I Got A Letter For You[福说英语][19-12-04]

外语2019-12-04 20:00:38 129
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编辑&播音&后期:周楚涵

 

Hello everyone,welcome to English Panorama!This is Jennifer.

转眼间,2019年就只剩下最后一个月了,不得不感慨一句“How time flies!”。还记得我刚进大学时,人生地不熟的,感觉很不适应,又担心因为时间和距离的问题和以前的朋友们断了联系。但是一份来自我闺蜜的信,让我安下心来。

 

在如今这个通讯技术发达的年代,每当我们想要与某个人取得联系时,我们的手就自觉地伸向了我们的手机。而在1840年,世界上第一枚邮票刚刚诞生在英国,那个时代的人们会在昏黄的烛光下铺展开纸张,将一切付诸笔端,再贴上邮票,让那一封封饱含真情的信件伴随着邮差们清脆的自行车铃声,送到对方手中。


 

Historically, letters have existed from the time of ancient India, ancient Egypt  and Sumer, through Rome, Greece  and China, up to the present day. 书信有着漫长的历史,而在过去,书信不仅仅是人们沟通交流的方式,还有许多其他的用途。During the seventeenth and eighteenth century, letters were used to self-educate. Letters were a way to practice critical reading, self-expressive writing, polemical writing and also exchange ideas with like-minded others. For some people, letters were seen as a written performance. At certain times, the writing of letters was thought to be an art form and a genre of literature, for instance in Byzantine epistolography. 在一些特定的时期,书信成为了一种自我学习的方式,也是艺术与文学的一种表现形式。

 

As communication technology has diversified, posted letters seems to become less important as a routine form of communication. Nowadays,the internet, by means of email, plays the main role in written communications.现在,科技如此发达,电子邮件凭借它的便利高效占据了我们的生活,书信仿佛不再重要。However,it can’t be denied that letters,the communications on paper,exert a strong influence on us.但我们依旧无法否认,书信的力量远超我们的想象。

 

如2009年出品的一部澳大利亚粘土动画Mary and Max。This is a tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals:Mary,a homely,friendless,eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne,and Max,a forty-four-year-old ,severely obese man living in New York.The story starts in the mid-1970’s,when the lonely girl picks out a name out of a phone book and decides to write to him.Thus begins a 20-year correspondence.这里,correspondence means the letters a person sends and receives,就是“往来信件”的意思。一个八岁的平凡女孩,一个四十四岁的过肥男人,一个成长于墨尔本郊区,一个生活在纽约市区,是原本毫无交集的两个人。但是因为一封信,这两个同样孤独的灵魂被连接在一起,开始了接下来20年的书信往来。

 

 

Over all these years of communication,they offer each other support,advice and the opportunity to see life in a different perspective.在这些往来信件中,他们给予对方支持、建议、对生活的不同观点,无所不谈。And of course,they suffer from some misunderstandings.当然,他们也经历了误会。但是,这并没有影响他们通过书信建立起来的友谊。

 

(电影原声)

 

这部感动了无数人的电影改编自导演亚当·艾略特的亲身经历,故事中两位主人公的书信里融入了他的理解与诠释,而历史长河中那些真实存在的信件,则带领着我们更为直观地体会书信的力量。

 

2013年,英国为了向书信写作艺术和精神致敬,发起了一项书信朗读活动,Letters live,官网上对它的介绍是“A celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence.We organise live events where remarkable letters are read by a diverse array of outstanding performers.”由大量杰出的演员为我们朗读那些经典的信笺,用一场场盛宴带我们领略书信那经久不衰的力量。那里有经历二战也依旧真挚的爱意(It's not much good me trying to write about recent experiences, now that I know that I shall be able to tell you everything myself within such a short time. ),有不被接受也直面真实自我的勇敢(It’s enough for me to know that I no longer have to lie to the people  who taught me to value truth.),也有即使被迫害也决不放弃梦想的坚持(I'm afraid that the following syllogism may be used by some in the future.Turing believes machines can think.Turing lies with men.Therefore machines do not think.)。

 

Letters Live makes us pause and imagine the lives behind letters and the circumstances of their origin. The relationship between the audience, reader and writer on a Letters Live night helps deepen our understanding of these inspiring artefacts of the human condition.They are windows into the love, beauty, pain, and humour of their creators and recipients.

(—Benedict Cumberbatch)

 

就如木心先生在《从前慢》中的那句“车,马,邮件都慢”所说的那样,在过去,由于种种因素的限制,信件的往来十分缓慢。然而,也正因如此,所有感情都如陈年的美酒般,得以充分发酵,变得浓烈。写信的人,字字揣摩,想让那张薄薄的纸承载自己全部的所思所想;收信的人,小心翼翼,怀着对未知的好奇等来翘首以待的回复。我想,这或许就是书信的迷人之处吧。

 

 

This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment.

(—Katherine Mansfield)

 

Okay,that’s all for today.Thanks for listening to English Panorama.See you next time,bye~

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