VOA慢速英语(翻译+字幕+讲解):华盛顿盛美樱花节将近
日期:2017-03-05 07:33

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This is What's Trending Today.
One of the most popular events in Washington, D.C. each year is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It takes place in early April.
People from around the world come to see the beautiful pink and white blossoms on almost 1,700 flowering cherry trees.
The city's first cherry trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. About 100 of them are still alive. They are planted in Southwest Washington, along the Potomac River and a body of water called the Tidal Basin.
The cherry trees are a short walk from a number of major monuments, like the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument.
Over 1 million people travel to Washington each year to see the trees.
However, there is a small problem. The weather in Washington has been unusually warm the past few weeks.
On March 1, the temperature rose to about 27 degrees Celsius!
Small buds can already be seen on the cherry trees. These growths will turn into flowers sooner than usual.
In fact, this may be the earliest year ever for cherry blossoms. Experts say the trees will look their best between March 14 and March 17.
The U.S. National Park Service says that may break the record of March 15, set in 1990.
Many people would like to see the blossoms come later.
One Facebook user says Washington needs a break from large crowds. Jack Potter wrote: "we just had the inauguration, we don't need more tourists!"
Twitter user April Wolfe is worried that the early bloom is evidence of climate change. She wrote: "I want to like this, because who doesn't like cherry blossoms? But then I think #climatechange."
The cherry blossoms are fragile. They do not last long and easily break apart. High winds or a heavy rain storm can knock them off the trees.
That is why there are still a lot of springtime events planned to celebrate the ties between Japan and the United States. If you like things that fly high in the sky, there is the Blossom Kite Festival on April 1 and 2. And the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will take place on April 8.
And that's What's Trending Today.

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词汇解析

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1.blossom n.花开,花开期

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The cherry blossom came out early in Washington this year.
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2.monument n.纪念碑

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...a newly restored monument commemorating a 119-year-old tragedy.
…为纪念一起有着119年历史的惨剧而新修复的一座纪念碑*M0+Z33F8C^

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3.fragile n.脆弱的,易碎的

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The fragile economies of several southern African nations could be irreparably damaged.
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4.high wind n.疾风

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Sturdy grass withstands high wind; true gold stands the test of fire.
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内容解析

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1.High winds or a heavy rain storm can knock them off the trees.

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knock... off... 把……击落,从……减去

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We have knocked 10% off admission prices.
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Knock the apples off the tree.

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2.These growths will turn into flowers sooner than usual.

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turn into... 变成……

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He turned those sentences into English.
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to turn failure into success
转败为胜

参考译文

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欢迎收听《今日热点》栏目;[I-r!(,yyW%MJWI73
华盛顿哥伦比亚特区最受欢迎的盛事之一就是一年一度的国家樱花节56Rln83ZYyS*。樱花节每年四月初举行qjSB@Gbp~#yaxls
全球各地的人都会来看粉白相间的樱花在近1700多棵樱花树上美丽地盛开AdN-.k4+dmPkShV!
华盛顿市的第一批樱桃树是日本于1912送给美国的一份礼物X=(FRVCTd2gZdb)7Z。其中有大约100棵还活着!O9bwx&5NYb#7wN*.id。这些樱花树苗种在了华盛顿西南部——波托马克河和一个叫潮汐湖的水域沿岸%x3gevbZPx%6n.h@fSD
这片樱花树不多远处有很多大型纪念遗迹,如林肯纪念堂、杰弗逊纪念堂和华盛顿纪念碑tl^ku-SkBv6X=tC7,#7Z

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每年有100多万人去华盛顿欣赏樱花树,]_.[Nd6]GQ^FT
不过有一个小问题*+iAS4xH~7。华盛顿的天气过去的几周都很暖和dq6_MbH7qd
3月1日,温度就升到了近27摄氏度sr6j^%0zci.eca~-l
樱桃树上已经能看到小小的花骨朵Bo&vV,LS)-1X。而花期要比往常早一些zGnF,YL9OWEMS#wXyX&
实际上,今年可能是樱花花期最早的一年)H4x-7k2g%+;*l[。有专家说,这片樱花树在3月14-17日之间是开得最美的时段LfFCp(OSC0YoI=9K&n]D
美国国家公园管理局说,今年可能会打破1990年3月15日创下的纪录AGmJe87oV-
很多人都希望花期能来得晚一点POERxbkI[H7,19
脸书上的一名网友写道,华盛顿需要远离人群休息一下Zt%5!;XLPqq(N#4a(]。杰克 波特写道,“总统的就职典礼刚举行过,我们不需要更多游客了!”
而推特用户艾谱莉 乌尔夫担心,花期提前是气候变化的表现][E0-*p2Y7cuKr@r7]e.。艾谱莉写道:“我想这样,毕竟谁不喜欢樱花盛开呢?但是随后我又想到#气候变化o1,lY3E6)o@Cf~。”
樱花盛开如昙花一现0Bt9yT.1,]OP_k。花期不会持续很久,而且很快就会散开u,&mzWBrpkb_6rr8M。疾风或是大雨就能让樱花从树上坠落JY%mQflDpE,
这也是人们依然策划很多春季活动来纪念美日关系的原因3d143+D4FU~9T=w8+3v。如果你喜欢在天上放风筝,这里在4月1日和2日会有风筝节LsW&N5yAWii&f。4月8日还有樱花节大游行5q1=BEzZd-
以上就是本期的《今日热点》#*TnYB^mj-21K&cJ!X

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