2004年06月24日

A bad beginning makes a bad ending.

不善始者不善终。

 

A bad thing never dies.

遗臭万年。

 

A bad workman always blames his tools.

不会撑船怪河弯。

 

A bird in the hand is worth than two in the bush.

一鸟在手胜过双鸟在林。

 

A boaster and a liar are cousins-germen.

吹牛与说谎本是同宗。

 

A bully is always a coward.

色厉内荏。

 

A burden of one’s choice is not felt.

爱挑的担子不嫌重。

 

A candle lights others and consumes itself.

蜡烛照亮别人,却毁灭了自己。

 

A cat has nine lives.

猫有九条命。

 

A cat may look at a king.

人人平等。

 

A close mouth catches no flies.

病从口入。

 

A constant guest is never welcome.

常客令人厌。

 

Actions speak louder than words.

事实胜于雄辩。

 

Adversity leads to prosperity.

穷则思变。

 

Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.

逆境出人才。

A fair death honors the whole life.

死得其所,流芳百世。

 

A faithful friend is hard to find.

知音难觅。

 

A fall into a pit, a gain in your wit.

吃一堑,长一智。

 

A fox may grow gray, but never good.

江山易改,本性难移。

 

 

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

患难见真情。

 

A friend is easier lost than found.

得朋友难,失朋友易。

 

A friend is never known till a man has need.

需要之时方知友。

 

A friend without faults will never be found.

没有十全十美的朋友。

 

‘After you’ is good manners.

“您先请”是礼貌。

 

A good beginning is half done.

良好的开端是成功的一半。

 

A good beginning makes a good ending.

善始者善终。

 

A good book is a good friend.

好书如挚友。

 

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.

一本好书,相伴一生。

 

A good conscience is a soft pillow.

不做亏心事,不怕鬼叫门。

2004年06月12日

THE leaders of 17 countries gathered in France last weekend to mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day. This was the allied invasion of the Normandy coast in German-controlled France on June 6, 1944, which led to the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II.     
上周,17个国家的元首聚集法国,庆祝诺曼底登陆60周年。1944年6月6日,盟军在诺曼底登陆,攻进了德军控制下的法国,这一行动最终导致了纳粹德国在二战中的失败。

The guests included US President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the host, President Jacques Chirac of France. Also present was Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the first German leader ever to take part in the D-Day remembrance event.     
出席庆典的各国元首包括美国总统乔治·布什,英国首相托尼·布莱尔,俄罗斯总统弗拉基米尔·普京以及做为东道主的法国总统雅克·希拉克。德国总理格哈德·施罗德也做为德国历史上首位参加诺曼底登陆纪念活动的国家领导人出席了仪式。
 
Chirac said he wanted “both a festival, with moments of seriousness, and a signal that finally we can live in peace.”
希拉克表示,他希望这个日子能引发人们认真回顾历史,也能象征和平最终来临。

Though this invitation to Germany was criticized by some, Hamlaoui Mekachera, French War Veterans Minister, said it is time to turn the page.     
尽管这次邀请德国参与庆典的做法遭到了一些人的置疑,但法国退伍军人事务部长级代表哈姆拉维·梅卡舍拉解释说,是该翻开历史新篇章的时候了。
 
“We want to use the past for the future and the future for us is the building of a lasting peace,” he said. “When the past serves this lasting peace, why not?”     
“历史的作用就是帮助我们创造更好的未来,而我们的未来就是维护和平”,他说,“如果历史能帮助我们维护持久的和平,那么何乐而不为呢?”

The event also saw France try to ease tension with the US following Chirac’s opposition to the war in Iraq. The Legion of Honour, the country’s highest award, was presented to 300 veterans, including 100 Americans, at a June 5 ceremony in Paris.
同时,这次活动也恰好打破了因希拉克反对伊拉克战争而导致的法美之间的僵局。当天,在巴黎举行的纪念仪式上,还为包括100位美国人在内的300位退伍军人颁发了代表法国最高荣誉的荣誉团勋章。

This was a friendly sign to assure Americans that France remembers, and remains thankful for their support and sacrifices during World War II .     
法国以此来表示他们仍然感激二战中美国对法国的支持以及为法国做出的牺牲。

2004年06月11日

there’s a place in your heart
and i know that it is love
and this place could be much
brighter than tomorrow
and if you really try
you’ll find there’s no need to cry
in this place you’ll feel
there’s no hurt or sorrow
there are ways to get there
if you care enough for the living
make a little space
make a better place …
heal the world
make it a better place
for you and for me
and the entire human race
there are people dying
if you care enough for the living
make it a better place
for you and for me
if you want to know why
there’s love that cannot lie
love is strong
it only cares of joyful giving
if we try we shall see
in this bliss we cannot feel
fear od dread
we stop existing and start living
the it feels that always
love’s enough for us growing
so make a better world
make a better place …
heal the world
make it a better place
for you and for me
and the entire human race
there are people dying
if you care enough for the living
make a better place for you and for me
and the dream we were conceived in
will reveal a joyful face
and the world we once believed in
will shine again in grace
then why do we keep strangling life
wound this earth, crucify its soul
though it’s plain to see
this world is heavenly
be god’s glow
we could fly so high
let our spirits never die
in my heart i feel you are all my brothers
create a world with no fear
together we cry happy tears
see the nations turn their swords into plowshares
we could really get there
if you cared enough for the living
make a little space
to make a better place …

heal the world
make it a better place
for you and for me
and the entire human race
there are people dying
if you care enough for the living
make a better place for you and for me

there are pepole dying
if you care enough for the living
make a better place for you and for me

you and for me …

MEN today are more handsome than their ancestors. That’s because “choosy” women got the upper hand in the battle for sexual power, say scientists.

As our ancestors evolved, the ability to attract a female mate changed. Good looks may have become more important than the ability to fight off male rivals, suggests a new study.

By studying the faces of chimpanzees, gorillas and other monkeys, researchers in Germany and the University of Cambridge have come to believe that our ancestors may have sacrificed fighting for mating in other ways, reports New Scientist magazine.

“Our research suggests that in early humans, a face that was attractive had an advantage,” says Eleanor Weston at the Research Institute Senckenberg in Frankfurt, Germany.

Weston says that changes were probably caused by choosy females who began to demand handsomeness, not physical force.

Prominent teeth that still indicate a male’s power and fighting ability in many primates like baboons and gorillas, may have been replaced by less aggressive teeth and looks.

Broader faces with prominent cheekbones, not unlike those of contemporary movie stars — including Orlando Bloom of the UK, Johnny Depp and Viggo Mortensen of the US — were preferred by females.

Sexual selection was starting to be driven by the attractiveness of a male’s face in the chimpanzees, believes Weston. This went together with the development of broader faces with more prominent cheekbones.
 

2004年06月08日

ARE you happy with your office? Have you ever imagined what you would find in tomorrow’s office? Well, just take a tour to see what US scientists have prepared for you:

Universities, government labs, and companies like IBM, Microsoft, and US office-furniture maker Steelcase are making plans to change the office environment.

They include: chairs that sense when you’re stressed out and will, perhaps, tell your boss to take away some of your work; PCs that can figure out during your uncertain moments where you’ve seen an unfamiliar name; and desktops that, with a push of a button, transform themselves into a computer monitor to help discussions during a roundtable meeting.

These ideas have one goal in common: To raise white-collar productivity.The idea is to continue the inventions that have transformed offices over the past 15 years. As recently as 1990, voice mail was still being introduced. Email was largely self-contained within companies — attending a meeting in another city meant going there.

Since then, Net communication — such as email, instant messaging, and videoconferencing — has sped up both work and business decisions.

Now, the need for increased efficiency to meet the needs of mobile employees has experts saying that office innovation is about to take another leap.

For example, to adapt products to the mobile workstyle, Microsoft is working on allowing an email or voice-mail message to arrive at whatever computer or phone you’re closest to. Drop your cell phone on your desk when you arrive at work, and special chips in it will route cell calls to your office number, the company says.

Better software can also make collaboration more effective. Surveys show that employees think that half the time they spend in meetings is wasted. So a number of companies, including Microsoft, have developed digital white boards. These are built into desks to allow everyone in a meeting to jot down ideas.

Videoconferencing should improve dramatically as well. In its model office, Microsoft uses cameras to project a 360-degree view of everyone at the table for employees who join a meeting remotely. In an inset screen at the bottom of the first display, they might also show the face of each person who speaks. The idea is to avoid misunderstandings that are common to phone conferencing.

Smart software might boost efficiency in other ways. For instance, it could take over routine tasks and leave more time for creative thinking. Sandia National Laboratories is developing a programme that lets a PC or other computing device take in the knowledge within your files. In that way, you can retrieve information based on the data you’d like to find rather than using a file name, says Chris Forsythe, a member of Sandia’s technical staff.

A more advanced version of this software would know that you’ve been called away during a conference call, and it would give you a typed summary of the most important points the caller discussed. Essentially, it would act as a personal assistant, says Forsythe.

Meanwhile, researchers at the Palo Alto (California) Research Centre are developing programmes that should help an office worker who’s been asked to develop a 400-page report overnight, says Mark Stefik. The programme can sum up the main points and present them in grammatically correct sentences in just a few pages.

Another way to accomplish that is for employees to wear a badge with radio-frequency identification. As you approach your office, a scanner might read the badge and tell your computer, which would then open to the page you last read.

However, experts say that many of these technologies will have to get cheaper before they can be commercialized. And because office furniture typically has a 10-year lifespan, replacement will be gradual.

2004年06月04日

WHEN people in Australia asked me what I planned to do for the next few months I told them, I was going to work at a newspaper in China. If any of them asked whether I knew any Chinese, I simply answered “no.” Whenever someone inquired whether I thought that would make things difficult, I simply answered “yes.”

When I arrived in China I got the sense that I was alone. This was not because of a lack of friendly faces or helpful co-workers. They were everywhere. It was because of my limited Chinese language skills and notions of cultural practice.

Here I was attempting to live in this country and get used to the Chinese lifestyle, all on about six words or phrases — most of which slipped my mind when I panicked.

I felt embarrassed when I was asked a question and all I could do was looking blankly at the person. Even the trusty phrase — “wo bu dong” — usually left my brain as I stood with my mouth slightly ajar.

Of course, there are certain ways to get around the language barrier. I instantly became good at using sign language and pointing to things instead of using words.

Pulling my hands out of my pockets and gesticulating madly has worked wonders in many situations already. And people seem keen to help out in any way they can, even if it is just with a friendly grin.

I find myself thankful that I have come to a country where people are very friendly and helpful.

Upon visiting Tian’anmen Square, I was taken aback by the number of local people eager to chat to me in my native English, either to practice their language skills or show me around their famous square.

I felt frustrated that I could not offer the same level of conversation in their native tongue. But my inability to communicate certainly did not take away from my experience at Tian’anmen Square. I was struck by its immense size, the grandeur of the temples, and I was impressed by the discipline of the army as they took down the flag as the sun disappeared.

The most satisfying part of the day for me, however, was the fact that I had accomplished my mission, to find and discover Tian’anmen, with relative ease. I felt on top of the world as I got on the bus and paid for my fare, all without understanding anything that was said to me beyond “xie xie”.

For the short time that I have been living alone with no language skills, I have been forced to think for myself, and to think on my feet. It is an invaluable life experience, and creates challenge after challenge.

I hope that my Chinese improves as I spend more time in the country. But while I practice I always have ten good fingers for pointing.

slip:            vi.滑倒;错过;变弱;减退;迅速穿衣
                      vt.使滑;切掉…的枝;支付;放开;闪避
                       n.纸片;女人用的无袖衬衣;瘦小的年轻人
panick:       =panic n.惊慌;恐慌
                       adj.由惊慌引起的;恐慌的
                       vt.使恐慌;使大笑
                       vi.感到惊慌;惊慌失措
a’jar:            adj. or adv.半开的(地);不和谐的(地);冲突的(地)
barrier:       n.界线;障碍
ges’ticulate:v.做手势
grin:            v. or n.露齿而笑;露出牙齿
frus’trate:   vt.使受挫;破坏;使挫败;使无用;使心情沮丧
struck:        vt.(strike的过去式)打;打动;迷住;采取;删除;停止
                        vi.打;击;罢工;着火;走;划桨;努力;突然开始;打扰
                        n.罢工;优良品质
i’mmense:   adj.极广大的;无限的;巨大的;[口语]极妙的;极好的
grandeur:   n.庄严;雄伟;伟大;尊贵
discipline:   n.纪律;训练;教训;风纪;惩戒
                       vt.训练;惩戒;控制;使遵守纪律
in’valuable:adj.无价的,极贵重的

2004年06月03日

CICADAS that appear from underground only once every 17-years are making big news in the US.     
有一种蝉每隔17年才露出地面一次。在美国,它们现在是热门新闻。

The first signs are little holes in parks and fields. Then, big, red-eyed bugs start crawling out.      
一开始,在公园或田间地头会出现小小的洞穴。然后,红眼睛的大虫子就会从洞里爬出来。

Thousands of these black, winged insects cover sidewalks, mailboxes, tree branches, and roofs across certain areas of America.     
现在,成千上万的这种带翅膀的小黑虫布满了美国一些地区的人行道、邮箱、树枝和房顶。
 
Many insect lovers are going out to parks to observe what scientists believe to be the largest emergence of an insect group
in history.     
许多昆虫爱好者正纷纷前往公园,观察这种被科学家认为是历史上出现的最大规模的昆虫群体。
 
But you don’t have to live in the US to study the amazing bugs that inhabit our world. Summer is coming. With it come warm
days and many chances to have a look at bugs. These creatures keep our ecosystems running and make up the majority of our planet’s population!      
不过,观察自然界里奇妙的昆虫不必非得在美国才行。夏天快到了,天气也越来越热,我们就有更多的机会看到虫子了。正是这些从数量上占
据地球生物绝大多数的物种在维持着地球生态系统的运转。
 
Many people use the words “bugs” and “insects” to refer to anything with more than four legs. But an insect actually has six
legs, a three-part body, and an exoskeleton, which is a skeleton on the outside of its body. Ants, butterflies and cicadas are all insects.     
许多人把四条腿以上的任何生物都称为“虫子”或“昆虫”。然而,昆虫其实有六条腿,身体分为三部分,还有外骨骼,即长在身体外面的骨
骼。蚂蚁、蝴