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'God is Brazilian,' da Silva says「上帝是巴西人!」

Brazilian schoolboys wave flags in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue after Brazil was picked to host the 2014 World Cup, Rio de Janeiro, Oct. 30, 2007. Photo: AFP十一月三十日,巴西獲得二零一四年世界盃足球賽主辦權後,學童們在里約熱內盧的救世基督雕像前揮五旗子。
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"God is Brazilian," Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said last week. He made the comment after the announcement earlier this month that new oil reserves have been discovered.

"This discovery ... proves that God is Brazilian," da Silva said during a speech.

His theory is not original. Brazilians have long said that God shares their nationality because the country has so many natural resources.

The British magazine The Economist already referred to that saying. They printed an article about the oil find earlier this month titled: "God may indeed be Brazilian after all."

Brazil's government made the announcement about the new oil reserves three weeks ago. They said they found enough oil to increase national reserves by 50 percent.

More oil was also discovered nearby and is being explored. The government thinks those reserves will make Brazil one of the top 10 oil producers in the world. (STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP)

「上帝是巴西人,」巴西總統路易斯.伊納西奧.魯拉·達.席爾瓦上星期表示。他在月初宣布發現新油田後,發表了這項言論。

「新油田的發現證實上帝是巴西人,」達.席爾瓦在一場演講中表示。

他並不是第一個提出這個觀點的人。巴西民眾間長久以來流傳著上帝跟他們同一國籍的說法,因為巴西有很多的天然資源。

英國《經濟學人》雜誌也提及該說法。他們刊登了一篇有關月初發現新石油的文章,標題為「上帝可能真的是巴西人。」

巴西政府在三個星期前,公佈了發現新油田的新聞。他們說,這些新發現的油田足以增加百分之五十的國家石油儲存量。

此外,在附近也發現更多石油,目前正在探勘中。巴西政府認為這些新油田將讓巴西成為世界前十大石油生產國之一。(法新社/翻譯:楊鴻泰)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. oil reserve n.

石油蘊藏 (shi2 you2 yun4 cang2)

例: There are oil reserves in Alaska.

(美國阿拉斯加州有油田。)

2. nationality n.

國籍 (guo2 ji2)

例: What is your sister's nationality?

(你姐姐是什麼國籍?)

3. natural resource n.

天然資源 (tian1 ran2 zi1 yuan2)

例: Australia has many natural resources.

(澳洲有很多天然資源。)

4. producer n.

製造者 (zhi4 zao4 zhe3)

例: Who is the biggest car producer in the world?

(全球最大汽車製造商是哪家公司?)


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