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速配日记(中英对照) (1)

2005-12-27 00:00British Council

The diary of a speed dater
Part I

    Editor’s intro: Speed-dating is the latest trend to hit young singles in the UK. At an event, participants have the opportunity to break the ice with 20 or more other singles – but for only three minutes each. Your first impression really counts! We sent our resident lonely heart on a ‘research’ mission to find out what all the fuss is about…

    编者按:速配近来在英国青年人中非常流行。在速配活动中,每个人都有机会和20多个单身青年见面,但你和每个人只有三分钟的沟通时间。所以,第一印象是至关重要的!我们让办公室的一位至今仍没有朋友的同事前去尝试一下,帮我们调查一下速配的种种….

    The popular myth    Many people scoff at organised dating events. They assume that such things are attended by only the most desperate no-hopers and no half-attractive young person with an ounce of self-respect would be seen dead there. 

    In truth, there is another extremely valid reason why speed dating has won so much popularity in the last few years; I, and millions like me, lead such busy professional and personal lives that finding time to meet new people slips to the bottom of the to-do list. Or at least that’s how I justified it to myself.

    速配流行之谜

    一些人可能会不屑于参加有组织的集体约会。一般的看法是参加这种活动的人无外乎那些彻底没戏的人,而任何一个稍微有一点自尊而条件尚可的人都不会去参加那样的活动。

    实际上,速配在近几年如此流行是有一个绝对有道理的原因的(或者说这至少是我个人对速配风靡的解释)。我,以及千百万像我这样的人,平时工作太忙,以至于无法抽出时间出去聚会,认识新的朋友。或者至少这是我自我安慰自己的说法吧!

    An ideal solution

    I‘m not a lazy person, but the thought discovering my ’Miss Right‘ within three minutes seemed like the most convenient solution I had ever heard.  So, I scoured my diary for a free evening and signed up on-line for the nearest event.

    I completed a personal profile about my physical appearance and likes and dislikes, and uploaded a couple of recent photos. This was the easy bit. I then had to sweat over a meaningful statement about what kind of person I am and what kind of person I was looking for. I started off with some frank details but by the time I had edited out most of the inappropriate information, I realised that I just sounded like everybody else.

    理想的解决方法

    我不是一个懒惰的人,但考虑到只用三分钟就可以找到我的另一半听上去是最便利的方式,所以我翻了一下我的近期安排,找到一个空闲的晚上,便在网上报名参加了离自己最近的一次活动。

    我被要求填写一份完整的个人基本资料,涉及我的身高体重,喜欢什么和不喜欢什么,同时还要上传一些最近的生活照。这都简单。之后的几天,我不得不忙着写个人陈述,介绍我是一个什么样的人,我想找什么样的人。我把写好的稿子重新看了一遍,删掉了一些“不合适”的信息,这样做的结果就是我看起来和其他任何人没有两样。

    The week before

    I then spent days agonising over what to say. I’m not saying I have a lot to hide, but in the interest of avoiding awkward follow-up questions, I had to decide what information to leave out. I mean, did they really need to know that I was recently dumped, had no fixed abode and was considering leaving the country?  I decided it would depend on who I was talking to.

    Next month find out how it goes…

    活动之前的一周

    活动下周才开始,因此我又足够的时间来苦苦思考我应该说些什么。我并不是说我有很多需要隐瞒的地方,但是为了避免出现尴尬的提问,我得考虑哪些东西应该略去不谈,而决定取舍实在是很难。我的意思是,他们是否真的需要知道我最近刚刚被人甩,没有固定住所,而且正在认真考虑离开英国呢?我决定根据不同的谈话对象而因人而异。

    下个月我们再来看看进展如何吧……

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