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Ball from the past 古老的球

By Kayleen Hartman and Claire Lai  /  STAFF WRITERS

The ball on display at the Museum of Ethonology in Hamburg, Germany. 在德國漢堡民族學博物館展示的球。

PHOTO : EPA

When you think of the past, you might think of people riding horses, wearing old-fashioned clothes and ... playing soccer?

Today, we think of soccer as a modern game, but people all over the world have loved watching and playing soccer for a long, long time. The ball in this picture was once used for playing soccer. It is hundreds of years old. It isn't used for playing soccer anymore. Today it sits in a museum.

The people at the museum say that this is the oldest soccer ball in the world. They believe it was used in the 1540s, more than 500 years ago. It was owned by the queen of Scotland at the time, Mary of Scots, and used at a castle in Scotland where she lived for several years after she was born. (Kayleen Hartman, Staff writer)

回想古時候,你可能會想到人們騎著馬,穿古老服飾,還有??踢足球?

現今,我們以為足球是一種現代人的競賽。不過世界各地的人喜愛觀賞與踢足球早已由來已久。照片中的球曾被用於足球賽中,年代已有數百年之久。它現在已不再被用於足球賽了,而是被安置在博物館內。

博物館人員表示,這是世界上最古老的足球。他們相信它被用於一五四○年代,已逾五百年。它當時是由蘇格蘭瑪麗女王所擁有,在她出生後居住了數年的一處蘇格蘭城堡中為人使用。

(翻譯:賴美君)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. old-fashioned adj.

老式的 (lao3 shi4 de5),過時的 (guo4 shi2 de5)

例:My grandparents' house has an old-fashioned telephone. To use it, you have to speak into the part that hangs on the wall and hold the part you listen to up to your ear.

(我祖母的房子有一個舊型的電話機。使用它時,你必須對著掛在牆上的那一部份說話,再將另一部分放在耳朵聽。)

2. modern adj.

現代的 (xian4 dai4 de5)

例:Modern technology allows us to talk to people on the other side of the world through computers.

(現代化的科技讓我們得以透過電腦和世界彼端的人交談。)

3. castle n.

城堡 (cheng2 bao3)

例:Kings and queens used to live in castles built all over Europe.

(國王與皇后以前住在歐洲各地的城堡。)


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