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VOA常速英语新闻:华盛顿樱花因为寒冷天气推迟绽放(双语)

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雪混合着雨水迎接着来到杰斐逊纪念堂和相邻潮汐盆地的游客们。
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Snow mixed with rain greeted visitors to the Jefferson Memorial and the adjacent Tidal Basin.
雪混合着雨水迎接着来到杰斐逊纪念堂和相邻潮汐盆地的游客们。

Photographer Judy Young was hoping to snap shots of the city's famous cherry blossoms , covered with snow.
摄影师朱迪·杨希望摄像镜头能够捕捉到这作城市著名的樱花,但现在却被雪覆盖。

"I came down here to find snow on these beautiful cherry blossoms, or even the buds.
“我来到这里发现这些美丽樱花,甚至嫩芽上都有雪覆盖。

Did I find snow?
我发现雪了吗?

No. It's raining this morning," she said.
没有。因为今天早上下雨了,”她说道。

School groups visting on spring break were also disappointed .
学校组织的在春假的的出游也让人失望。

Some arrived unaware that cooler-than-expected weather delayed the blossoms on the cherry trees—given to the United States by Japan more than 100 years ago.
比预期到达的寒冷天气推迟了樱桃树花朵的绽放—这是100年多前日本给美国的。

Marshall True, a student from California, hoped to take home a special souvenir for his Japanese language instructor.
来自加州的学生马歇尔·特鲁尔希望给他的日语教师带回去一个特殊的纪念品。

"I go to a Japanese class, and she was hoping to see pictures of cherry blossoms, so I have to disappoint her," said True.
“我在上日语课,而她希望看到樱花的照片,所以我一定让她失望。”特鲁尔说道。

"It's lucky for us we brought these clothes because it's winter here, not spring," said Sonia Bastidas, a tourist from Switzerland.
“幸运的是,我们带了这些衣服,因为现在这里是冬天,不是春天,” 来自瑞士的游客索尼娅·巴斯达斯说道。

She and her traveling companion , Mark Shmid, hoped to see Washington's spring spectacular while in town.
她和自己的旅伴马克·谢麦德希望在城镇看到华盛顿的春天美景。

"We were hoping to see it, but it's a bit early, I guess.
“我们希望能看到,但我感觉为时尚早。

So maybe during the end of the trip, we'll get to see some," he said.
所以也许在旅途结束时,我们将能看到一些,”他说道。

The National Park Service updated its prediction of peak bloom time for the District of Columbia's cherry trees because of the cold weather.
国家公园服务处更新了哥伦比亚地区樱桃树因为寒冷天气的开花时间的预测。

It now says the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom in early April.
现在称樱花将在4月初盛开。


词汇解释:
1.memorial n.纪念碑;纪念物
an object, often large and made of stone, which has been built to honour a famous person or event

eg. This memorial commemorates those who died in the war.
这座纪念碑是纪念战争中牺牲者的。

2.blossom n.花;开花
When a tree or plant blossoms, it produces flowers before producing fruit that can be eaten

eg. The sunshine will bring out the blossom.
阳光将使花朵开放。

3.disappoint v.使失望;使破灭
to fail to satisfy someone or their hopes, wishes, etc., or to make someone feel unhappy

eg. Her decision to cancel the concert is bound to disappoint her fans.
她决定取消这场音乐会,肯定会使她的歌迷失望。

4.souvenir n.纪念品
something you buy or keep to help you remember a holiday or special event

eg. Can you mail this souvenir to America for me?
您能帮我把这件纪念品邮到美国吗?

5.companion n.同伴
a person you spend a lot of time with often because you are friends or because you are travelling together

eg. He is a good companion on the journey.
他是个好旅伴。

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