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2017年“外教社杯”高校翻译大赛英译汉、汉译英初赛原文
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英译汉原文

请将下列文字译为汉语:


Life has not been a smooth ride for me because like all other people I too have had some debilitating experiences but I am happy to note that my worst experiences have often lead me to my greatest achievements in life. I never stopped steering my vessel of life in the right direction. Very early in life I was told by my ancestors that the greatest achievement for any human being was to love God, adore yourself and like others. These became the secret of my progress and success. I took hard work as my weapon so I found that gradually success followed me as my slave.

Expecting a little more from life always pays us when it comes to success and progress because I believed that high achievement always takes place in the framework of higher expectation. This notion then leads us to the maxim that the best achievement in life is doing something that you think you cannot do. The opposite of this is the real risk of doing nothing. I am told that many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged people who kept on working rather than resting and rusting to do nothing.

Two lessons stand out among the many worthy lessons that my father gave me while I was growing up on our farm. The first was when he told me that in order to achieve success in life I should be sweet as honey; be regular as a clock; be as fresh as a newly bloomed rose; be soft as cotton wool and when the time comes be as strong as a rock. The second was even more appropriate to the topic under discussion. He said you would never be able to achieve much in life if you did not respect the old when you are young; help the weak when you are strong; and confess your fault when you are wrong because one day in life you would be old, weak and wrong.

As a pre-requisite to all my achievements and success I learned to laugh often, to win the respect of intelligent people as well as the affection of children I was teaching. I had some very honest critics in my life and I appreciated their remarks and reviews which guided me to endure the betrayal of false friends. My mother and grandmother taught me to appreciate beauty in everything and to find the best in others. These were my firm steps to a variety of my achievements. I am indebted to my only brother who wanted me to leave the world a bit better if I wanted to achieve something worthy and live a happy life. So my entire social structure was geared to achieving new and great things from my early childhood. I had to live and let others live a fruitful life. That gave me a lot of personal satisfaction.

   Achievement of my happiness and personal satisfaction gradually became one of the most vital moral purposes as well as the proof of my moral integrity. I became loyal to achieving a variety of social, cultural and economic values with greater determination, ease and understanding. I was determined to better my status come what may. Then success kept coming and I began achieving by developing my strengths but not bothering to eliminate my obvious weaknesses. Elimination of my weaknesses I was told would have been a futile exercise and would have hindered my progress and movement to being an achiever.

I never took my achievements as my success measure but my achievements were ready to roll slowly because of my honest endeavour, persistent effort to do nothing but the best possible at all times under any and all circumstances. Sooner or later I realized that my life had many ways of testing my will power either by having nothing happen at all at times or by having everything happen all at once. I had to quickly learn to strike a balance between these two extremes. When nothing was happening I learnt to charge my battery or have some fun in life and when everything was happening all at once I learnt to be discreet and selective in order to prioritize all the events.

I was fortunate to be placed in some of the best educational institutions with quality teachers and intelligent colleagues. While interacting with them I gathered that if I did not go after what I wanted, I would never have it. Conversely, if I did not ask I knew that the answer would always be in the negative. So I quickly learnt to step forward because I chose not to be in the same place all the time. I always felt that there was some force that was commanding me to advance.


汉译英原文

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生活在都市的人,愈来愈不了解季节了。我们不能像在儿时的乡下,看到满地野花怒放,而嗅到春风的讯息;也不能在夜里的庭院,看挥扇乘凉的老人,感受到夏夜的乐趣;更不能在东北季风来临前,做最后一次出海航行捕鱼,而知道秋季将尽。

都市就是这样的,夏夜里我们坐在冷气房子里,远望落地窗外的明星,几疑是秋天;冬寒的时候,我们走过聚集的花市,还以为春天正盛。然后我们慢慢迷惑了、迷失了,季节对我们已失去了意义,因为在都市里的工作是没有季节的。

前几天,一位朋友来访,兴冲冲地告诉我:“秋天到了,你知不知道?”他突来的问话使我大吃一惊,后来打听清楚,才知道他秋天的讯息来自市场,他到市场去买菜,看到市场里的蟹儿全黄了,才惊觉到秋天已至,不禁令我哑然失笑;对“春江水暖鸭先知”的鸭子来说,要是知道人是从市场知道秋天,恐怕也要笑吧。

在工业发展神速的时代,我们的生活不断有新的发现。我们的祖先只知道事物的实体、季节风云的变化、花草树木的生长,后来的人逐渐能穿透事物的实体找那更精细的物质。老一辈的人只知道物质最小的单位是分子,后来知道分子之下有原子,现在知道原子之内有核子,有中子、有粒子,将来可能在中子粒子之内又发现更细的组成。可叹的是,我们反而失去了事物可见的实体,正是应了中国的一句古话“明察秋毫,不见舆薪”。

到如今,我们对大自然的感应甚至不如一棵树。一棵树知道什么时候抽芽、开花、结实、落叶等等,并且把它的生命经验记录在一圈圈或松或紧的年轮上,而我们呢?有许多年轻的孩子甚至不知道玫瑰、杜鹃什么时候开花。更不要说从声音里体会秋天的来临了。

自从我们可以控制室内的气温以来,季节的感受就变成被遗弃的孩子,尽管它在冬天里猛力的哭号,也没有多少人能听见了。有一次我在纽约,窗外正飘着大雪,由于室内的暖气很强,我们在朋友家只穿着单衣,朋友从冰箱拿出冰淇淋来招待我们,我拿着冰淇淋看窗外大雪竟自呆了,怀念着“红泥小火炉,能饮一杯无”那样冬天的生活。那时,季节的孩子在窗外探,我仿佛看见它蹑着足,走入了远方的树林。

萌芽的春、绿荫的夏、凋零的秋、枯寂的冬在人类科学的进化中也逐渐迷失了。我们知道秋天的来临,竟不再是从满地的落叶,而是市场上的蟹黄,是电视、报纸上暖气与毛毡的广告,使我在秋天临窗北望的时候,有着一种伤感的心情。

这种心情,恐怕是我们下一代的孩子永远也不会知道的吧!


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2017年高校翻译大赛英译汉参赛登记表.doc

2017年高校翻译大赛汉译英参赛登记表.doc


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