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  • When we're in a relationship,

    當我們處於一段感情中的時候

  • one of the haunting thoughts that can make us especially snappy and bitter

    有種想法會一直迴盪在腦海,讓我們易怒及感到苦澀

  • is the idea that if only we were single, we would be a lot happier.

    這想法就是:如果我們單身的話我們應該更開心吧

  • We can be so conscious of the troubles of our own lives,

    我們深深意識到自己目前生活中的各種麻煩

  • that we're naturally drawn to look back and remember the nicer aspects of solitude.

    我們自然而然地會回想過去,想起單身時各種美好的畫面

  • We remember being able to get up whenever we wanted;

    單身時我們可以想什麼時候起床就什麼時候起床

  • we recall not having to fret about where we threw things.

    我們也不會因為亂扔東西而煩惱

  • We remember how inoffensive our own bad habits were,

    我們完全接受自己的壞習慣,不會覺得那是一種冒犯

  • when we were the only ones to witness them.

    當只有我們自己知道這些習慣的時候

  • We recall not having to justify our meal choices, however eccentric;

    我們不需要刻意調整我們的飲食,不管我們的飲食有多奇怪

  • we could go out somewhere and never tell anyone;

    我們可以隨時外出而不用告訴任何人

  • we could (when we felt like it)

    (當我們願意的時候)我們也可以

  • work through till 2 a.m. without being accused of being obsessive or cold.

    工作到凌晨兩點,也不會被人指責說是過度工作或者是冷漠

  • Though we were sometimes sad, we could at least always hope for a better future.

    儘管我們有時候會沮喪,我們都還一直憧憬著美好的未來

  • It was all so fulfilling, in comparison with the life we lead now.

    和我們現在這樣的生活對比,以前的生活同時讓我們覺得十分充實

  • But memory is a hugely unreliable and therefore, reckless instrument,

    但是,回憶是十分不可靠的,因此也是無法預計後果的

  • which isn't a small point,

    並不是微不足道的

  • for our powers of recall have a huge impact on how we assess our lives in the present.

    因為「回憶」對我們如何評估自己現在的生活產生了巨大的影響

  • We are editors of genius,

    我們是有天賦的編輯

  • who know just enough about how to romanticise our single days

    我們知道如何浪漫化我們單身的日子

  • in order to poison our conjugal ones.

    為了使有伴的日子聽起來更糟糕

  • Some of our ingratitude might be eroded.

    我們可能會開始心懷感恩

  • if long before we met anyone,

    假設,在我們遇上另一半的很長一段時間之前

  • a talented film-maker were charged with making a close observational documentary

    一位有天賦的電影製作人負責拍攝一部紀錄片,來近距離觀察

  • about our lives as single people.

    我們的單身生活

  • They’d capture our face at 5.30pm on a winter Sunday afternoon,

    他捕捉到在一個冬日週日下午五點三十時我們的面容

  • as the sun was setting

    太陽正在隱退

  • and we know well be alone till we reach the office on Monday morning.

    並且我們也知道,直到週一早晨上班我們仍會孤獨一人

  • They'd observe us looking across the room at someone at a party

    他觀察到我們在遠遠看著派對上的某個人

  • longing for their kindly face

    出神地看著他們美好的臉龐

  • but lacking any courage to go up and address them.

    但是卻沒有勇氣走上前去搭訕

  • They'd capture us spending a lot of time at our parents' house,

    他捕捉到我們在父母家待很長時間

  • and growing increasingly tetchy in their company.

    並且對於他們的陪伴越來越不耐煩

  • They’d show us struggling to know what to do when the fridge stopped working

    他讓我們意識到,當冰箱壞了的時候我們有多不知所措

  • or we felt a terrible pain in the middle of the night.

    或者是半夜的時候我們經歷了巨大的疼痛的無助

  • We would ideally be required to view this documentary at regular intervals,

    我們被要求最好能時常觀看這部紀錄片

  • especially after bruising fights with our partners.

    尤其是和我們的另一半發生劇烈衝突之後

  • It would provide crucial evidence,

    它會提供十分重要的證據

  • which our own memories are so good at strategically omitting

    來證明我們的記憶很擅長於進行戰略上的忽略

  • of how less than ideal the single state can be

    忽略我們處於單身時不理想的回憶

  • We would realise that though we are sad now,

    我們意識到,雖然我們現在很悲傷

  • we were also very sad then.

    我們當時也是很悲傷的

  • We would accept, with good grace and a touch of dark humour,

    我們會優雅地且帶著些黑色幽默地接受

  • that life simply gives us few opportunities to be content.

    生活給了很少的機會可以讓我們感到知足

When we're in a relationship,

當我們處於一段感情中的時候

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為什麼單身其實也沒有那麼好 (Why it Probably Wasn't Better Being Single)

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    Zoey 發佈於 2017 年 03 月 26 日
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