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Beat the heat 炎夏消暑

A monkey enjoys a frozen fruit treat in Hanover, Germany.德國漢諾威一隻猴子享用冰涼的水果。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

In the month of August, the weather can get very hot. What do you like to do when the weather is hot? You might just want to stay inside where it is cooler, but what about when you are playing outside? Most people like to go swimming or eat cold things, like ice cream and popsicles.

This monkey is just the same! Since it lives outside where there is no air conditioning, it is even harder for the monkey to stay cool. The people at the zoo where this monkey lives made it a special popsicle so that it could stay cool in the hot summer heat.

But look at how big the popsicle is! When you eat popsicles, how big are they? This monkey's popsicle is almost as big as it is. Do you think you could eat a popsicle that was only a little bit smaller than you?

Imagine how long it would take you to finish it. Your mouth would be very cold!(Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)

八月的天氣會非常炎熱。天氣熱時你喜歡做什麼呢?你大概只想待在較涼爽的屋裡,但是,假如你是在外頭玩耍呢?大多數的人喜歡去游泳,或是吃一些像是冰淇淋和冰棒等清涼的東西。

這隻猴子也是一樣!因為牠住在室外沒有冷氣的地方,更不容易保持涼爽。在這隻猴子居住的動物園裡,人們為牠特製了一根冰棒,所以牠可以在炎夏保持涼爽。

不過,看一看這根冰棒有多大!當你吃冰棒時,冰棒有多大?這隻猴子的冰棒幾乎就跟牠自己一樣大。你認為自己吃得下大小只比你自己小一點的冰棒嗎?想一想你要花多久時間吃完。你的嘴巴可能會很冰! (翻譯︰賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. popsicle n.

冰棒 (bing1 bang4)

例: After Devin ate a red popsicle, his lips and tongue turned red.

(戴文吃了紅色冰棒後,他的嘴唇與舌頭都變紅了。)

2. air conditioning n.

冷氣 (leng3 qi4)

例: Before you leave the room, please turn off the air conditioning.

(離開房間之前,請你關掉冷氣。)

3. heat n.

熱 (re4)

例: Let's just take a walk instead of running today. It's too hard to run in all this heat.

(今天讓我們散步就好,不要跑步。在這種酷熱之下跑步太難了。)


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