Language invasion 意大利語受到侵略

更新時間 2012年 11月 23日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間17:42
Italian Prime Minister

The Italian Prime Minister is very fond of English words and phrases.

媒體英語會帶大家一起學習 BBC 撰稿人在報道世界大事時常用到的單詞和短語。

一位意大利著名作家警告說意大利語正在受到英語語言的破壞,這是由於現如今越來越多的意大利人在日常用語中夾雜眾多英語單詞。犯罪小說作家安德烈亞卡米雷利說此舉是意大利正在遭受毀滅性殖民化的象徵,意大利總理馬里奧蒙蒂應首先受到批評。請聽 BBC 駐羅馬記者 Alan Johnston發回的報道

Andrea Camilleri is a literary celebrity in Italy. And he's best known abroad for his novels featuring his brilliant fictional creation, the Sicilian detective, Inspector Montalbano.

But the author is worried about the health of the language in which he works. Speaking earlier this week he took issue with the country's politicians for peppering their speeches with English words and phrases. Terms like welfare, governance, devolution, and even election day.

The author said that Prime Minister, Mario Monti, was a leading offender. And it's true that Mr Monti does indeed frequently reach for English terminology. Here's an example from his first speech to Parliament. Listen to how he just drops in the English phrase best practices:

Clip of Mario Monti speaking Italian

And in the very next breath, he's at it again, sliding in that grim English term spending review:

Clip of Mario Monti speaking Italian

Mr Camilleri said Mr Monti's habit was just part of what he called an "awful tradition" in Italian public life. Not enough, he said, was being done to take care of the national language.

And he gave a classic example. He said that when he served on a jury for a prize given by the Italian state broadcaster at the Venice Film Festival, he was dismayed to find that the official language of the judging would be English.

Quiz 聽力測驗

What is the profession of the fictional character in Andrea Camilleri's stories?

Police detective.

If you break the law, then you could be labelled as a ________.

criminal

True or False: The Italian Prime Minister uses English words or phrases in his speech.

True.

What was the official language of judging at Venice Film Festival?

English.

Glossary 词汇表 (点击单词收听发音)

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