成语双语故事:塞翁失马

  blessing or bane

  

  塞翁失马

  

  Near China‘s northern borders lived a man called Sai Weng. He raised a lot of horses.

  

  战国时期,靠近北部边城,住着一个姓塞老人, 他养了许多马。

  

  One day, he lost one of his horses. Everyone commiserated with him.

  

  一天,他的一匹走失了,人们听说这件事,跑来安慰他。

  

  “Perhaps this will soon turn out to be a blessing,” said Sai Weng.

  

  塞翁说:“没准会带来什么福气呢。”

  

  After a few months, his horse came back, leading a fine horse from the north.

  

  过了几个月,丢失的马不仅自己回了家,还带回一匹匈奴的骏马。

  

  Everyone congratulated him.

  

  所有人都来祝贺塞翁。

  

  “Perhaps this may turn out to be a cause of misfortune,” said Sai Weng.

  

  塞翁反而说:“这或许会带来不幸呢。”

  

  Since he was well-off and kept good horses, his son became fond of riding and eventually broke his leg for falling from a horse.

  

  因为塞翁很富有,并且养马养得很好,所以他的儿子也十分喜爱骑马。但没想到有一次骑马时,他的儿子从马上掉了下来,摔断了腿。

  

  Everyone commiserated with him. “Perhaps this will soon turn out to be a blessing,” said his father.

  

  人们于是又去安慰塞翁。但塞翁却说:&ld

quo;也许这次又会带来好运呢。”

  

  One year later, the northern tribes started a big invasion of the border regions.

  

  一年以后,匈奴入侵边境。

  

  This man’s son did not join in the fighting because he was crippled and so he survived.

  

  但是塞翁的儿子因为腿断了便没有被征入当兵队伍之中,而其他很多当兵的青年都战死在了沙场,塞翁的儿子因此保住了性命。

  

  成语“塞翁失马”如果用于英文表达,可以使用短语“blessing or bane ”,“blessing”的意思是“好运”,“bane”的意思则是“厄运,祸事”,所以放在一起就可以表达“塞翁失马”的意思。

  

  但是,英文表达“blessing or bane ”常会用来单纯的表示“是祸是福”的意思,比如:

  

  Technology, a blessing or a bane?

  

  高科技,是祸是福?

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