life has a way of sneaking off  the starting line. That is when your Penn education start specking through. You have been given the promise of meaningfulness. You've learned the discipline to "just do it," to apply yourself and lay your guts on the line. You have been inspired and not just by the things you have learned here. (Let's face it. You won't remember a single test question in a few months.) You have been inspired by the experiences you have had, the people you've held, the blood you have shed, all the growing up surrounded by hopefulness of spirit. You have dared, have stuck your hands in the surf and come up with dripping substance? All of that fine and delicious matter has a way of becoming the material of your life.
 
【译文】但就在毕业后谋生的过程中,你们不知不觉地跨出起跑线,开始生命的旅程,而那也是你们在宾夕法尼亚大学接受的教育开始发生作用的时候。你们得到的承诺就是生命是充满意义的。你们熟谙“抛开杂念,动手去做”的告诫。激励你们的不仅仅是你们在学校里学到的东西(事实上,考试过后没几个月你就会忘光所有的试题),还有你们的经历,与之交往过的人物,付出的血汗,以及整个被希望之光笼罩着的成长历程。你们也曾勇敢无畏,小试牛刀,小有建树,所有这些美好而令人愉快的事物无不构成了你们生活的材料。
 

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