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The Adventures of Kathleen the Great and Mark the Meek 英勇凱薩琳與害羞馬克歷險記

By Kayleen Hartman  /  STAFF WRITER

Meet Kathleen the mouse and Mark the elephant. Kathleen is very brave and likes adventure, but Mark is very shy and scared of many things. But friends stay together, so Mark follows Kathleen wherever she goes. Sometimes they get into some very sticky situations.

見見老鼠凱薩琳和大象馬克。凱薩琳非常勇敢又喜歡冒險,但馬克的個性十分害羞,對許多事情都感到害怕。不過,朋友都喜歡黏在一塊兒,所以凱薩琳走到哪兒,馬克就會跟到哪兒。有時候,他們也會碰上非常棘手的情況...

"Shopping trip" 購物行

One day, Kathleen looked down at Mark's shoes and realized that his toes were beginning to stick out of the ends.

"Mark!" she said. "Your shoes look terrible! I need to take you shopping."

Mark should have bought new shoes a long time ago, but he didn't really like crowds or talking to strangers, and it's very hard to go shopping without being in a crowd or talking to a stranger. But when Mark looked at his shoes, even he had to admit that he needed to buy new ones.

In the store, Mark quickly chose the first pair of shoes he saw. He wanted to get back home as soon as he could. "What about these?" he asked Kathleen.

"No way! Not cool enough for you," she answered. Mark tried a few more times to choose a plain pair of shoes, but Kathleen didn't like any of them.

"There!" she said suddenly, pointing to a pair of shoes way up high on a shelf. "Those are the shoes you need." Kathleen started climbing up the shoeboxes to get to them.

"Maybe we should wait for the salesperson to come and help us," Mark warned. "Those shoeboxes don't look very <>."

Kathleen started to answer, but Mark couldn't hear her because suddenly there was a loud crash as all the boxes came falling down.

一天,凱薩琳低頭看著馬克腳上的鞋,知道他的腳指頭露出來了。

「馬克!」她說︰「你的鞋子看起來好恐怖!我要帶你去購物。」

馬克早就該買新鞋了,不過他不喜歡人群也不喜歡跟陌生人說話。購物時很難不走入人群或跟陌生人說話。但是馬克看了自己的鞋子,也得承認自己該買新鞋。

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. admit v.i./v.t.

承認(cheng2 ren4)

When Shawn's mother asked him, he admitted that he had eaten all of the cookies she had baked.

夏恩的母親問他時,他承認自己把母親烤的蛋糕全都吃完了。

2. nearly adv.

幾乎(ji1 hu1)

That scooter was going so fast it nearly ran into me!

那台摩托車跑得好快,幾乎快撞到我了!

3. plain adj.

樸素的(pu2 su4 de5),簡單的(jian3 dan1 de5)

I don't like fancy clothes. Just give me something plain to wear and I'll be happy.

我不喜歡花俏的衣服。只要給我簡單的衣服穿,我就很開心了。

4. sturdy adj.

牢固的(lao2 gu4 de5)

One of the legs on that table is broken, so it's not very sturdy.

桌子的一腳斷了,所以不太牢固。


在商店裡,馬克很快就選了他第一眼看到的一雙鞋。他想盡快回家。他問凱薩琳︰「這雙鞋如何?」

凱薩琳回答︰「不行!對你來說一點都不酷。」馬克又試了幾次,想選雙款式普通的鞋,不過凱薩琳都不喜歡。

「就在那裡!」凱薩琳指著高高擺在架子上的一雙鞋,突然這樣說。「那就是你要的鞋。」她開始爬到鞋盒上,想拿那雙鞋。

「也許我們該等店員來幫我們,」馬克警告說︰「這些鞋盒看起來不是很穩固。」

凱薩琳開始回答,但馬克聽不見她的聲音,因為突然有鞋盒倒落,發出一聲巨響。

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