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中国时间: 10:47 2016年12月04日星期日

礼节美语126:Christmas in America (1)

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来自中国的雇员Dana跟同事Charlie聊天儿,说自己要去美国朋友家过圣诞节。

Dana: Hey Charlie, you're from Boston right?

C: Yeah, I'm from Newton. It's a suburb of Boston.

D: I'm going to be visiting your hometown for Christmas.

C: Really? Boston is beautiful at Christmas time. Maybe you'll get to experience a real white Christmas! Are you going there for business?

D: Actually, I was invited by an old friend of mine. He was an exchange student in Beijing in the 1980s. We've known each other for over 20 years now.

Dana要到Charlie的hometown家乡,Boston去过圣诞节。波士顿是美国东北部的大城市,冬天经常下大雪,所以Charlie 说,Maybe you'll get to experience a real white Christmas. 没准你能体验一下真正的白色圣诞节呢! Dana说,自己不是去波士顿出差,not for business, 而是去看一个认识很久的老朋友。

C: I see. So you're going to hang out with your friend for the holidays?

D: Yes, but I'm a little nervous.

C: Why would you be nervous?

D: Because I'm going to be staying with his family. I've never experienced an American Christmas. What if I say or do the wrong thing?

C: Oh...there's nothing to worry about. Christmas is a time of goodwill. People are supposed to forget about any differences and be nice to each other. Usually every one is in a really good mood.

跟老朋友hang out一块儿过节,为什么还会紧张呢?原来,Dana担心自己不了解过圣诞节的风俗,会说错话,或是做错事。

Charlie安慰她说,没什么可担心的,因为Christmas is a time of goodwill. 圣诞节是展现友好的时候。大家一般心情都很愉快、平和。Everyone is usually in a really good mood.

D: So give me a basic rundown. What are the Christmas traditions?

C: Each family is different, but basically you just go with the flow. If your friend's family is religious they might go to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.

D: I've never attended a church service before...that sounds interesting.

C: The singing and music can be quite beautiful, but many American families just hang around at home on Christmas - talking, watching TV, eating food and opening presents.

Dana让Charlie给她简单讲讲美国人过圣诞节都有哪些传统,a basic rundown of the Christmas traditions. Rundown 每个家庭都不一样,教徒一般圣诞前夜或是圣诞节早上会去教堂,但是很多美国家庭就待在家里,聊天、看电视、吃东西、拆礼物。他建议Dana, Basically you just go with the flow. 客随主便就对了。美国人过圣诞,还有哪些传统呢?我们下星期继续听。

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