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美国文化口语:法律Laws And Regulations

2006-07-16 12:12

    CORINNE: Wow! It's 8:45. If we want to buy some beer, we should go now. ALEX: Why? The party doesn't start until 10:30. CORINNE: Yes. But the liquor stores stop selling alcohol at 9:00. ALEX: Really? All the liquor stores?

    CORINNE: Yes. It's a state law. ALEX: You mean you can't buy beer after 9:00?

    CORINNE: That's right. ALEX: How strange! Why is there a law like that?

    CORINNE: I don't like it either. But I guess a lot of Americans want to regulate drinking. They don't think it's good if people buy alcohol late at night. ALEX: But the bars are still open after 9:00. So people could just go to the bars. CORINNE: Of course. They can drink in the bars. But they can't buy beer at the bars and carry it outside. ALEX: Is that true?

    CORINNE: It's true. It's against the law. And the bars must close at 1:30 am. If they stay open later, they could get fined. ALEX: That's silly. That's too early. CORINNE: I agree. Sometimes I think the government here treats people like children. ALEX: I'm really surprised. I thought America was "the land of the free". But you aren't even free to buy beer when you want. CORINNE: There was a time in American history when alcohol was even illegal. ALEX: I know. I read about it. CORINNE: So I think the laws today reflect that old attitude. Many people think alcohol is bad. And they think the government should control it. ALEX: Wait a minute. You said you can't buy beer at a liquor store after 9:00. CORINNE: That's right. ALEX: But what about Seven-Elevens. I saw a Seven-Eleven near your apartment, and they sell beer there. And they are open 24 hours. CORINNE: At 9:00, they have to put a lock on the beer cooler. So even at a Seven-Eleven, you have to buy beer before 9:00. ALEX: What a strange law!

    CORINNE: I agree. Sometimes I think there are too many laws here. ALEX: So let's hurry and buy the beer. Before it's too late. CORINNE: Alright, let's go.

    可琳恩:哇!八点四十五分了,如果我们要买啤酒的话,现在该走了。

    亚历斯:为什么?派对十点半才开始。

    可琳恩:是的,可是酒店九点过后就不卖酒了。

    亚历斯:真的吗?所有的酒店吗?

    可琳恩:是的,这是州政府的法律。

    亚历斯:你是指九点以后不能买酒?

    可琳恩:没错。

    亚历斯:好奇怪!为什么有那样的法律?

    可琳恩:我也不喜欢。

    我猜是很多美国人想管制喝酒。

    他们认为太晚买酒是不好的。

    亚历斯:但是酒吧九点以后还是开的啊,所以只要去酒吧就好了。

    可琳恩:当然他们可以在酒吧喝酒。

    但是不能在酒吧买酒外带。

    亚历斯:真的吗?

    可琳恩:是真的,这是违反法律的。

    而且酒吧必须在一点半关门,如果超出营业时间,就会被罚款。

    亚历斯:好蠢喔,那样太早了。

    可琳恩:我同意。有时我认为这儿的政府把人民当作小孩。

    亚历斯:我真的很惊讶,我以为美国是块自由之地,但是你们连买啤酒都不自由。

    可琳恩:在美国历史上酒甚至一度是非法的。

    亚历斯:我知道,我读过。

    可琳恩:所以我认为现今的法律反映出旧有的态度。

    很多人认为酒是不好的,而且政府应该管制。

    亚历斯:等等,你说九点以后在酒店买不到酒。

    可琳恩:没错。

    亚历斯:那么 7-11店呢?

    我看过你家附近有一家7-11店,那儿有卖啤酒。

    而且是24小时的。

    可琳恩:一到九点,他们必须把啤酒的冰箱锁起来。

    所以即便是在7-11店,你也必须在九点以前买啤酒。

    亚历斯:好奇怪的法律!

    可琳恩:我同意。有时我觉得这儿的规章太多。

    亚历斯:那么我们快去买啤酒吧,免得太晚。

    可琳恩:好,走吧。

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