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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)


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)



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.


2. tortoise n.

陸龜 (lu4 gui1)

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


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.


4. lifetime n.

一輩子 (yi2 bei4 zi5)

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


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