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TED演讲:学习新语言的四个理由(4)

There's an interesting illustration of this.

举一个有趣的例子。

I have to go slightly obscure, but really you should seek it out.

可能这个例子没那么直观,但是你应该可以理解。

There's a movie by the Canadian film director Denys Arcand

加拿大导演Denys Arcand执导的一部电影,

read out in English on the page, "Dennis Ar-cand," if you want to look him up.

如果有兴趣,你可以上网查一下,英语是Dennis Ar-cand。

He did a film called "Jesus of Montreal."

他拍了一部电影叫《蒙特利尔的耶稣》。

And many of the characters are vibrant, funny, passionate, interesting French-Canadian, French-speaking women.

电影中很多角色都是说法语的法语区加拿大女人,充满活力,为人风趣,充满热情。

There's one scene closest to the end, where they have to take a friend to an Anglophone hospital.

在影片结尾有一个场景,他们要送一个朋友到讲英语的医院。

In the hospital, they have to speak English.

在医院里他们需要讲英语。

Now, they speak English but it's not their native language, they'd rather not speak English.

她们会说英语,但是不是母语,她们不太愿意讲英语。

And they speak it more slowly, they have accents, they're not idiomatic.

她们的语速慢了下来,讲的话有口音并且显得生硬。

Suddenly these characters that you've fallen in love with become husks of themselves, they're shadows of themselves.

突然间,这些你已经爱上的角色变成了空空的躯壳,变成了她们自己的影子。

To go into a culture and to only ever process people through that kind of skrim curtain is to never truly get the culture.

了解一种文化,如果只是透过表面那一层面纱,我们是无法真正理解的。

And so to the extent that hundreds of languages will be left,

所以既然未来几百种语言会存活下来,

one reason to learn them is because they are tickets to being able to participate in the culture of the people who speak them,

学外语的一个理由就是它是我们理解和融入一种文化的一张门票,

just by virtue of the fact that it is their code. So that's one reason.

因为语言就是打开文化的钥匙。以上是第一个原因。

英语正迅速成为世界通用语言,同步翻译技术也在逐年提高。那么为什么还要学习一门外语呢?美国哥伦比亚大学教授、语言学家约翰·麦克沃特分享了学习一门不熟悉的语言的四个好处。

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