英美文化差別一

Most learners of English around the world will learn a little about Britain and/or America while they are studying. But what do people really know about the culture of these two countries?

Do British and American people share the same culture, or are they totally different?

To help answer this Ask About Britain question, Jo and Oliver spoke to a British man married to an American woman living in the UK, and an American man living in the UK. What did they think about the differences in British and American culture?

Listen to Jo's report to find out how the two cultures difference

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British and American Culture 英國文化VS美國文化

Jo: Hello, I’m Jo and you're listening to Ask About Britain from BBC

Learning English, the programme where we answer your questions

about how British people live their lives.

Oliver: My name is Oliver and today we are going to answer the question

from this man:

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Hi my name is Zhong Shi. I'm from the Communication University of China in

Beijing. How is British culture different from American culture?

Oliver: 聽眾 Zhong Shi 想相識英國文化和美國文化之間到底有什么樣的差異,為此

我們特地采訪了英國人 Mark, 他娶了一位美國太太,兩小我私家在一起已經糊口

了七年了。讓我們聽一聽他是怎么說的。

Jo: Listen to what he thinks the differences are:

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I think the single biggest difference is that Britain is a very very old country

whereas the US ? it's a very new country. I think they're probably more forward

thinking than we are, more forward looking ? we are quite backward thinking

people.

Jo: So Mark says the single biggest difference,

Oliver: 一個最大的差異就是英國事一個陳腐的國度,相反,美國事一個年青的國度。

whereas 然而、相反。這是一個在英語中表達比擬時候常用的毗連詞。

Jo: He says Americans are probably more forward thinking ? by which

he means they look to the future more.

Oliver: 美國人思量將來,而英國人更看中已往。因為英國人以為對付一個有著悠久歷

史的國度來講,已往是優美的。

Jo: In today's Ask About Britain from BBC Learning English, we are

answering Zhong Shi's question about the differences between

British and American culture. We also spoke to Jeff ? he's an

American who's been living with his American wife in the UK for

seven years ? he also lived here for a year and a half in the 1980s.

Oliver: 讓我們再來聽聽美國人的概念吧。

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What I see more of now is subtle differences that are distinct but not as blatant

differences as I saw when I lived here in the 80s. What I see are differences

primarily in attitudes ? there's much more of a remnant of a class system in the

UK ? we have classes in the US but it's primarily more socio-economic as opposed

to classes in the UK about history or where you're from, what your background is.

Jo: Jeff says now there's distinct subtle differences between American

and British culture. Distinct.

Oliver: 明明的和微妙的, subtle 不像是在八十年月的時候那么招搖,可能是說突出。

Jo: Blatant. The differences are primarily in attitudes. Primarily.

Oliver: 首先是立場上的。在英國仍然有殘存的品級見識。殘存的

Jo: Remnants of a class system. There are classes in the UK.

Oliver: 階層、品級。與之差異的是,在美國品級見識是成立在經濟基本上的,更多的是按照你的事情和收入抉擇的。請留意, Jeff 用了一個詞兒是社會經濟方面的。

Jo: Socio-economic.

Oliver: Jeff 認為英國人眼中的品級是成立在你的家屬配景基本上的,人們體貼的是你的來頭兒而不是你的事情。

Jo: And finally what about the difference in character between the

British and the Americans? Let's look at some of the language first

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