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Learn English from Songs: Highway 20 Ride

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गीतबाट अंग्रेजी सिक्ने यो श्रेणीको पहिलो भागमा हामी ज्याक ब्राउनको चर्चित गीत Highway 20 Ride लाई लिँदै छौँ।

A sad father goes on a long drive, trying to get connected with his son. He talks about him not getting along with his wife, about him being desperate to meet the son. Towards the end, he tells the son that he has always had best memories of his son.

(यो गीतमा एउटा दुखी बुबा एक शुक्रबार बिराएर long drive मा जान्छ, आफ्नो छोरासँग जोडिने प्रयास गर्दै। ऊ छोराको आमासँग नमिल्ने गरेको, छोरालाई भेट्न विचलित भएको कुरा गर्छ। अन्तिममा छोरो बूढो भएर आफूलाई सम्झियो भने आफूसँग छोराको उत्कृष्ट स्मरण भएको कुरा गर्छ, यात्राभरि आफूले छोरालाई सम्झिने गरेको कुरा गर्छ।)

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I ride east every other Friday

But if I had it my way

A day would not be wasted on this drive

And I want so bad to hold you

Son, there’s things I haven’t told you

Your mom and me couldn’t get along

माथि उल्लेख भएको every other को अर्थ समय बिराएर हुन्छ। जस्तै, एक दिन बिराएर भन्न every other day भन्नुपर्छ, हप्ता बिराएर भन्न every other week भन्नुपर्छ, महिना बिराएर भन्न every other month भन्नुपर्छ।

if I had it my way को अर्थ मेरो तरिकाले/बसमा हुँदो हो त हुन्छ। जस्तैः

मेरो तरिकाले हुँदो हो त म उसलाई निम्तो नै दिने थिइनँ। If I had it my way, I wouldn’t invite her.

मेरो बसमा हुँदो हो त म काम छोडिदिने थिएँ। If I had it my way, I would quit the job.

(स्मरण रहोस्, If I had it my way पछि would +verb 1 प्रयोग हुन्छ)

Get along भनेको मिल्नु हुन्छ। जस्तै,

I and my son get along well.

Mr. and Mrs. Rai did not get along. So they got divorced.

So I’ll drive

And I think about my life

And wonder why

That I slowly die inside

Every time I turn that truck around right at the Georgia line

And I count the days and the miles back home to you

On that Highway 20 ride

माथिको (I) wonder why अति नै उपयोगी संरचना हो। यसको अर्थ “किन होला” हुन्छ। जस्तै, किन ऊ रुन्छे होली-  I wonder why she cries.

मेरो मित्रले मलाई किन त्यागो होला- I wonder why my friend gave up on me.

Why को ठाउँमा where/when/what time/how often आदि पनि प्रयोग गर्न सकिन्छ।

जस्तै, माथिको उदाहरणमा रहेको count the days (पर्खिएर बस्नु) प्रयोग गरेर एउटा वाक्य बनाउँदाः म कत्तिको तिमीलाई भेट्न पर्खिएर बस्छु होला- I wonder how often I count the days to meet you.

A day might come you’ll realize

That if you see through my eyes

There was no other way to work it out

And a part of you might hate me

But son, please don’t mistake me

For a man that didn’t care at all

माथि उल्लिखित see through my eyes को अर्थ मेरो नजरबाट हेर्नु हुन्छ भने There was no other way को अर्थ विकल्प थिएन हुन्छ। mistake someone/something for someone/something को अर्थ भने कुनै व्यक्ति/कुरालाई अर्को व्यक्ति/कुरा ठान्नु हुन्छ। माथिको लिरिक्समा “तर छोरा, मलाई बाल दिने मान्छे नठान” भनिएको छ। अन्य उदाहरणहरूः

In my young age, people mistook me for Sunil Shetty. (जवानीमा मान्छेहरू मलाई सुनिल सेट्टी ठान्थे)

उनले गालीलाई प्रशंसा ठानिन्- She mistook criticism for appreciation.

And I’ll drive

And I’ll think about my life

And wonder why

That I slowly die inside

Every time I turn that truck around right at the Georgia line

And I count the days and the miles back home to you

On that Highway 20 ride

So when you drive

And the years go flying by

I hope you smile

If I ever cross your mind

It was a pleasure of my life

And I cherished every time

And my whole world

It begins and ends with you

On that Highway 20 ride….

The years go flying by भनेको थाहै नपाइ समय बित्नु, बूढो हुनु हो भने cherish भनेको प्यारो ठान्नु हो। We cherish the childhood days. र अन्त्यमा cross someone’s mind भनेको झल्याँस्स याद आउनु हो। जस्तै, It crossed my mind yesterday that you loved me. हिजो मलाई तिमीले मलाई माया गर्छौँ भन्ने कुरा झल्याँस्स याद आयो। माथिको If I ever cross your mind को अर्थ भने म कहिल्यै तिम्रो स्मरणमा आएँ भने हुन्छ।

If she every crosses your mind, go drink yourself to death. (उनी कहिल्यै तिम्रो स्मरणमा आइन् भन्ने मरुन्जेल पिऊ।