Dragon Boat Festival-端午节

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of three major Chinese holidays, along with the Spring and Moon Festivals. Of the three, it is possibly the oldest, dating back to the Warring States Period in 227 B.C. The festival commemorates Qu Yuan, a minister in the service of the Chu Emperor.

本段重点:

  1. along with 除某物以外;随同…一起,跟…一起
  2. dating back to 回溯到…
  3. commemorate 纪念
  4. minister 大臣

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翻译:

端午节与春节和中秋节并列为中国三大节日。这三个节日中,它可能是最古老的 一个,可以追溯到公元前 227 年的战国时代。这个节日是为了纪念楚国的大夫 屈原。

Despairing over corruption at court, Qu threw himself into a river. Townspeople jumped into their boats and tried in vain to save him. Then, hoping to distract hungry fish from his body, the people scattered rice on the water.

本段重点:

  1. court 朝廷
  2. tried in vain 徒劳无功
  3. distract 引开
  4. scattered 撒

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翻译:

他因为对朝廷的贪污腐败感到绝望而投河自尽。镇上的人纷纷冲上船去救他,却 没有成功。后来大家把米撒到水里,希望把饥饿的鱼群从他的躯体边引开。

Over the years, the story of Qu’s demise transformed into the traditions of racing dragon boats and eating zongzi–a kind of rice wrapped in bamboo leaves. The races have certainly captured the imagination of people from all over the world.

本段重点:

  1. demise 逝世
  2. transformed 演变
  3. wrapped in 包在…
  4. capture 引起

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翻译:

多年以后,屈原逝世的故事逐渐演变成赛龙舟和吃粽子(一种包在竹叶中的米食) 的传统。这些竞赛显然激起了世界各地人们的想象。

Every spring there are nearly 60 dragon boat races held outside of China in cities from Vancouver to Sydney. Canada alone has nearly 50 dragon boat teams and Germany has nearly 30.

每年春天有将近 60 场龙舟赛在中国境外的城市举办,从温哥华到悉尼,从波兰 的格但斯克到南非的开普敦。单单字加拿大就有将近 50 支龙舟队伍,德国则有 近 30 个。

So what is it about the Dragon Boat Festival that appeals to foreigners? “It’s an unusual sport,” says one racer from Germany. “It’s not like everybody’s doing it. That’s one of the reasons that there’s such great team spirit in a dragon boat team–everybody feels like we’re doing something special.”

那么,为什么端午节赛龙舟会吸引外国人呢?“这是一项不寻常的运动。”一位 来自德国的参赛者说,“这并不是所有的人都在从事的运动。这正是龙舟队的团 队精神如此高昂的原因之一,每个人都觉得自己在做一件很特别的事。”
appeal to 吸引…

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