Mandarin lesson in hong kong – Reading for Pleasure

Mandarin Lesson

Reading for Pleasure
The first thing I want to insist on is that reading should be enjoyable. Of course, there are many books that we all have to read, either to pass examinations or to acquire information, from which it is impossible to extract enjoyment. We are reading them for instruction, and the best we can hope is that our need for it will enable us to get through them without tedium. Such books we read with duty rather than with enjoyment. But that is not the sort of reading I have in mind. The books I like reading most will help me neither to get a degree nor to earn me living.. They will not teach me to sail a boat or to fly a plane, but they will help me to live more fully. However, they cannot do so unless you enjoy reading them.
為快樂而讀書

我想堅持的第一點是,閱讀應當是愉悅的。自然,我們每一個人都會為了通過考試,或是為了獲取信息而閱讀大量的書籍。從這樣的閱讀中我們無法獲取快樂。我們讀這些書是為了接受教育。我們最多只能希望既然這些書籍非讀不可,我們在讀完之後不至於感到單調乏味。這樣的書,我們讀得無可奈何而不是輕鬆愉快。然而,我心目中的閱讀不屬於這一種。我最喜歡讀的書既不能幫助我獲取學位,也不能幫助我掙錢謀生,更不能教會我駕駛船隻或開好飛機;然而,它們能夠幫助我活得更加充實。而這一點,除非你喜歡閱讀它們,否則是無法做到的。

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