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Rubber ducks race, everyone wins
玩具鴨賽速全贏結局

Rubber ducks "race" down the Tennesee River at the beginning of the Great Knoxville Rubber Duck Race in the US state of Tennesee.美國田納西州的納克斯維爾玩具鴨大賽上,玩具鴨群在田納西河上集體「賽跑」。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

Do you have a rubber duck in your bathroom? A toy rubber duck can be a fun way to turn bathtime into playtime. But did you know that sometimes rubber ducks can be used to help children in a much bigger way?

All those tiny yellow dots in this picture are rubber ducks floating down the Tennessee River in the United States. But what are so many rubber ducks doing on a river and not in a bathtub?

They're in the middle of a race! The people of Knoxville, Tennesse wanted to think of a fun way to make money for children who need help. So they decided to let people pay to adopt a rubber duck for a day, and then they all let the ducks go on the river. Whichever duck makes it down to a certain spot first wins the race!

People pay money to put a duck in the race because there are lots of great prizes. The owners of the first-place and second-place ducks get new cars! (Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)

你的浴室裡有塑膠玩具鴨嗎?玩具鴨很有趣,可以把洗澡時間變成遊戲時間。不過,你知道玩具鴨有更大的用處,有時還可以用來協助孩童嗎?

照片中的這些小黃點就是漂浮在美國田納西河上的玩具鴨。不過,這麼多玩具鴨不待在浴缸裡而在河裡做什麼呢?

它們正在參加競賽!美國田納西州納克斯維爾的民眾希望想出一個有趣的方法來替需要幫助的孩童募款。所以他們決定讓人們出錢領養一天玩具鴨,再讓所有玩具鴨到河裡集合。最先抵達特定終點的玩具鴨就是贏家!

由於大獎豐富,民眾出錢來讓玩具鴨賽跑。抱走冠軍及亞軍的玩具鴨主人可以獲得全新的汽車!

(翻譯︰賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. float v.i./v.t.

漂浮 (piao1 fu2)

例: Once you know how to float, it's easy to learn how to swim.

(一旦你知道怎麼漂浮,就很容易學會游泳。)

2. adopt v.i./v.t.

領養 (ling2 yang3)

例: Tim's parents have decided to adopt a baby girl, so he will have a new little sister soon.

(提姆的父母決定領養小女嬰,所以他很快就會有個小妹妹了。)

3. certain adj.

特定的 (te4 ding4 de5)

例: Our teacher always gives us a certain amount of time to finish a test or quiz. We can't take as long as we want.

(老師總是給我們一段特定的時間來完成考試或測驗。我們不能想考多久就多久。)


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