340 - Jingle Bells - New York City

 

A cada ano, o gerente do Rockefeller Center, no coração de Manhattan, gasta meses procurando e preparando a árvore perfeita. A cerimônia de iluminação é um espetáculo imperdível. Ela permanecerá acesa até o dia 6 de janeiro! by Marina Carminati.


INTERVIEW

THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS TREE

New York is a great place to spend Christmas. There are many wonderful things to see and do, but {tip text="o posto de honra vai para..." title="pride of place goes to"} pride of place goes to {/tip} the massive Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza. John Baiata, who works as a manager there, explains:
John Baiata


John Baiata (Standard American accent)

There’s a reason why a lot of people consider this to be the world’s most famous tree. It sits at the heart of New York City, and people from all over the world come, not just for the tree lighting, which has become a huge event, but throughout the whole holiday season, actually, and it’s just an incredible atmosphere. You can’t but help feeling a warm glow when standing in its presence; kids’ and adults’ faces light up in front of it, the {tip text="patinadores sobre a pista" title="skaters on the rink"} skaters on the rink {/tip} below, the ice skaters, Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes are right across the street and, if you believe in Santa and his magic {tip text="elfos, anões, ajudantes" title="elves"} elves {/tip}, you have to think that some of that {tip text="respinga, é disseminado" title="is sprinkled"} is sprinkled {/tip} around Rockefeller Center every year!
 
HARD TIMES

And this tradition began over 80 years ago:


John Baiata

The tradition has very {tip text="humildes origens" title="humble roots"} humble roots {/tip}. In 1931, in the middle of the Great Depression, a group of construction workers who were working on the site, erected a tree, basically, in a {tip text="campo enlameado" title="muddy field"} muddy field {/tip}, and two years later was when the formal tree lighting ceremony began, when a Rockefeller Center {tip text="relações públicas" title="publicist"} publicist {/tip} organized the first tree lighting ceremony in 1933.

THE COLD NORTH

And, of course, the tree is changed every year:


John Baiata

{tip text="têm sido muitas" title="There’s been a lot of them"} There’s been a lot of them {/tip}. The tallest was 110 feet, a pretty tall tree, one of the most famous, though, was selected from a small town in Vermont near the Canadian border, and a new road had to be bulldozed just to get to that tree, and it made this historic trip down to Manhattan from the Canadian border; 375 miles!


The Christmas season officially begins in New York City when Santa Claus joins the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. This year it took place on Thursday, November 26th. But for most New Yorkers there is a more important event: the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Rockefeller Plaza. This year the ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd at 9 p.m. It will be preceded by two hours of live music and dancing, which will certainly help {tip text="aquecer a grande multidão" title="warm up the expected large crowd "} warm up the expected large crowd {/tip}. Every year, many people come to the Plaza a day early in order to guarantee a good view of this spectacular ceremony. Millions more around the world follow it on TV. The overall effect is {tip text="de tirar o fôlego" title="breathtaking"} breathtaking {/tip}: 30,000 lights, as well as a star designed by Swarovski, {tip text="de repente" title="suddenly"} suddenly {/tip} come to life. But as Rockefeller Center manager John Baiata explains in the accompanying interview (see overleaf), the ceremony's origins were more modest. Like other New York landmarks (such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building) the Rockefeller Center was built during the Great Depression. Construction workers planted a Christmas tree on the site in 1931, but the tree lighting ceremony began two years later. The tree is changed every year and finding the right one is {tip text="um grande desafio" title="a major challenge"} a major challenge {/tip}. So too is transporting it to New York in a vast container, with traffic {tip text="chegando a parar" title="coming to a standstill"} coming to a standstill {/tip}.


SPEAK UP EXPLAINS

A huge event. “Um evento enorme”. Como já é sabido, o sotaque norte-americano é diferente do britânico, mas a pronúncia de palavras também tem as suas variações. Os norte-americanos, por exemplo, observam que, para os ingleses, a letra “r” é quase muda. Já os britânicos dizem que muito frequentemente os norte-americanos fazem a mesma coisa com a letra “h”, por exemplo, huge fica ‘uge e herb (“erva”) fica ‘erb.

You can’t help but feeling a warm glow.“Você não pode deixar de sentir uma sensação de calorosa felicidade”. Aqui John Baiata utiliza uma construção antiga, mas eficaz: you can’t but. Normalmente ela vem acompanhada do infinitivo (you can’t but feel), mas dizer feeling também está correto.

The Rockettes. The Rockettes é uma famosa companhia de dança que faz um espetáculo especial de Natal. Fundada em St. Louis, Missouri, em 1925, ela se transferiu para o Radio City Music Hall em 1932.

110 feet; 375 miles. “33,5 metros; 603 km”. Vale recordar que o sistema métrico ainda é pouco utilizado nos países anglófonos.