地道美语听力播客:谈论监督 Talking about Censorship
日期:2011-10-19 16:40

(单词翻译:单击)

情景对话

The school that my daughter attends is trying to decide whether or not to ban certain books, which some parents think are inappropriate. The school called a parents meeting to talk over the issue.

At the meeting, one woman said: “The books on this list are obscene! I don’t want my children reading that filth!”

Another parent responded: “That’s absurd! Haven’t you ever heard of free speech? Banning books violates everything we Americans believe in.”

Another parent said: “I don’t like the way this book portrays history. To me, it’s morally objectionable.”
Still another parent complained: “There is too much graphic violence in these books and I won’t allow my son to be exposed to it.”

A parent stood up and yelled: “People who want to ban books are fear mongering. They don’t give our kids enough credit.”

The meeting turned into a shouting match. If you ask me, I’m very glad that none of the students were at this meeting. They would be learning an important lesson, but not one that any parent would want!
词汇注释

ban v.禁止

inappropriate adj.不适当的

talk over 商讨; 讨论

obscene adj. 淫秽的,讨人厌的

filth n.污秽

absurd adj.胡闹的

free speech=freedom of speech 言论自由

violate v.违犯, 冒犯

believe in 相信

portray v.描绘

morally adv.道德上

objectionable adj.会引起反对的, 有异议的

graphic adj.绘画似的; 图解的

violence n.暴力

be exposed to 接触到

fear mongering 散播恐惧的人

don’t give our kids enough credit 没有给予孩子们足够的信任

shouting match 大声的争吵

参考译文

我女儿学习的学校正在决定是否要禁止读某些家长认为不合适的书。学校开了个家长会来谈论这个问题。

会上,一个女士说“这个单子上的书都很淫秽。我不想让我的孩子们读这种污秽。”

另位家长回应道“那真是胡闹。你们没听过言论自由吗?禁止读书会亵渎我们美国人所相信的一切。

另外家长说”我不喜欢这本书描写历史的方式。对我来说,这会引起道德上的争议。”

另位家长抱怨到“这些书里有很多绘画似的暴力,我不会让我的儿子来读这些东西。”

有位家长站了起来喊道“想禁止读书的人们都是散播恐惧的人。他们没有给予孩子们足够的信任。”

会议变成大声的争吵。如果你问我的态度,我很高兴没有一个学生在场。他们会学到一堂重要的课,但那不是任何家长想要孩子们学的课。”

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重点单词
  • creditn. 信用,荣誉,贷款,学分,赞扬,赊欠,贷方 (复)c
  • violencen. 暴力,猛烈,强暴,暴行
  • portrayvt. 描写,描绘,饰演
  • violatevt. 违犯,亵渎,干扰,侵犯,强奸
  • issuen. 发行物,期刊号,争论点 vi. & vt 发行,流
  • certainadj. 确定的,必然的,特定的 pron. 某几个,某
  • exposedadj. 暴露的,无掩蔽的,暴露于风雨中的 v. 暴露,
  • absurdadj. 荒唐的 n. 荒唐
  • havenn. 港口,避难所,安息所 v. 安置 ... 于港中,
  • inappropriateadj. 不适当的,不相称的