少兒英語故事:稱象 Weighing the Elephant
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曹沖稱象的故事家喻戶曉,下面的故事就是這個故事簡化的英文版,大家可以一起了解下。

A long time ago, people who lived in China knew that a strange, amazing beast called an elephant lived in a faraway land, but no one had ever seen one.  One day, a ruler came to see the Emperor of China.  He brought a gift, and that gift was a real, live elephant!
 
Never in China had anyone seen anything like it.  As soon as the royal guest left, it was all anyone at court could talk about.  
 
“This elephant is bigger than a water buffalo1!” said one mandarin2.
 
“Are you kidding?” said a second.  “It’s bigger than a rhino3!”
 
“You must be joking,” said a third. “This elephant is bigger than TWO rhinos4!”
 
One day the Emperor said to his mandarins, “I want to know how much this amazing elephant weighs. Who can tell me how to weigh it?”
 
“I can!” said the first mandarin, who used to be a merchant.  “We will just put it on a scale5.”
 
“Not likely,” said the Emperor.  “There is no scale that could hold the weight of an elephant without breaking.”
 
“I can tell you!” said the second mandarin, who used to be a tailor.  He said, “We will measure the elephant.”
 
“No,” said the Emperor with a sigh.  “Even if you measured all the different parts of an elephant, you would still not know how much it weighs.”
 
“I can tell you!” said the third mandarin, who used to be a baker6.  “We will cut up the elephant and cook it.  Then we will know.”
 
“We will surely7 NOT do that!” roared8 the Emperor. “Is there NO ONE who can tell me how to weigh the elephant?”
 
Then a small voice said, “I can.”
 
All eyes turned to the voice.  It was the Emperor’s son!
 
“Son!” said the Emperor. “You should be in bed.”
 
“But I know how,” said the boy.  “And we won’t need to cook it first.”
“Very well,” said the Emperor with a smile.  “Tell me how to weigh the elephant.”
 
The boy described what to do. 
 
Here is what the boy said.  “You put the elephant in a big boat and take the boat out on the water.  Draw a line on the side of the boat where it meets the water, at the watermark.  Then bring the boat back to shore and take the elephant off the boat.  Put rocks on the boat, one by one.  When the boat sinks to the same watermark line it had when the elephant was in it, bring the boat to shore again. Take out the rocks and weigh them, one by one. That is how you can tell how much the elephant weighs!"
 
"Wonderful! Wonderful!" shouted everyone.
 
“It will work!” called out the first mandarin.  
 
“What a clever plan!” said the second.  
 
“Who knew this child would know?” said the third.  
 
And the fame of Emperor's son traveled far and wide.


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1 buffalo 1Sby4     
n.(北美)野牛;(亞洲)水牛
參考例句:
  • Asian buffalo isn't as wild as that of America's. 亞洲水牛比美洲水牛溫順些。
  • The boots are made of buffalo hide. 這雙靴子是由水牛皮制成的。
2 Mandarin TorzdX     
n.中國官話,國語,滿清官吏;adj.華麗辭藻的
參考例句:
  • Just over one billion people speak Mandarin as their native tongue.大約有十億以上的人口以華語為母語。
  • Mandarin will be the new official language of the European Union.普通話會變成歐盟新的官方語言。
3 rhino xjmztD     
n.犀牛,錢, 現金
參考例句:
  • The rhino charged headlong towards us.犀牛急速地向我們沖來。
  • They have driven the rhino to the edge of extinction.他們已經令犀牛瀕臨滅絕。
4 rhinos 195f9b9fd8128a29dac773077994698f     
n.犀牛(rhino的復數形式)
參考例句:
  • There are many reports of people taming and even training Indian rhinos. 有許多關于人們馴養甚至訓練印度犀牛的記載。 來自辭典例句
  • The rhinos had fed during the night in the rice fields of these villagers. 犀牛夜里在這些村民的莊稼地里也已吃飽了。 來自辭典例句
5 scale VTvzu     
n.比例;程度;范圍
參考例句:
  • The scale of this map is an inch to a mile.這張地圖的比例尺是一英寸代表一英里。
  • He's in business on a small scale.他做的是小本生意。
6 baker wyTz62     
n.面包師
參考例句:
  • The baker bakes his bread in the bakery.面包師在面包房內烤面包。
  • The baker frosted the cake with a mixture of sugar and whites of eggs.面包師在蛋糕上撒了一層白糖和蛋清的混合料。
7 surely yrRwj     
adv.確實地,無疑地;必定地,一定地
參考例句:
  • It'should surely be possible for them to reach an agreement.想必他們可以達成協議。
  • Surely we'll profit from your work.我們肯定會從你的工作中得到益處。
8 roared 3d44d5dc1458bf613413fd4d32d75446     
v.咆哮( roar的過去式和過去分詞 );大笑;大哭;熊熊燃燒
參考例句:
  • A log fire roared in the open hearth. 柴火在敞開著的壁爐里熊熊燃燒。
  • Vroom! A sports car roared past. 嗚的一聲,一輛跑車疾駛而過。
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