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你读书是为了炫耀吗?探讨人们对书籍的选择和阅读的目的

kira86 于2019-09-17发布 l 已有人浏览
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你喜欢看书吗?如果有人说他能根据你看的书能猜出你属于哪种类型的人,你觉得他的判断会准确吗?BBC探讨人们对书籍的选择和阅读的目的。
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Do you read to show off?

你读书是为了炫耀吗?

What do you read when you are travelling by train or bus?

旅途中在火车或汽车上你会读哪些书?

What are other passengers reading? Perhaps a woman sitting near you is reading a trashy romantic novel. A man is reading a serious biography about a politician. And there's a student reading an English textbook.

其它旅客会读些什么书呢?也许坐在你旁边的女士正在阅读一本无用的浪漫小说,旁边的男士正在阅读一本关于某个政治家的传记。而还有一名学生则正在看英语教材。

What do their choices say about them? Do you judge them by what they are reading?

他们选择的读物说明了什么呢?你会借此对其身份做出判断吗?

I have got to tell you that your impressions of them are probably completely wrong. The woman reading the romantic novel could be a lawyer. She just wants a light read to take her mind off work.

我不得不说的是,你由此得出的判断有可能全部都是错的。读浪漫小说的这位女士有可能是一名律师,她只是通过阅读这样的作品来放松一下大脑。

The man reading the biography wants you to think that he is an intellectual, but he is just showing off. The student reading the textbook isn't a student at all. She's an English teacher.

那位男士想表现得像一位知识分子,但实际上他只是在作秀罢了。而那位读英语教材的学生其实根本不是学生,而是一名英语老师,。

Publishers know that some people are self-conscious about what they read on public transport and so they put out different versions of a cover. For example, books about Harry Potter have an original cover for young readers and then another more serious version for adults.

出版商们知道有些人对于在公共交通设施阅读的读物有自知之明,所以他们会出版不同的封面。例如,针对年轻读者,哈利波特这本书的封面保持不变,但对于成人读者而言,他们需要更成熟的封面。

So next time you are on a train, look around and see what other people are reading, but don't jump to any conclusions. You will probably be wrong.

所以说,下次坐火车的时候,看看周围的人以及他们在读哪些书,但是别凭此轻率下结论,因为你的结论很有可能是错的。

Here is a situation where you could say, "Don't judge a book by its cover".

这种情况也就是我们所说的“人不可貌相”。

 

词汇表

trashy

无价值的

a romantic novel

浪漫小说,言情小说

serious

严肃的

a biography

自传

a textbook

课本

a choice

选择

to say about someone

对他们的印象

to judge

判断

an impression

印象

a light read

文笔轻松,欢快的小说

to take one's mind off work

不再思考工作

an intellectual

知识分子

to show off

炫耀

a publisher

出版商

self-conscious

自我意识

a version

版本,说法

a cover

封面

an original

原版、原创

don't jump to any conclusions

不要轻率下结论

don't judge a book by its cover

不要以貌取人

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