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准确数字An Exact Number

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A tourist was visiting New Mexico and was amazed at the dinosaur bones lying about.

      "How old are these bones?" the tourist asked an elderly Native American, who served as a guide.

      "Exactly one hundred million and three years old.

      "How can you be so sure?" inquired the tourist.

      "Well," replied the guide, " a geologist came by here and told me these bones were one hundred million years old, and that was exactly three years ago.

      一位游客在新墨西哥游览。他对随处可见的恐龙化石甚感惊奇。

      “这些化石有多长的历史?”游客问一个上了年纪的当地美国人。他是作向导的。

      “整整十亿零三年了。”

      “你怎么这么肯定?”游客问道。

      “哦,”向导回答道,“一个地质学家来过这儿,他告诉我说这些化石有十亿年了,再加上那是整整三年前的事了。”

《爱丽丝梦游仙境》第一章(4)

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There seemed to be no use in waiting by the little door, so she went back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes: this time she found a little bottle on it, ("which certainly was not here before," said Alice,) and round the neck of the bottle was a paper label, with the words "DRINK ME" beautifully printed on it in large letters.

It was all very well to say "Drink me," but the wise little Alice was not going to do THAT in a hurry. "No, I'll look first," she said, "and see whether it's marked 'poison' or not"; for she had read several nice little histories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts and other unpleasant things, all because they WOULD not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them: such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long; and that if you cut your finger VERY deeply with a knife, it usually [w=bleed]bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked "poison," it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.

However, this bottle was NOT marked "poison," so Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pineapple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off.

"What a curious feeling!" said Alice; "I must be shutting up like a telescope."

And so it was indeed: she was now only ten inches high, and her face brightened up at the thought that she was now the right size for going through the little door into that lovely garden. First, however, she waited for a few minutes to see if she was going to shrink any further: she felt a little nervous about this; "for it might end, you know," said Alice to herself, "in my going out altogether, like a candle. I wonder what I should be like then?" And she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.

 

看来,守在小门旁没意思了,于是,她回到桌子边,希望还能再找到一把钥匙,至少也得找到一本教人变成望远镜里小人的书,可这次,她发现桌上有一只小瓶。爱丽丝说:“这小瓶刚才确实不在这里。”瓶口上系着一张小纸条,上面印着两个很漂亮的大字:“喝我”。

说“喝我”倒不错,可是聪明的小爱丽丝不会忙着去喝的。她说:“不行,我得先看看,上面有没有写着‘毒药’两个字。”因为她听过一些很精彩的小故事,关于孩子们怎样被烧伤、被野兽吃掉,以及其它一些令人不愉快的事情,所有这些,都是因为这些孩子们没有记住大人的话,例如:握拨火棍时间太久就会把手烧坏;小刀割手指就会出血,等等。爱丽丝知道喝了写着“毒药”瓶里的药水,迟早会受害的。

然而瓶子上没有“毒药”字样,所以爱丽丝冒险地尝了尝,感到非常好吃,它混合着樱桃馅饼、奶油蛋糕、菠萝、烤火鸡、牛奶糖、热奶油面包的味道。爱丽丝一口气就把一瓶喝光了。

的确是这样,她高兴得眉飞色舞,现在她只有十英寸高了,已经可以到那个可爱的花园里去了。不过,她又等了几分钟,看看会不会继续缩小下去。想到这点,她有点不安了。“究竟会怎么收场呢?”爱丽丝对自己说,“或许会像蜡烛的火苗那样,全部缩没了。那么我会怎么样呢?”她又努力试着想象蜡烛灭了后的火焰会是个什么样子,因为她从来没有见过那样的东西。

 

“多么奇怪的感觉呀!”爱丽丝说,“我一定变成望远镜里的小人了。”

2013-08-31

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If you don't make a choice, the choice makes you.

你不主导命运,就会被命运主导。

 

这句话来自电影《灵魂战车Ghost Rider》,告诉人们要勇于做选择,不然就只能被动接受选择,你要选择哪一种?

2013-08-30

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Faith can move mountains.

信念能移山。

坚定的信念能够把大山移动,这是字面意思,不如我们理解为,精诚所至,金石为开。

《爱丽丝梦游仙境》第一章(3)

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Down, down, down. There was nothing else to do, so Alice soon began talking again. "Dinah'll miss me very much tonight, I should think!" (Dinah was the cat.) "I hope they'll remember her saucer of milk at tea-time. Dinah my dear! I wish you were down here with me! There are no mice in the air, I'm afraid, but you might catch a bat, and that's very like a mouse, you know. But do cats eat bats, I wonder?" And here Alice began to get rather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamy sort of way, "Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?" and sometimes, "Do bats eat cats?" for, you see, as she couldn't answer either question, it didn't much matter which way she put it. She felt that she was dozing off, and had just begun to dream that she was walking hand in hand with Dinah, and saying to her very earnestly, "Now, Dinah, tell me the truth: did you ever eat a bat?" when suddenly, thump! thump! down she came upon a heap of sticks and dry leaves, and the fall was over.

She looked up, but it was all dark overhead; before her was another long passage, and the White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it. There was not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like the wind, and was just in time to hear it say, as it turned a corner, "Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!" She was close behind it when she turned the corner, but the Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found herself in a long, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hanging from the roof.

There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again.

Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, all made of solid glass; there was nothing on it except a tiny golden key, and Alice's first thought was that it might belong to one of the doors of the hall; but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small, but at any rate it would not open any of them. However, on the second time round, she came upon a low curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!

Alice was not a bit hurt, and she jumped up on to her feet in a moment: Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head though the doorway; "and even if my head would go through," thought poor Alice, "it would be of very little use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if I only know how to begin." For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.

 

掉啊,掉啊,掉啊,除此之外,没别的事可干了。因此,过一会儿爱丽丝又说话了:“我敢肯定,黛娜今晚一定非常想念我。”(黛娜是只猫)“我希望他们别忘了午茶时给她准备一碟牛奶。黛娜,我亲爱的,我多么希望你也掉到这里来,同我在一起呀,我怕空中没有你吃的小老鼠,不过你可能捉到一只蝙蝠,你要知道,它很像老鼠。可是猫吃不吃蝙蝠呢?”这时,爱丽丝开始瞌睡了,她困得迷迷糊糊时还在说:“猫吃蝙蝠吗?猫吃蝙蝠吗?”有时又说成:“蝙蝠吃猫吗?”这两个问题她哪个也回答不出来,所以,她怎么问都没关系,这时候,她已经睡着了,开始做起梦来了。她梦见正同黛娜手拉着手走着,并且很认真地问:“黛娜,告诉我,你吃过蝙蝠吗?,就在这时,突然“砰”地一声,她掉到了一堆枯枝败叶上了,总算掉到了底了!

爱丽丝一点儿也没摔坏,她立即站起来,向上看看,黑洞洞的。朝前一看,是个很长的走廊,她又看见了那只白兔正急急忙忙地朝前跑。这回可别错过时机,爱丽丝像一阵风似地追了过去。她听到兔子在拐弯时说:“哎呀,我的耳朵和胡子呀,现在太迟了!”这时爱丽丝已经离兔子很近了,但是当她也赶到拐角,兔子却不见了。她发现自己是在一个很长很低的大厅里,屋顶上悬挂着一串灯,把大厅照亮了。

大厅四周都是门,全都锁着,爱丽丝从这边走到那边,推一推,拉一拉,每扇门都打不开,她伤心地走到大厅中间,琢磨着该怎么出去。

突然,她发现了一张三条腿的小桌,桌子是玻璃做的。桌上除了一把很小的金钥匙,什么也没有,爱丽丝一下就想到这钥匙可能是哪个门上的。可是,哎呀,要么就是锁太大了,要么就是钥匙太小了,哪个门也用不上。不过,在她绕第二圈时,突然发现刚才没注意到的一个低帐幕后面,有一扇约十五英寸高的小门。她用这个小金钥匙往小门的锁眼里一插,太高兴了,正合适。

爱丽丝打开了门,发现门外是一条小走廊,比老鼠洞还小,她跪下来,顺着走廊望出去,见到一个从没见过的美丽花园。她多想离开这个黑暗的大厅,到那些美丽的花圃和清凉的喷泉中去玩呀!可是那门框连脑袋都过不去,可怜的爱丽丝想:“哎,就算头能过去,肩膀不跟着过去也没用,我多么希望缩成望远镜里的小人呀(爱丽丝常常把望远镜倒着看,一切东西都变得又远又小,所以她认为望远镜可以把人放大或缩小。),我想自己能变小的,只要知道变的方法就行了。”你看,一连串稀奇古怪的事,使得爱丽丝认为没有什么事是不可能的了。

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You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -Norman Douglas

从一个国家的广告可以看出这个国家的理想。(英国作家道格拉斯)

你的“嘴皮子”真的利索吗?

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不止中文有绕来绕去会把人绕晕的绕口令,英文也有哦。各位看官,下面的20段英文绕口令,来看一看你的嘴皮子利不利索吧。

1. Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

你能够像罐头工人一样装罐头吗?

2. I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish.

我希望梦想着你梦想中的梦想,但是如果你梦想着女巫的梦想,我就不想梦想着你梦想中的梦想。

3. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream!

我叫喊,你叫喊,我们都喊着要冰淇淋!

4. How many cookies could a good cook cook if a good cook could cook cookies?

A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.

如果一个好的厨师能做小甜饼,那么他能做多少小甜饼呢?

一个好的厨师能做出和其它好厨师一样多的小甜饼。

5. The driver was drunk and drove the doctor's car directly into the deep ditch.

这个司机喝醉了,他把医生的车开进了一个大深沟里。

6. Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not.

Whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot.

We'll weather the weather whether we like it or not.

无论是晴天或是阴天。

无论是冷或是暖,

不管喜欢与否,我们都要经受风霜雨露。

7. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

彼德派柏捏起一撮泡菜。

彼德派柏捏起的是一撮泡菜。

那么彼德派捏起的泡菜在哪儿?

什么也没留下

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Mrs. Brown was going out for the day. She locked the house and tacked a note for the milkman on the door: "NOBODY HOME. DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING."

When she got back that night, she found her door broken open and her house ransacked. On the note she had left, she found the following message added:

"THANKS! WE HAVEN'T LEFT ANYTHING!"

布朗太太要外出一天。她锁好了房门,在门上给送牛奶的人钉了一张便条:“家里没人,请不要留下任何东西!”

她当天晚上回家后发现房间门被撞开,房子被洗劫一空。在她留给送奶人的便条上,她发现被补充了一句:“谢谢!我们什么也没留下!”

Home on the Way 旅人的家

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People need homes: children assume their parents' place as home; boarders call school "home" on weekdays; married couples work together to build new homes; and travelers … have no place to call "home", at least for a few nights.
人人都需要家:小孩子把父母的住所当做自己的家;寄宿生在平日把学校称为“家”;结了婚的夫妻要共同营造自己的新家;至于旅者呢……至少有几晚他们要住在不能称为“家”的地方!

So how about people who have to travel for extended periods of time? Don’t they have the right to a home? Of course they do.
那么那些不得不长期出门在外的人怎么办?难道他们无权拥有一个家吗?他们当然有!

Some regular travelers take their own belongings: like bed sheets, pillowcases and family photos to make them feel like home no matter where they are; some stay for long periods in the same hotel and as a result become very familiar with service and attendants; others may simply put some flowers by the hotel window to make things more homely. Furthermore, driving a camping car during one’s travels and sleeping in the vehicle at night is just like home -- only mobile!
有些经常出门的旅者会随身携带些属于自己的日用品,像床单、枕套或全家福相片等,无论走到哪里,这些东西都能带给他们家的感觉;有些人在长驻时会待在同一 家旅馆里,使他们对店里的服务和人员都非常熟稔;再有的就可能只是在旅馆的窗边摆些花,使房间更像个家。此外,一路开着露营车旅行,晚上就住在车里,这就 更像是真正的家了――只不过能移动而已!

And how about maintaining relationships while in transit? Some keep contact with their friends via internet; some send letters and postcards, or even photos; others may just call and say hi, just to let their friends know that they're still alive and well. People find ways to keep in touch. Making friends on the way helps travelers feel more or less at home. Backpackers in youth hostels may become very good friends, even closer than siblings.
那人们在旅程穿梭时,又是如何维系关系的呢?有些人通过互联网跟朋友联络;有些人寄信、明信片,甚至照片;还有些人可能只是打个电话问声好,目的仅是让朋 友们知道他们还活着,而且活得不错。人们发现了各种各样的联络方式。在旅途中交朋友能帮旅者或多或少地找到一点家的感觉。青年旅店里的背包客也许会成为非 常要好的朋友,甚至比手足还要亲!

Nowadays, fewer people are working in their local towns, so how do they develop a sense of belonging? Whenever we step out of our local boundaries, there is always another "home" waiting to be found. Wherever we are, with just a little bit of effort and imagination, we can make the place we stay "home".
如今,大多数人都是离乡在外工作,那么人们又如何能有归属感呢?一旦我们走出家门,就总有另一个“家”在等着我们去寻找。不论身处何处,只要稍加努力和想像,我们就能把栖身之地营造成一个“家”!

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Sharp tools make good work.

工欲善其事,必先利其器。

如何学好英语,爱语来告诉你!