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VOA常速英语新闻:美国10年伊拉克战争后留下的局面(双语)

Cherie207 于2013-03-20发布 l 已有人浏览
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清晨,在巴格达中部的Bataween地区,失业工人蜷缩在大街上,希望能挣得一天的收入。
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It's early morning in central Baghdad's Bataween district. Out-of-work laborers huddle on the street hoping to pick up a day's wages.
清晨,在巴格达中部的Bataween地区,失业工人蜷缩在大街上,希望能挣得一天的收入。

Abed Khaled is a house painter. He's been coming here for 10 years. He said he works a few days a month. It earns him about $35 a day.
Abed Khaled是一名油漆工,他来这里10年了,他说自己一个月只工作几天,一天能挣35美元。

“Everybody is suffering. There are no jobs. When an employer comes by everyone rushes him, competing to get hired. The income is very little. It's bad and every day seems to get worse,” said Khaled.
“大家都很遭罪,没有工作,只要有一个雇主过来,所有人都围上去,争先恐后希望被雇用,报酬少得可怜,情况很糟,而且是每况愈下。”

Baghdad's streets are choked with vehicles as workers head to their jobs. Tight security slows traffic even more. Most residents say life is hard. Only a few seem to have benefited from the conflict that took more than 100,000 lives, and continues to do so today in reduced numbers.
就在工人们努力抢工作时,巴格达的大街上满是汽车。加强安全防卫使得交通更拥挤。大多数居民说生活很艰难,只有少数人看来从冲突中获益,已有10万多人在这场冲突中丧生,而且每天还有人不断死去。

In a central market a few kilometers away, Najila Ali Saba shops for her nine children and 21 grandchildren. She said bombs are a major worry.
在几公里外的中心市场上,Najila Ali Saba在为她的9个孩子和21个孙儿买东西,她说炸弹是最大的担忧。

“Life is difficult because of the security situation, the terrorists. Most of the terrorists are not Iraqis. They are coming from foreign countries,” said Saba.
“因为安全状况,生活很不容易。大多数恐怖分子并不是伊拉克人,他们来自国外。”


词汇解释:
1.topple vt. 推翻;颠覆;使倒塌

eg. The wrestler toppled his opponent.
那名摔跤手摔翻了对手。

2.legacy n. 遗赠,遗产

eg. These books are his legacy to the college.
这些书籍是他给学院的遗赠。

3.huddle v.把...挤在一起;使缩成一团;草率了事

eg. I saw him huddling himself up under the table when I went into the room.
我走进屋时看见他正蜷缩在桌子下面。

4.choke with v. 阻塞

eg. The neighbor suddenly choked with sobs, her tears gushing from her eyes.
邻居突然哽咽起来,泪水夺眶而出。

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