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Are British people the politest in the world? 英国人最有礼貌吗?

3已有 61 次阅读  2019-10-15 09:15

Are British people the politest in the world? 英国人最有礼貌吗?


研究人员分析了来自五大洲、讲八种不同语言的当地居民之间的互动后发现,英国人说“谢谢”的频率高过所有人。但这种表达感激的方式有多重要呢?



Around the world there are a variety of ways to express gratitude in thousands of different languages. Here in England, children are taught from a young age that they should say "thank you" whenever possible, with "what's the magic word?" being a familiar phrase with parents across the nation.

在世界各地,上千种不同语言中有各种各样表达感激之情的方式。在英国,孩子们在很小的时候就被教导说,只要有机会就应该说“谢谢”。家长们用家喻户晓的“那个神奇的词是什么?”这句话教育孩子要记得说“谢谢”。

Now scientists have looked at languages across five continents and found that officially no one expresses gratitude more than the British. But not as much as you may think – we only say 'thank you' just one in seven occasions that we should do.

现在,科学家们已经研究了五大洲的多种语言,发现没有人比英国人表达感激之情的次数多。但实际次数可能没你想的那么多,我们只在七分之一该表达感谢的场合中说“谢谢你”。

Russians only thanked each other 3% of the time and Italians only 14%. But Giovanni Rossi of the University of Helsinki and a lead author of the study said that this wasn't just people being rude.

俄罗斯人在交流时感谢彼此的比例是3%,而意大利人也只有14%。但赫尔辛基大学的乔瓦尼·罗西和这项研究的主要作者说,这不仅仅只因为人们比较粗鲁。

Giovanni and his fellow scientists suggest that English children might be coerced by adults to enter into a politeness routine when their parents might not even do the same.

乔瓦尼和他的同事们认为,英国的孩子可能是被成年人强迫养成一种礼貌习惯,然而他们的父母甚至可能不会这般礼貌。



词汇表

express 表达
gratitude 感谢,感激直情
occasions 场合
rude 粗鲁的
coerced 被迫的
politeness 礼貌的
routine 习惯,例行公事


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