有声杂志阅读 四 月 傻 瓜 的 故 事
四月傻瓜的故事(April Fool)
April first is a day on which, in some countries, people try to play tricks on each other. If one secceeds in tricking somebody, one laughs and says,“April Fool!” And then the person who has been tricked usually laughs,too.
On April first, a country bus was going along a road. Then it slowed down and stopped. The driver turned switches and pressed buttons, but nothing happened. Then he turned to the passengers with a worried look on his face and said, “This poor bus is getting old. It isn't going as well as it used to. There is only one thing to do if we want to get home today. I shall count three, and on the word 'three', I want you to lean forward suddenly as hard as you can. That should get the bus started again. But if it doesn't, I am afraid there is nothing else I can do.”
So all the passengers leaned back against seats and got ready for the driver's signal.
The driver began to count,“get ready,” he said. “One! Two! Three!". The passengers all swang forward at his last word??and the bus started again.
The passengers all laughed when the driver cried,“April fool!” So,the driver had played a big joke on everybody in the bus.
在有些国家,四月一日是人们开别人玩笑的日子。要是某人成功地欺骗了他人,他就大笑着,“四月傻瓜!”被骗的人通常也哈哈大笑。
有一次的四月一日,一辆乡村公共汽车正行进在路上,突然它放慢了速度,最后停了下来。驾驶员先是摆弄开关,接着又揿按按钮,可车子却没有什么反应。于是他脸带愁容地转过身来对乘客说,“这辆可怜的公共汽车老了,不如以前驾驶起来好。要是今天大家还想回家,看来只能做一件事了。我数一、二、三,当我数到三时,你们要尽力地突然俯身向前,那样就会使车子再开动起来。但如果那样还不行的话,我恐怕就没有办法可想了。”
因此,所有的乘客都仰靠到椅子背上,准备等候司机发信号。
于是,司机开始数,“准备”他说,“一、二、三!”听到他数三,乘客们都将身子朝前摆动公共汽车又开动了起来。
当司机大声说“四月傻瓜!”时,全体乘客轰然大笑,原来司机对全车乘客开了一个大玩笑。
有声杂志阅读 飞鸟集
Stray Birds
飞鸟集(节选)
By Rabindranath Tagore(泰戈尔)
郑振铎译
文字难度
  2.5
清风朗月、白昼黑夜、高山流水、青草绿树……自然万物在诗行中仿佛皆有灵性,闪着浑然天成的思想之光。
世界文坛泰斗泰戈尔的《飞鸟集》展示的正是这种情怀。这部诗集是泰戈尔的代表作之一,也被誉为世界上最杰出的诗集之一。其中以300余首清丽的小诗,对自然和生命给予哲理性的描述,在其笔下自然的淳朴、诗篇的优美和思维的跳跃得到完美的统一,无怪乎作品自出版至今读者对其的赞誉就不曾停止过。
  独处的时候,读诗,读泰戈尔,你会为心灵找到一个淡泊清透的祥和世界。
Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away.
And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sign.
夏天的飞鸟,飞到我的窗前唱歌,又飞去了。
秋天的黄叶,它们没有什么可唱,只叹息一声,飞落在那里。
O
  1)troupe of little
  2)vagrants of the world, leave your footprints in my words.
世界上的一队小小的漂泊者呀,请留下你们的足印在我的文字里。
The mighty desert is burning for the love of a blade of grass who shakes her head and laughs and flies away.
无垠的沙漠热烈追求一叶绿草的爱,她摇摇头笑着飞开了。
If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.
如果你因失去了太阳而流泪,那么你也将失去群星了。
Sorrow is
  3)hushed into peace in my heart like the evening among the silent trees.
忧思在我的心里平静下去,正如暮色降临在寂静的山林中。
“What language is
  4)thine, O sea?”
“The language of eternal question.”
“What language is thy answer, O sky?”
“The language of eternal silence.”
“海水呀,你说的是什么?” 
“是永恒的疑问。”
“天空呀,你回答的话是什么?”
“是永恒的沉默。”
I sit at my window this morning where the world like a passer-by stops for a moment, nods to me and goes.
我今晨坐在窗前,世界如一个路人似的,停留了一会,向我点点头又走过去了。 
The trees come up to my window like the
  5)yearning voice of the dumb earth.
绿树长到了我的窗前,仿佛是喑哑的大地发出的渴望的声音。
Man is a born child, his power is the power of growth.
人是一个初生的孩子,他的力量,就是生长的力量。
The trees, like the
  6)longings of the earth, stand a-tiptoe to peep at the heaven.
群树如表示大地的愿望似的,踮起脚来向天空窥望。
You smiled and talked to me of nothing and I felt that for this I had been waiting long.
你微微地笑着,不同我说什么话。而我觉得,为了这个,我已等待很久了。
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
当我们是大为谦卑的时候,便是我们最接近伟大的时候。
Thank the flame for its light, but do not forget the lampholder standing in the shade with
  7)constancy of patience.
谢谢火焰给你光明,但是不要忘了那执灯的人,他是坚忍地站在黑暗当中呢。
Tiny grass, your steps are small, but you possess the earth under your
  8)tread.
小草呀,你的足步虽小,但是你拥有你足下的土地。 
Let life be beautiful like summer flowers and death like autumn leaves.
使生如夏花之绚烂,死如秋叶之静美。 
“How far are you from me, O Fruit?”
“I am hidden in your heart, O Flower.”
“你离我有多远呢,果实呀?” 
“我藏在你心里呢,花呀。”
“In the moon thou sendest thy love letters to me, ” said the night to the sun.
“I leave my answers in tears upon the grass.”
夜对太阳说道:“在月亮中,你送了你的情书给我。”
“我已在绿草上留下了我的流着泪点的回答了。”
Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave.
The
  9)gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him.
蜜蜂从花中啜蜜,离开时营营地道谢。
浮华的蝴蝶却相信花是应该向它道谢的。 
If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.
如果你把所有的错误都关在门外,真理也会被关在门外面。
My thoughts
  10)shimmer with these shimmering leaves and my heart sings with the touch of this sunlight; my life is glad to be floating with all things into the blue of space, into the dark of time.
我的思想随着这些闪耀的绿叶而闪耀;我的心灵因了这日光的抚触而歌唱;我的生命因为偕了万物一同浮泛在空间的蔚蓝、时间的墨黑而感到欢快。
The night opens the flowers in secret and allows the day to get thanks.
黑夜悄悄地把花开放了,却让白日去领受谢词。
The
  11)cricket’s chirp and the patter of rain come to me through the dark, like the rustle of dreams from my past youth.
蟋蟀的唧唧,夜雨的淅沥,从黑暗中传到我的耳边,好似我已逝的少年时代沙沙地来到我的梦境中。
The service of the fruit is precious, the service of the flower is sweet, but let my service be the service of the leaves in its shade of humble devotion.
果的事业是尊贵的,花的事业是甜美的;但是让我做叶的事业吧,叶是谦逊地,专心地垂着绿荫的。
The raindrop whispered to the
  12)jasmine, “Keep me in your heart for ever.”
The jasmine sighed, “
  13)Alas,” and dropped to the ground.
雨点向茉莉花微语道:“把我永久地留在你的心里吧。”
茉莉花叹息了一声,落在地上了。
My heart is
  14)homesick today for the one sweet hour across the sea of time.
今天我的心是在想家了,在想着那跨过时间之海的那一个甜蜜的时候。
I feel thy gaze upon my heart this moment like the sunny silence of the morning upon the lonely field whose harvest is over.
我这一刻感到你的眼光正落在我的心上,像那早晨阳光中的沉默落在已收获的孤寂的田野上一样。

  1) troupe n. (尤指巡回演出的演员、歌手等的)团,队

  2) vagrant n. 游民

  3) hush v. (使)安静

  4) thine pron. <古> 你的东西,你的(在古语中,thou相当于现在的you,thy相当于现在的your,thine相当于yours)

  5) yearning adj. 怀念的,向往的

  6) longing n. 渴望

  7) constancy n. 不屈不挠,坚定不移

  8) tread n. 踏, 步态

  9) gaudy adj. 华而不实的

  10) shimmer n. 微光

  11) cricket n. [昆]蟋蟀

  12) jasmine n. 茉莉

  13) alas int. 唉

  14) homesick adj. 思家的,思乡病的
小链接
作者简介
泰戈尔(1861?19
  41),印度著名诗人、作家、艺术家和社会活动家。他出生于印度一个贵族家庭,从小就受到艺术熏陶,自幼便开始文学创作:8岁开始写诗,12岁开始写剧本,14岁开始发表作品。
泰戈尔的一生是在印度处于英国殖民统治的年代中度过的。他的作品表现出强烈的爱国主义思想,成为印度文艺复兴运动和民族独立运动的一个重要组成部分。
泰戈尔文艺成就斐然。作品包括50多部诗集(被称为“诗圣”),12部中长篇小说、100余篇短篇小说、200多个剧本、1500多幅画、2000多首歌曲等。其重要著作有诗集《故事诗集》(19
  00)、《吉檀迦利》(19
  10)、《新月集》(19
  13)、《飞鸟集》(19
  16);短篇小说《还债》(18
  91)、《弃绝》(18
  93)、《摩诃摩耶》(18
  92),中篇《四个人》(19
  16),长篇《沉船》(19
  06)、《两姐妹》(19
  32)等等。诗作《新月集》,成为印度大中小学必选的教材;歌曲《人民的意志》被定为现在印度的国歌。1913年,泰戈尔以诗歌集《吉檀迦利》荣获诺贝尔文学奖。
泰戈尔极具世界影响力。他早年赴英国学习文学和音乐,十余次周游列国,与罗曼?罗兰、爱因斯坦等大批世界名人多有交往,毕生致力于东西文明的交流和?调。1924年,泰戈尔访华,中国“泰戈尔热”进入高潮,深深影响了郭沫若、冰心等作家。泰戈尔一直在中国读者心目中有着极重要的地位,能与其匹敌的外国作家大概只有莎士比亚一人,他的作品至今仍然是中国读者争相传颂的典。
 

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