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美文: 改变聋哑学生的命运 这位老师仅用了三个字

kira86 于2019-10-10发布 l 已有人浏览
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一位一直被他人否定和忽视的聋哑学生,自卑的他却因为新老师说的这三个字,改变了自己的一生。
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Three Simple Words

三个字改变一生

Since it never occurred to anybody at the school to retain the services of an interpreter , I had to sit in the front row so that I could read the teacher's lips. Classroom discussions were virtually impossible to follow because I couldn't hear what was being said around the room. In a vain effort to keep up with the flow of conversation swirling around me, I was always asking whoever happened to be sitting next to me what was being said. Eventually, I got tired of watching everyone shrug their shoulders indifferently and rolling their eyes. I began to pretend that I knew what was going on. Fitting in was so important to me that every time the kids laughed, I laughed along even though I was clueless most of the time.

由于学校里从没有人想到花钱为聋哑人提供翻译服务,因此我只得坐在第一排,这样我才能看清老师的唇语。而要跟上课堂讨论,那几乎是天方夜谭,因为我听不见教室里同学们都在说些什么。虽然始终是白费力气,但为了跟上周围同学们滔滔不绝的讨论,我总是不断地向碰巧坐在我身旁的那位同学询问大家在说什么。最后,我实在厌倦了看着每个人冷漠地耸耸肩膀,对我翻个白眼,于是我开始假装知道大家在说些什么。对我来说,融入感非常重要,因此每当其他孩子大笑的时候,我也跟着哈哈大笑,尽管对于他们为什么发笑,大多数时候我是一头雾水。

I spent every spare moment trying to keep up with my peers. While most of them finished their homework well before dinner, I was often holed up in my room right up until dinnertime, only to go back and work well into the night.

我把所有的课余时间都花在学习上,想努力赶上我的同学们。大多数同学晚饭前早就做完了作业,而我却常常窝在房间里直到吃晚 饭,而且吃完饭后还得接着回房间,做作业做到半夜。

One evening, I was working on a math word problem. For the life of me, I couldn't solve it so I asked my father to help me out. We had been going over it for more than a half-hour and making no progress at all. The smell of pizza drifted in from the kitchen. It was almost suppertime.

一天晚上,我遇上了一道数学应用题。我绞尽脑汁,还是做不出来,于是请父亲帮忙。我们花了半个多小时仔细分析这道题,可还是毫无进展。比萨饼的香味从厨房飘了进来。快要吃晚饭了。

My father decided to try one last time.

我父亲决定再试最后一次。

Stephen, read through the word problem again, he said.

“斯蒂芬,把这道应用题再读一遍。”他说道。

After I read it aloud, he added, "Now, do you add or subtract?"

我大声读了一遍,他又说道:“那么,你要用加法还是减法?”

Hesitantly, I replied, "Add?"

我迟疑不定,回答:“加法?”

NO,STEPHEN,YOU HAVE TO SUBTRACT,SUBTRACT, SUBTRACT!

“不对,斯蒂芬,你得用减法,减法,减法!”

His eyes were bulging , ready to pop out while slamming his fist on my tiny desk, almost knocking over the little green lamp.

他冲我瞪起双眼,眼珠鼓得都快掉出来了,他的拳头使劲砸在我的小桌子上,差点儿把绿色的小台灯震翻。

I shivered in fear. I wanted to dash beneath my bed and stay there forever.

我吓得直哆嗦。我真想冲到床底下,躲在那里永远不出来。

Going to school wasn't much better either. Kids taunted me and called me names mainly because of my hearing aid and the way I talked.

上学也好不到哪儿去。同学们嘲笑我,辱骂我,多半都是因为我戴着助听器,还有我说话的方式。

I remembered thinking, "What have I done wrong?"

我记得那时心里常想:“我到底做错了什么?”

Not only did I have trouble fitting in, but I also had difficulty reading the clock, counting money, and reading. Although I was gregarious and acted as a happy-go-lucky kid, I actually thought of myself as an ugly yellow bucktooth kid with wires that ran from the hearing aid box to my ears. Other parents didn't want me to hang around with their kids fearing that my deafness would rub off on them. How absurd was that!

我不仅很难融入集体,而且在认时间、数钱和阅读方面也有困难。虽然我很喜欢交朋友,平时表现得也像是个无忧无虑的孩子,但实际上我觉得自己是一个长着黄色龅牙的丑孩子,身上总是挂着助听器的线,一头连着装助听器的盒子,一头连着我的耳朵。别的家长不愿让我和他们的孩子一起玩,怕我的耳聋会影响他们。多么可笑的担忧啊!

Because of my academic struggles, I was fast on my way to being held back in fourth grade. Teachers didn't know what to do with me.

因为我学习十分吃力,四年级时我差点就要留级了。老师们也不知道该拿我怎么办才好。

But then fate intervened .

但就在这时,命运之手拉了我一把。

I was allowed to pass, making the way for my fifth grade teacher, Mrs.Jordan, to make a grand entrance into my life.

我获准升级了,来到我的五年级老师乔丹夫人的班级。她隆重地进入了我的生活。

She uttered a simple three-word phrase that was delivered at the right time in just the right way, forever changing my life.

正是这位老师在恰当的时候以适当的方式说了那么简简单单的三个字,就永远地改变了我的一生。

A large woman with salt and pepper hair, and twinkling brown eyes,Mrs. Jordan, my fifth grade teacher, had a voice that boomeranged off the walls of her tiny classroom. The school was Blue Creek Elementary in Latham, New York (just outside Albany).

我的五年级老师乔丹夫人身材高大,头发花白,一双棕褐色的眼睛晶莹闪亮,洪亮的嗓音回荡于小教室的四壁之间。这所学校是位于纽约州莱瑟姆的蓝溪小学(就在奥尔巴尼市外)。

On one sunny afternoon, she asked the class a question. I read her lips from my front-row seat and immediately raised my hand.

那是一个阳光明媚的下午,她向全班提了一个问题。我坐在第一排,通过唇语读懂了她的问题,于是马上举起了手。

I couldn't believe it - despite my fears, I felt uncharacteristically confident because - for once - I was sure I had the right answer.

我简直不敢相信——尽管我心里十分忐忑,但是我觉得异常自信,因为——终于有那么一次——我确信我知道正确答案。

But, when she called on me, I was suddenly afraid. Here was an opportunity to impress the powerful teacher and show her I was worthy of her love. Maybe even impress my classmates a little.

但是,当她叫我回答问题时,我突然害怕了。这是个给这位厉害的老师留下印象,向她证明我值得她爱的好机会。也许还能给我的同学们留下一点儿印象。

I didn't want to blow it. I took a deep breath and nervously answered her question.

我可不想毁掉这个好机会。我深吸了一口气,然后紧张地回答了她的问题。

Her explosive response startled all of us.

她激动的反应让我们所有人都大吃一惊。

She enthusiastically slammed her right foot on the floor and whirled her finger a full circle until it pointed directly at me. With sparkling eyes and a wide smile she cried, "THAT'S RIGHT, STEPHEN!"

她右脚在地上使劲一跺,手指迅速地画了一个圈,最后径直指向我。她的眼睛闪闪发亮,笑容绽放在脸上,她大声喊道:“答对了, 斯蒂芬!”

For the first time in my young life, I felt like an instant star. My heart burst with pride as an ear-to-ear grin filled my face. I sat a little taller in my chair and puffed out my chest. My confidence soared.

在我年幼的生命里,我第一次感觉自己像个一举成名的明星。我的心中洋溢着自豪,咧着嘴笑开了花。我在椅子上坐直身子,又挺了挺胸膛。我感觉自己信心倍增。

It was amazing how a simple three-word phrase delivered with incredible enthusiasm had totally transformed my young life.

就这么简简单单的三个字,乔丹夫人说的时候却是激动万分,而正是这句话彻底改变了我的童年生活。这是多么不可思议啊!

THAT'S RIGHT, STEPHEN!

“答对了,斯蒂芬!”

All it took was three words to get me to think that I would make a place for myself in this world no matter how many obstacles I had to overcome. From that day forward, my grades and speech improved dramatically. My peers suddenly looked at me with new respect and my outlook on life did a complete turnabout .

就只要这么简简单单的三个字,就让我相信,无论有多少障碍要去克服,我终将在这个世界上赢得一席之地。自那天之后,我的成绩和语言能力都突飞猛进。同学们突然对我另眼相看,我的人生观也完全转变了。

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