练习 | Londoners Protest against Brexit

练习 | Londoners Protest against Brexit

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伦敦数万人游行抗议脱欧

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Londoners Protest against Brexit

数万人游行抗议脱欧

 

来源:刘立军

 

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Tens of thousands have been protesting in central London against Britain's decision to leave the EU. One organizer said protestors hoped to stop the government from triggering Article 50, which begins the formal process of withdrawing from the EU. While Brexit was backed by a majority of the electorate, voters in the capital strongly supported the Remain campaign, and some want a rerun.

 

"It's fairly evident that their result doesn't reflect the entire population. I think there seem to be a vast number of people who on the basis of the result and what's happened since are evidently feeling that they've made the wrong decision. They weren't fully informed. We voted to remain. But I'm shocked at how many people who have turned around and say that if voters were going to look like this, we're going to be doing this."

 

Adapted from 伦敦数万人游行抗议脱欧

 

VOCABULARY

 

1. Brexit n. Brexit=British exit from the EU,"英国从欧盟退出"的缩写。

 

2012年年初的时候,大家都在讨论希腊退出欧元区的问题,并造了一个词Grexit来代表这个话题。到了2013年年初,这话题已经转移到英国是否该退出欧盟的问题上了。于是,Brexit一词出现。

 

Brexit是什么意思?

 

The coinages Brexit and Brixit are a tongue-in-cheek reference to Great Britain no longer being part of the European Union - in other words a British exit or Britain exiting from the EU. The terms immediately gained wider exposure with the Prime Minister's announcement on January 23rd, which confirmed that the UK government would take definite steps to legislate for a referendum on EU membership before leaving office, and if re-elected would hold this referendum before the end of 2017. Brexit和Brixit是对英国退出欧盟的一种戏虐说法,即British exit or Britain exiting from the EU(英国退出欧盟)。1月23日英国首相卡梅伦就是否退出欧盟发表讲话后,这两个词立即广泛传播。卡梅伦在讲话中表示,在离任前要就欧盟成员问题逐步实现依法全民公投;如果获得连任,将在2017年底前就此进行全民公投。

 

The terms Brexit and Brixit first appeared in June 2012, the latter allegedly coined by a columnist in The Economist, and the former by nationalist organization The British Resistance. Brexit和Brixit这两个词最早出现在2012年6月,Brixit由《经济学人》杂志一位专栏作家首创,而Brexit则出自民族主义组织"英国抵抗"。

 

The words were most likely inspired by the term Grexit, which had appeared in February 2012 and refers to the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone (the group of EU countries which use the Euro as a unit of currency). The term Fixit, referring to the possibility of Finland doing the same, also appeared in June 2012. 这两个词的灵感很可能来源于2012年2月份出现的Grexit一词,这个词指希腊退出欧元区的可能性。2012年6月还出现Fixit一词,指芬兰退出欧元区。

 

Adapted from http://language.chinadaily.com.cn/trans/2013-02/18/content_16232840.htm

 

2. electorate n. the people in a country or an area who have the right to vote, thought of as a group (一国或一地区的)全体选民

 

QUESTIONS

 

Listen and fill in the following blanks.

 

1. Tens of thousands have been protesting in central London against __________________________________________________________.

 

2. One organizer said protestors hoped to stop the government from _________________________, which begins the formal process of _________________________________________.

 

3. While Brexit was backed by ________________________________, voters in the capital strongly supported ___________________________, and some want a __________________.

 

4. It's fairly evident that their result __________________________________ the entire population.

 

5. I think there seem to be a vast number of people who on the basis of the result and what's happened since are evidently feeling that they've made __________________________. They weren't fully ____________________________.

 

6. We voted to ________________________________. But I'm shocked at how many people who have turned around and say that if voters were going to look like this, we're going to be doing this.

 

SUGGESTED ANSWERS

 

1. Tens of thousands have been protesting in central London against Britain's decision to leave the EU.

 

2. One organizer said protestors hoped to stop the government from triggering article 50, which begins the formal process of withdrawing from the EU.

 

 

3. While Brexit was backed by a majority of the electorate, voters in the capital strongly supported the Remain campaign, and some want a rerun.

 

4. It's fairly evident that their result doesn't reflect the entire population.

 

 

5. I think there seem to be a vast number of people who on the basis of the result and what's happened since are evidently feeling that they've made the wrong decision. They weren't fully informed.

 

6. We voted to remain. But I'm shocked at how many people who have turned around and say that if voters were going to look like this, we're going to be doing this.


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  • 来源:刘立军 2016-07-21