One day, a guru(印度教大师) knew what he would be in his next life. So he called his favorite disciple(徒弟) and asked him what he would do to show thanks. The disciple said he would do whateverhis guru asked him to do.
After the guru received the promise,he said,“Then this is what I'd like you to do for me. I've just learned that when I die very soon, I'm going to be born as a pig.Do you see that pig eating rubbish over there in the yard ? I'mgoing to be born as one of its baby pigs. You’ll recognize(认出) me by a markon my face . When the baby pigs have been born, find the baby pig with a mark on its face and kill it with yourknife. Then I’ll not liveapig'slife. Will you do this for me?”
收到(receive)这项承诺(promise)之后，大师说：“我现在就告诉你我希望你为我做的。我刚刚得知(learn)我就要死了，我会出生(be born)成为一只猪(pig)。你看到正在院子(yard)里吃垃圾(rubbish)的那头猪了吧？我将会是它下一窝猪仔中的一只小猪(baby pig)。你会从我脸(face)上的记号(mark)认出我来．当那些小猪出生以后，你去找脸上有记号的小猪，用你的刀(knife)把它杀死，这样我就不会过猪的生活(live a pig’s life)。你会为我做吗？”
Living like a Pig (2)
The disciple was sad to hear all this, but he agreed to do as he had promised.
Soon after this conversation,things happened just as the guru had mentioned.The guru died. Four baby pigs were born. One day, the disciple held his knife with him and picked out the baby pig with a mark on its face. Just as hewasaboutto kill it, the little pig suddenly spoke,“Stop! Don't kill me!”it cried.
The disciple was very surprised,and he heard the little pig speak inahumanvoice,it said,“Don't kill me. I want to live on as a pig. When I asked you to kill me, I didn't know what a pig's life would be like. It's great!Just let me go.”
事情正和大师提到(mention)的一样。在他们的对话(conversation)之后不久，大师死了，四只猪仔出生了。有一天，徒弟握着(hold)他的刀，挑选(pick out)出脸上有记号的那只小猪。当他正要(be about to)杀掉它时，小猪突然(suddenly)开口说话：“住手！不要杀我！”小猪大喊道。
徒弟非常吃惊(surprised)，他听到小猪用人的声音(in a human voice)说：“别杀我！我想要当猪继续活下去。当我要求你杀我时，我并不知道猪的生活将是什么样。猪的生活很棒(great)！就让我活下去吧。”
Greenland and Iceland
Greenland is thelargestislandonearth. It is in the north of Europe. Near Greenland is another island. It is small. Its name is Iceland. Do you think that Greenland is green and warm?Do you think that Iceland is white with ice?If you do, you are wrong. Not many people live on the big island of Greenland. There are more people in your hometownthanin all of Greenland. That is because Greenland is not green. Greenland is white. Mostof Greenlandiscoveredwith lots of ice. The ice covering Greenland is higher than some of the world's buildings.WhataboutIceland? Is it colder than Greenland? No, it is not. Iceland has ice, but notsomuchiceasGreenland. Iceland has a Lot of hot springs(温泉). They give out hot water and steam (蒸汽). So it is notascoldasGreenland. And there are a lot more people who live in Iceland.
格林兰岛是世界上(on earth)最大的岛屿(largest island)。它位于欧洲(Europe)的北部(north)。在格林兰岛的附近有另外一个岛。这个岛很小。它的名字叫冰岛。你认为格林兰岛是绿色(green)、温暖的(warm)吗？你认为冰岛是冰(ice)覆盖的白色(white)岛屿吗？如果你这样想，你就错了。格林兰岛上没有很多人居住。你家乡(hometown)的人会比(than)整个格林兰岛的居民都多。那是因为格林兰岛不是绿色的，它是白色的。格林兰岛的大部分(most)覆盖着(be covered with)很多冰。覆盖格林兰岛的冰比这个世界上的一些建筑物(building)还要高。冰岛怎样呢(what about Iceland)?它比格林兰岛还要冷(cold)吗？不，不是的。冰岛有冰，但不像格林兰岛那么多的冰(not so much ice as Greenland)。冰岛有很多温泉。这些温泉放出(give out)热水和蒸汽，因此冰岛不像格林兰岛那样冷(not as cold as Greenland)。而且冰岛的居民远远多于格林兰岛。