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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

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...

Trip to Thailand: Part 2 A big mistake 泰國之旅二--天大的誤會

Today is going to be great!” Kathleen said, jumping out of bed. “Come on, sleepyhead! Get up!”

Mark sat up in bed, rubbing his eyes. “Why, what’s today?”

“Today is the day we tour the island,” Kathleen said excitedly. “We can go diving and snorkeling; we’ll climb to the top of the mountain in the national park ... we can even go swimming in a lake where there is a waterfall!”

Mark thought a lot of these things sounded a little dangerous, but Kathleen was so happy about it that he couldn’t help but smile. “Okay,” he said. “I guess I should wear my swimsuit.”

The two friends set out for the park. They were hiking on a big trail when they saw something interesting in the clearing ahead of them. “Wait a minute,” said Mark. “What’s going on over there?”

“Elephants!” Kathleen shouted. “They’re riding elephants!”

Mark and Kathleen walked toward the clearing. Sure enough, people were sitting on the elephants’ backs, and some of the elephants were carrying two or three people!

“Wow,” said Kathleen. “That looks like fun. How many people do you think you could carry, Mark? Mark?”

“Kathleen!” Mark yelled from behind her.

Kathleen turned around to talk to him and got a big surprise. Two small children had wandered over and they were trying to climb onto Mark’s back! Mark looked at Kathleen with nervous eyes. “What am I supposed to do?!” he cried.

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. tour v.

遊覽 (you2 lan3)

例:After Taiwan, we are going to tour Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

(台灣之行後,我們將遊歷越南、柬埔寨和寮國。)

2. diving n.

潛水 (qian2 shui3)

例:Before going diving, you have to make sure the water is not too shallow.

(潛水前要確定水位不會太淺。)

3. snorkeling n.

浮潛 (fu2 qian2)

例:When Lacey went snorkeling, she saw a lot of different tropical fish.

(萊西浮潛時看見許多不同的熱帶魚。)

4. clearing n.

空地 (kong4 di4)

例:My house is surrounded by trees, but there is a clearing where my dog and I like to play.

(我家四面環樹,但我喜歡跟我的狗在一處空地遊玩。)


(Emily shih, staff writer)

「今天將是美好的一天!」凱薩琳說著,就從床上跳了起來,「來嘛,睡蟲!起床!」

馬克從床上坐起來,揉著雙眼,「為什麼,今天是什麼日子?」

「今天我們要環島,」凱薩琳興高采烈地說︰「我們可以去潛水和浮潛,我們會攻上國家公園山頂…我們甚至 可以在有瀑布的湖裡游泳!」

馬克想到那些事好像有點可怕,但是看到凱薩琳這麼開心,他忍不住笑了。「好吧,」他說︰「我想我應該穿上我的泳衣。」

這兩個好朋友朝公園出發,他們走在寬廣步道,看見前方空地發生有趣的事,「等一等,」馬克說︰「那邊發生了什麼事?」

「大象!」凱薩琳大叫,「他們在騎大象!」

馬克和凱薩琳走向空地,想當然爾,民眾騎在大象背上,有些大象甚至背著兩到三個人。

「哇,」凱薩琳說︰「那看起來很有趣,你覺得自己一次可以背幾個人?馬克?馬克?」

走在後面的馬克高喊︰「凱薩琳!」

凱薩琳回頭要跟馬克說話時大吃一驚,有兩個小孩試圖爬到他的背上,馬克緊張地看著凱薩琳,他大叫,「我該怎麼辦?!」

(翻譯:鄭湘儀)

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