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成语故事丨An Amazing Singing
创建日期:2020年01月06日

成语故事丨An Amazing Singing

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The king of Chu had been a king for three years, but he never managed the state affairs. A minister was worried so he said to the king: “ I have a puzzle. Could you help me to solve it?” The king said: “ What is it?” The minister answered: “ There is a bird living in the South Mountains. It never sings or flies. Why?” 


The king smiled: “ In order to make its wings stronger, it never flies. And for knowing the situations, it never sings. Although it does not fly, it will fly straight into the sky afterwards; Even if it doesn’t sing, its singing must be surprising once it does. Don’t worry, I know what you mean.” 


After half a year, the king of Chu managed the state affairs. He abolished the unreasonable laws and made new laws. He fired the incompetent ministers and asked the learned people for help.


The State of Chu became better and better. And the king became a leader of all the countries.


楚庄王即位了三年,没管理过国家大事。大臣伍举很着急,进宫去对楚庄王说:“大王,我有个谜解不开,想请您猜一猜。”楚庄王说:“您就说吧!”伍举说:“有一只鸟停在南山上,三年来不飞也不叫,这是什么缘故呢?”楚庄王笑笑说:“三年不飞,为了让翅膀长得坚强些;三年不叫,为了看看周围的情形。它虽然不飞,一飞起来就直冲云霄;虽然不叫,一叫出声就让人吃惊(一鸣惊人)。您放心吧,我知道您的意思了。”又过了半年,楚庄王亲自管理起国家大事来。他废除了不合理的法令,制定了新的法令;罢免了不称职的大臣,请有学问的人来帮他办事。楚庄王把楚国治理得很好,后来成了各国君主的首领。



重难点词汇及短语


1. manage:管理

2. state affairs:国务,国事

3. minister:大臣

4. puzzle:迷惑

5. in order to:为了

6. situation:情况,形势

7. abolish:废除

8. unreasonable:不合理的

9. dismiss:罢免,开除

10. incompetent:无能力的,不胜任的

11. learned:有学问的

12. ask for help:寻求帮助


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