VOA慢速英语(翻译+字幕+讲解):12岁滑板少年创业成人生赢家
日期:2018-07-13 13:27

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12-Year-Old Entrepreneur Skates Into Success

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Carson Kropfl is an inventor, business owner and environmental activist.

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He enjoys the excitement of surfing. In addition to riding the waves, he likes riding his skateboard. Kropfl is a very hard-working 12-year-old.

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You heard right. The San Clemente, California, boy just completed seventh grade. And, school had a lot to do with the creation of his company.

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His story is proof that necessity is truly the mother of invention. Carson had enjoyed skating for years. He liked to use his skateboard to go to places, including school. But over time, he grew increasingly frustrated that he had no place to store his board once he arrived.

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As a student, he could not change the size of his locker. But he realized he might be able to change the shape of his skateboard. And, from that small desire, a business was born.

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"I have a skateboard company called Lockerboard and what I do is, I take recycled skateboard decks and reshape them to fit inside of backpacks and lockers."

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Carson first just made a shorter skateboard in the shape of a square for himself.

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"But then my parents told me I had to clean and do chores to pay for my surf contest and surf lessons. But I hate to clean, so I asked them if I could try selling my Lockerboards instead."

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Carson's parents not only said yes, they agreed to help him make it happen. They searched around for the best tools for creating skateboards. But he says one tool made his mother a little nervous.

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"Then we used a table saw but my Mom didn't like that because I was making skateboards by myself. And my Mom was like, ‘I'm not sure if this is safe,' and my Dad was like, ‘its perfectly fine!' And, then a board shot back and hit him straight in the stomach..."

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Carson made his first sales in the room where students ate at his school. He put a few skateboards on a table and his schoolmates started buying them up.

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Within months, Carson had an agreement with a manufacturer. The young man says he has now sold about 700 skateboards in under two years of operation.

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His skateboards come in a number of shapes and designs. Each one costs around $100. But not all the profit goes to Carson. Some money goes to a non profit group that supports the health and well-being of a place close to his heart.

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"I donate one dollar for every Lockerboard sold to Ocean Unite because they're focused on ocean conservation."

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Carson's hometown of San Clemente sits along a beautiful coastal area of the Pacific Ocean. And Carson, the surfer, wants the ocean to stay that way.

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The young business owner says he is not exactly sure what he will do when he grows up. But he sure will stay busy.

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"I kinda want to be doing what I'm doing now -- being an entrepreneur. If it's not Lockerboard, I'm pretty positive I'm going to be creating something. And, I'm going to be an activist traveling the world, supporting ocean conservation and how we could help our earth. And, traveling the world, skating and surfing, because I am an athlete."

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重点解析

1.pay for 支付

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Using a credit card to pay for an order is simplicity itself.

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2.make it happen 实现...

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I know it's not easy, but you should at least make it happen.

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我知道这不容易,但是你至少要行动起来AraS&=DOmJe!RjALN

3.ocean conservation 海洋保护

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She researches methods of ocean conservation.

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她研究保护海洋的方法9eE6#MW,q97X220(iI5

4.shot back 回应;回击

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I shot back, which sort of ended the conversation, but provided little else in the way of an answer.

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5.His skateboards come in a number of shapes and designs.

a number of 若干;一些

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This equipment has saved the lives of a number of new born children.

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这套设备已经挽救了许多新生儿的生命L27uV)6kp+qv7!FY

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We have lived here quite a number of years.

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我们在这儿住了好些年了oLB=WzPawZlA.#F.

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6.In addition to riding the waves, he likes riding his skateboard.

In addition to 除了...之外

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In China, both late marriages and late childbirth are advocated, in addition to fewer and better births.

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在中国,晚婚晚育和少生优生均受到提倡鼓励wDiAK_f#72-

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There's a postage and packing fee in addition to the repair charge.

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除修理费之外还有邮寄和包装费QZ52W%U^!J]

参考译文

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12岁滑板少年创业成人生赢家

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卡森·克罗普尔是一位发明家、企业家和环保活动家7o&PQ9U9FzS.7]1

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他喜欢冲浪的刺激MAyTvb-[c6oU^pjQhKOY。除了冲浪,他还喜欢玩滑板FMJaldqql+h。年仅12岁的克罗普尔非常勤奋XKDx6_8HL_0BFNVL.q|

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你没听错.bt@S)greRO^NyVU。这位来自加州圣克莱门特的小男孩刚刚读完七年级hljwW#(_=3y0H*U.q&@。学校和他创办的公司有很大的关系1my,zY2D6oCcLxEd+qBy

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他的经历证明了需求才是发明之母uZe^&k7PWhj#7cd3H)。多年来,卡森一直喜欢滑板NhnBm,jj#h,ac]。他喜欢滑着滑板去各种地方,包括学校3*pB.09+6F8xv。但时间一长,他越来越沮丧,因为找不到地方存放自己的滑板sJ1gk-Pa!kNN[AkMb%

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作为一名学生,他无法随意改变储物柜尺寸kG!PsKJ%yTrA。但他意识到自己可以改变滑板的形状|5X30HSB55]RQa。怀揣这样的小小愿望,一家企业就这样诞生了h7C_XQ+2z2I

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“我有一家名为Lockerboard的滑板公司,主营业务就是把回收的滑板甲板重新改造,可放入背包和储物柜)0toqG9InAzSbB。”

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首先,卡森为自己定制了一款较短一些的方形滑板AnXNAR8C|1Z-v.^8KiKf

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“但后来我父母说,我必须打扫卫生、做家务来支付冲浪比赛和冲浪课的费用COhbh!o-K4。”但是我讨厌做家务,所以我问他们可不可以试着卖掉这些滑板f)mXZ4=X(*。”

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卡森的父母不仅应允,还同意助他实现梦想78hXeF*b^6ihX&8G6[T。他们四处寻找适合制作滑板的最佳工具mY&pP|8&-!3@。但他指出,其中一件工具让母亲有点紧张R~]Mfe%GUKWVNi5;b-|i

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“然后我们使用了桌锯,但我妈妈不喜欢,因为我要自己制作滑板L@V62rLFuwzX]]。我妈妈好像说:‘我不确定这是否安全’,可我爸爸说,‘这完全没问题呀!然后,一块木板反弹后击中了他的肚子……”

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卡森将第一次出售滑板的地方选在了学校餐厅hSE*G=_29-ODAqys4NJ。他在桌子上放了几块滑板,同学们开始选购kKB-HXuPdtUq&!,Pp

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几个月后,卡森与一家制造商达成了协议,rOLswVur)ouuE。这位年轻人指出,截至目前,他已经在两年内卖出了约700块滑板2M1||q;=BT9;3,.,EK7

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他的滑板款式多样,风格各异Kr!;b!%vz]A。每一款的价格约100美元fIRL.~cg,O8f。但卡森并没有独占所有利润arJmQCcrH|Ehi=isW3iy。其中一部分收入捐给了一家非营利性组织,该组织支持一个关乎健康和福祉的地方,这是卡森最关心的问题C&@aekpX=Wf+rmuR

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“我把滑板卖给专注海洋保护的海洋联合公司,每售出一款就捐一美元5q%LPVL&rVo9CNh。”

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卡森的家乡圣克莱门特坐落在美丽的太平洋沿岸地区#nXoIqMbym^=E+y-V2;。而冲浪爱好者卡森希望海洋保持这种现状_lb&|92Z;aK+iF#

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这位年轻的企业家表示,他不确定长大后会做什么Uyh_*(bxYN。但他一定会勤奋不怠rV|T.38O5=j

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“我想做我现在正在做的事情——成为一名企业家s^=4TGDDoAK1。假如没有Lockerboard公司,我肯定自己会创造一些其他的发明gPakUNG6lUIB。而且,我打算成为一名在全球奔走的活动家,支持海洋保护以及如何保护我们的地球)0z%~;KnGE&Zn&0Zj@1。还有,环游世界、玩滑板和冲浪,因为我是一名运动员n-mgTIhm@6Ss(。”

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重点单词
  • conversationn. 会话,谈话
  • donatevt. 捐赠,转移(电子) vi. 捐款
  • additionn. 增加,附加物,加法
  • entrepreneurn. 企业家,主办者,承包商
  • surfn. 海浪拍岸,冲浪 vi. 冲浪,浏览 vt. 浏览
  • conservationn. 保存,防止流失,守恒,保护自然资源
  • simplicityn. 单纯,简朴
  • creditn. 信用,荣誉,贷款,学分,赞扬,赊欠,贷方 (复)c
  • contestn. 竞赛,比赛 vt. 竞赛,争取 vi. 奋斗
  • necessityn. 需要,必需品,必然