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VOA慢速英语2019 国际学生分享他们的寒假计划

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International Students Share Their Winter Holiday Plans

Moving from one place to another is always an adventure. No amount of research can prepare you for the surprises you will find in the new place.

This is often the case with international students in the United States. Around major American holidays, international students often find themselves in uncharted waters, which they learn to navigate1 with time.



Come the fourth Thursday in November, many newly2 arrived students experience the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving for the first time.

"My first Thanksgiving was in Montana. My experience of it was fascinating," said Richmond Danso of Ghana.



"The whole process of preparing the food, the merry making around it, and everything was just fascinating," he said.

Danso is a doctoral candidate3 in political science at Howard University in Washington, DC.




Other international students look at Thanksgiving as a chance to rest up. Dan Shengquan of China, a master's degree candidate at New York University, told VOA his first memory of the holiday was having a few days off from school.

"It was like end of semester4 day off, having time to chill5," said Dan Shengquan, who admitted knowing very few people on arriving at school. "But these days," he added, "I get a chance to visit my friends' family and join their family party."



Celebrating Christmas

Around Christmas, many international students do not have money to travel back to their home country, so they spend the holiday in the States. Those with extended6 family in the country go to stay with them for the celebrations.

"When it's Christmas, I go back to my family in New York," said Daniel Mensah of Ghana. Mensah is in his final year at The George Washington University in Washington. He is specializing7 in economics8.


加纳的丹尼尔·门萨(Daniel Mensah)说:“圣诞节那天,我回到纽约的家人。” Mensah在华盛顿的乔治华盛顿大学学习的最后一年。他专攻经济学。

International students with no extended family in the States often celebrate Christmas with their American friends and their families. Lourds Fernando from Sri Lanka is a doctoral candidate in biology at Howard University. She told VOA she celebrates Christmas with her best friend whose family lives in Maryland.

在美国没有大家庭的国际学生经常与他们的美国朋友和家人一起庆祝圣诞节。来自斯里兰卡的Lourds Fernando是霍华德大学的生物学博士学位。她告诉VOA,她与家人住在马里兰的最好的朋友一起庆祝圣诞节。

"So I'll go there," she said. "Her family is there so I'll go for dinner or something."

她说:“所以我去那儿。” “她的家人在那里,所以我去吃晚饭之类的东西。”

Some international students who are Christian9 attend church services in the States. During the holiday season, they join with their church family in celebrating Christmas.


"Personally, I think it's more the family element. I have a church family here, so the excitement of spending Christmas: we go to church and we stay together," said Sally Amankwah of Ghana.


加纳的萨利·阿曼夸(Sally Amankwah)说:“就我个人而言,我认为这更多的是家庭因素。我在这里有一个教堂家庭,所以过圣诞节的刺激:我们去教堂,我们在一起。”

She is a masters' candidate in sociology10 at American University in Washington.

The act of giving gifts to adults at Christmas and even the holiday itself is foreign to some students.



Selina Anosike of Nigeria is a doctoral candidate in biology at Howard University. She been living in the United States for about two years.

Anosike says she was shocked when family members living in the States gave her gifts for Christmas.

尼日利亚的Selina Anosike是霍华德大学的生物学博士学位。 她在美国生活了大约两年。


"I remember my first Christmas here, I really did not know anything about the gift sharing. I just realized my uncle got me a gift, my aunt got me a gift, and my cousingot me a gift, but I did not get anyone a gift," she said.

“我记得我在这里的第一个圣诞节,我真的对礼物分享一无所知。我只是意识到我叔叔给了我礼物,姨妈给了我礼物,我的小姑妈给了我礼物,但是我没有给任何人一个礼物。 礼物。”她说。

"It was a new experience for me because back home, as kids, while you're still young, your parents will get you a new outfit11, new shoes, new dresses for Christmas, up until high school. But by the time you get to college, no one cares anymore," she added.

“对我来说,这是一种新的体验,因为小时候回到家时,父母会给你买一套新衣服,新鞋,圣诞节的新衣服,直到高中为止。但是到了那时, 上大学后,没人在乎了。”

A foreign observance

For some international students, Christmas is not a holiday they celebrate in their home country.

"We don't really do Christmas in China," said Bo Wang of China. He is a master's candidate in business analytics at American University.



Wuntha Kyaw-san of Myanmar is studying computer science at Howard University. He told VOA that the idea of celebrating Christmas is new to him.

"Since we don't actually celebrate Christmas back home, it's like a new experience, you know," he said.

缅甸的Wuntha Kyaw-san在霍华德大学学习计算机科学。他告诉美国之音说,庆祝圣诞节的想法对他来说是陌生的。


During the three to four weeks break between school terms, some international students take time to explore the United States.

"Usually, I go to other places in the States, travelling with my friends," Wang said. "For this year, I plan to go to Denver to snowboard for my Christmas holiday."


王说:“通常,我会和朋友一起去美国其他地方旅行。” “今年,我计划去丹佛为圣诞节假期做单板滑雪。”

Other students do a mix of things over winter break. They spend the holiday working, meeting up with friends and having fun.

"Now (as graduate student), it's always work because, you know, research is time consuming," Lourds Fernando said, "so I rarely take break, even though it's a break for the school."


Lourds Fernando说:“现在(作为研究生),它总是可以工作,因为研究很耗时,所以我很少休息,即使这对学校来说是一个休息。”

Words in This Story

uncharted waters – expression new or unknown areas

navigate – v. to plan or direct the path of a ship, airplane or other form of transportation

fascinating – adj. interesting

doctoral – adj. related12 to completing a doctorate13, the top award of a university or educational organization

uncle – n. the brother of one's father or mother or the husband of a sister of your mother or father

cousin – n. a person belonging to the same extended family

master's degree – n. a recognition14 given by universities or colleges for completing a high level study program

chill – v. to calm down

dress – n. a single piece of clothing that covers the body

consume15 – v. to use up


1 navigate 4Gyxu     
  • He was the first man to navigate the Atlantic by air.他是第一个飞越大西洋的人。
  • Such boats can navigate on the Nile.这种船可以在尼罗河上航行。
2 newly cG7xE     
  • Have you reviewed for this newly published novel?你给这本新出版的小说写书评了吗?
  • It is a newly planted tree and it has not established yet.这是一颗新栽的树,还没有扎下根来。
3 candidate csfzT     
  • Voters like a candidate who has the common touch. 投票者喜欢那些平易近人的候选人。
  • The local newspapers dressed up the candidate as a boxer.当地报纸把那个候选人描绘成一个拳击手。
4 semester XDJzN     
  • A student will probably attend four or five courses during each semester.每个学生一学期可能要修四五门课程。
  • I had an especially rough time during my first semester.我第一个学期的日子难受极了。
5 chill SVuyx     
  • With the chill factor,it's nearly minus forty here.加上风寒指数,气温接近零下40度。
  • The bad news cast a chill over the whole family.这坏消息使全家人感到沮丧。
6 extended Utcz1H     
  • an extended lunch hour 延长了的午餐时间
  • France has greatly extended its influence in world affairs. 在世界事务中,法国的影响已大大地扩大了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 specializing 9b16089041247e3e4c2eb6af88d174c3     
v.专门从事,专攻( specialize的现在分词 )
  • I'm specializing in differential and integral calculus. 我正专攻微分学和积分学。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Thus, specializing in pain made no more sense than specializing in fever. 因此,专门研究疼痛与专门研究发烧的意义差不多。 来自时文部分
8 economics grzxZ     
  • He is studying economics,which subject is very important.他正在学习经济学,该学科是很重要的。
  • One can't separate politics from economics.不能把政治与经济割裂开来。
9 Christian KVByl     
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
10 sociology lwrwn     
  • He is studying sociology.他正研究社会学。
  • A pioneer of legal sociology in Germany was Max Weber.德国法律社会学的先驱是马克斯·韦伯。
11 outfit YJTxC     
  • Jenney bought a new outfit for her daughter's wedding.珍妮为参加女儿的婚礼买了一套新装。
  • His father bought a ski outfit for him on his birthday.他父亲在他生日那天给他买了一套滑雪用具。
12 related vkGzSv     
  • I am not related to him in any way.我和他无任何关系。
  • We spent days going through all related reference material.我们花了好多天功夫查阅所有有关的参考资料。
13 doctorate fkEzt     
  • He hasn't enough credits to get his doctorate.他的学分不够取得博士学位。
  • Where did she do her doctorate?她在哪里攻读博士?
14 recognition zUYxm     
  • The place has changed beyond recognition.这地方变得认不出来了。
  • A sudden smile of recognition flashed across his face.他脸上掠过一丝笑意,表示认识对方。
15 consume 4Ztyp     
  • They generally consume more power and take up more space,too.它们通常消耗更多的能量,并且占用更多的空间。
  • The British consume a vast amount of tea each year.英国人每年消费大量的茶叶。
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