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

The big race

A dog saw a group of animals across the road. He walked over to meet them. "What are you doing?" he asked them.

"I just sold them tickets to a race between the rabbit and the turtle," the duck responded.

The dog was extremely excited. He felt fortunate that he happened to be there. "I don't have anything to do today,” the dog said. "I want to buy a ticket, too.”

The dog sat down to observe the race. It would be many kilometers in length. The rabbit and the turtle stood next to each other. They waited for the race to start. The dog wondered why the turtle agreed to run against the rabbit. Being fast was not a characteristic of turtles. The rabbit was going to win easily.

Suddenly, the race began. The rabbit ran extremely quickly. The turtle walked slowly. After a minute, the rabbit looked back. He saw that the turtle was far behind him and was breathing quickly because he was so tired. The rabbit smiled and slowed down to a walk.

A minute later, the rabbit said, "I'm winning, so I'll take a rest." He sat and began to consume some grass. Then, he let his eyes close. He wasn't the winner yet. But there was no risk of him losing the race. He went to sleep.

Hours later, a loud sound woke him. All of the animals were talking loudly and looking at the field. He felt fear for the first time. The turtle was almost at the finish line. Now, the rabbit realized his mistake. But the race was over. He gave the turtle an opportunity to win, and the turtle took it. The duck handed the turtle his prize. It was the happiest day of the turtle's life.

The dog was happy for the turtle. "He isn't fast," the dog thought. "But he tried his best and did something great.”


The big race ビッグレース

A dog saw a group of animals across the road. He walked over to meet them. "What are you doing?" "何してるの?" he asked them. 彼は彼らに尋ねた。

"I just sold them tickets to a race between the rabbit and the turtle," the duck responded.

The dog was extremely excited. 犬はとても興奮していました。 He felt fortunate that he happened to be there. 彼はたまたまそこにいたことを幸運に感じた。 "I don't have anything to do today,” the dog said. 「今日は何もすることがない」と犬は言った。 "I want to buy a ticket, too.” 「私もチケットを買いたいです。」

The dog sat down to observe the race. 犬はレースを観察するために座った。 It would be many kilometers in length. 長さは何キロにもなります。 The rabbit and the turtle stood next to each other. ウサギとカメは隣同士に立っていました。 They waited for the race to start. The dog wondered why the turtle agreed to run against the rabbit. 犬はなぜカメがウサギに逆らって走ることに同意したのか疑問に思いました。 Being fast was not a characteristic of turtles. 速いことはカメの特徴ではありませんでした。 The rabbit was going to win easily. うさぎは簡単に勝ちそうだった。

Suddenly, the race began. 突然、レースが始まりました。 The rabbit ran extremely quickly. うさぎは非常に速く走りました。 The turtle walked slowly. カメはゆっくり歩いた。 After a minute, the rabbit looked back. 1分後、ウサギは振り返りました。 He saw that the turtle was far behind him and was breathing quickly because he was so tired. 彼はカメが彼のはるか後ろにいて、彼がとても疲れていたので速く呼吸しているのを見ました。 The rabbit smiled and slowed down to a walk. ウサギは微笑んでゆっくりと散歩しました。

A minute later, the rabbit said, "I'm winning, so I'll take a rest." 1分後、うさぎは「勝ったので休憩します」と言った。 He sat and began to consume some grass. 彼は座って草を食べ始めました。 Then, he let his eyes close. それから、彼は目を閉じさせました。 He wasn't the winner yet. 彼はまだ勝者ではありませんでした。 But there was no risk of him losing the race. しかし、彼がレースに負けるリスクはありませんでした。 He went to sleep. 彼は眠りについた。

Hours later, a loud sound woke him. 数時間後、大きな音が彼を目覚めさせました。 All of the animals were talking loudly and looking at the field. すべての動物は大声で話し、野原を見ていました。 He felt fear for the first time. 彼は初めて恐怖を感じた。 The turtle was almost at the finish line. カメはほぼフィニッシュラインにありました。 Now, the rabbit realized his mistake. 今、ウサギは彼の間違いに気づきました。 But the race was over. しかし、レースは終わった。 He gave the turtle an opportunity to win, and the turtle took it. 彼はカメに勝つ機会を与えました、そしてカメはそれを取りました。 The duck handed the turtle his prize. アヒルはカメに賞品を手渡した。 It was the happiest day of the turtle's life. カメの人生で最も幸せな日でした。

The dog was happy for the turtle. 犬はカメに満足していた。 "He isn't fast," the dog thought. 「彼は速くない」と犬は思った。 "But he tried his best and did something great.” 「しかし、彼は最善を尽くし、素晴らしいことをしました。」