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听故事学4000英语词汇150: 恶魔的桥

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4000 Essential English Words 5 Paul Nation

4000英语核心词汇5 保罗·纳森

Unit 30 Word List

第30单元 单词表

burden n.

负担

A burden is a serious or difficult responsibility.

一种严重或困难的责任。

→ Children who do not behave are a burden to their parents.

不守规矩的孩子是父母的负担。

compromise v.

妥协

To compromise is to agree to something that is not exactly what you want.

指同意一些不是真心想要的结果。

→ We both compromised about the game we decided to play.

我们都在决定玩的游戏上妥协了。

craft v.

精巧地制作

To craft something is to make it using skill.

指用技巧制作。

→ She crafted the bookcase out of solid pine wood and then painted it.

她用实心松木制作了这个书架,然后涂上了颜色。

crook n.

骗子

A crook is someone who is not honest or who commits crimes.

指不诚实或犯罪的人。

→ The manager was arrested by the police for being a crook.

这个经理因为行骗而被警察逮捕了。

currency n.

货币

Currency is the form of money used in a certain place.

在某个地方使用的货币形式。

→ Elizabeth had to exchange her dollars for foreign currency.

伊丽莎白不得不把她的美元兑换成外币。

enigma n.

不可思议的东西

An enigma is someone or something that is mysterious or hard to understand.

指神秘的或难以理解的人或事。

→ The theft of the paintings is an enigma to the investigators.

这些画被盗对调查人员来说是个谜。

fragile adj.

脆的

When people or things are fragile, they are not strong and can be damaged easily.

指不结实,容易被损坏的。

→ The fragile glassware was carefully packed into boxes.

易碎的玻璃器皿被小心地装入箱子里。

hybrid n.

混合物

A hybrid is a mixture of different things or styles.

指的是不同事物或风格的混合。

→ In Greek mythology, a centaur is a hybrid of a man and a horse.

在希腊神话中,半人马是人和马的混合体。

innocence n.

无知

Innocence is a lack of experience of difficult or complex things in life.

缺乏对生活中困难或复杂事物的经验。

→ Everyone who met her found her innocence to be charming.

每个见到她的人都觉得她天真可爱。

merge v.

合并

To merge two things is to combine them into one whole thing.

指将两件事结合成一个整体。

→ The storm clouds merged into one large menacing cloud that filled the sky.

暴风雨的云合并成一大片铺满天空的乌云。

moderate adj.

适中的

When something is moderate, it is not too big or too small in size or amount.

尺寸或数量不是太大或太小。

→ It takes a moderate amount of patience to be around small children all day.

整天和小孩子在一起需要适度的耐心。

overwhelm v.

淹没

To overwhelm is to exist in such a large amount that someone cannot deal with it.

指大量存在,以致于某人无法处理。

→ The amount of homework her teacher assigned has overwhelmed her.

老师布置给她的家庭作业太多了,她应接不暇。

perception n.

认识能力

A perception of a situation is a way of thinking about it or understanding it.

一种思考或理解的方式。

→ Since he couldn't see, his perception of life was much different than mine.

因为他看不见,所以他对生活的看法和我的大不相同。

reunion n.

重聚

A reunion is the meeting of people or things that have been separated.

指分离的人或物的聚会。

→ Every summer we have a family reunion at the lake.

每年夏天我们全家都在湖边聚会。

rig v.

操纵

To rig something means to dishonestly arrange it.

意思是不诚实地安排某事。

→ The bad politician rigged the election so that he would win.

那个坏政客操纵选举以便获胜。

shiver n.

颤抖

A shiver is a shaking movement the body makes when someone is cold or scared.

当某人感到寒冷或害怕时身体做出的一种颤抖的动作。

→ I got shivers on my way home because it was so cold.

我在回家的路上冷得直打哆嗦

sociable adj.

社交的

When someone is sociable, they are friendly.

指友好的。

→ Many of my good friends are sociable, but I am shy.

我的许多好朋友都很好交际,但我很害羞。

talkative adj.

爱说话的

When someone is talkative, they talk a lot.

指说很多话的。

→ My aunt is very talkative whenever she is on the phone.

我姑姑在打电话的时候总是很健谈。

tow v.

To tow something is to pull it.

指拉某物。

→ The truck was towing a trailer behind it.

卡车后面拖着一辆拖车。

tramp v.

To tramp is to put your feet down in a loud, heavy way as you walk.

指在走路的时候把你的脚踩在地上,声音很大,很重。

→ The baby tramped across the floor as he was learning to walk.

婴儿学走路时在地板上走得很吃力。

The Demon's Bridge

恶魔的桥

A young woman's cow had crossed the river in the morning when the water level was moderate. But when the woman returned with her dog to get the cow, she was overwhelmed by how high the water had risen. Even if she crossed, she still couldn't tow her cow back through the river.

早晨水位适中时,一位年轻妇女的母牛已经渡过了河。但是当这位妇女带着她的狗回来取牛的时候,她被涨起的水位高度惊呆了。即使她过了河,她仍然不能把她的牛拖过河去。

What am I going to do? she wondered.

“我该怎么办?”她想。

Suddenly, a man appeared across the river. "A fragile young lady like you shouldn't have to struggle across a river," he said. "I'll build you a bridge."

突然,一个男人出现在河的对岸。“像你这样脆弱的年轻女士不应该挣扎着过河,”他说。“我来给你搭一座桥。”

The man was an enigma. The young woman's perception of him was that he was a sociable person. He was talkative, yet something was strange about him.

这个人很神秘。这位年轻女士对他的看法是他是一个善于交际的人。他很健谈,但有些奇怪。

I don't want to be a burden to you, sir, the woman replied.

“我不想成为你的负担,先生,”女人回答。

Don't worry, he told her as he began crafting a bridge. He merged the pieces of the bridge together with amazing speed. Soon, it was finished.

“别担心,”他一边开始搭桥,一边对她说。他以惊人的速度把桥上的碎片合在一起。很快就完工了。

Oh, but how can I pay you for your work? Let's compromise. I am sure that we can find a fair solution. What do you think? The woman asked.

“哦,但是我怎么付你的工钱呢?我们商量一下吧,我相信我们能找到一个公平的解决办法。你觉得怎么样?”女人问。

The only currency I need is the first living thing that crosses the bridge, the man replied.

“我唯一需要的酬劳是第一个过桥的活物,”那人回答。

She thought, "This deal sounds weird. Maybe he's actually a river demon." She shivered because she realized that he had taken advantage of her innocence and rigged the deal somehow. But she had a plan of her own. She pulled a piece of bread from her pocket and threw it across the bridge. Her dog ran after it.

她想,“这笔交易听起来很奇怪。也许他实际上是个河妖。”她打了个寒颤,因为她意识到他利用了她的天真无知,以某种方式操纵了这笔交易。但她有自己的计划。她从口袋里掏出一块面包扔过了桥。她的狗追着它跑。

The dog is the first living thing across the bridge, she said to the man.

“狗是第一个过桥的生物,”她对男人说。

The man was angry. He suddenly changed into a hybrid of a human and a fish. "You crook!" he shouted. "You tricked me. I have no use for your dog!" He screamed and dove into the river.

那人很生气。他突然变成了人与鱼的混合体。“你这个骗子!”“你骗我。我不需要你的狗!”他尖叫着跳进河里。

The woman tramped across the bridge to the other side and had a happy reunion with her dog and cow.

女人迈着沉重的步伐穿过桥走到另一边,和她的狗和牛快乐地团聚在一起。

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