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Old age 長壽

Aidwata at her home in India.
艾德瓦坦在她位於印度的家。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO : AP

How old are you? How old is the oldest person you know? Some people live to be very old. The oldest man lived to be 120 years old, and the oldest woman lived to be 122.

Even though those people were very old, they were still really young compared with some animals. There is one kind of whale, called a Bowhead whale, that can live to be 200 years old. The tortoise in this picture was named Aidwata. She was 256 years old when she died, which makes her the oldest recorded animal that has ever lived. Today, the oldest living animal on earth that we know about is Harriet, another tortoise, who is 175 years old.

Just imagine, Aidwata lived more than three normal human lifetimes! But even she is young compared with the oldest plants in the world. There is a tree in the US state of California that is 4,844 years old! (Marc Langer, staff writer)

你今年幾歲呢?你認識的人中,年紀最大的為幾歲?有些人可以活得很老。世上最老的男性是一百二十歲,女性是一百二十二歲。

雖然這些人很老,但與一些動物相比,他們依然相當年輕。有一種鯨魚叫做「弓頭鯨」,可以活兩百年之久。這張照片中的烏龜叫做艾德瓦妲。她活到兩百五十六歲,是動物史上活得最久的動物。目前我們所知世界上最長壽的動物「哈麗葉」也是隻烏龜,現年一百七十五歲。

想像一下,艾德瓦妲活得比正常人類的三輩子還久!不過與世界上最長壽的植物相比,她還算是幼齒的。美國加州有一棵樹已經四千八百四十四歲了! (翻譯:賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. whale n.

鯨 (jing1)

例:The blue whale is the biggest animal in the world.

(藍鯨是世界上最大的動物。)

2. tortoise n.

陸龜 (lu4 gui1)

例:Turtles live in the water, but tortoises live only on land.

(海龜住在水裡,但陸龜只住在陸地上。)

3. normal adj.

一般的 (yi4 ban1 de5),正常的 (zheng4 chang2 de5)

例:I didn't have enough money to buy a fancy bike, so I just bought a normal one.

(我的錢不夠買昂貴腳踏車,所以我買了輛普通腳踏車。)

4. lifetime n.

一輩子 (yi2 bei4 zi5)

例:I wonder if people will ever travel to Mars during my lifetime.

(我好奇我有生之年是否看得到人類登陸火星。)


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