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Lesson 8 Funny Things Happen 趣事环生

Yesterday, I decided to get my pants altered. I had $200 in my wallet, which was more than enough for the alteration. Foolishly however, I got lost taking an alternate route to the tailor shop. Fortunately, I had aspirin to alleviate my headache.

昨天,我决定去裁缝店改裤子。我钱包里有200美金,改条裤子是绰绰有余了。但我在另选路线去裁缝铺时竟傻巴拉叽的迷路了。幸好我带着阿司匹林,头痛才得以减轻。

Walking further, I noticed a red balloon aloft, rising to the higher altitude. It distracted me, causing me to bump into two young brothers. They look alike but seemed opposite in personality. One was clearly aloof but the other appeared to be an altruistic individual. He could sense I was lost and happily gave me directions. Such altruism is so rare there days. What an ally he can be to a lost person! The contrast in their personalities reminded me of the biblical allegory of Cain and Abel. But it would be too hasty to allege such a contrast given that I didn't really know them.

往前走不远,我注意到一只红气球飘在空中,它越飞越高。我盯着气球出神,不小心跟两个小兄弟撞了个满怀。他们长的很像,但性格迥异:一位是明显的不关心,另一位看起来则是个利他主义者。他能感到我迷路了,便欣然为我指路。这种利他主义现在实属罕见。对一位迷途者而言,他可谓盟友了!二人性格的反差让我想起来《圣经》里该隐和亚伯的寓言。不过,我并不真正了解他们,所以当下断言二人性格如该隐和亚伯那般迥异未免过于草率。

I continued on my way but was allured into a bike shop by a windown photo of a lovely girl on a mountain bike. Below the photo, it said, "ride rough, ride real," a clever alliteration. I felt there was no alternative but to enter the shop.

我继续往前走,不一会儿,我在一家自行车商店的橱窗里看见一张骑山地车的美女照片。在照片的诱惑下,我走进了这家商店。照片下有一行字:“骑山地才是真我体验。”很聪明的押头韵嘛。我觉得除了走进商店外无别的选择。

The ower was an alumnus from my university. He alluded that the best bike for me would be the $200 bike that was displayed in the window photo. It was made out of a special lightweight alloy. He also offered to adjust my tire alignment for free.

店主是我所在大学的校友。他暗示到,最适合我的自行车就是橱窗照片上价值200美元的那辆。它用一种特殊的轻型合金制成。他还提出为我免费调整轮胎,使之成直线排列。

Well, I didn't make it to the tailor that day. But I did ride home on a new bike. As for my pants? Well, the bike shop owner cut the pant legs off for free. Now I have a cool pair of shorts for riding.

这样一来,那天我就没能去成裁缝店。不过,我确实骑着一辆崭新的自行车回家。至于我得裤子嘛,自行车店的店主免费帮我剪短了。现在我就有了一条骑车时的酷酷短裤啦!

英语单词注释

alignment n. 成一条直线;直线排列;队列;联合,联盟

alike adj. 相同的,相似的

allege v. 宣称,主张,断言

allegory n. 寓言

alleviate v. 缓和,减轻

alliteration n. 头韵

alloy n. 合金;vt. 使成合金

allude v. 间接提到,暗指

allure v. 引诱 n. 诱惑,吸引

ally n. 联盟,同盟者

aloft adv. 在高处;在空中

aloof adj. 远离的,冷淡的,漠不关心的

alter vt. 改变,修改

alteration n. 变更,改造

alternate adj. 交替的,轮流的;替代的,另选的;vi. 轮流,交替

alternative adj. (两种或以上的东西中)另一可选的,另外的;n. 可选事物,另一选择

altitude n. (海拔)高度

altruism n. 利他主义

altruistic adj. 利他的,无私的

alumnus n. 男校友

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