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When I grow up I want to be a cowboy 我長大後要當牛仔

Have you ever wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl? Every year many American children get to find out what it's like to take part in a rodeo.

Some kids try to ride a sheep, like the boy in this picture. This is called riding a wooly, because sheep have lots of wool. The children and sheep line up at the starting line. The kids hold on tight to the sheep's wool. Then they begin! Often children fall off, like in the picture. They also might lose hats or shoes. The winner is the first to cross the finish line still on the sheep (even if they are hanging on sideways!).

Another popular game for kids at rodeos is called the calf scramble. The children line-up on the starting line. When the whistle goes they race to catch a calf. Each calf has a colored ribbon. The kids have to grab the ribbon and run back to the starting line to win. 

(CATHERINE THOMAS, STAFF WRITER)

你曾經想要當牛仔或女牛仔嗎?許多美國孩童每年都有機會親臨牛仔競技場一探究竟。

有些小孩試著騎在綿羊背上,就像照片中的小男孩,這招叫做「騎綿羊」,因為綿羊有很多羊毛。孩童和綿

羊在起跑線前站好,小孩子抓緊綿羊的毛,遊戲就開始。小朋友通常會跌倒,就如同照片所示,他們也可能搞丟帽子或鞋子,誰能一路騎在羊背上衝到終點就是贏家(就算他們是掛在羊身旁!)。

另一個牛仔競技場上受歡迎的兒童遊戲稱做「搶小牛」。孩童們在起跑線前排排站,哨音響起便衝出去抓小牛,每隻小牛都綁有一條彩色緞帶,小朋友抓住緞帶後,跑回起跑線就算得勝。(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. rodeo n.

牛仔競技 (niu2 zai3 jing4 ji4)

例: I'm really looking forward to seeing the bull riding at the rodeo.

(我真的很期待看到牛仔在競技場騎著牛。)

2. wool n.

羊毛 (yang2 mao2)

例: My favorite sweater is made of wool. I love it because it's so wooly!

(我最喜歡的毛衣是以羊毛製成的,我愛它的羊毛質感。)

3. ribbon n.

緞帶 (duan4 dai4)

例: On Sundays I wear ribbons in my hair.

(我星期天都會在頭髮綁緞帶。)


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