每日翻译练习[二六]

Jacky Cheung

歌神张学友

 

In a short history of Cantonese pop music, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau is incontestably the most famous and successful recording artist, and his mellow voice and clean image have won the hearts of fans in Hong Kong, Chinese mainland, Taiwan, and in overseas Chinese communities.

在粤语歌坛,张学友一度是最成功的歌手,他凭着深沉圆润的声线和健康的外形,在港台、大陆以及海外华人中都赢得了无数歌迷。

He is the "singing" king in the 4 Heavenly Kings, with a collection of love ballad hits to rival that of Alan Tam, the "headmaster" of Canto pop. The three other kings (Aaron, Leon and Andy) in the 90s did not even close in terms of pitch, tone, technique and the new four kings (Hacken, Edmund, Leo and Andy Hui) have not quite measured up either. Jacky’s voice is deep, rich, soothing and very moving when combined with his signature love ballad melodies.

为了对抗当时如日中天的粤语天王谭咏麟,“四大天王”诞生了,张学友作为其中之一,被称作歌神,以唱情歌著称。张学友创造了自己的唱法,不管在音调还是发声技巧上都独具特色,这是另外的三个天王(刘德华、郭富城、黎明)甚至现在的四小天王(谢霆锋、陈奕迅、陈晓东、冯德伦)所无法企及的。

Once a clerk, Jacky won a singing contest in 1984 and went on to become a mega-star who has toured across the world. Since his schooldays, Jacky was always singing in public. It was no accident that he was discovered by Polygram Records, who offered him a contract following his success in a singing contest in 1984. Thrilled by this prospect, Jacky could not wait to get started, but he had a difficult time grabbing his audience’s interest. Unable to gain recognition, Jacky needed a hit song to launch his career. Finally in 1991, he released "Love You A Little More Each Day" which propelled him to superstar status. His cheery personality and infectious smile had fans falling at his feet. Audiences love his carefree style and the positive message of his songs.

1984年,还是个小店员的张学友得了一次歌唱比赛的冠军,就这样开始了他的巨星之路。在学校时,年轻的张学友就喜欢在大家面前唱歌。宝丽金公司发掘了张学友,在那次歌唱比赛后和他签约,于是他迫不及待的开始了自己的歌唱事业。可是要在短时间内夺取歌迷的芳心并不容易,几年以来,郁郁不得志的他一直在等待一首能让他一炮走红的歌。1991年,《每天多爱你一些》横空出世,歌迷开始爱上了这个有着迷人微笑的大男孩,也爱上了他那些简单真挚的情歌。

For many people, Jacky is just a great voice, but his powerful drive to use his talent in new ways is what makes him a legend. Unwilling to become just another singer in Canto pop’s fast-paced industry, Jacky took on different opportunities and directions. Showing fans that he is not a typical actor or singer, Jacky took on the challenging role of producing and taking a lead role in the Canto pop musical "Snow Wolf Lake". He, as Wolf, is the main draw and comes armed with powerful expressions and great variation in the timbre of his voice. Also the artistic director of the show, he deserves credit for improving its visuals, including the dramatic projection of a fiery image on the backdrop when Wolf sets a ballroom aflame.

对于很多人来说,学友就是完美男声的代表,他对声音的控制和创新的确是登峰造极。但是张学友并不想成为又一个粤语天王,他开始尝试更多不同的机会,歌迷们看到不再是一个单纯的歌手或演员。张学友制作并主演了广东话音乐剧《雪狼湖》,他饰演剧中的胡狼,一个能模仿各种完美声音的角色。作为艺术指导,张学友致力于提高该剧的视觉冲击力,胡狼在舞厅纵火的一幕,观众可以甚至能看到剧烈的喷射效果、火爆的布景等一系列声光电特效。

Jacky is still so humble and shy. He donates so much to charity but does not boast about it. He works very hard and is very strict on himself and does not push to get awards which fans feel it is unfair to him.

张学友是一个害羞而且低调的人,他拥有这么多荣誉却从来不去炫耀。他努力工作、对自己严格要求,有时候没拿到音乐奖,歌迷为他鸣不平,而学友自己一笑置之。

Jacky was named celebrity spokesperson for the Hong Kong Disneyland Theme Park to bring the magic of Disneyland Parks and Disney stories to the people of Hong Kong and other places in Asia. As a household name in Hong Kong and across Asia, he has brought happiness to millions through his remarkable music, his outstanding film acting, his exceptional theatrical performances, and, most of all, through his generous spirit, his devotion to family and his many works for charity. Disney hopes to attract throngs of visitors from the Chinese mainland and elsewhere in Asia, and executives believe Jacky, the Disney ambassador, can do the trick.

张学友是香港迪斯尼乐园的代言人,他的职责是将迪斯尼的魔力和美好童话传播到整个亚洲。张学友凭借他的出色的音乐、杰出的电影和戏剧表演、慷慨的精神以及在慈善事业上的诸多贡献,成为了香港乃至亚洲地区的一个代言人。迪斯尼就是想借助他的魅力,吸引来自中国和亚洲各地的游客,他们充分相信这位迪斯尼大使的实力。

Jacky realized that he was missing out on family life and this spurred him to marry actress May Law Mei-mei in 1996. They have two daughters.

1996年,渴望家庭生活的歌神迎娶了女演员罗美薇,并生有两个女儿。

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