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"缘"妙不可言, 但要怎样用英文来表达

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"缘"妙不可言, 但要怎样用英文来表达2017-08-01 wjf原创 数据当家
“缘分” 到底是什么,怎样用英文来表达


如果将 “缘分” 归类,我想它该归入民间信仰,毕竟,大部分人都不再是因“佛”而识 “缘”,也说不出 “缘” 的真身由来。在我的认知里,它是人与人,人与物之间的纽带。两情相悦又开花结果的有 “良缘”;彼此伤害又纠缠不清的有 “孽缘”;帮助孤寡得到馈赠的 “善缘”;飞来横祸莫名背锅的 “恶缘”。世人总是 “无缘不聚,无债不来”
既然 “缘” 是的 “相遇”,“分” 是 “发展”,那么 “老外” 有相似经历,感受或认知吗?怎么会没有呢。
Serendipity (天降喜事),这是我想到的第一个词。可能和很多人心中的 “缘分” 有些出入。但每每听到某某收获 “意外之喜”,我都觉得这便是 “缘”。

  • I met my husband simply by serendipity when we were both waiting in line outside a famous restaurant.


  • Is it true that finding a four-leaf clover will give you serendipity or good luck?


Predestined (命中注定),是否真有神来之手,预先设定每个人的一生?我们自有冥冥之中的神佛,而老外也是举头有上帝的。

  • Her parents fought very hard to save her life, but predestination meant that her fate could not be changed.


  • If an action or event is predestined, it is controlled by God or by fate.


Coincidence (机缘巧合),对坚定的 “无神论者” (atheist) 来说,大概 “缘分” 只能算是一种偶然发生的巧合吧。

  • For years I regarded this coincidence as the luckiest turning point in my life.


  • It turned out our lives were riddled with coincidences.


Lottery (走大运),能在对的时间遇到对的人,还不算大大的幸运?直比中彩票头奖。

  • The lottery was a great charity .


  • Together they look like the winners of a genetic lottery. (*genetic lottery 指 “碧人一对,合衬匹配” 的意思)


除了上面我个人比较倾向的英文译法,“缘分” 还有很多流行的说法:Ties (联系纽带);Fate (这就是命);Affinity (亲缘相近)等等。最后再送大家两个私家版本 (既不负责任又不正经版本)


Star-crossed lovers (有缘无分的爱人),莎翁笔下罗密欧和朱丽叶就是最佳诠释。只不过我把 “灾星下出生的情侣” 换成 “有缘无份的爱人”。

  • A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life. (莎翁原文)


  • Only in another life those star-crossed lovers could be together.


And here comes my favorite one,大家可曾看过一部老片?Have you ever watched the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" ?

缘分也是股能让人 “不眠不休” 的魔力

Maybe "Yuan Fen" is not  translatable into English by words ... Simple because:“缘” 妙不可言!



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