(Nick | Canada)
The Frogs and the Tower
Once upon a time, there was a tiny, but closely knitgroup of frogs who held a running competition because they wanted to leave behind an inspiringstory, which is now retold by the many.Their goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to observethe race and cheer on the contestants….
However, no one in the crowd really believed that the frogs would ever reach the top of the tower. No one. They said: “Oh, WAYtoo difficult!!” “Not a chancethey will make it to the top”. “The tower is too high!”
1. Closely knit (adj.)密切的
2. To leave behind (phrasal verb, from: to leave something behind)留下；遗弃；遗留
3. Inspiring (adj.) [ɪn'spaɪərɪŋ] 鼓舞人心的；灌输的；启发灵感的
4. Retold (verb, from: to retell something)[,ri'told] 再讲（retell的过去式和过去分词）
5. The many (noun) 多数人；群众
6. Observe (verb)[əb'zɝv] 观察；观看
7. Cheer on (phrasal verb, from: to cheer on someone) 鼓励，为某人打气
8. Contestants (noun) [kən'tɛstənt] 选手；竞争者；
9. Way too (Adv., always followed by an adjective, such as: difficult/easy/far etc.) 实在是太……了
10. Not a chance (expression) 没有丝毫机会
The frogs felt very discouragedby these comments of the bystanders. One by one, they collapsedand fell. While it kept on faking cheers, the crowd now also yelled: “It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!” More frogs gave up…only ONE continued and climbed higher …He wouldn’t give up!
In the end, only that one frog had reached the top! All of the other frogs wanted to know how he managedto performthis inspiring feat of strength and courage. So afellow contestant asked the frog how he did it, how he had reached the goal.
11. Discouraged (adj.) [dɪ'skʌrɪdʒd]
12. Comments (noun)['kɑmɛnt] 评论（comment的复数）；注解
13. Bystanders (noun) ['baɪstændɚ]旁观者（bystander的复数）
14. Collapsed (verb, from: to collapse)[kə'læpst] 倒塌；崩溃（collapse的过去分词）；价格暴跌
15. Kept on (phrasal verb, from: to keep on doing something) 继续
16. Faking (verb, from: to fake)[fek]假装；编造；冒充（fake的ing形式）
17. Cheers (noun) [tʃɪrz]感谢；谢谢；再见
18. To perform (verb)表演；履行；演出
19. Feat (noun, usually + of) [fit] 功绩，壮举；技艺表演
20. Fellow (adj.) ['fɛlo] 同伴的，同事的；同道的
It turned out that the winning frog was deaf. Dear friends, are you surrounded by people who encourage you or do they do the opposite? If you want to build your own INSPIRING STORY –stay away from negative people andbuild bondswith those who encourage you.
21. Deaf (adj.)[dɛf]聋的
22. Build bonds (expression) 建立联系
The Secret Of Happiness
Is Your Secret Weapon
Once upon a time, a farmer sent his son, who was always unhappy to the wisest man in the world, to learn the secret of happiness. This wise man was famous and his life was an inspiring story to many others.
1. The secret of happiness (expression) 幸福的秘诀
2. Secret weapon (noun) 秘密武器
Thelad wanderedthrough thedesert for 30 days, and finally found a beautiful palace. It was there, that the wise man lived. But, instead of finding a saintinside the palace he beheldsomething he had never seen before.
3. Lad (noun)[læd] 少年，小伙子；家伙
4. Wandered (verb, from: to wander) ['wɑndɚ]徘徊；漫步；迷路；离题
5. Desert (noun) [(for v.) dɪˈzɝt; (for n.) 'dɛzɚt]沙漠；荒原；应得的赏罚
6. Saint (noun) [sent] 圣人；圣徒；道德崇高的人
7. Beheld (verb, from: to behold) [bɪ'hɛld] 见到；观察
He saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversingin the corners, a small orchestra was playing background music, and there was a table covered with plattersof many delicacies. The wise man was conversing with everyone, and the boy had to wait for two hours before it was his turn to be given the man’s attention.
8. A hive of activity (expression)
9. Tradesmen (noun)商人
10. Came and went (idiom, from: come and go)来来回回
11. Conversing (verb, from: to converse)[kən'vəʳs] 交谈，谈话；认识
12. Orchestra (noun)['ɔrkɪstrə]
13. Platters (noun) ['plætɚ]大浅盘
Although the wise man listened attentivelyto the boy’s explanation of the purpose of his visit, he told him that he didn’t have time to explain the secret of happiness to him. However, he suggested that the boy should look around in the palace and return after 3 hours. “Besides this, you should do something”, he said, handing the boy a teaspoonwith two drops of oil on it. “As you wander around, carry this spoon with you, withoutspilling any liquid”.
14. Attentively (adv.) [ə'tentivli] 注意地；聚精会神地；
15. Teaspoon (noun) ['tispun]茶匙；一茶匙的量
16. Drops (noun) [drɑps] 下降；滴剂；滴状物；下落物（drop的复数）
17. Spilling (verb, from: to spill) [spɪl]溢漏，泄漏（spill的现在分词）；跌下
18. Liquid (noun) ['lɪkwɪd]液体，流体；
The boy knew that he had to fulfil this task entrusted tohim. His father wanted him learn the secret of happiness, so he had to follow the wise mans’ instructions. He climbed and descendedthe many stairs in the palace, keeping his eyes fixed onthe spoon. After 3 hours, he proudly returned to the room where the wise man was. All the oil in the spoon was still there!
19. Entrusted to (verb) 委托给(某人)
20. Descended (verb, from: to descend)[dɪ'sɛnd]下降；下去；下来；遗传；屈尊
21. Fixed on (phrasal verb, from: to fix something, usually your eyes, on something/someone)固定；固定于
“Well”, asked the wise man, “Did you see my Persian tapestries in the dining hall? Did you smell the roses in my garden, that took my master gardenerten years to create? Did you notice my library full of ancient parchments?”
22. Persian tapestries (noun)波斯挂毯
23. Master gardener (noun)园艺专家；主园艺师
24. Parchments (noun)['pɑrtʃmənt] 羊皮纸；仿羊皮纸
The boy, feeling embarrassed,confessed that he had seen nothing, because his only concern had been not to spill the oil on the spoon. The wise man then said: “The Secret of Happiness and living an Inspired Lifelies within you. You may leave now.”
25. Confessed (verb, from: to confess) [kən'fɛst] 坦白的，认罪的；众所公认的，不容怀疑的；公开的，众所周知的
26. Concern (noun) [kən'sɝn]关系；关心；关心的事；忧虑
27. Lies within you (idiom) 就存在于你内心深处
Dear friends, do you often get bogged down by work or the pressures of life? Do you have time to ‘smell the roses’? Do you see beauty in whatever you do?
8. Bogged down (phrasal verb) 陷入困境；停滞
译文：英语PK台 | Billy