A Frenchman was once traveling in England . He could speak English quite
well but not perfectly. For one thing, his vocabulary was not large.
One day, he was having a meal in a small country hotel and wanted to order
some eggs. But he couldn’t remember the word for eggs.
Suddenly, through the window, he saw a rooster walking in the yard. He
immediately asked the waiter what the bird was called in English.
The waiter told him that it was called a rooster.
The Frenchman then asked what the rooster’s wife was called.
The waiter told him that she was called a hen.
The Frenchman then asked what the hen’s children were called.
The waiter told him that they were chickens.
The Frenchman then asked what the chickens were called before they were
The waiter told him they were called eggs.
“Fine!” said the Frenchman. “Please bring me two eggs and a cup of coffee.
2、The Thirsty Pigeon口渴的鸽子
A pigeon, oppressed by excessive thirst, saw a goblet of water painted on a signboard. Not supposing it to be only a picture, she flew towards it with a loud whir and unwittingly dashed against the signboard, jarring herself terribly. Having broken her wings by the blow, she fell to the ground, and was caught by one of the bystanders.
Zeal should not outrun discretion.
3、The fox and crow狐狸和乌鸦
One day a crow stood on a branch near his nest and felt very happy with the meat in his mouth. At that time, a fox saw the crow with the meat, so he swallowed and eagerly thought of a plan to get the meat. However, whatever the fox said to the crow, the crow just kept silent. Until the fox thought highly of the crow’s beautiful voice, the crow felt flattered and opened his mouth to sing. As soon as the meat fell down to the ground, the fox took the meat and went into his hole.
4、The Goat and the Goatherd 山羊与牧羊人
A goatherd had sought to bring back a stray goat to his flock. He whistled and sounded his horn in vain; the straggler paid no attention to the summons. At last the Goatherd threw a stone, and breaking its horn, begged the Goat not to tell his master. The Goat replied, “Why, you silly fellow, the horn will speak though I be silent.”
Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid.
5、A Stupid dog笨狗
It happened that a dog had some meat that he wanted to eat at home. On his way home he met a river. As he looked down, he saw his shadow in the water.”Just look!”said he to himself. “That dog down there has some meat, too. If I could get it away from him, I would really eat well tonight!”With this thought, he made a snap at the other dog’s meat. And as he did, his own meat fell into the water. So then he had nothing at all.Then he saw that the other dog had lost his meat, too.”That is as it should be!?thought he. “For I saw him trying to take my meat away from me.” By wanting to have everything, he has lost everything he had!
6、The Wolf and the Lamb 狼与小羊
Wolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him:”Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.” “Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, “I was not then born.” Then said the Wolf , “You feed in my pasture.” “No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted grass.” Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.” “No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.” Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, “Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations.”
The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
I have nine little goldfish .Eight goldfish are all orange and one is black .I like the black one best. We call it Xiao Hei .Its body is black .It has two big and round eyes, a small mouth ,and a big tail. Though it＇s very small ,it swims fast .I often feed them and change water for them. We are good friends .
8、The Ass and the Grasshopper 驴子与蚱蜢
An ass having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted; and, desiring to possess the same charms of melody, demanded what sort of food they lived on to give them such beautiful voices. They replied, “The dew.” The Ass resolved that he would live only upon dew, and in a short time died of hunger.
9、The Lion and the Mouse 狮子与报恩的老鼠
A lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying: “If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.” The Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came and gnawed the rope with his teeth and set him free, exclaiming:
“You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to con benefits on a Lion.”
“你当时嘲笑我，不相信能得到我的报答， 现在可清楚了，老鼠也能报恩。” 这故事说明，时运交替变更，强者也会有需要弱者的时候。
One morning a countryman went to his goose’s nest, and saw a yellow and gold littering egg there.He took the egg home. To his delight, he found that it was an egg of pure gold.Every morning the same thing occurred, and he soon became rich by selling his eggs.The countryman became more and more greedy. He wanted to get all the gold. at once, so he killed the goose, when he looked inside, he found nothing in its body.