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中国时间: 11:46 2016年12月10日星期六

礼节美语016:Spooning Soup

  • 美国之音

陈豪这小伙子正在和他的同事美籍华人Mary在一个美国餐馆吃午饭。两人正在点菜。

(Office ambience)

C:Mary, 看到菜谱上的汤就让我想起一句英文:"As the ships sail out to sea, I spoon my soup away from me." 不过,我一直没有弄懂这句话究竟是什么意思?

M:Oh, that's a little rhyme that helps children remember the correct way to eat soup.

C:喝汤还有正确不正确的呀? 不就是一勺一勺舀了往嘴里放吗?

M:美国人在正式场合喝汤时有一定之规。"I spoon my soup away from me" means you spoon the soup toward the front of the bowl and then bring the spoon back to your mouth.

C:(若有所思地)用调羹往汤碗的外边舀,然后再把调羹收回来送到嘴边。Why so complicated?

M:这样可以避免勺下面的汤滴在桌布上或衣服上。

C:Mary,let's each order a soup and try it out. I'm hungry, I want a clam chowder.

M:Clam chowder with sea food and meat. It's too filling. 我不饿,要个清汤就行了。

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(Soup arrives and they start to eat. Sounds of slurping)

M:陈豪,你吃得好香呀! It sounds as if you're enjoying your soup..

C:It's delicious! 味道真好。

M:But I'm sorry to say that slurping is considered bad manners in Western etiquette.

C:听说过西方人喝汤不能有声音。这汤也太烫了。我吹吹再吃。

M:不要吹。 If your soup is too hot, stir it slightly or simply wait.

C:又不能出声,又不能吹。那我就用勺搅动搅动,等它凉一点。

M:陈豪,你注意到没有,我喝的是清汤。我在勺的边上往里喝。而你的clam chowder 里面有肉,土豆等,没法从边上往里放。

C:That's right。我的杂烩里好多东西,没法象清汤那样往嘴里喝。

M:This is a good restaurant. The soup is wonderful, we should come more often.

(Sound of spoon scraping the bowl)

M:Chen Hao,don't scrape your bowl. Just tip your bowl away from you to retrieve the last spoonful of soup.

C:把碗往外抬起一点,让汤都到一边去。Mary, what are the main points that I need to remember?

M:Spoon the soup toward the center or front of the bowl and then bring the spoon back to your mouth; slurping is considered bad manners in Western etiquette; if the soup is too hot, stir it slightly or simply wait; tip your bowl away from you to retrieve the last spoonful of soup.

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