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美版知乎:有哪些事是外国人来到美国后才会相信的

17.People are extremely patriotic. They have the American national flags everywhere like outside hotels, spas, homes, schools etc.

(I took this picture from somebody’s backyard.)

18.It’s very common for people in stores or in museums or in public places to chat with you. This is very pleasant. People aren't cold and reserved.

19.Flying by airplane is cheaper than taking a train. It’s the other way round in India.

20.This is weird, correct me if I am wrong, almost everybody has an iPhone. It may be the latest one or an older one but everybody has an iPhone. Even our Taxi driver had an iPhone.

11.美国大多数家庭在上午11点或中午12点左右吃午饭。在我们国家不是这样的,因为午餐会推迟到下午2点或3点。

12.与流行文化相反,普通美国青少年的生活与你在电影和电视节目中看到的完全不同。他们的生活并不都是聚会、喝酒和性的,他们的压力可能只比我们小一点点而已。

13.我不喝可乐,但我的朋友跟我说,如果你买一杯可乐,是可以无限续杯的。

14.素食者或纯素食者的选择非常非常有限。如果你愿意以薯条为生,那么你会爱上它的。

15.几乎每个人都用GPS。基本不用害怕迷路。

16.哦,这件事很有趣。在寒冷的北方各州,下雪时天气会变得异常寒冷,人们会去沃尔玛和好市多这样的大商场散步。所以你可以想象一下,这些商店究竟有多大。

17.人们非常爱国。在宾馆、温泉、家庭、学校等地方,随处可见美国国旗。

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(这张照片是我从别人的后院拍摄的。)

18.在商店或博物馆或在公共场所,有人跟你聊天,这是很常见的事。这是非常令人愉快的。人们并不冷漠保守。

19.坐飞机比坐火车便宜。这跟印度正好相反。

20.这一点有点奇怪,如果我说错了,请纠正我,几乎每个人都有iPhone。可能是最新款,也可能是老款,但每个人都有iPhone。甚至我们的出租车司机也拿着iPhone。

21.People are also very obvious about the political party they support. I saw people wearing Clinton T shirts, Bernie Sanders jackets, Donald Trump hats etc. I haven't seen such craze anywhere else though.

22.Houses don't have ceiling fans. This is hard to believe because life without a fan is impossible in India. All of them have centralised heating/cooling.

23.Houses aren't made of concrete and bricks like in India, they are made of wood. My parents jokingly said that these houses aren't “majboot” (“strong” in English) enough.

24.There is McDonald’s everywhere. Even in the middle of nowhere, there will be a lone McDonald’s joint. I am not kidding.

25.They don't home deliver McDonald’s in America. They do it in India though. India -1 USA- 0.

26.People LOVE coffee. Obviously not more than Indians’ love for masala chai.

All in all, it’s an amazing place to visit.

21.人们对他们支持的政党也很清楚。我看到人们穿着克林顿T恤,伯尼·桑德斯夹克,唐纳德·特朗普帽子等等。我在其他任何地方都没见过这样的狂热。

22.房子没有吊扇。这令人难以置信,因为在印度,没有风扇的生活是不可能忍受的。所有的空调都是中央供暖/制冷的。

23.房子不像印度的房子是用混凝土和砖块建造的,而是用木头建造的。我的父母开玩笑说,这些房子不够“牢固结实”。

24.到处都是麦当劳。即使在偏僻的地方,也能找到麦当劳连锁店。我可没有开玩笑。

25.在美国,麦当劳是不提供外卖服务的。印度的麦当劳是有这项服务的。印度-1美国- 0。

26.人们喜欢咖啡。很显然,并没有超过印度人对印度奶茶的喜爱。

总而言之,这是一个令人惊叹的地方。

 译文来源:三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/49802.html 译者:Joyceliu

 

Keith Ely, Writer

As an Englishman living in the US for 14 years, I would say the the false perceptions we Brits have of the US that you don't discover till you get here are as follows.

作为一个在美国生活了14年的英国人,我想说的是,我们英国人对美国的错误认知,直到你亲身来到这里才会发现,如下。

We wrongly believe:

Food, especially meat and produce, are cheaper in the US than the UK, when they are not.

Same goes for restaurants and hotels.

Internet access is faster and cheaper in the US, when it is in fact slower and more expensive.

Same goes for satellite/cable TV

All Americans have guns and gunslinging is a part of everyday life

Medical care is the best, when it is not

Medical care is expensive when it is actually outrageously unaffordable for those who have to pay for their own insurance and care

我们错误地认为:

美国的食品,尤其是肉类和农产品比英国便宜,其实则不然。

餐馆和酒店也是如此。

我们以为美国的互联网接入速度更快、费用更低,而实际上互联网接入速度更慢、成本更高。

卫星/有线电视也是如此。

我们以为所有美国人都有枪,枪战是日常生活的一部分。

医疗是全球最棒的,其实并不是。

我们以为医疗护理费用高昂,实际上高昂到对那些必须自己购买保险,自己支付医疗费的人来说,简直难以承受。

We also don't realize that

Americans have much shorter vacation entitlement but that, in many cases, this is made up for by paid sick leave entitlement, which some people take as a right whether they are sick or not.

Public transport is virtually non-existent outside of major cities.

There are no fast or even moderatlely fast bullet trains.

It is lawful in many places to overtake on the left or right of a slow vehicle.

Likewise, it is lawful in many places to turn right on a red traffic signal (or left into a one-way street)

You have to pull over and stop when an emergency vehicle approaches.

Although there is a greater inequality between the haves and the have-nots, Americans are much more generous than Europeans and the rich are greater philanthropists with their wealth.

我们也没有发现:

美国人的假期要短得多,但在很多情况下,可以用带薪病假来弥补,有些人认为带薪病假是一种权利,不管他们是否生病。

在大城市之外,公共交通几乎不存在。

没有高速甚至中速的快速列车。

在许多地方,从慢车的左侧超车或右侧超车是合法的。

同样,在许多地方,红灯右转(或左转进入单行道)也是合法的。

当紧急车辆接近时,你必须靠边停车。

尽管贫富之间存在更大的不平等,但美国人比欧洲人慷慨得多,富人用他们的财富做了更多的慈善。

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