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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...

In the belly of the whale 鯨腹求生

Mark and Kathleen were drinking tea at a cafe in Tokyo.

"This has been a great trip," said Kathleen. "I've had a really good time."

"Me too," Mark agreed. "I'll still be happy to go home tomorrow, though. I miss my family."

"Before we leave, let's try to have a little more fun," replied Kathleen. "Come on, follow me."

Kathleen and Mark paid for their tea and set off.

"Where are we going?" Mark asked.

"We're going to the East Gardens, outside of the Imperial Palace," Kathleen answered. "It's one of the most beautiful places we could go."

"What's so great about it?" Mark mumbled. "It's just some flowers ..."

When they got to the East Gardens, Mark changed his mind. There were beautiful cherry trees, lakes, flowers, even part of an old castle.

Mark picked up a flat stone and skipped it across the nearby lake. "This is surprisingly beautiful," Mark mused. "I never knew I liked flowers so much." He picked up a second stone.

"I told you it would be fun," Kathleen smiled.

As Mark's second stone fell into the lake, a whale suddenly jumped out of the lake and swallowed up Mark before he could move ....

(Jason Cox, Staff Writer)

馬克和凱薩琳在東京一家咖啡店喝茶。

「這趟旅程很美妙,」凱薩琳說,「我真的玩得很開心。」

「我也是,」馬克表示贊同,「不過,我還是很開心明天能回家,我想念家人。」

「在離開之前,我們來嘗試更刺激一點的樂子。」凱薩琳回答,「來,跟我來。」

凱薩琳和馬克付了他們的茶飲之後就出發。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. set off v. phr.

出發 (chu1 fa1)

例: We loaded up the car and set off on our drive across the country.

(我們把車裝滿後,開車朝著橫跨全國之旅出發。)

2. cherry n.

櫻桃 (ying1 tao2)

例: My favorite fruits include bananas, blueberries and cherries.

(我喜歡的水果包括香蕉、藍梅和櫻桃。)

3. skip v.i/v.t.

蹦蹦跳跳 (beng4 beng4 tiao4 tiao4)

例: I skipped across the park on my way to meet my friend.

(我蹦蹦跳跳地穿過公園去見我朋友。)

4. muse v.i./v.t.

沈思 (chen2 si1)

例: Yesterday I was musing over what I should do for that homework project.

(我昨天很認真地想該怎麼做家庭作業。)


「我們要去哪裡?」馬克問。

「我們要去皇宮外的東御苑。」凱薩琳回答。「我們可以去瞧瞧這個我們所能及的最美麗的地方。」

「那有什麼好?」馬克咕噥地說「不過就是一些花…」

當他們去到東御苑,馬克就回心轉意了,那裡有美麗的櫻花樹、湖泊、花朵,甚至有古城遺跡。

馬克拾起一塊扁石,在一旁的湖泊打起水漂,「這真是令人驚艷,」馬克若有所思地說,「我從來沒想過自己會這麼喜歡花朵。」他撿起第二塊石頭。

「我跟你說會很有趣吧。」凱薩琳笑著說。

馬克的第二顆石頭掉進湖中,此時一隻鯨魚突然躍出湖面,在馬克還沒反應前就將他吞進肚子裡了…

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

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