Melody眼里的中国

简讯   Melody从北京回来了。她对这次中国之行很兴奋,觉得开了眼界。也可能是长这么大第一次单独出远门,兴奋不已。

    Melody今年18岁,典型的美国女孩。由于基督教家庭的影响,从里到外都很单纯。她说话的时候语速较快,语调清晰又轻松,听起来很舒服。

    这是一个从外国人的角度看祖国的好机会。Melody对谁都没有偏见,她的看法应该是比较客观的。再者,她还是个孩子,不太会客气,基本上是有啥说啥。

 下面是采访内容及结果。中英文对照,保证原汁原味儿。

TitleChina: a View from Melody, the American girl student

题目:美国女孩Melody眼里的中国

Question 1. please briefly introduce your trip to China.

Answer 1: My name is Melody and I was recently offered the opportunity of a lifetime to go and visit China for a couple of weeks with some family. I was blessed with the chance to visit Hong Kong and Beijing, which were both beautiful cities.

评注:我让她简略描述她中国之行的前因后果及观感。Melody说朋友提供的机会。还说香港和北京都很漂亮。本来去之前还说要去台北旅游一周,可惜不知为啥后来没去。


 

 

一. 这是美国女孩Melody。她妈妈的妈妈是职业歌手,在墨西哥某大歌剧院工作。所以她爸爸妈妈给长女取名为Melody(旋律)。她登上了长城!

Question 2, What is your first impression when you land on China the very first time? Please attach the first picture you take in China.

Answer 2. When i first landed to Hong Kong, I was in awe of how gorgeous the island was. I fell in love instantly with the harbor and surrounding waters along with all the beautiful lights and signs. My impression when i landed to Beijing was very similar in that is was very welcoming. The buildings and structures were amazing, but what I loved most was the culture that impacts the lifetsyles of the chinese.

评注:接下来我让她讲一讲对中国的第一印象,并请附第一张照片。Melody对香港岛的魅力感到惊讶。对北京的第一印象主要是人的生活方式很“中国”。


 

 

图二. 香港印象一

图三. 香港印象二

图四. 北京印象一

图五. 北京印象二

Question 3, is there any thing or person who give you surprising impression?

Answer 3. During this trip, I was very pleased to have met some wonderful people who generously hosted us, Mr. Fred Ma and his family. Mr. (Ma is the former secretary of finance for Hong Kong). By how much they took care of us and spoiled us exemplified how strong and hospitable the chinese are. I was not surprised but greatly impressed with how principled the chinese people are in their character.

评注:我让她谈谈这两周遇到的比较有印象的人和事。她说香港前财政司长马先生(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Ma)接待了她,给她的印象最深。为了确认是“财政司长”,我还特意查了伏明霞的丈夫梁锦松,网上显示其英文职务也是former secretary of finance。财政司长算是高官名流了。美国年轻人一般讲究自助游,不知道Melody是自助游吗?这是隐私,不能问的。

图六. Melody和朋友们合影一。右上角的文弱书生像是梁锦松先生。哪个是马时亨Fred MaMelody没告诉我。

图七. Melody和朋友们合影二

图八. Melody和朋友们合影三

图九. Melody和朋友们合影四

图十. Melody和朋友们合影五

Question 4, where is the place you visited in China you like the most?

 

Answer 4. While in Beijing, i greatly enjoyed visiting the great wall. Unless given the chance to experience it in person, you cannot truly appreciate its beauty. It was a lifechanging moment for me to admire such amazing work

评注:我问她最喜欢哪个地方?她说最喜欢长城,还说“百闻不如一见”,对世界七大奇迹之一的长城很欣赏。我去过大约20次长城,在清华工作时都是我陪徐老师的老外朋友去清华,还带过几次会议团体去长城。印象最深的是陪慕尼黑工大的Lippman教授去长城,7月份,34摄氏度,Lippman教授喜欢坐在太阳下休息,不怕晒;还几位北师大的女孩先后跟Lippman教授合影。还有一次陪波兰教授去长城,遇见几个凶狠的小贩。还遇到过几个乞丐。估计现在加强管理了。

不到长城非好汉!屈指行程二万。

 

Question 5, If you would like to visit China again, and where will it be?
Answer 5. i would love to visit China again some time in the future. I look forward, one day, to getting to visit the more culture-influenced cities with less advancement so that i can better understand the people. I have also heard that there are some cities that have outstanding prices on certain goods and i would love to visit there as well.

评注:我问她如果再次有机会访问中国,你会选择哪里?Melody回答说希望看看不那么先进的、有文化特色的地方。她还说听说有些地方东西价格便宜,希望能去看看。

   第一句很好很特色,说明还是有特色能吸引人,“只有民族的才是世界的”千真万确。小女孩的话你得正面解读。不能理解成她希望看到“扎辨子的中国人”。第二句反映出她是商学院的学生,三句话不离本行。很职业。007James Bond; Melody, 真是棒的!

 

Question 6, please use one word to express your feeling about China.

Answer 6. One word i would use to describe China would be "remarkable".

评注:我让她用一词字来形容旅游归来后对中国的感觉,她说Remarkable. 比较以外。特意查字典,解释是“不寻常的,独特的;出类拔萃的”。你觉得应该是哪个意思?

 

Question 7, please say some thing to those Chinese friends who will explore this web-page.

Answer 7. To all my friends from China: "hello from Houston, Texas! Keep up the amazing work on your beautiful country. I cannot wait to visit again soon!"

评注:我让她对大家说几句话,她说:我在得克萨斯休斯敦向你问好!为你们的美丽国家努力工作吧。我非常想再次访问中国!

结束语

   Melody小女孩中国之行很愉快很兴奋。从她的眼里看到了香港高官的富裕,看到了香港的现代化,看到了北京的天安门、紫禁城,看到了长城。还看到了中国人的友善。一颗友谊的种子肯定播下了。Meoldy对我们都很好。

她没去台北,很可惜。要不然能给大家更全面的视觉看我们的祖国。

休斯敦到处是草地牧场,除了市中心几乎没有摩天大楼。我们都很少去市中心。一年也就去一两次看球赛或者歌剧。这里的云彩很漂亮。

图十一. 休斯敦7月份的云。我自己拍的。

 

按Melody说的,大家努力工作吧!别让Melody失望。

 

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