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Taiwan's new trains 台灣新高鐵

A test train speeds through Lujhu, Taoyuan County.
一列測試中的高鐵火車急駛過桃園縣蘆竹鄉。 (照片:陳文正/台北時報)

PHOTO: CHEN WEN-ZHENG, TAIPEI TIMES

Have you ever been on a really fast train? This is a picture of one of Taiwan's new high speed trains.

Right now it takes four hours to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung. That's the same amount of time you spend in classes in the morning. When the new trains start running it will only take one and a half hours. That's just a little longer than it takes to eat lunch and have a nap!

The train can travel at 300km an hour. That's pretty fast! Because the train passes through a lot of countryside there will be special crossings for animals.

There are a lot of different types of high speed trains in the world. The ones in Taiwan are like the Shinkansen trains in Japan. They have been specially made for Taiwan because Taiwan is hotter than Japan. Also the countryside in Taiwan is different so the trains have to be different from the Japenese trains. The Taiwanese trains can also move faster than the Japanese ones which only go at 285km an hour. Way to go Taiwan! (CATHERINE THOMAS, STAFF WRITER)

你曾經搭過速度超快的火車嗎?這是台灣高鐵火車的照片。

目前從台北到高雄要花四小時,與你晨間上四堂課的時間一樣。高鐵通車後,只要花一個半小時,那只比你吃個午餐、打個盹的時間還多一點!

高鐵每小時可以跑三百公里,相當快速!由於高鐵經過許多鄉間,將會設置動物的特別平交道。

全世界的高速鐵路種類繁多。台灣高鐵與日本新幹線系出同源。但由於台灣氣候較日本炎熱,這些車廂是特別為台灣量身訂做的。此外,台灣鄉間與日本不同,所以車廂也與日本不同。台灣高鐵也比每小時跑兩百八十五公里的日本高鐵快。該是來趟台灣之行囉!

(翻譯:賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. spend v.i. /v.t.

花錢 (hua1 qian2),花時間 (hua1 shi2 jian1)

例: Claire spends a lot of time doing her hair in the morning.

(克萊兒早上花很多時間弄頭髮。)

2. run v.i. /v.t.

營運 (ying2 yun4),運轉 (yun4 zhuan3)

例: When will the computer be up and running?

(電腦什麼時候可以運轉?)

3. countryside n.

鄉間 (xiang1 jian1)

例: The English countyside is famous for its beauty.

(英國鄉間以風景美麗聞名。)


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