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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 Michael Kearney  /  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...

Elephant pileup 撞成一團的大象

Mark and Kathleen were sipping on lassis under a banyan tree in Nepal when a stout Scottish man dripping with sweat ran over to them.

"Today is the World Elephant Polo Championship, and one of my team's elephants has come down with a case of diarrhea," the man said. "Will you please sub for him?"

"I'm not really the athletic type," Mark said.

"Come on Mark, it'll be fun," Kathleen said. "I'll be your rider."

"Great!" the Scottish man said. "Let's go."

The three went to the pitch. Mark started to tremble when he saw how big the other elephants were. The Scottish man and Kathleen both hopped on top of Mark.

Looking at Kathleen, the Scottish man said, "You're going to have to tell Mark where to go, and I'll take the mallet. The match is starting, so let's go!"

Mark ran onto the pitch. The Scottish man hit the ball forward, but it was blocked by a member of the opposing team who started racing for the goal.

"We have to get back on defense!" the Scottish man shouted.

Kathleen directed Mark to their goal. They looked up and saw three enormous elephants from the opposing team charging straight at them…

馬克和凱薩琳在尼泊爾一棵榕樹下,喝著印度優格飲料「拉西」,一個矮胖的蘇格蘭人滿身大汗跑向他們。

「今天是『世界大象馬球冠軍賽』的日子,但我隊上一頭大象因為拉肚子而病倒了。」那個男人說:「你可以代替他嗎?」

「我不擅長運動耶,」馬克說。

「別這樣嘛,馬克,這一定很好玩。」凱薩琳說:「我可以當你的騎士。」

「太棒了!走吧。」蘇格蘭人說。

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. polo n.

馬球 (ma3 qiu2)

例: Polo can be played using elephants or horses.

(馬球可用大象或馬匹出賽。)

2. diarrhea n.

腹瀉 (fu4 xie4)

例: My dad said he got diarrhea when he went to China. (我爸說他去中國時得了腹瀉。)

3. pitch n.

場地 (chang3 di4)

例: It's really hard to find good soccer pitches in Taipei City. (在台北市真的很難找到好的足球場。)

4. mallet /?mal?t/ n.

球槌 (qiu2 chui2)

例: Polo players use mallets to hit the ball.

(馬球員們用球槌來擊球。)


他們到了球場後,馬克看到其他大象那麼壯就開始發抖了。蘇格蘭人和凱薩琳則跳到了他身上。

蘇格蘭人看著凱薩琳說:「妳得告訴馬克往哪裡跑,我來拿球槌。比賽開始了,快走吧!」

馬克上場囉,蘇格蘭人把球打到前面,但被對方的一名隊員擋住了,還一直往球門衝。

「我們得趕快回防!」蘇格蘭人大喊著。

凱薩琳指揮馬克回到球門前,往前一看,對方三頭巨大的大象正朝他們直衝而來…。 

(翻譯:張愛弟)

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