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[翻译字幕]词汇典故 - 各种日历主题:猫王、马丽莲•梦露、火车、猫猫,狗狗

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Words and their Stories - Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Trains, Cats and Dogs -- They're All on Calendars
词汇典故 - 各种日历主题:猫王、马丽莲•梦露、火车、猫猫,狗狗

 

Now, a special Words and their Stories for New Years.

I’m Faith Lapidus.

The New Year is the time for new beginnings. It is also the time to buy a new calendar. Yet it can take a lot of time just to choose the right one. There are lots and lots of choices. In fact, there are more calendars than days in the year. There are small ones. Big ones. Calendars that sit on a desk. Calendars that hang on the wall. Calendars to carry around. Calendars that show a whole month or one day at a time.

新年意味着新的开始,这也是买份新日历的时间。然而,光是选择合适的日历就要花很多时间,有太多可供选择的日历。事实上,目前的日历样式一年中的天数还要多。日历有大有小,有放桌上的,有挂墙上的,有随身携带的,有一次显示整个月的,也有一次显示一天的。

Of course, in one way all calendars are the same. They all list the same days of the year in exactly the same order. But people do not buy calendars just to know what day it is. Calendars have become popular gifts because many are filled with beautiful pictures.

当然,从某种意义上看,所有日历都一样,都是按照完全相同的顺序排列相同的日子。但人们买日历不仅仅只是要看今天是几号。日历之所以成为广受欢迎的礼物,是因为许多日历都画满了漂亮的图画。

Some have pictures of famous art works. It is like hanging a different painting on your wall each month. You can even learn from calendars. They often give information about their subject -- such as famous writers or American Indians or flower gardens.

有些日历上印有名画,挂上它就像每月在墙上挂着不同的画。你甚至可以从日历中学到东西。它们经常会给出和主题相关的信息,如著名作家、美洲印第安人或花园。

There are calendars about food and about beautiful places in the world. Calendars about sports and about movies. Funny calendars with popular cartoon characters. Calendars of famous people, like Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe.

有些日历印有世界各地美食或美景,有些是体育和电影,有些是印有流行卡通人物角色的趣味日历,有些印有诸如埃尔维斯•普雷斯利(猫王)或玛丽莲•梦露等明星。
 

Trains are a popular subject for calendars (Steve Ember/VOA)

For pet lovers, there are calendars with pictures of cats doing unusual things. Three hundred sixty-five of them – one for each day of the year. Calendars of dogs wearing clothes. And calendars of beautiful women in swimming suits, not wearing much at all.

面向宠物爱好者的日历,上面印有各种不同动作的猫咪图片,365 张图片,一天一张。

Would you rather look at pictures of cars? There are calendars with those, too. For busy mothers, there is a magnetic calendar to hang on the wall. There are even calendars for children who can draw the pictures themselves.

你更喜欢看汽车图片?也有这种日历。还有给忙碌的母亲准备的挂墙上的磁日历。甚至还有可以让孩子们自己画画的日历。

Some people do not just look at their calendars. They use them to write down important things they must remember, like meetings or doctor's appointments. Busy people can buy small calendars to carry around to help them organize and plan their life.

有些人并不只是看日历是几号。他们还用日历记录一些必须记住的重要事情,像开会或门诊预约。忙碌的人们可以购买随身日历,帮助自己组织和规划他们的生活。

But what if they forget to look at their calendar? Do not worry, there are electronic organizers that make sounds to remind people of things they must do. These days, if you forget something, it is getting harder and harder to find a good excuse.

但如果他们忘了看日历呢?不用担心,电子记事本可以发出声音,提醒人们必须要做的事情。如今,如果你忘了什么事情,想找个好借口越来越难了。

A website called calendars.com sells more than 6,000 different calendars.

有个名为 calendars.com 的网站销售 6000 多种各式各样的日历。

Some people do not like little calendars, or big ones, or noisy electronic ones. They are happy just to write down notes to themselves on small pieces of paper -- the smaller the better, usually.

有些人不喜欢小日历,也不喜欢大日历或吵闹的电子日历。他们喜欢在小纸条上记便签,通常越小越好。

These people never worry about all the time it takes them to find their small pieces of paper when they need them.

这些人从不担心当自己需要小纸条时寻找它们要花费时间。

This program was written by Avi Arditti.

I’m Faith Lapidus wishing all our listeners a Happy New Year.

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