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VOA常速英语新闻:新款视频游戏成为美国外交工具(双语)

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特雷斯效应是一款面向远离美国海岸儿童和青少年的在线游戏。
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Trace Effects is an online game geared toward children and young teens far from U.S. shores.
特雷斯效应是一款面向远离美国海岸儿童和青少年的在线游戏。

It takes the main character on a virtual adventure across the United States, from the Grand Canyon to New York City and beyond.
该游戏需要主角进行从大峡谷到纽约等地点穿越美国的虚拟冒险。

But what is the State Department doing with a video game?
但国务院制作这款视频游戏用意何在?

"We want to go where young people are, more and more young people are online," said Tara Sonenshine, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy.
“我们想去年轻人的地方,越来越多的年轻人在线上,” 国务院公共关系副部长塔拉·索南希说道。

Online and ready to engage, she hopes.
她希望能够上线并准备加入。

We took the game to Sandra Calvert, director of the Children's Digital Media Center at Georgetown University.
我们把游戏拿给乔治敦大学儿童数字媒体中心的主任桑德拉·卡尔弗特。

She studies the impact of video games on children.
她研究视频游戏对孩子们的影响。

"The plan is a marvelous idea.
“这个计划是一个了不起的想法。

I think that trying to engage children in the kinds of activities that they do is just the way to approach them," Calvert said.
我认为让孩子们参与各种活动是接近他们的方法。”卡尔弗特说道。

Calvert likes how the game has girl and boy characters to broaden the appeal while the players are learning English.
卡尔弗特喜欢玩家们在学习英语的过程中游戏中的女孩和男孩角色们扩大的吸引力。

But she says kids are used to action-oriented games, and this one is chock full of verbal activities that can slow the gamer.
但是她表示孩子们习惯于动作方面的游戏,而这一款游戏塞满了言语活动,会降低玩家群。

"So one of the things that can happen is that the overall plot line can get lost," Calvert said.
“所以其中一件会发生的事情是,主题会迷失。”卡尔弗特说道。

Calvert says with a little tweak and feedback from young gamers, this new wave of public diplomacy can become an inviting way to share American culture with the world.
卡尔弗特表示已经收到年轻的玩家们希望做出的细微调整及反馈,而这新一轮的公共外交可以成为世界分享美国文化一种有魅力的方式。


词汇解释:

1.trace n.痕迹;微量
to find someone or something that was lost

eg. Traces of blood were found in the bathroom.
在浴室里发现一点血。

2.adventure n.冒险;奇遇
an unusual, exciting, and possibly dangerous activity, such as a trip or experience, or the excitement produced by such an activity

eg. To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
中文的意思是,对于一个理性极其成熟的人来说,死亡仅仅是下一个伟大冒险。

3.digital a.数字的;数码的
describes information, music, an image, etc. that is recorded or broadcast using computer technology

eg. This is my newly bought digital watch.
这是我新买的数字手表。

4.marvelous a.令人惊异的;非凡的
extremely good

eg. He had had the most marvelous experience.
他有过极奇特的经历。

5.tweak n.拧;扭;捏
to pull and twist something with a small sudden movement

eg. He gave the boy's ear a painful tweak.
他用力拧了一下那男孩的耳朵。

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