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Cultural English 英语文化:Mother's Day 母亲节

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发表于 2009-8-26 09:22 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Michael: Billy, can you cover for me for about an hour?    Billy: Sure. I will tell the boss you are in the library if he asks.
    Michael: Thanks mate! I owe you a favor.
    Billy: Why do you need to leave for an hour?
    Michael: I forgot to buy my Mom a gift for Mother's Day.
    Billy: I can't believe you forgot your own Mother's birthday!
    Michael: It's not her birthday I forgot! Today is Mother's Day.
    Billy: And what is Mother's Day?
    Michael: A special day when we remember our mothers and all they have done for us.
    Billy: After you come back can you cover for me while I go and buy something for my Mom?
    Michael: No problem. I would hate to be your Mom Billy!
    迈克尔:比利,你能替我看一个小时吗?
    比利:没问题。如果老板问起来我就说你在图书馆里。
    迈克尔:谢谢哥们儿!我欠你一次人情。
    比利:你为什么要离开一个小时?
    迈克尔:我忘了给我妈妈买母亲节礼物了。
    比利:我不能相信你竟然把自己妈妈的生日忘了!
    迈克尔:我忘的不是她的生日!今天是母亲节。
    比利:什么是母亲节?
    迈克尔:一个特殊的日子,纪念我们的妈妈和她们为我们所做的一切。
    比利:你回来以后能替我一会儿吗,我也要去给我妈妈买礼物?
    迈克尔:没问题。我真不想做你的妈妈,比利!
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    New Words(生词)
    1) Cover for me: to tell a small white lie to explain why someone is missing from work or class
    撒一个善意的谎言来解释为什么某人没来上班或上课
    My friend said that he would cover for me, but the boss didn't believe him when he said that I was seeing a client.
    我朋友说他替我撒谎了,可是他说我在见客户时老板不相信他的话。
    2) Mate: a good friend
    好朋友
    Friends and mates are among the most important people in the world - after your Mom and Dad of course.
    朋友和哥们儿是世界上最重要的人,当然除了你父母以外。
    3) Mother's Day: a special day to stop and remember how much you love, cherish and respect your Mom
    母亲节::一个特殊的日子,让你停下来想想你是多么爱你的妈妈,多么珍惜她和尊敬她
    My Mom says that everyday should be Mother's Day so she can eat chocolate all the time.
    我妈妈说每天都应该是母亲节这样她时刻都可以吃到巧克力了。
    Lesson(课文)
    Mother's day

    The first celebrations in honor of mothers were held in the spring in ancient Greece. They paid tribute to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 17th century, England honored mothers on "Mothering Sunday," celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe suggested the idea of Mother's Day in 1872. Howe saw Mother's Day as being dedicated to peace.
    最早为母亲们庆祝节日是在古希腊的时候。庆祝活动在春天举行,人们向众神之母莉娅献祭。十七世纪时英国人用“拜望双亲日”来表示对母亲们的尊敬,定于四旬斋的第四个星期日庆祝。 在美国朱莉娅·沃德·荷于1872年提出了“母亲节”的建议。荷把“母亲节”当作是对和平的贡献。
    Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia is credited with bringing about the official observance of Mother's Day in the USA. Her campaign to establish such a holiday began as a remembrance of her mother, who died in 1905 and who had, in the late 19th century, tried to establish "Mother's Friendship Days" as a way to heal the scars of the Civil War.
    费城的安娜·查维丝为母亲节成为美国官方节日做出了努力。她发起成立母亲节的运动是从纪念她的母亲开始的。安娜的母亲去世于1905年,曾在十九世纪末期提倡过建立“母亲友好日”以抚慰内战带来的创伤。
    In 1910, West Virginia became the first state to recognize Mother's Day. A year later, nearly every state officially marked the day. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed Mother's Day as a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May.
    1910年西弗吉尼亚成为第一个认可母亲节的洲。一年后几乎每个洲都将这一天定为官方节日。1914年美国总统胡佛·威尔森公开宣布将母亲节定为国家节日,定于五月的第二个星期天。
    Today many celebrations of Mother's Days are held throughout the world. Although they do not all fall at the same time, such countries as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium also celebrate Mother's Day on the same day as the United States.
    现在全世界有很多地方庆祝母亲节,虽然这些庆祝活动并不是在同一天举行。丹麦、芬兰、意大利、土尔其、澳大利亚和比利时等国家和美国在同一天庆祝母亲节。
    Don't forget Mother's Day. Make your Mom breakfast in bed, buy her a bunch of flowers and some chocolates and, most importantly, tell her how much you love and respect her.
    不要忘记母亲节。把早餐端到你妈妈床前,给她买一大束花和一些巧克力,最重要的是,告诉她你是多么爱她和尊敬她。
    Dialogue(对话)
    Jeff: You look a little tired this morning, Joan.
    Joan: I know. I got up at 4AM to make breakfast for my mother.
    Jeff: You really are a great daughter, Joan.
    Joan: Not really. It is my mother who is wonderful. She gave me life and brought me up very well.
    Jeff: So you try to re-pay her on Mother's Day?
    Joan: Right. But she has given me so much that it would take hundreds of years to re-pay her.
    Jeff: Maybe we should have Mother's Day everyday instead of just once a year?
    Joan: It's a good idea Jeff, but I can't get up so early to make breakfast for her everyday.
    Jeff: But we should tell our Mom's how much we love them more often.
    Joan: I agree! I will tell my children your great idea!
    杰夫:琼,你今天早晨看起来有点累。
    琼:我知道。我四点就起床给我妈妈做早餐了。
    杰夫:你真是个好女儿琼。
    琼:不是的。是我妈妈伟大,她给了生命又悉心把我抚养成人。
    杰夫:所以你想在母亲节报答她?
    琼:没错。可是她给予我的太多了,要花几百年才能报答她。
    杰夫:也许我们应该每天都过母亲节,而不是一年一次?
    琼:这是个好主意杰夫,可我不能每天早晨起来那么早给她做早餐。
    杰夫:但我们应该更经常地告诉我们的妈妈我们多么爱她们。
    琼:我同意!我会把你的好主意告诉我的孩子们!
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