英文励志小故事

Never forget to say “thanks”.永远不要忘了说“谢谢”!

厚积薄发 永不言弃He is a Harvard graduate playing in the National Basketball Association. He is an Asian-American in a league devoid of them, which makes him doubly anomalous. No team drafted Lin in 2010. Two teams cut him in December, before the Knicks picked him up.

他是NBA赛场上少有的名校哈佛毕业生,他是联盟里少见的亚裔美国人,这样双重特殊身份的林书豪,在2010年NBA新秀大会上落选,2011年12月先后被金州勇士队和休斯敦火箭队裁掉,之后纽约尼克斯队宣布签下他。

His contract, potentially worth nearly $800,000, was not even guaranteed until Tuesday afternoon. So for the past six weeks, Lin, 23, has been sleeping in his brother Josh’s living room, waiting for clarity and career security.

尼克斯与他签下的合同价值约为80万美元,也许在这之前他持有的是非保障合同,但到周二下午6点(球队裁员的截至日子)林书豪的的合同自动转为了保障合同,他将安全的留在尼克斯队。事实上在过去的6周里,23岁的林书豪因为不确定自己是否能够继续留在纽约,一直寄居在哥哥家当沙发客,等待职业生涯中保障合同的出现。

On Saturday night, Lin came off the bench and powered the Knicks to a 99-92 victory over the Nets at Madison Square Garden, scoring a career-best 25 points with 7 assists. Two nights later, he made his first N.B.A. start and produced 28 points and 8 assists in a 99-88 win over the Utah Jazz.

上周六的晚上,纽约尼克斯在麦迪逊广场花园主场迎战新泽西网队,板凳席上的林书豪临危受命,拿下了职业生涯最高的25分7助攻,帮助尼克斯99比92战胜网队。两天后,林书豪获得NBA的第一次首发机会,在对阵犹他爵士队的比赛中砍下28分8助攻。

Knicks fans now serenade Lin with chants of “Je-re-my!” and “M.V.P.!”. With every game, every precision pass and every clever drive to the basket, Lin is raising expectations, altering the Knicks’ fate and redefining the word “unlikely.” On Twitter, fans and basketball pundits are using another term to describe the phenomenon: “Linsanity.”

麦迪逊广场花园的球迷们齐声欢呼“Jeremy”和“MVP”。每一场比赛,每一个精准的过人,每一次聪明的突破,林书豪给球迷们带来希望,改变了尼克斯队的命运,也再次重新定义了“不可能”。在推特上,球迷和篮球权威人士用Linsanity “为林疯狂” 这个标签来描述这种林书豪热现象(Linsanity:Lin+insanity)。

Two weeks ago, the 6-foot-3 Lin was not even part of the Knicks’ point-guard rotation, despite their lack of talent at the position. He played sparingly in a few games, showing just enough promise to keep getting another look— a few more minutes, another quarter. But there was never any hint of what was to come.

两周前,这个身高1米91的华裔小个子甚至根本不在尼克斯队的控球后卫轮转名单中,尽管尼克斯目前在控卫的位置缺乏优秀的人才。在此之前他只打过几场比赛,但他的表现足以让教练注意到他。慢慢地,他的上场时间在增加:多了几分钟,再打一节。林书豪的传奇成功不是无迹可寻的。

With 25 points Saturday, Lin set the N.B.A. scoring record for a player from Harvard. For an encore, he became the first player in more than 30 years to record at least 28 points and 8 assists in his first N.B.A. start. The last to do so was Isiah Thomas, the Detroit Pistons’ Hall of Fame point guard, in October 1981.

在周六砍下25分的一球成名战后,林书豪也创下了NBA赛场上哈佛毕业生的得分记录。第二场比赛中,他再次创下记录,成为NBA赛场30多年里首发首秀拿到28分8助攻的第一人。上次拿到这个得分的是在1981年10月,底特律活塞队伊塞亚·托马斯(NBA名人堂球员)。

“I don’t think anyone, including myself, saw this coming,” Lin said after the game Monday.
林书豪在周一比赛后表示,“我相信任何人包括我自己在内,都没有预想到这样的成绩”。
人生没有过不去的坎Our tolerating ability is indeed way beyond our imagination. But not until the very critical moment will we realize our potential tolerating ability.

人的承受能力,其实远远超过我们的想象,就像不到关键时刻,我们很少能认识到自己的潜力有多大。

There was a woman in the countryside who got married at the age of 18 and had to escape with her two daughters and a son wherever she could at the age of 26 due to the Japanese army’s invasion. Many people in the village at that time could not bear the suffering of being a fugitive and wanted to commit suicide. After she knew about it, she would come to those people and soothed them by saying, “Don’t do that silly thing. There are no such setbacks that we could not overcome. The Japanese armies are bound to be foiled one day!”

有这样一位农村妇女,她18岁的时候结婚,26岁赶上日本人侵略中国,在农村进行大扫荡,她不得不经常带着两个女儿一个儿子东躲西藏。村里很多人受不了这种暗无天日的折磨,想到了自尽,她得知后就会去劝:“别这样啊,没有过不去的坎,日本鬼子不会总这么猖狂的。”

Finally she insisted until the day when all the Japanese armies were kicked out of China. Nonetheless, her son died of disease without sufficient medicine and nutrition in those days of hardships. Her husband, after knowing the death of his son, lay in bed for two days without eating and drinking anything. She teared to her husband and said, “We have a tough destiny, but however tough our lives will be, we should also persist. Though our son has passed away, we can have another. There are no such setbacks that we could not overcome.”

她终于熬到了把鬼子赶出中国的那一天,可是她的儿子却在那炮火连天的岁月里,由于缺医少药,又极度缺乏营养,因病夭折了。丈夫不吃不喝在床上躺了两天两夜,她流着泪对丈夫说:“咱们的命苦啊,不过再苦咱也得过啊,儿子没了,咱再生一个,人生没有过不去的坎。”

After giving birth to the second son, her husband died of edema, which almost blew her away. But eventually, she recovered and cuddled the three young children, saying, “My sweet hearts, don’t feel scared. You still have me, your dear mum!”

刚刚生了儿子,丈夫因患水肿病离开了人世。在这个打击下,她很长时间都没回过神来,但最后还是挺过来了,她把三个未成年的孩子揽到自己怀里,说:“娘还在呢,有娘在,你们就别怕。”

It took her painstaking efforts to raise her children up and the life of her family was getting better and better. Two daughters were married and so was his son finally. She said to everyone she met, “Look! What I said is absolutely right. There are no such setbacks that we could not overcome! My life is so happy now!” She was aging gradually and could not do the farm work any more. So she stayed at home and did some stitching work.

她含辛茹苦地把孩子一个个拉扯大了,生活也慢慢好转起来。两个女儿嫁了人,儿子也结了婚。她逢人便乐呵呵地说:“我说吧,没有过不去的坎,现在生活多好啊。”她年纪大了,不能下地干活,就在家纳鞋底,做衣服,缝缝补补。

Nevertheless, the Heaven seemed to show no affection to her who had undergone a rough life. She got her leg broken accidentally when she was nursing her grandson. Due to her old age that posed a great risk to her operation, she did not receive operation and had to lie in bed all day long. Her children all cried heavily, while she merely said, “Why do you cry? I am still living.”

可是,上苍似乎并不眷顾这位一生坎坷的妇女,她在照看孙子时不小心摔断了腿,由于年纪太大做手术危险,就一直没有做手术,她每天只能躺在床上。儿女们都哭了,她却说:“哭什么,我还活着呢。”

Even though she could not rise from bed, she did not complain about anything and anybody. Instead, she sat on the bed and did some stitching work. She had learnt scarves-weaving, broidery, crafts-making, etc. All her neighbors spoke highly of her skills and came to learn from her.

即便下不了床,她也没有怨天尤人,而是坐在床上做针线活。她会织围巾,会绣花,会编手工艺品,左邻右舍的人都夸她手艺好,还来跟她学艺。

She lived until 86. Before she went to Heaven, she said to her children, “You all should live to your best. There are no such setbacks that we could not overcome!”

她活到86岁,临终前,她对自己儿女们说:“都要好好过啊,没有过不去的坎。”

We will only get to realize our own iron will and strong tolerating ability after getting stricken heavily. Therefore, no matter what you are suffering from now, do not merely complain about the unfairness of our destiny and maintain low-spirited all the time. There are no such setbacks that we could not overcome. Only those who have no confidence and courage to overcome setbacks will be defeated at last!
人总是在遭遇一次重创之后,才会幡然醒悟,重新认识自己的坚强和坚忍。所以,无论你正在遭遇什么磨难,都不要一味抱怨上苍不公平,甚至从此一蹶不振。人生没有过不去的坎,只有过不去的人。
成功的阳光就能驱散失败的阴暗There are two brothers, aged four or five years old, as the bedroom windows are closed all day, and they think the house is too dark to see outside the bright sun, feel envy. Brothers on the discussion, said: Thus, the two brothers with a broom and dustpan to sweep up the sun terrace. When they moved to the dustpan when the room, which there will be no sunshine. So again and again so many times that the sun or the house did not. Mom is busy kitchen surprised to see them move, asked: They replied: Her mother smiled: “As long as the windows open, the sun come naturally, why should I scan it? “

有兄弟二人,年龄不过四、五岁,由于卧室的窗户整天都是密闭着,他们认为屋内太阴暗,看见外面灿烂的阳光,觉得十分羡慕。兄弟俩就商量说:“我们可以一起把外面的阳光扫一点进来。”于是,兄弟两人拿着扫帚和畚箕,到阳台上去扫阳光。等到他们把畚箕搬到房间里的时候,里面的阳光就没有了。这样一而再再而三地扫了许多次,屋内还是一点阳光都没有。正在厨房忙碌的妈妈看见他们奇怪的举动,问道:”你们在做什么?”他们回答说:”房间太暗了,我们要扫点阳光进来。”妈妈笑道:”只要把窗户打开,阳光自然会进来,何必去扫呢?”

Tip: to open the closed doors of the heart, the success of failure of the sun will be able to disperse the dark.
秘诀:把封闭的心门敞开,成功的阳光就能驱散失败的阴暗