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Castles in the sand 沙堡

A woman looks at a sand castle on a beach in Cannes, France.
法國坎城一名女子看著海灘上的沙堡。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

Are you hot, bored and out of ideas for summer fun?

Why not take a trip to the beach? One of the best ways to spend a day at the beach is making a sand castle.

The sand castle in this picture must have taken a long time to make. It probably took many people working with many different tools to build a sand castle so big. Building a sand castle this big would also take a lot of patience. Just think -- if you make one tiny mistake, the whole sand castle will crumble!

You don't need a lot of tools or a lot of people to build your own sand castle. All you need is some sand, water and your hands. Of course, if you can find them, there are a few things that might help you out. A shovel will help you dig and a bucket can hold sand and water.

Don't stop there! Look all over the beach to see what you can find to decorate your sand castle. Shells, leaves and pieces of wood can make beautiful decorations.(Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)

你是否感到炎熱、無聊,不知夏日該以何為樂?

為何不到海邊一遊呢?在海邊度日最有趣的方式之一就是蓋沙堡。

照片中的沙堡一定花了不少時間才蓋好,大概要很多人用多種不同的工具才能蓋這麼大的沙堡。蓋這麼大的沙堡也得要很有耐心,想想看,你若犯一丁點錯誤,整個沙堡就會傾毀。

蓋自己的沙堡不用很多工具,也無需很多人幫忙,你只需要一些沙子、水,和雙手,當然囉,你如果有辦法找到一些工具,它們也能夠幫得上忙。鏟子能幫你挖沙,而水桶可以用來裝沙子或水。

不止如此!四處看看海邊,找找有沒有能裝飾沙堡的東西。貝殼、樹葉和木片都是美麗的裝飾品。

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. tool n.

工具 (gong1 ju4)

例: The man at the store used a special tool to fix my glasses.

(店內的男子以特殊工具修理我的眼鏡。)

2. patience n.

耐心 (nai4 xin1)

例: It takes a lot of patience to wait in line for ice cream on a hot summer day.

(炎炎夏日排隊買冰淇淋需要很有耐心。)

3. crumble v.i. /v.t.

粉碎 (fen3 sui4)

例: I left my cookies in the bottom of my bag and they crumbled.

(我把餅乾放在包包底部,所以餅乾碎了。)


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