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Teddy bears 泰迪熊

A store employee in Tokyo shows off new teddy bears and tiaras.
東京一位店員展示新款泰迪熊與頭冠。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

Teddy bears have been around for more than a century. The first teddy bear was made by a German toy maker in 1902, and the story is that the bears were named after US President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt.

Today, teddy bears can be seen everywhere. Some are made to be children's toys, but others are collectibles, which means that people buy them and take very good care of them because they could be worth a lot of money someday. The teddy bears that children play with are very soft and easy to hug. The collectible bears are not as soft, and they often have arms and legs that can move. Sometimes they even have special clothes!

There have been many famous teddy bears over the years. Two of the most famous ones were Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear. Many books and even movies were made about the adventures of these two bears.

(Emily Shih, Staff Writer)

泰迪熊已陪伴我們超過一世紀。第一隻泰迪熊是一九○二年由德國玩具商製造的,名字的典故是以美國總統狄奧多.羅斯福(老羅斯福)的小名「泰迪」來命名。

現今,到處都可以看到泰迪熊。有些泰迪熊是作為孩童玩具,不過也有些泰迪熊是收藏用的,也就是說人們購買泰迪熊並珍藏呵護,因為泰迪熊的身價可能步步高漲。孩童玩的泰迪熊相當柔軟好抱,收藏用的泰迪熊則沒那麼軟,手腳通常可以活動。有時候它們甚至還有特別服裝!

這些年來已有許多赫赫有名的泰迪熊。其中最著名的兩款就是小熊維尼與柏丁頓熊。很多書籍甚至電影都描述這兩隻熊的冒險故事。

(翻譯:賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. century n.

世紀 (shi4 ji4)

例: Trees can live for many centuries.

(樹木可以存活數世紀之久。)

2. collectible n.

珍藏品 (zhen1 cang2 pin3)

例: Be careful with that doll; it's a collectible, and my mother will be very angry if it gets broken.

(小心拿那個娃娃,它是珍藏品,假如它有損壞,我母親會很生氣。)

3. adventure n.

冒險 (mao4 xian3)

例: My friends and I have had many adventures in the woods near my house.

(我和朋友經常在我家附近的森林裡冒險。)


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