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Don't look a gift horse in the mouth 別揣測禮物的價值

A horse has its teeth checked in Moscow.
在莫斯科馬展中,一匹馬接受牙齒檢查。 (照片:法新社)


Do you know you can tell how old a horse is by looking at its teeth? The longer the teeth look, the older the horse is. How old do you think this horse is?

A young horse can run faster and work harder than an old horse. Because of this, a young horse is more expensive than an old horse. When people buy a horse they look in its mouth to see how old it is.

In Englisgh we sometimes say “Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.” Imagine if someone gave you a horse as a gift. It would be very rude to check its teeth. It doesn't matter how old the horse is if it's a gift. The important thing is that someone was kind enough to give you the horse!

Of course not many people get given horses. The saying really means that if you get a gift from a friend you shouldn't try to work out how much it's worth, or point out what's wrong with it. You should just be happy they thought about you. Also if something lucky happens to you, you shouldn't ask too many questions. Just be happy that you're having a lucky day. Remember: Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!

(Catherine Thomas, Staff Writer)



在英文中,我們會說「Don't look a gift horse in the mouth」。想像一下某人送你一匹馬。檢查那匹馬的牙齒可能相當無禮。假如這匹馬是禮物,牠年紀多大都沒有關係。重要的是有人很好心地送你馬匹!



Today's Words 今天單字

1. expensive adj.

昂貴的 (ang2 gui4 de5)

例: I'd love to buy the new PS3, but it's so expensive!

(我想買新的Play Station III,但好貴喔!)

2. rude adj.

無禮的 (wu2 li3 de5),粗魯的 (cu1 lu3 de5)

例: Mark is very rude. He never says "thank you."


3. worth adj.

值得的 (zhi2 de2 de5)

例: This chocolate is expensive, but it tastes so good, I really think it's worth it.


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