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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...

Camping Trip 野外露營

“Hey Kathleen, will you help me put up this tent?”

Mark was doing his best to help set up camp, but so far he wasn't doing a very good job.

“Sure, but give me a minute to finish setting up the barbecue,” replied Kathleen.

Mark and Kathleen were on a camping trip in the woods. They had left home in the morning, but the national park was far from home, so it was already starting to get dark. They had to hurry setting up camp.

Kathleen came over and helped Mark finish setting up the tent.

“We should start the campfire soon, Kathleen. I'm a little scared of the dark.” Looking around at all the towering trees, Mark started to feel a bit worried. The trees seemed to lean in on him.

“We'll be fine, Mark.” Kathleen and Mark had a roaring campfire just after dark.

The hum of insects in the background grew steadily louder, and an owl hooted softly somewhere in the distance.

As Mark and Kathleen sat around the fire roasting marshmallows, there was suddenly a loud crash nearby in the darkness.

Mark jumped up and tried to hide behind Kathleen. “Ah! What was that?”

Kathleen squinted, trying to make out the shape in the darkness. “It looks like . . .”

(Jason Cox, staff writer)

「嘿,凱薩琳,你能幫我搭這個帳棚嗎?」

馬克盡力幫忙搭起營區,但目前看來結果差強人意。

「好啊,但先給我幾分鐘架好烤肉架。」凱薩琳回答。

馬克和凱薩琳踏上了樹林露營之旅,他們一大早從家裡出發,但因國家公園離家很遠,到達時營區時天色已晚。他們得趕緊搭起帳棚。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. camp n.

營地 (ying2 di4)

例: After you catch a couple of fish, come back to camp.

(你抓了幾條魚後就回到營地來。)

2. towering adj.

高聳的 (gao1 song3 de5)

例: The towering cliff was home to several eagles' nests.

(幾個鷹巢棲息在高聳的峭壁上。)

3. roaring adj.

轟隆的 (hong1 long2 de5)

例: The roaring crowd of baseball fans went wild when they saw Wang Chien-ming.

(喧嘩的棒球迷一看見王健民就失控亂竄。)

4. squint v.i.

斜著眼看 (xie2 zhe5 yan3 kan4)

例: Its bad for your eyes to sqint a lot when you read.

(過度斜視閱讀有傷視力。)


凱薩琳過來幫馬克搭完帳棚。

「凱薩琳,我們應該趕緊生營火,我有點怕黑。」看著四周林木高聳參天,馬克開始有點害怕,這些樹似乎都朝著他靠過來。

「馬克,我們會沒事的。」入夜之後,凱薩琳和馬克升起熊熊營火。

蟲鳴在後方漸響,貓頭鷹遠處輕柔咕啼。

正當馬克和凱薩琳圍坐在營火旁烤棉花糖,鄰近暗處突然一陣聲響。

馬克跳起來,想要躲在凱薩琳後面「啊!那是什麼?」

凱薩琳瞇起眼睛,試著在黑暗中辨認出物體的形象,「這看起來好像…。」

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

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