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CNN News:这一大国居然一条河流都没有

所属教程:2017年12月CNN新闻听力 更新:12-20
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What is the largest country in the world without a river?

世界上没有河流最大的国家是?

Saudi Arabia, Greenland, Australia, or Iran?

沙特阿拉伯,格陵兰岛,澳大利亚,还是伊朗?

Though it`s situated between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia does not have a river running through it.

尽管位于红海和波斯湾之间,沙特阿拉伯没有一条河流流经。

It also doesn`t have any movie theaters, or at least it won`t until next year when commercial theaters will be granted licenses to open up.

沙特也没有任何电影院,或者至少在明年,商业剧院才能获得许可开放。

They`ve been banned for 35 years in the conservative Muslim country. But the change is part of a series of reforms taking place in the kingdom. The nation`s crown prince has promised to destroy what he calls extremist ideologies and return Saudi Arabia to a, quote, more moderate Islam.

在这个保守的穆斯林国家,商业影院已经被禁止了35年。但是,此次改变只是发生在沙特变革中的一部分。这沙特王储已经承诺要摧毁所谓的极端主义意识形态,并将沙特阿拉伯回归到一个更温和的伊斯兰教。

Part of the decision is economic, as Saudi Arabia tries to reduce its dependence on oil. Movie theaters could create jobs and encourage Saudis to spend more money at home rather than vacation in nearby countries that have more entertainment options.

部分决策是经济上的,因为沙特阿拉伯试图减少对石油的依赖。电影院可以创造就业机会,鼓励沙特人在国内消费更多的钱,而不是去附近有更多娱乐选择的国家度假。

Some Saudi religious leaders oppose this idea. One cleric has called theaters a depravity and suggested they could hurt the kingdom`s morals.

一些沙特宗教领袖反对这种想法。一位牧师称剧院是堕落的,并暗示它们可能毁坏这个王国的道德。

The first cinemas are expected to open their doors in March.

首批电影院预计于明年3月份开业。

Moving west from Saudi Arabia to the African country of Nigeria. It`s had a number of success stories in the Olympic Games, like when its soccer team won gold in 1996. But Nigeria has never won a medal or even competed in the Winter Olympics.

从沙特阿拉伯西部转移到非洲国家尼日利亚。这个国家在奥运会上有很多成功的故事,例如在1996年,尼日利亚的足球队赢得了奥运金牌。但是尼日利亚从没有在冬运会上赢得金牌甚至从没有参加过冬运会。

Next February, three athletes representing Nigeria are set to compete in bobsledding. This is the first bobsled for any African country. The women have already qualified and say they are ecstatic.

明年二月,3名运动员将代表尼日利亚参加滑雪橇比赛。这是首次为非洲国家举行的雪橇比赛。已经取得比赛资格的女性说道,她们非常高兴。

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