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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

By Jason Cox  /  STAFF WRITER

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...

Tachi 打太極拳

One evening, Mark and Kathleen were eating at Kathleen's house.

"This squid is delicious," Mark said as he placed more in his bowl of rice. "And the soup is also fantastic. Thanks for dinner."

"No problem," replied Kathleen. "You've been cooking so much lately, it was only fair for me to cook today."

"So tomorrow," Mark asked as he took some spinach," would you like to practice taichi early?"

"Sure!" Kathleen said. "Does 6am sound like a good time to meet?"

"Sounds perfect to me!" Mark exclaimed.

The next morning, Mark and Kathleen met at the park on time, even though Kathleen looked a little groggy. They quietly moved to the back of the group of people practicing taichi.

An old man standing next to them glanced over. "You're new here," he said.

"Yes, we thought we'd come and try to learn the basics." Kathleen said. "Do you have some tips?"

"Yes, I do. Try this." The old man began to move his hands in circles. The hands moved faster and faster. After just 10 seconds, the old man had created a tornado with his hands. Mark and Kathleen were picked up in the tornado . . . . (Jason Cox, Staff Writer)

一天晚上,馬克和凱薩琳正在凱薩琳家吃飯。

「花枝好好吃,」馬克夾了更多花枝在自己碗裡說︰「湯也美味極了,謝謝你準備這一頓晚餐。」

「沒問題,」凱薩琳回答︰「最近都是你煮飯,今天換我煮很公平。」

「那麼明天,」馬克一邊夾波菜,一邊問說︰「你想早起打太極拳嗎?」

「當然!」凱薩琳說︰「早上六點見好嗎?」

馬克喊著說︰「聽起來再好也不過了!」

隔天早上,馬克和凱薩琳準時在公園裡見,不過凱薩琳看起來有一點神志不清。他們安靜地走到一群正在打太極拳的人後方。

Today's Words 今日單字

1. taichi n.

太極拳 (tai4 ji2 quan2)

例: Practicing taichi can help your body in many ways.

打太極拳對身體各方面有益。

2. groggy adj.

神志不清的 (shen2 zhi4 bu4 qing1 de5)

例: Since I only slept for three hours, I feel groggy today.

我只睡了三小時,所以今天有點神志不清。

3. tip n.

秘訣(mi4 jue2),訣竅(jue2 qiao4)

例:I'm not sure how to play this game. Could you give me some tips?

我不確定要怎麼玩這麼遊戲,你可以透露一些秘訣嗎?

4. tornado n.

龍捲風(long2 juan3 feng1)

例:The tornado swept through the neighborhood, ripping up houses.

龍捲瘋狂掃這一帶,摧毀房舍。


一位站在他們身旁的老人看看他們說︰「你們是新來的吧。」

「是的,我們想來學點基本技巧,」凱薩琳說︰「你有什麼訣竅嗎?」

「是的,我有。試試這招。」老人開始用雙手畫圈圈。他的手揮愈揮愈快,不過十秒鐘,老人已經用手做出了一陣龍捲風。馬克和凱薩琳被龍捲風捲了起來‥‥

(翻譯:賴美君)

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