手机APP下载

您现在的位置: 首页 > 在线广播 > VOA慢速英语 > VOA慢速-词汇掌故 > 正文

VOA词汇掌故(翻译+字幕+讲解):彩虹的尽头有一罐金子?

来源:可可英语 编辑:clover   可可英语APP下载 |  可可官方微信:ikekenet
  


扫描二维码可进行跟读训练
  下载MP3到电脑  [F8键暂停/播放]   批量下载MP3到手机
]h3T=fy1gp8wHp[2Wb

_g%um3_y.IO

aL1~#qr*rnV

D8xkcWy6_i

Is There a 'Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow'?

flrOk)jt.%u~OU

And now, welcome to Words and Their Stories.

B3wd8)kEaxh

On March 17 in many places around the world, people celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.

Ca~]q3j=m0eQ9.1

Encyclopedia Britannica says St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. "Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned to convert the Irish to Christianity."

NV,6Xui^kDqu]H+uSUm

Irish people and Irish-loving people everywhere celebrate St. Patrick's Day with religious services, parades, big meals and even bigger parties.

WF-,O9PX9QMVrL~6=.[f

Decorations usually include green four-leaf clovers. The small plants are said to bring good luck. Another decoration is the Leprechaun. A Leprechaun is a trouble making creature in old Irish stories. He looks like a very small man. And he knows where to find gold.

gKuYDYwd1w[Fq(a

Some experts say that, in Irish folklore, it is believed that Leprechauns can reveal the hiding places of treasures.

E*HaAiC2.H;,xd

The Encyclopedia Britannica explains that as far back as the 17th century the Irish would say a person "was as likely to find a pot of gold as to find the end of a rainbow." A colorful rainbow appears in the sky when the sun shines through water droplets.

NX&shKZvLbl7Bah

彩虹的尽头有一罐金子.jpg

O5yZFQhHQYEPcR8~v+9

Keep in mind that there is no real "end" to a rainbow. And that brings us to our idiom: the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

D*,5.kbAusr.xZZ+

The "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow" is something you really want to have or you really want to achieve. Finding your pot of gold at the end of a rainbow – or just "pot of gold" for short – feels like the realization of your hopes and dreams.

|A4V-S*MZN,SWL

For example, let's say someone loves animals and hopes to live out in the country. They could describe their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as a owning a working farm with cows, horses, dogs and goats!

JKhJ%s.fVrf

Finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow can also be used to talk about actual money. When we use it this way, we usually mean that wealth has come suddenly. It means you have come into a huge windfall – which means a lot of money! For example, I found my pot of gold after winning the lottery! But sadly, that is just an example.

8-3D[DGMyfz

However, finding your pot of gold may not be likely or even possible. Because of the unrealistic nature of the pot of gold, this expression is often used in the negative form.

-4.NZL~pb;

For example, a friend of mine was always unhappy. She moved a lot looking for happiness. Her father told her that she was looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. "It doesn't exist," he warned. "You must find a way to be happy wherever you are." But she ended up moving anyway. Some lessons we have to learn on our own.

|q(c2frbmle~cRnY6Ce

And that's all the time we have for this Words and Their Stories. Until next time...

xi62;Q!n@Y

I'm Anna Matteo.

Y51[7giiDDw

1=*Yfvr!6pQ4Hu01Jfy!kzZS3(TM58toH9gYb)U

重点单词   查看全部解释    
unrealistic [.ʌnriə'listik]

想一想再看

adj. 不切实际的,不实在的

 
unhappy [ʌn'hæpi]

想一想再看

adj. 不快乐的,不高兴的

 
patron ['peitrən]

想一想再看

n. 赞助人,保护人,老主顾

联想记忆
encyclopedia [en.saikləu'pi:diə]

想一想再看

n. 百科全书

 
celebrate ['selibreit]

想一想再看

v. 庆祝,庆贺,颂扬

联想记忆
describe [dis'kraib]

想一想再看

vt. 描述,画(尤指几何图形),说成

联想记忆
convert ['kɔnvə:t,kən'və:t]

想一想再看

v. 变换,(使)转变,使 ... 改变信仰,倒置,兑换

联想记忆
lottery ['lɔtəri]

想一想再看

n. 彩票

联想记忆
negative ['negətiv]

想一想再看

adj. 否定的,负的,消极的
n. 底片,负

联想记忆
reveal [ri'vi:l]

想一想再看

vt. 显示,透露
n. (外墙与门或窗之间的

 

发布评论我来说2句

    最新文章

    可可英语官方微信(微信号:ikekenet)

    每天向大家推送短小精悍的英语学习资料.

    添加方式1.扫描上方可可官方微信二维码。
    添加方式2.搜索微信号ikekenet添加即可。