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4000 Essential English Words 1 (2nd edition), The race for water

The race for water

There was a town next to a river. The people there had a lot of water. But they wasted it. That made the Sky angry. It said, “If you waste water, I will take it away from you.” But the people didn't listen.

When the season changed from spring to summer, the clouds disappeared. The bright sun was hot and made the river dry. There was no water available. People asked, "When will the rain fall?"

The Sky 's response was, "You don't appreciate water. You waste it, and now I will never make rain again.”

A boy decided that this wasn't fair. He thought of a solution. He asked the Sky to race him. He said, "If I get to the top of that hill before your rain can form puddles, you must fill our river.”

The Sky laughed. "Little boy, I am the Sky. I am above everything else. You cannot beat me." But the boy knew he would win.

When the race began, the boy ran forward. The Sky started raining on the hill. But puddles did not form there. When it rained on the hill, the water went down. The Sky kept raining. The water flowed down into the river. When the boy reached the top of the hill, the river was full. The people began to celebrate. It was the highest level the river had ever been at before.

The Sky was angry. "A boy can't beat me! I won't fill your river,” it said. Now the boy laughed. "It doesn't matter whether you want to fill it or not,” he said. "You already did.” The Sky looked at the full river.

"You tricked me,” it said. It asked the people, "Do you appreciate water now?" "Yes," they said. "We won't waste it.”

That is how a lone boy saved his town and won the race for water.


The race for water 水をめぐる競争

There was a town next to a river. 川の隣に町がありました。 The people there had a lot of water. そこの人々はたくさんの水を持っていました。 But they wasted it. しかし、彼らはそれを無駄にしました。 That made the Sky angry. それは空を怒らせた。 It said, “If you waste water, I will take it away from you.” But the people didn't listen. 「もしあなたが水を無駄にするなら、私はあなたからそれを取り去ります」とそれは言いました。しかし、人々は耳を傾けませんでした。

When the season changed from spring to summer, the clouds disappeared. 春から夏に季節が変わると、雲が消えました。 The bright sun was hot and made the river dry. There was no water available. 利用できる水はありませんでした。 People asked, "When will the rain fall?"

The Sky 's response was, "You don't appreciate water. You waste it, and now I will never make rain again.” あなたはそれを無駄にします、そして今私は二度と雨を降らせることはありません。」

A boy decided that this wasn't fair. 少年はこれは公平ではないと判断しました。 He thought of a solution. 彼は解決策を考えました。 He asked the Sky to race him. 彼は空に彼と競争するように頼んだ。 He said, "If I get to the top of that hill before your rain can form puddles, you must fill our river.” 彼は、「あなたの雨が水たまりを形成する前に私がその丘の頂上に着いたら、あなたは私たちの川を満たさなければならない」と言った。

The Sky laughed. 空は笑った。 "Little boy, I am the Sky. 「小さな男の子、私は空です。 I am above everything else. 私は何よりも優れています。 You cannot beat me." お前には負けない。" But the boy knew he would win. しかし、少年は自分が勝つことを知っていました。

When the race began, the boy ran forward. レースが始まると、少年は前に走りました。 The Sky started raining on the hill. 空は丘の上で雨が降り始めた。 But puddles did not form there. しかし、水たまりはそこに形成されませんでした。 When it rained on the hill, the water went down. The Sky kept raining. 空は雨が降り続けた。 The water flowed down into the river. When the boy reached the top of the hill, the river was full. 少年が丘の頂上に着いたとき、川はいっぱいでした。 The people began to celebrate. It was the highest level the river had ever been at before. それは川がこれまでにあった最高レベルでした。

The Sky was angry. 空は怒っていた。 "A boy can't beat me! 「男の子は私を倒すことができない! I won't fill your river,” it said. 私はあなたの川を埋めません」とそれは言いました。 Now the boy laughed. "It doesn't matter whether you want to fill it or not,” he said. 「あなたがそれを埋めたいかどうかは関係ありません」と彼は言いました。 "You already did.” The Sky looked at the full river. 「あなたはすでにしました。」空は川全体を見た。

"You tricked me,” it said. It asked the people, "Do you appreciate water now?" それは人々に「あなたは今水に感謝していますか?」と尋ねました。 "Yes," they said. "We won't waste it.” 「私たちはそれを無駄にしません。」

That is how a lone boy saved his town and won the race for water. それが一人の少年が彼の町を救い、水の競争に勝った方法です。