Living like a Pig
One day, a guru(印度教大师)knewwhat he would be in his next life. So he called his favorite disciple(徒弟) and asked him what hewould do to show thanks. The disciple said hewould do whateverhisguru asked him to do.
After the guru received the promise,he said,“Thenthis is what I'd like you to do for me. I'vejust learned that when I die very soon,I'm going to be born as a pig.Do you see that pig eating rubbish overthere in the yard ?
I'mgoing to be born as one of its baby pigs.You’ll recognize(认出)meby a markon my face When thebaby pigs have been born, find the baby pig with a mark on its face and kill itwith your knifeThen I’llnot live a pig's life Will you do this for me?”
The disciple was sad to hear all this, but he agreed to do as he had promised.
Soon after this conversation,thingshappened just as the guru had mentioned.The guru died. Four baby pigs wereborn. One day, the disciple held his knife with him and picked out the baby pig with a markon its face. Just as he was about tokill it, the little pig suddenly spoke,“Stop! Don't kill me!”itcried.
The disciple was very surprised,and heheard the little pig speak in a human voice,it said,“Don'tkill me I want to live on as a pig. When Iasked you to kill me, I didn't know what a pig's life would be like. It's great!Justlet me go.”
收到(receive)这项承诺(promise)之后，大师说：“我现在就告诉你我希望你为我做的。我刚刚得知(learn)我就要死了，我会出生(beborn)成为一只猪(pig)。你看到正在院子(yard)里吃垃圾(rubbish)的那头猪了吧？我将会是它下一窝猪仔中的一只小猪(babypig)。你会从我脸(face)上的记号(mark)认出我来．当那些小猪出生以后，你去找脸上有记号的小猪，用你的刀(knife)把它杀死，这样我就不会过猪的生活(livea pig’s life)。你会为我做吗？”
徒弟非常吃惊(surprised)，他听到小猪用人的声音(in a human voice)说：“别杀我！我想要当猪继续活下去。当我要求你杀我时，我并不知道猪的生活将是什么样。猪的生活很棒(great)!就让我活下去吧。”
Greenland and Iceland
Greenland is the largest island on earth. It is in the north of Europe. Near Greenland is another island. It is small. Its name isIceland. Do you think that Greenlandis green and warm?Do you think thatIcelandis white with ice?If youdo, you are wrong. Not many people live on the big island of Greenland.There are more people in your hornet own than in all of Greenland That is because Greenland is notgreen Greenland is white. Mostof Greenland is covered with lots ofice. Theice covering Greenland is higher than some ofthe world's buildings. What about Iceland? Is it colder than Greenland? No, it is not. Icelandhas ice, but not so much ice asGreenland. Iceland has aLot of hot springs(温泉). They give out hotwater and steam (蒸汽). So it is not as cold as Greenland. And there area lot more people who live inIceland.
格林兰岛是世界上(onearth)最大的岛屿(largestisland)。它位于欧洲(Europe)的北部(north)。在格林兰岛的附近有另外一个岛。这个岛很小。它的名字叫冰岛。你认为格林兰岛是绿色(green)、温暖的(warm)吗？你认为冰岛是冰(ice)覆盖的白色(white)岛屿吗？如果你这样想，你就错了。格林兰岛上没有很多人居住。你家乡(hometown)的人会比(than)整个格林兰岛的居民都多。那是因为格林兰岛不是绿色的，它是白色的。格林兰岛的大部分(most)覆盖着(becovered with)很多冰。覆盖格林兰岛的冰比这个世界上的一些建筑物(building)还要高。冰岛怎样呢(whatabout Iceland)?它比格林兰岛还要冷(cold)吗？不，不是的。冰岛有冰，但不像格林兰岛那么多的冰(notso much ice as Greenland)。冰岛有很多温泉。这些温泉放出(giveout)热水和蒸汽，因此冰岛不像格林兰岛那样冷(notas cold as Greenland)。而且冰岛的居民远远多于格林兰岛。
A Competitionof Lying
A certainold gentlemanwas very unhappy about modern education,and thought that young people didn’t know the differencebetweenright and wrong.
One day he was taking a walknear the church when he saw some young boysstanding around a small cat The oldgentlemen went up to the boys and asked them what was happening.One ofthe boys said to him“We're having a competition. We're telling lies,and theone who tells the biggest lie will keep the cat.”
The old gentleman thought this was agood chance to teach the boys a useful lesson, so he said to them,“I've never told a lie in my life”. At oncethere was a greatshout from all the boys, and theysaid,“You've won!The cat belongs to you!”
某个(a certain)老年绅士(gentleman)对现代教育(modern education)颇为不满(unhappy)，他认为年轻人不知道是非(right and wrong)之间的差异(difference)。
有一天，他在教堂(church)附近散步(take a walk)时，看到一些小男孩围着一只小猫(cat)。这位老绅士凑上前去问孩子们发生(happen)什么事了。有个男孩告诉他：“我们正在进行一场竞赛(competition)。我们在比赛说谎(tell ties)，谁说的谎最大，这只猫就是谁的。”
老绅士觉得这是教育孩子们的一个好机会。于是他就对孩子们说：“我这辈子从未说过谎话。”立刻(at once)所有孩子异口同声地大喊(shout)：“你赢(win)了！这只猫属于你了(Thecat belongs to you)!”
Sports in America
In many parts ofthe world, there are four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter.There are onlythree inAmerica:football, basketball and baseball.If youwant to know what season it is, just have a look at what people are playing.
Sports are an important part of American culture.Studentslearn to play many sports at school. They take PEclasses. Some join the school teams, andothers join school sports leagues(联盟).
For many people in the USA, sports arenot just for fun They're almost areligion (宗教). Thousands of sports fans buy expensive tickets to watchtheir favorite teams and sports starsplay. Other fanswatch games on TVat home. The most devoted(投入的) sports fans never missa game.
体育是美国文化(Americanculture)的一个重要部分(part)。学生在校时学习很多体育项目。他们上体育课(PE)。有些学生加入校队(join the school team)．还有些学生加入学校体育联盟。
The Apple Tree
A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it every day. He climbed to the treetop, ate theapples, played under the tree... Heloved the tree and the tree loved to play with him.
Time went by...The little boy had grown up and he no longer played around thetree.
One day, the boy came back tothe tree and looked sad.“Comeand play with me,”the tree asked the boy.
“I am nolonger a kid I do not play around trees anymore”The boy replied,“I want toys.I need money to buy them.”“Sorry,but I don't have money. But you can pick all my apples and sell them So,you will have money.”The boywas so excited.He picked all the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy didn't come back after he picked the apples. The tree was sad.
One day, the boy returnedandthe tree was so excited“Comeand play with me”Thetree said“Idon't have time to play. I have to work for my family.We need a house Can you help me?”“Sorry,but I don't have a house But you can cut off mybranches(枝干)tobuild your house.”,so the boy cut all the branches of the tree and left happily.
One hotsummer day, the boy returned and the tree wasvery happy.“Comeand play with me!”the tree said.
“I amsad and getting old I want to go sailingto relax myself. Can you give me a boat?”“Use my trunk(树干) tobuild the boat You can sail and be happy.”So the boy cut the tree trunkto makea boatHe went sailing and did not show up for a longtime
Finally, the boy returned afterhe left for so many years.“Sorry, my boy. But Idon’t have anythingforyou any more No more apples for you.”the tree said.“I don’t have teethto eat.”The boy replied“No more trunk for you to climbon”“I am too old for that now.”the boysaid.“Ireally want to give you something——the only thing left is my dying roots(根).”Thetree said.“I don'tneed much now, just a place to rest.I am tired afterall these years.”The boyreplied.“Good!Come here, please sit down with me and have a rest,”The boysat down and the tree smiled .
This is a story of everyone The tree is our parent.When we were young, we loved to play with Mom and Dad.When we grow up, we leave them, and only come to them when we need something orwhen we are in trouble.Whatever, parents will always be there and give everythingthey could to make you happy.You may think that the boy is cruelto the tree but that's how all of us aretreating(对待)ourparents.
一天，男孩回来(return)了，树非常兴奋，“来和我玩吧”，树说。“我没有时间玩．我不得不(have to)为我的家庭工作。我们需要一个房子，你能帮我吗？”“很遗憾，我没有房子。但是，你可以砍下(cut off)我的树枝来建房。”因此，男孩砍下所有的树枝，高高兴兴地离开了。
看到他充满欢乐(full of joy)，树也很高兴(glad)。但是，自从(since)那时起，男孩没再出现(appear)，树很孤独(lonely)很悲伤。
“我很伤心，我开始变老了。我想去航海(go sailing)放松(relax)自己．你能不能给我一条船？”“用我的树干去造一条船，你就能航海了，你会高兴的。”于是，男孩砍下树干去造(make)船。他航海去了，很长一段时间未露面(show up)。
许多年后男孩终于回来了．“很遗憾，我的孩子，我再也没有任何东西(anything)可以给你了。没有苹果给你”树说。“我没有牙齿(teeth)吃了。”男孩答道。“没有树干供你爬。”“现在我老了，爬不上去了。”男孩说．“我真的想把一切都给你……我唯一剩下的东西是快要死去的(dying)树墩。”树说。男孩答道。“现在，我不需要什么东西，只需要一个地方(place)来休息(rest)．经过了这些年我累了(tired)。”“太好了！过来，和我一起坐下休息(have a rest)吧。”男孩坐下了，树笑了…．