Posts Tagged ‘信’

呸英语v1.0第一课

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

【编者按】呸英语是由我主编的一个英语小教程,试发过两期之后,反响并不太好,只因为选编的材料太难。吸收大家的意见,我决定降低教程的难度。呸英语的宗旨是,选取平易而优美的英文,慢慢消除坏英语(比如:商业英语、政客英语、劣质的新闻英语)在读者身上的影响。

如何写一封安慰信。How to write a letter of sympathy.

面对灾患和不幸,语言是乏力的。但是我们的关心有这样的能力,它使我们遭受不幸的朋友能够明白到底发生了什么,能够在困难中有所依靠,能够知道他们并不孤独。

写安慰信是有秘诀的–A letter of sympathy is also a letter of empathy, helping people get through tough times by showing them that they are not alone. They gain strength from knowing another person (you, the writer) has gone through something similar and survived, or at least understand what is happening and how they feel about it.

下面这封信,就是一个范例。从信中可知,这是一位uncle写给niece的信,Arnie由于生病,无法作为主角参加演出,失望之情可想而知。Uncle写了这封信安慰她。信虽然短,但是逻辑严密,层层递进,而且不乏淡淡的幽默和真情流露。下面我们来看这封优美的安慰信。

Dear Arnie,

Your brother told me that, despite a great audition, you didn’t get the lead in the senior play.
But as the understudy, you should learn the role as if you did have the lead. After all, people
get sick. (They even break legs — hence the show-business expression, “Break a leg!”)

And even if you do not act in this show, mastering such a difficult role as Robespierre will
serve you well in your future acting endeavors.

I had a similar situation in school, though in a different area: I wanted to be editor of the school
paper, but the teacher in charge picked another student.

I was crushed, but kept writing — and as you know, I now have a regular column in my industry
trade paper. So persistence pays!

By the way, it’s time you came into New York to see your old uncle. Pick whichever Broadway
show you want. The tickets, and a great dinner, are on me — my treat.

Feel better, smile, and keep up your spirits. You are great, and that’s all that matters!

Sincerely,
Uncle Andy

(选自:Robert W. Bly: Webster’s New World Letter Writing Handbook, 2004, p.42)

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雪山下的第二封信

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

我承认,大雪使我喜欢上了写信。

首先,我要写给你,那位开上路灯杆的越野车车主。四轮驱动,果然不同凡响,你爬上了花坛,又撞上了电线杆,路灯一下子笑弯了腰。幸运的是,你没事,走下车来,认真地查看撞弯的电线杆。你想走,但又不敢走,你在犹豫,因为你知道在5米开外有一个目击者,那就是我。但是我决定赦免你的债,如同别人免了我的债。今夜,你永远会记得一个浑厚的男中音对你说:“哥们,车没事就快跑吧!”

我承认那一刻我没有社会责任感,我关注个体胜过集体。我的信条是,一人未脱地狱,决不成佛;一人未曾解套,断不割肉。

其次,我要赞美你,急诊值夜班的护士小妹妹。昨夜回家中途,我去了一个绿色的医院,假装上厕所,实则体察民情。你接待了我,很热情地用纤纤兰花指,为我指引了方便之门,门口的灌木丛。在盖满积雪的树冠上,我饱含热情、一气呵成,写下了这个城市老大哥的名字,假如我混沌汤多喝一碗的话,还可以写上老二哥的名字,但是,SORRY,我肚子里没有那么多水,所以,只写了一套班子。

再次,我还要说,亲人哪,给我一把铁锹吧!我把携程的脑袋铲下来,上面绣上红亮的中国二字,献给国际足联和奥组委。本来雪灾当前,国难当头,出门已经相当不易,在携程购买的联程机票,一站不能飞,转程和回程也都变得毫无意义,而携程居然还要收5%退票费,不知道脑子里在想什么。灾难面前,一些弊端都在放大。

最后,我要对发了年终奖的同志们说,怀揣巨款,路上小心啊。不若到小老儿的店里稍事休息一下,二两老白干,半斤猪头肉,滚开的热水可以洗脚,火红的木炭可以点烟,COME ON,BABY,别犹豫了。

我煮的皮带快熟了,先写这么多。

致以冰冷的敬礼

王瓦拉

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