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最美英音:英女王2015圣诞致辞(视频)

2015-12-28    来源:英文联播 英国那些事儿    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

最美英音:英女王2015圣诞致辞

一年一度最美的英音又来了!

女王2015圣诞演讲来袭!

每年圣诞节发布电视演讲是女王的传统。

在讲话里,她用最适中的语速,最皇室范的英音对全世界阐述自己对今年世界大事的见解。

通常,一般皇室讲话的讲稿都要政府审查通过,

唯独女王的圣诞讲话不用经过政府,一般都是女王亲自动笔写,女王自己的文风也很赞是不是!

今年女王提到了小公主,提到了法国的恐怖袭击,提到了二战胜利70周年,还有她对来年的祝福……

大家打开视频播放…看着下面的双语全文…学习全世界最美的英音教材~

 

At this time of year, few sights evoke more feelings of cheer and goodwill than the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree.
每年此时,没有什么情景比一棵圣诞树上闪烁的灯光更让人感到欢乐祥和。

The popularity of a tree at Christmas is due in part to my great-great grandparents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. After this touching picture was published, many families wanted a Christmas tree of their own, and the custom soon spread.
人们对圣诞树的喜爱要部分归功于我的曾曾曾祖父母——维多利亚女王和阿尔伯特亲王。这张温馨的图片公布后,很多家庭都想要一棵自己的圣诞树,这一习俗也很快普及开来。

In 1949, I spent Christmas in Malta as a newly-married naval wife. We have returned to that island over the years, including last month for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders; and this year I met another group of leaders: The Queen's Young Leaders, an inspirational group, each of them a symbol of hope in their own Commonwealth communities.
1949年,初为军嫂的我在马耳他度过圣诞节。多年以来,我们多次回到马耳他岛,上个月还在那里召开英联邦领导人会议。今年我会晤了另一批领导人,“女王青年领袖”是一个鼓舞人心的团体,每个人都是各自英联邦社区的希望。

Gathering round the tree gives us a chance to think about the year ahead -- I am looking forward to a busy 2016, though I have been warned I may have Happy Birthday sung to me more than once or twice.
聚在圣诞树旁,让我们有机会展望来年。我盼望着2016年忙忙碌碌,尽管有人说,我可能不止一次甚至两次听到生日歌。

译者注:2016年是伊丽莎白女王九十岁生日,届时多场庆祝活动。

It also allows us to reflect on the year that has passed, as we think of those who are far away or no longer with us. Many people say the first Christmas after losing a loved one is particularly hard. But it's also a time to remember all that we have to be thankful for.
圣诞树让我们回首过去的一年,于是我们想到了那些远离和已经离开我们的人。很多人说失去平生所爱后的第一个圣诞节是最艰难的,可此时也该想想我们要感恩的人。

It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it".
今年,世界不得不面对诸多黑暗时刻,这是事实。可《约翰福音》有一句充满希望的话这样说,圣诞赞歌中常常朗诵,“光明照亮了黑暗,黑暗却无法蒙蔽光明。”

One cause for thankfulness this summer was marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War. On VJ Day, we honoured the remaining veterans of that terrible conflict in the Far East, as well as remembering the thousands who never returned.
今年夏天纪念二战结束七十周年是一件值得感恩的事。在对日作战胜利日,我们给在远东那场可怕战役中的在世老兵们授勋,缅怀数千名没有回到祖国的牺牲者。

The procession from Horse Guards Parade to Westminster Abbey must have been one of the slowest ever, because so many people wanted to say "thank you" to them.
从骑兵卫队场到威斯敏斯特宫的队伍大抵是行进最慢的一次,太多的人想对他们说一声“谢谢”。

At the end of that war, the people of Oslo began sending an annual gift of a Christmas tree for Trafalgar Square. It has 500 light bulbs and is enjoyed not just by Christians but by people of all faiths, and of none. At the very top sits a bright star, to represent the Star of Bethlehem.
战争结束后,奥斯陆人民每年向特拉法加广场赠送一棵圣诞树。树上挂着500个灯泡,不仅基督徒喜爱它,无论何种信仰或有无信仰的人们都喜爱它。在树顶有一颗明星,它代表着“伯利恒之星”。

译者注:所谓“伯利恒之星”是《圣经》中记载的一颗奇特天体。据说,在耶稣诞生时,有三个博士在东方观察到一颗属于“犹太人之王”的星,前来耶路撒冷拜见,就在博士们前往附近的伯利恒寻找时,先前看见的那颗星,又忽然出现在前方,引领他们来到耶稣降生之处。后世科学家推测这可能是金星和木星交汇。

The custom of topping a tree also goes back to Prince Albert's time. For his family's tree, he chose an angel, helping to remind us that the focus of the Christmas story is on one particular family.
这一风俗也可追溯到阿尔伯特亲王时代。他把一个天使放在家里的圣诞树顶,提醒我们圣诞节纪念了一个家庭的故事。

For Joseph and Mary, the circumstances of Jesus's birth - in a stable - were far from ideal, but worse was to come as the family was forced to flee the country. It's no surprise that such a human story still captures our imagination and continues to inspire all of us who are Christians, the world over.
对于约瑟和玛丽而言,耶稣出生在马厩,这样的环境远非理想,可更糟糕的是这家人还被迫逃离故土。这个人伦故事依旧捕捉着我们的想象力,继续激励着全世界所有的基督徒,这并不令人惊讶。

Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ's unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another.
基督短暂的一生中颠沛流离、饱受迫害,可他一如既往倡导的不是复仇和暴力,而是人人相爱。

Although it is not an easy message to follow, we shouldn't be discouraged; rather, it inspires us to try harder: to be thankful for the people who bring love and happiness into our own lives, and to look for ways of spreading that love to others, whenever and wherever we can.
尽管践行不易,我们也不要灰心。这鼓励着我们要加倍努力,感谢那些给我们生命带来爱和幸福的人,并想方设法将那份爱传递给他人——无论何时,无论何处。

One of the joys of living a long life is watching one's children, then grandchildren, then great-grandchildren, help decorate the Christmas tree. And this year my family has a new member to join in the fun.
长寿的喜悦之一是儿孙绕膝。先是儿女,然后是孙辈,现在有重孙辈帮我装扮圣诞树。今年,我家又有一位新成员共享天伦。

一年一度最美英音:英女王2015圣诞致辞
The customary decorations have changed little in the years since that picture of Victoria and Albert's tree first appeared, although of course electric lights have replaced the candles.
自维多利亚和阿尔伯特的圣诞树出现以来,传统的圣诞装饰变化甚微,当然,电灯取代了蜡烛。

There's an old saying that "it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness".
老话说,“点燃烛火胜过咒骂黑暗”。

There are millions of people lighting candles of hope in our world today.
今天,我们的世界,成百上千万的人点燃希望的烛火。

Christmas is a good time to be thankful for them, and for all that brings light to our lives.
值此圣诞佳节,向他们表示感谢,对所有给我们生活带来光明的人表示感谢。

I wish you a very happy Christmas.
愿诸君圣诞快乐。

文稿来源:英文联播 英国那些事儿

视频来源:腾讯视频

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