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The Adventures of Kathleen the Great and Mark the Meek
英勇凱薩琳與害羞馬克歷險記

Meet Kathleen the mouse and Mark the elephant. Kathleen is very brave and likes adventure, but Mark is very shy and scared of many things. But friends stay together, so Mark follows Kathleen wherever she goes. Sometimes they get into some very sticky situations.

見見老鼠凱薩琳和大象馬克。凱薩琳非常勇敢又喜歡冒險,但馬克的個性十分害羞,對許多事情都感到害怕。不過,朋友都喜歡黏在一塊兒,所以凱薩琳走到哪兒,馬克就會跟到哪兒。有時候,他們也會碰上非常棘手的情況...

"One more game" 再來一局

"Finished!" Mark announced, as he shut his book with a loud clap and put it into his backpack. "My homework is done! Now I have time to play some video games before I go to bed," he said to Kathleen, turning on the TV.

"Just be careful, it's already late. You know what happened to you last time the teacher caught you sleeping in class. You don't want extra homework again, do you?" Kathleen asked.

"I won't stay up too late. I just want to try out my new video game," Mark said.

"Alright, if it's only for a little while, it's OK. Hey, that looks like fun. How do you play?" Kathleen asked, sitting down next to him on the couch.

"Here, I'll show you," Mark answered.

As it turned out, Mark was right about his new video game. It was a lot of fun. It was so much fun that Kathleen and Mark played for three-and-a-half hours.

"Kathleen, don't you think we should go to bed now?" Mark finally asked.

"You just want to quit now because you won the last game. No way! One more game, I know I can beat you!" Kathleen answered, her eyes glued to the TV.

"OK, but I hope you'll be alright in school tomorrow. No sleeping allowed!" Mark answered, looking unsure.

(Kayleen Hartman, staff writer)

「做完了!」馬克宣佈,一邊大聲喀啦地把書本闔上,放進背包裡。「我功課做完了,趁上床睡覺前打一下電動。」他對凱薩琳說著,就打開電視。

「要注意喔!現在已經很晚了,你沒忘記上次老師抓到你在課堂上夢周公時,發生了什麼事吧。難道你還想再做額外的家庭作業嗎?」凱薩琳問到。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. announce v.t.

宣佈(xuan1 bu4)

My brothers, sisters and I started cheering when our dad announced we were going to Disneyland.

父親一宣佈我們要去迪士尼樂園,我和兄弟姊妹就開始歡呼。

2. catch v.t.

抓到(zhua1 dao4)

My dad caught me eating candy right before dinner and took it away from me.

我父親在晚餐前抓到我吃糖果,就把糖果拿走。

3. try out v.phr

測試(ce4 shi4)

My mom just bought me a new computer and I can't wait to try it out.

我母親剛買給我一部新電腦,我等不及要試用。

4. quit v.t.

放棄(fang4 qi4)

Dan only likes bananas, so I've quit trying to make him eat other fruit.

丹只喜歡香蕉,所以我已不再嘗試要他吃其他水果。


馬克說:「我不會太晚睡的,只是想試試我的新電玩遊戲。」

「好吧!如果只打一下沒關係。嘿!這遊戲看起來很有趣,要怎麼打?」凱薩琳問著,就在馬克身旁的沙發空位做下來。

馬克回答:「來,我示範給你看。」

結果馬克是對的,他的新電玩遊戲很有趣,讓凱薩琳和他連玩三個半小時還欲罷不能。

「凱薩琳,你不覺得我們現在應該去睡了嗎?」馬克終於問了。

「你上一局贏了,現在就想退出。想都別想!再一局!我知道我一定能打敗你。」凱薩琳回答,但眼睛還是黏在電視上。

馬克看似不安的說:「好吧,希望你明天上學能撐得住。你上課不准睡覺喔。」 (翻譯:鄭湘儀)

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