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✶萌翻天!世上最可愛的羊來了 The Irresistible Cuteness of the Valais Blacknose Sheep

The Irresistible Cuteness of the Valais Blacknose Sheep
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萌翻天!世上最可愛的羊來了 The Irresistible Cuteness of the Valais Blacknose Sheep
瓦萊黑鼻羊看起來像小羊和泰迪熊的組合,打動了許多人的心。
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        Many children are introduced to animals through TV shows or movies. Shaun the Sheep, a stop-motion animated series, features a variety of animals living at the Mossy Bottom Farm. Among them, mischievous Shaun is the clever leader of his flock of sheep. Sheep in this animation look a bit different from common ones because the TV show used the Valais Blacknose sheep as the prototype.

        There are few animals that make people say “Aww!” in a high-pitched voice as quickly as the Valais Blacknose sheep. Known as the cutest sheep in the world, these animals come from the Valais region in Switzerland. They are instantly recognizable thanks to their captivating appearance. They have fluffy, white wool, which contrasts with the black patches spread evenly over their faces and found on their ears, knees, and ankles. The sheep also have spiral-shaped horns popping out of their wool.

 

 

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        The Valais Blacknose sheep have a rich history deeply rooted in the Swiss Alps. They were originally bred in the 15th century for their highly valued wool, which has been traditionally used to produce luxurious textiles and garments. However, it was not until 1962 that they were officially recognized as a breed. Their population once dwindled, but dedicated conservation efforts have been implemented to protect this unique breed. These efforts have been successful, and the Valais Blacknose sheep can now be found in various parts of the globe.

        Looking like a combination of a lamb and a teddy bear, the Valais Blacknose sheep has found its place in the hearts of many people. They are also raised as pets due to their adorable, gentle, and friendly nature, which makes them perfect companions. However, it’s important for owners to consider their needs, including appropriate living environment, nutrition, and space to roam. Whether as wool producers or beloved pets, the Valais Blacknose sheep have earned their spurs in being helpful animals.

 

1. Why is the show Shaun the Sheep mentioned in the passage?

(A)  It uses the name of the first Valais Blacknose sheep.

(B)  Its characters include the Valais Blacknose sheep.

(C)  It teaches people how to raise the Valais Blacknose sheep properly.

(D)  Its producer observed the Valais Blacknose sheep when creating the animation.

2. Which parts of a Valais Blacknose sheep can be black?

(A) a & d (B) b & f (C) c & e (D) d & e

3. Which of the following is NOT true regarding the Valais Blacknose sheep?

(A)  Their loyalty to humans makes them perfect pets.

(B)  Their wool can be made into useful products.

(C)  They were not initially considered a breed.

(D)  They are easy to get along with.

4. What can we learn about the Valais Blacknose sheep from the passage?

(A)  Their horns are hidden under their wool.

(B)  Humans have helped increase their numbers.

(C)  Sick ones may grow black wool all over their body.

(D)  If raised as pets, they don’t need much space to walk around.

 

答案: 1.B 2.D 3.A 4.B

 

單字片語整理

Words in Use
contrast
[ˋkɑn͵træst]
n. 對比,差異
vt. 對比
spur
[spɝ]
n. . 馬刺
irresistible
[͵ɪrɪˋzɪstəb!]
adj. 無法/難以抗拒的
animated
[ˋænə͵metɪd]
a. 生動的;動畫的
animation
[͵ænəˋmeʃən]
n. . 動畫製作(技術)(不可數);動畫(片)(可數);活力(不可數)
prototype
[ˋprotə͵taɪp]
n. . 雛型,樣本;典型
high-pitched
[ˋhaɪˋpɪtʃt]
a. (聲調)高的,尖聲的
captivating
[ˋkæptə͵vetɪŋ]
a. 迷人的
spiral
[ˋspaɪrəl]
n. . 螺旋
dwindle
[ˋdwɪnd!]
vi. 減少
nutrition
[n(j)uˋtrɪʃən]
n. 營養 (不可數)
beloved
[bɪˋlʌvɪd]
a. 心愛的,受鍾愛的
n. 心愛的人
mischievous
[ˋmɪstʃɪvəs]
a. 惡作劇的,頑皮的
flock
[flɑk]
n. (羊)群;群眾
vi. (成群)聚集
recognizable
[ˋrɛkəg͵naɪzəb!]
a. 可分辨的,認得出的
patch
[pætʃ]
n. 一小塊(土地、汙漬等);補釘
vt. 修補
evenly
[ˋivənlɪ]
adv. 均勻地;平均地
breed
[brid]
.vt. 繁殖;產生(惡果)
vi. 繁殖
n. 品種
luxurious
[lʌgˋʒʊrɪəs]
a. 豪華的,奢侈的
dedicated
[ˋdɛdə͵ketɪd]
a. 奉獻的、專用的
conservation
[͵kɑnsɚˋveʃən]
n. ( 動植物) 保護 ; (自然資源) 保存 (皆不可數)
implement
[ˋɪmpləˌmɛnt]
vt. 實施
adorable
[əˋdorəb!]
adj. 可愛的,討人喜歡的
companion
[kəmˋpænjən]
n. 伴侶,同伴(可數)
roam
[rom]
vt. & n. & vi. 漫步
Practical Phrases
contrast with
 和⋯⋯形成對照
pop out of
 從⋯⋯冒出/突出

We saw dolphins popping out of the water after the trainers blew their whistles.
訓練員吹口哨後,我們看到海豚水中冒出來

be (deeply) rooted in...
 根植於……

Most prejudice is rooted in ignorance and fear.
大部分的偏見都根植於無知和恐懼。

be recognized as
 被公認為⋯⋯

The mysterious ritual is recognized as part of the cultural heritage of the country.
那項神祕的儀式被公認為該國的文化遺產之一。

earn / win one’s spurs
 贏得聲名

The rookie earned his spurs by scoring the most goals in the championship match.
那名菜鳥在總冠軍賽中得到最多分,贏得了聲名

stop-motion
 定格的
an animated series
 動畫影集

 

fluffy [ ˋflʌfɪ ] a. 毛茸茸的;蓬鬆的

The fluffy white clouds floating in the sky look like cotton candy.

飄浮在空中的蓬鬆白雲看起來像棉花糖。

以下介紹形容「毛量很多」的不同說法:

a. fuzzy [ ˋfʌzɪ ] 指的是「表面覆有細絨毛的」,可形容短髮或水果有短毛的表皮。

The brown, fuzzy skin of a kiwi is edible.

奇異果毛毛的褐色外皮是可以吃的。

b. hairy [ `ˋhɛrɪ ] 意思是「毛髮多的」,可以形容人或動物。

Orangutans are hairy apes with long arms.

紅毛猩猩是有著長臂的多毛猿類。

c. furry [ ˋfɝɪ ] 強調附帶著皮,指「覆有毛皮的」。

Bears have furry coats to keep them warm.

熊有著毛茸茸的皮毛可以保暖。

d. shaggy [ ˋʃægɪ ] 指「(毛髮)粗長而蓬亂的/濃厚 的」。

I took my shaggy dog to a pet salon for a trim and now he’s gorgeous.

我帶我那毛髮亂糟糟的狗狗去寵物美容院修剪一 下,牠現在漂亮極了。

 

 

However, it was not until 1962 that they were officially recognized as a breed.

介紹 until 的用法

until(直到⋯⋯)可作介詞(後面接某個時間點或與 時間相關的字)或連接詞(後面接子句)。

※ 用於肯定句時,主要子句的動詞為「持續的動作」,如 continue、keep、stay、talk、wait 等,句型如下:

肯定句 + until 引導的介詞片語或副詞子句

做⋯⋯直到⋯⋯為止

The applicant stayed outside the meeting room until the interviewer called her.

那位應徵者在會議室外待著,直到面試官叫她。

※ until 用於否定句時,主要子句的動詞為「瞬間或短暫 性的動作」,如 arrive、leave、go、begin、know、 realize 等,句型如下:

否定句 + until 引導的介詞片語或副詞子句

直到⋯⋯才⋯⋯

Joseph didn’t begin doing his homework until after dinner.

喬瑟夫直到晚餐後才開始寫作業。

※ until 亦常用於強勢句構中,句型如下:

It is / was not until... + that 子句

直到⋯⋯才⋯⋯(本文即為此用法)

It was not until I started working full-time that I realized how good it was to be a student.

直到開始做正職工作我才意識到當學生有多棒。 

在上述強勢句構中,亦可將 “not until...” 引導的副 詞子句或副詞片語置於句首,其後採倒裝句構。

Not until the teacher entered the classroom did the students stop talking.

直到老師進教室學生們才停止說話。 

 


 精選試題 

Not until we receive the manager’s approval _____ begin the project

(A) can

(B) we can

(C) can we

(D) that we can

 

答案:C

 

 

很多孩子透過電視節目或電影認識動物。《笑笑羊》是一部定格動畫影集,主打各式各樣居住在青苔底農場的動物。其中, 調皮的尚恩是牠所屬的羊群中聰明的領導者。這部動畫裡的羊看起來跟一般的羊有點不同,因為該電視節目以瓦萊黑鼻羊作為原 型。

很少動物讓人以高音說出「噢!」的速度跟瓦萊黑鼻羊一樣快。身為世上最可愛的羊,這些動物來自瑞士的瓦萊州這一區。 由於牠們吸引人的外表,牠們的辨識度很高。牠們有著毛茸茸的白色羊毛,這與牠們臉上平均散布的黑色斑塊、以及一樣可以在 耳朵、膝蓋和腳踝上見到的黑色斑塊形成對照。這種羊還有一對螺旋型的羊角從羊毛裡冒出來。

瓦萊黑鼻羊豐富的歷史深植於瑞士的阿爾卑斯山脈。十五世紀時,牠們原本是因其很有價值的羊毛而被飼養,牠們的羊毛傳 統上被用來製作豪華的織物和衣服。然而,直到 1962 年牠們才正式被承認為一個品種。牠們的總數一度減少過,但已實行了專 門的保育工作來保護這獨特的品種。這些努力很成功,而瓦萊黑鼻羊現在可以在世界上不同地區看到。

瓦萊黑鼻羊看起來像小羊和泰迪熊的組合,打動了許多人的心。牠們也因為可愛、溫和以及友善的天性而被當成寵物飼養, 這些天性讓牠們成為完美的夥伴。但是,主人考慮到牠們的需求是很重要的,包含合適的居住環境、營養和漫步的空間。不論是 身為羊毛生產者或受喜愛的寵物,瓦萊黑鼻羊已贏得作為有幫助之動物的聲譽。

 

1. 為什麼文中會提到《笑笑羊》這個節目?

(A) 該節目使用第一隻瓦萊黑鼻羊的名字。

(B) 該節目的角色包含瓦萊黑鼻羊。

(C) 該節目教人們如何正確地飼養瓦萊黑鼻羊。

(D) 該節目的製作人在製作動畫時觀察了瓦萊黑鼻羊。

2. 瓦萊黑鼻羊的哪些部位可能是黑色的?

題解: 根據本文第二段,在瓦萊黑鼻羊的臉部、耳朵、膝蓋和腳踝可以見到黑色斑塊,可知應是圖中 b、d、e 的位置,故答案應選 (D) d & e。

3. 關於瓦萊黑鼻羊,以下何者不正確?

(A) 牠們對人類的忠誠使牠們成為完美的寵物。

(B) 牠們的羊毛可以被製成有用的產品。

(C) 牠們一開始不被認為是一個品種。

(D) 牠們很好相處。

4. 我們可以從本文得知關於瓦萊黑鼻羊的什麼事?

(A)  牠們的角被藏在羊毛下。

(B)  人類曾幫助牠們增加數量。

(C)  生病的羊全身可能會長出黑羊毛。

(D)  如果作為寵物飼養,牠們就不需要太多能四處走 動的空間。

 

 

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