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When the cat's away ...當大人不在家...

A mouse plays with a specially trained cat in Italy.義大利一隻老鼠和一隻受過訓練的貓玩耍。 (照片:歐新社)

PHOTO: EPA

Have you ever seen mice playing like this with a cat before?

This cat has been specially trained by its owner not to eat mice. The owner makes money because people think it is funny to see the mice playing with the cat.

In most houses where both mice and a cat live, the mice will stay hidden when the cat is at home. If the cat leaves the house, though, they will come out and play. They don't worry about being seen.

In English you can say, “When the cat's away the mice will play.” Imagine that a teacher, the cat, leaves the classroom. Of course all the students, the mice, will relax and start to play.

Sometimes, of course, the mice don't just relax, they are mischievous. If the cat wants to make sure that they aren't, the cat musn't go away!  (Catherine Thomas, staff writer)

你曾看過跟貓這樣玩耍的老鼠嗎?

這隻貓的主人特別訓練牠不吃老鼠來賺錢,因為大家都覺得看老鼠跟貓玩耍很逗趣。

多數貓鼠共處的屋內,貓在家時,老鼠就會躲得好好的,不過只要貓離開屋子,牠們就會出來玩,不擔心會被看見。

英文中,你可以說「 When the cat's away the mice will play(山中無老虎,猴子稱大王)」。不難想像,當老師,也就是貓,離開教室後,當然所有的學生,也就是老鼠,就會輕鬆一下,開始玩耍。

當然,有時老鼠不會只放鬆一下,牠們很調皮,如果貓要確定老鼠沒在搗蛋,最好別走開。



(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. hidden adj.

隱藏的 (yin3 cang2 de5)

例: They couldn't find the treasure because it was hidden too well.

(寶物被藏得太好,他們無法尋獲。)

2. relax v.i.

放鬆 (fang4 song1)

例: Drinking hot chocolate can help you relax.

(喝熱巧克力有助於放鬆。)

3. mischievous adj.

調皮的 (tiao2 pi2 de5)

例: Ben is a good student, but he can be a little mischievous!

(班是個好學生,只是有點調皮。)


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