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听故事学4000英语词汇77:两兄弟与“魔法杯”

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4000 Essential English Words 3 Paul Nation

4000英语核心词汇3 保罗·纳森

Unit 17 Word List

第17单元 单词表

affection n.

感情

Affection is a feeling of liking someone or something.

表示喜欢某人某事的感觉。

→ Amanda has a lot of affection for her little sister Sarah.

阿曼达很爱她的小妹妹萨拉。

agency n.

代理

An agency is a business or service set up to act for others.

为他人服务而设立的公司或服务站。

→ I went to a travel agency to help me arrange a flight home.

我让旅行公司帮我订一张回家的机票。

ash n.

Ash is the grey or black powder created when something is burned.

燃烧时产生的灰色或黑色粉末。

→ The end of his cigar was full of ashes.

他的雪茄烟蒂上满是烟灰。

confine v.

禁闭

To confine something is to keep it in one place.

将某人关在某个地方。

→ The elephant is confined to a cage in the zoo.

大象被关在动物园的笼子里。

dismiss v.

解散,不予理会

To dismiss something is to say it is not important.

表示某事不重要的。

→ He quickly dismissed my idea about a new project.

他很快否定了我关于新项目的想法。

erupt v.

爆发

To erupt is for a volcano or something to shoot a hot substance.

火山或其他东西喷出一种热物质的现象。

→ The volcano erupted for the first time in ten years.

这座火山十年来首次喷发。

fate n.

命运

Fate is a power that causes some things to happen.

一种使某些事情发生的力量。

→ Some people believe that a person's hand can tell their fate.

有些人相信命运掌握在自己手中。

lava n.

火山岩浆

Lava is the hot substance made of melted rock that shoots from volcanoes.

从火山喷出的熔化的由岩石构成的热物质。

→ The red hot lava poured from the volcano.

炽热的岩浆从火山中喷涌而出。

miserable adj.

悲惨的

If someone is miserable, they are very unhappy.

表示很不幸的。

→ He was miserable after his dog died.

他的狗死后,他很痛苦。

navigate v.

导航 v.

To navigate something is to control the way it moves or goes.

控制物体移动的方式。

→ She navigated the ship across the ocean.

她驾驶那艘船横渡海洋。

originate v.

引发

To originate somewhere is to start there.

表示事情发生的起点。

→ The idea of democracy originated in Ancient Greece.

民主的思想起源于古希腊。

remainder n.

余数

The remainder of something is what is left.

表示剩余下来的东西。

→ He took a bite of the apple, then gave me the remainder of it.

他咬了一口苹果,然后把剩下的给了我。

retrieve v.

取回

To retrieve something is to find it and get it back.

找到某物并将其拿回来。

→ She retrieved her mail from the mail box.

她从信箱里取出她的信。

shallow adj.

肤浅的

If something is shallow, it is not deep.

表示没有深度的。

→ The kids were playing in the shallow water.

孩子们在浅水里玩。

slope n.

斜坡

A slope is ground that is not flat.

表示不平坦的地面。

→ The slope to the top of the mountain was very steep.

到山顶的斜坡很陡。

span v.

横跨

To span a length of time is to last that long.

表示时间持续的长短。

→ His work began in 1999. It has spanned many years since then.

他的工作从1999年开始,到现在已经很多年了。

superstition n.

迷信

A superstition is something magical that people believe is real.

人们认为是真实的东西。

→ It is a superstition that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day.

人们迷信13号星期五是不吉利的日子。

sympathy n.

同情

Sympathy is a feeling of being sad for another person.

表示和另一个人有相同的悲伤感。

→ I felt sympathy for my sister so I got her a balloon to cheer her up.

我很同情我妹妹,所以我给她买了一个气球安慰她。

vibrate v.

振动

To vibrate is to shake very hard.

表示剧烈摇动。

→ The machine made his whole body vibrate as he broke up the ground.

他破土时被这台机器震得全身抖动。

wander v.

徘徊

To wander is to walk without going to a certain place.

漫无目的的行走。

→ The boys like to wander in the woods and look at birds.

男孩们喜欢在树林里漫步并看看小鸟。

The Magic Cup

魔法杯

Paul and John were brothers. They fought all the time because they both wanted to be leaders of the agency they both worked at.

保罗和约翰是兄弟,他们经常打架,因为两人都想当上所在公司的领导者。

There was a superstition in their town about a magic cup. People said the cup was in a volcano located far away. Anyone who retrieved the cup would have their wish come true. John and Paul both wanted to find it. Then they could become the leader.

他们镇上有一种关于魔法杯的迷信传说。据传杯子在很远的火山里。任何人只要拿回杯子,他们的愿望就会实现。约翰和保罗都想找到它,这样他们就能实现当领导的愿望。

They both left to find the cup. Before their trip, their mother said they should work together. They dismissed that idea. Even though their trips originated from the same house, each wanted to travel alone.

二人都出发前去寻找杯子。出门前,母亲告诉他们应该兄弟齐心,但他们却不以为然。虽然是一家人,但他们却各怀二心。

They were both miserable during the trip. They had to navigate small boats across shallow rivers and climb difficult slopes. Their journey spanned many days. When they finally got close to the volcano, the ground began to vibrate and the volcano erupted. Ash filled the sky and lava covered everything. John climbed to the top of a hill to keep from getting burned. A few moments later, his brother went up the same hill. They were confined to the hill until the lava cooled down.

二人的旅途都很艰辛。他们要导航小船穿过浅水区,还要攀登陡峭的山坡。他们走了很多天,就在终于快接近火山的时候,大地开始颤抖,火山爆发了。天空中满是灰尘,地上到处都是岩浆。约翰爬上山顶保护自己不受伤。过了一会,他兄弟也来到了同一个山顶。岩浆冷却下来之前,他们只能被困山顶。

They talked about the things they had seen while wandering around the country. They felt more sympathy and affection for each other than ever before. They decided that fate had brought them together.

他们各自谈起了一路上的所见所闻,并前所未有地对彼此产生同情。他们相信是命运将彼此带到了一起。

The next day they left to finish the remainder of the trip together. Everything seemed much easier. When they finally found the cup, they learned that it didn't make wishes come true. It was only an ordinary cup. But the trip to reach the cup taught them to work together and love each other.

第二天,他们一起出发走完剩下的旅程,这样一来,事情就变得简单多了。最后,他们找到了杯子,但却发现它并不能实现人的愿望。那只是一个普通的杯子,但兄弟二人的旅途却教会了他们兄弟齐心,互相关爱。

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