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一個關于自律的故事
一個關于自律的故事
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  鱷魚和烏鴉
  The Crocodile and the Crow
  Along a warm,winding river there once lived a giantcrocodile.This animal was huge for two reasons:one,it lovedto eat;two,it loved to sleep.In fact,it even managed to doboth at the same time.It slept in the Shallows with its hugemouth open.If a fish or a turtle swam between those jaws,snap!The crocodile would eat it without even waking up.Therewasn't a bigger,hungrier,lazier crocodile on the whole river.
  從前,在一條溫暖而彎曲的河里住著一只大鱷魚。這家伙長得這么巨大有兩個原因:一、它愛吃;二、它愛睡。事實上,它甚至還可以同時做這兩件事。它把大嘴張著,在淺灘里睡覺。一旦有魚或是烏龜游進它的兩顎之間,喀嚓!大鱷魚連醒都不醒就把它給吃掉。在這整條河,再也找不到比它更大、更餓、更懶的鱷魚了。
  High in a dead tree near the river lived a shiny blackcrow.From his perch,the crow carefully watched life below.whatever happened,from sunup to sundown,the crow would shoutthe news as loudly as he could."Caw! Six elephants are comingto the river!Caw!They're drinking from the river!Caw!Caw!Nowthey're going back into the forest.Caw!Caw!Caw!"When he hadreally important news to share,he'd fly in circles,squawking.
  靠近河邊一棵枯樹的高處,住著一只黑得發亮的烏鴉。烏鴉從它那高高在上的位置,很注意地觀察著下面的生活。從日出到日落,不論發生了什么事,烏鴉總是會把剛發生的新聞以它最大的聲音昭告眾人。“嘎!六只大象正向河邊邁進。嘎!它們正在河邊喝水。嘎!它們要回森林去了。嘎!嘎!嘎!”如果真有非常重要的消息要告訴大家,它就會繞著圈子一邊飛一邊叫。
  Most animals along the river were thankful for thisservice.The crow reported what was going on in the area andtold everyone of approaching danger.The crocodile,however,hated the crow.The bird's constant racket disturbed his sleep.Besides that,the crow often warned prey that the crocodilewas coming,making it harder to hunt.Worst of all,the crowteased the crocodile.He would land close to where the beastwas sleeping and cry out in a very loud voice.
  河岸邊大部分的動物都很感激這項服務。烏鴉會報告這一帶發生的事情,和即將發生的危險。不過,大鱷魚卻很厭惡這只烏鴉。那只鳥兒不斷的聒噪聲打擾了它的睡眠。此外,烏鴉還時常警告鱷魚的獵物,告訴它們鱷魚來了,這使得它較難獵取食物。更糟的是,烏鴉很喜歡戲弄鱷魚。它會停在靠近鱷魚睡覺的地方,然后用很大的聲音喊叫。
  "Oh,I hurt my wing,"he would shout."I can't fly.Help!Help!"When the crocodile lunged to eat the bird,the crow wouldquickly flutter out of reach.
  “喔!我的翅膀受傷了!”它會這樣喊,“我不能飛了。救命啊!救命啊!”而當鱷魚沖上前去要吃它時,烏鴉就會很快地鼓翅飛走,讓鱷魚抓不到它。
  "Why do you keep teasing me like this?"the crocodilewould complain.
  “你為什么一直這樣戲弄我?”鱷魚報怨道。
  "I can't help it,"the crow would laugh."It's so much fun.Besides,you need to discipline yourself.You need to exercisemore and eat less.So,it's actually good for you to chase mewithout catching me.You should thank me!Ha,ha!"
  “我就是忍不住。”烏鴉大笑,“實在太好玩了。而且,你需要自律。你需要多運動少吃東西。所以呢,讓你追我撲個空,實在是對你有好處。你該感謝我才對!哈!哈!”
  The crocodile finally realized that the crow was right.Heneeded to discipline himself.So he went on a diet.He ate lessand avoided fatty foods like wild piglets.He went for longswims in the river.He lost weight.He began to move veryquickly.But the crow didn't notice what was happening.
  鱷魚終于想通了,烏鴉說得對。它需要訓練自己。所以它開始節食。它不但吃得少,它還避開像小野豬這類的高脂肪食物。它在河里游長程的泳。它的體重減輕了,它的動作變得很敏捷。但是烏鴉并沒有注意到這些事情。
  One day,the crow came closer than usual."Ow,my wing!"heteased.
  有一天,烏鴉又像往常一樣地靠近過來。“喔!我的翅膀!”它戲弄著鱷魚。
  The crocodile lunged and caught the crow."Well,crow,"hesaid,"I do want to thank you for your good advice.Self-discipline is indeed the best way to reach your goals."Andhe ate him.
  鱷魚沖上前并抓住烏鴉。“嗯,烏鴉先生,”它說,“我還真得謝謝你給我的好建議。自律確實是達到目標的最佳方式。”然后它就把烏鴉給吃了。
  More Information
  crocodile(n)鱷魚
  Crocodiles have many sharp teeth.
  crow(n)烏鴉
  That big black bird is a crow.
  from sunup to sundown(adv phr)從日出到日落
  The farmer works from sunup to sundown.
  squawk(v)嘎嘎地叫
  Birds squawking loudly woke me up this morning.
  racket(n)喧嘩
  Our neighbors made a loud racket last night.
  piglet(n)小豬
  The mother pig has seven piglets.
  Word Bank
  shallows(n pl)淺灘
  Little fish swim in the shallows of the river.
  jaw(n)顎
  The man opened his jaws and bit the apple.
  perch(n)棲枝;高而安全的位置
  The guard watched from his perch on top of the building.
  prey(n)被捕食之動物
  The lion chased its prey.
  beast(n)獸
  A hungry bear is a dangerous beast.
  lunge(v)向前沖
  The football player lunged for the ball.
  flutter(v)拍翅;鼓翼
  Three birds fluttered past my window.
  fatty(adj)多脂肪的
  French fries and potato chips are fatty foods
《空中英語教室》長春G381中學外語教與學by John Ryan/ILLUSTRATIONS BY VIVIAN YU20012001林文英A Story About Self-discipline 作者:《空中英語教室》長春G381中學外語教與學by John Ryan/ILLUSTRATIONS BY VIVIAN YU20012001
2013-09-10 21:40

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