伊索寓言一则 The Fox and the Leopard

  寓言故事讲解:

  The Fox and the Leopard

  狐狸和豹子

  

  A Fox and a Leopard,resting lazily after a generous dinner,amused themselves by disputing about their good looks.The Leopard was very proud of his glossy,spotted coat and made disdainful remarks about the Fox,whose appearance he declared was quite ordinary.

  一顿丰盛的晚饭后,狐狸和豹子边懒洋洋地(葛优瘫般)的休息,边争论各自好看的外表用来消遣时光。豹子为他那光滑的斑点外套感到非常自豪,还对狐狸的外表给予轻蔑评价,称其外表着实普通。

  The Fox prided himself on his fine bushy tail with its tip of white,but he was wise enough to see that he could not rival the Leopard in looks.Still he kept up a flow of sarcastic talk,just to exercise his wits and to have the fun of disputing.The Leopard was about to lose his temper when the Fox got up,yawning lazily.

  狐狸以自己的精致又不失浓密的白色尾巴为傲,纵然他很明智地看到他在外观上无法与豹子媲美。但他仍一直说着尖酸刻薄的话,只是为了锻炼自己的机智和享受辩论的乐趣。当狐狸懒洋洋地打着哈欠起身时,豹子俨然要发脾气了。

  "You may have a very smart coat,"he said,"but you would be a great deal better off if you had a little more smartness inside your head and less on your ribs,the way I am.That's what I call real beauty."

  他说:“你可能有一件非常时尚(这里smart一语双关,有时尚的,聪明的之意)的外套,但是如果你能像我这样,头脑更聪明一些,而不是你的外表,那你的境遇会大有好转。这就是我所说的真正的美丽。”

  A fine coat is not always an indication of an attractive mind.

  寓意:一件精美的外套并不总是表明有魅力的头脑。

  

  重点词汇讲解:

  1.resting lazily:慵懒地躺着,现在分词做伴随状语

  2.amused:amuse过去式,make you want to laugh or smile;if you amuse yourself,you do something in order to pass the time and not become bored.逗,逗乐,消遣

  3.dispute:an argument or disagreement between people or groups

  n.争论,纠纷;v.对...提出质疑,争论,辩论

  4.was proud of:be proud of以...自豪

  5.pride oneself on:以...自豪,同上一短语同义,近义表达还有take pride in

  6.keep up:to continue继续做某事

  7.sarcastic:讽刺的,挖苦的

  8.was about to:if you are about to do something,you are going to do it very soon.将要做某事

  9.lose his temper:get angry发脾气,动怒

  10.yawning lazily:现在分词做伴随状语,慵懒地打个哈欠

  11.a great deal:a lot大量,许多

  12.better off:happier,in a better situation生活改善

  13.ribs:肋骨,排骨on your ribs这里可理解为,在外表上

  

  

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