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新春那点事儿——压岁钱,“压岁钱”英语怎么说?

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小编摘要:“压岁钱”的英文表达是lucky money。据说压岁钱可以压住邪祟,因为“岁”与“祟”谐音,晚辈得到压岁钱就可以平平安安度过一岁。

    据说压岁钱可以压住邪祟,因为“岁”与“祟”谐音,晚辈得到压岁钱就可以平平安安度过一岁。


我们来看一段相关的英文报道

    Lucky money is believed to bring good luck and ward off monsters.
    Parents and grandparents first put money in small, especially-made red envelopes and give the red envelopes to their kids after the New Year's Feast or when they come to visit them on the New Year.
    They choose to put the money in red envelopes because Chinese people think red is a lucky color.
    They want to give their children both lucky money and lucky color.


    据说,压岁钱能带来好运,驱散妖魔。
    父母和祖父母先把钱放入特制的小红包里,年夜饭后或当孩子们来拜年时,将红包发给他们。
    他们之所以要把钱放到红包里,是因为中国人认为红色是个幸运色。
    他们想给自己孩子既有压岁钱还有幸运色。

 

 

【讲解】
    文中的lucky money就是“压岁钱”的意思,大家常说的红包则是:red envelope或者是red packet。其中lucky作形容词,意为“幸运的”,如:lucky number幸运数字),多指由于偶然因素取得的成功,而fortunate多用于重大的事情,指情况对某人有利,使其获得好处或成功,如:You were fortunate to escape from being injured.(你没有受伤,真是幸运。)
    第二段中的feast是名词,意为“宴会,酒席”,强调共享欢乐的气氛,如:festival feast节日宴会),而banquet指正式而盛大的宴会或国宴,如:wedding banquet婚宴

 

 

今天的作业是翻译下面一句话

Symbols of wealth and luck usually decorate the outside of the red money packages.

[ 参考答案:在红包上,常常会有象征财富和幸运的装饰物。 ]


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  • 618wsp 说:

    在红包上,常常会有象征财富和幸运的装饰物。

    2015-02-20 20:36 回复 支持(6) 反对(2) 沙发
  • No English and Chinese bilingual I know calls ya sui qian 'lucky money' seriously. It sounds incredibly tacky in English. Why not just leave it at 'ya sui qian'? It's unique enough as a concept to deserve to be known as it is in Chinese. English is tremendously accommodating of foreign loan words - from Chinese dialects alone, I can think of 'feng shui', 'gung ho', and 'dim sum'. Attempting to translate terms so deeply rooted in traditional culture will only result in shallow literal words that do no justice to their original forms.

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