人的10大守则

在网上看到这篇短文Ten Rules for Being Human,自己觉得很有共鸣。

不知道从什么时候起我给自己写了两句座右铭:I love this world! To Live and To Learn!(我爱这个世界!活着就是学习!)。这些年在我的课堂上、讲座中,还有博客、邮箱签名,甚至给奥运志愿者编写的教材中(后来删了)都出现过这两句话。

我爱“这个”世界,是相对于其它世界的。我算是去过其它世界,虽然对其它世界充满了向往,但目前我不会用离开这个世界的方式去看别的世界,因为我是真的爱“这个”世界的,还想要多看看。

To Live and To Learn!其中故意把两个to首字母大写了,为了跟英文中的名言Live and learn(活到老学到老)来区别。因为我觉得没必要那么沉重,好像要一直努力地学,学到死为止。我这句的中文我自己给定义为“活着就是学习!”。很轻松的,不用刻意去干什么,只要活着,那你就是在学习了。尤其这句,我觉得跟这篇短文很有共鸣。所以就给翻译了一下,放到这里来。

下面是文章:

Ten Rules for Being Human

人的10大守则

by Cherie Carter-Scott

translated by Richard Zhao

  1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
    你将会收到一个身体。你可能会喜欢它或者讨厌它,但在你作为人类的期间它将会一直是你的。
  2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.”
    你将会学习很多课程。你已被一个全日制的非正规学校招收,这个学校叫“人生”。
  3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
    没有错误,只有课程。成长是一个考验、错误和实验的过程。“不及格”的实验和最终“通过”的实验差不多一样多。
  4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
    课程会一直重复下去,直到学会为止。每一课在你学会之前会以各种方式呈现给你。当你学会之后就可以进入下一课了。
  5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
    学习不会停止。人生中没有任何一部分是没有包含课程的。只要你是活着的,那就意味着还有课程等着你去学习。
  6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”
    没有“哪里”会比“这里”更好。当“那里”变成你的“这里”时,你会很轻松地找到另一个“那里”比“这里”更好。
  7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
    其他人仅仅是你的镜子。你不会喜欢或者讨厌别人身上的什么东西,除非它反映出的是你身上令你喜欢或者讨厌的东西。
  8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
    你自己决定你自己的人生。你拥有所有必需的工具和资源。怎么用它们是由你来决定。选择权是你的。
  9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
    你的答案就在你自己身上。对于人生的答案都在你自己身上。你需要做的就仅仅是看、听和相信。
  10. You will forget all this.
    你会把这些守则全都忘记。

一封员工要求加薪的英文信,以及老板的回信

员工的信

Dear Bo$$
In thi$ life, we all need $ome thing mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ . worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to your company.
I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon.
Your$ $incerely,
Marian $hih

第二天,她收到了老板的回信:

Dear Marian
I kNOw you have been working very hard.NOwadays,NOthing much has changed. You must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticeably well as yet.
NOw the newspaper are saying the world`s leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if the United States may go into aNOther recession. After the NOvember presidential elections things may turn bad.
I have NOthing more to add NOw. You kNOw what I mean.

Yours truly,
Manager

Local man married to his blood sister committed suicide

Local man married to his blood sister committed suicide

by Princess Conswenna

Alex Wang, a 32-year-old man, was found dead in his bedroom by his neighbor Mrs. Li yesterday. According to Mrs. Li, Alex was a nice and helpful man, working in a IT company. He married a woman from the same hometown a month ago. Mrs Li went to their wedding and they were really a happy couple and so made for each other. Nobody could believe he would committ suicide a month later.

The police cordoned off the spot and found a letter from his newly married wife, in which, she said when she went back home after their wedding, she found out Alex was her brother, who was lost at the age of 2. Their mother recognized him from a honey moon picture taken on the sea shore, in which Alex showed his very special birthmark shaped like a three-leg horse on his chest. The mother went to talk to Alexes present parents to confirm it. It turned out it’s true. The happy couple are brother and sister. The bide was desperately sad and decided to leave without telling him where she was going.

Alexes parents came right after they recieved phone call from the police. The four parents cried together for the lost of both children.

两个学习外语的网站

学习一门外语时如果没有语言环境的话,当然离不开多听多看了。今天介绍两个很好的网站,一个是专门用来听的,另一个用来看(当然也包括听)。

第一个:Listen and Write

这个网站是专门用来做听写练习的。

举例说明,单击这里打开一个练习,首先会下载音频,完成后应该会跟下图所示一样:

Listen-and-Write-example可以看到,有两个播放按钮,第一个(Click play to listen all audio at once下面的)用来听全文。第二个(Click play to start dictation…下面的)用来做听写练习。操作其实非常简单,需要注意以下几点:

  • 开始听写后,你只需在下面的小方框里输入你听到的句子就可以了,不需要输入标点符号(有点不好的是像I’m都只需要输入im,我觉得不利于培养初学者正确的英文输入习惯)
  • 它会自动逐个字母地进行检查,如果输入错了它会自动删掉,如果正确的话会一个单词一个单词地显示在上面的大方框里
  • 在当前听的句子全听写完之前,音频会自动循环播放
  • 听写完成后,会在播放完当前这一句之后再播放一遍当前句,之后自动进入下一句
  • 以上说的是在默认情况下。你也可以更改一下如Auto Repeat和Auto Complete之类的选项,让它更符合你的需求。

Listen-and-Write-example注册后还可以查看自己的得分记录等等,也可以自己上传音频并且分段成练习题,和大家一起共享。

第二个:TVWeb360

这个是个在线看电视的网站,前面那个网站可以用做精学工具,而这个就可以作为泛学工具了。

你可以选择不同语言的节目,或者不同国家的节目,也可以根据不同类别来选择喜欢的节目。除了电视节目之外,还有一些地方的摄像头,你可以看到那些地方的实时画面。当然由于种种原因,可能有些节目可能收看不了,那就换台吧。

TVWeb360

怎么利用蹭课网里的应用来学英语?

我和大家一样,也是在探索怎么好好地利用蹭课网来帮大家学习。我先简单说说我关于用本站学习英语的一个想法。

  1. 打开蹭课网后先把“在线广播”打开,然后找一个国外的英文台听,再在新窗口里进行别的操作;
  2. 在“鲜果阅读器”里订阅你感兴趣的所有英文网站,然后就可以不用每次都要打开它们的网站来看最新内容了。操作很简单:
    1. 打开“鲜果阅读器”;
    2. 如果还没有设置过就先按照提示进行注册与绑定,如果已设置好直接看下一步;
    3. 单击右上角的“添加订阅”;
    4. 把你喜欢的网站的RSS地址找到(很多网站都有RSS,比如VOA 慢速英语最新文章的RSS地址:http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/customCF /RecentStoriesRSS.cfm),填到地址框里,再单击旁边的“添加订阅”就可以了。Tips:很多网站的RSS地址可以被鲜果自动检测 到,你可以直接输入网址就可以了,如:www.time.com
    5. 订好之后阅读器就会在你所订的网站有新的更新时自动获取文章供你阅读了。
  3. 在阅读英文的时候肯定会有生词出现,这时可以在新窗口打开“英汉词典”或者“n词酷”来查单词;
  4. 利用“读书”应用来查找、购买和讨论各种图书,并且在这个应用里你可以看到同一本书在不同的地方买会打多少折,方便你花最少的钱买喜欢的书。
  5. ……

当 然,等我们的用户多起来了之后,大家可以在“去蹭课了!”找到更多的免费课程或者讲座信息,与朋友们相约一起去学习,我也希望大家一起参与进来,用“发起 ”来分享你所知道的信息,我们一起努力把“蹭课网”打造成在娱乐型社交网站成群的中国唯一一个以学习为特色的社交网站!