A long time ago, there was a rabbit and a coyote. The rabbit always played tricks on the coyote. Since the coyote was not the smartest of all animals, he always did exactly what the rabbit told him to.
One day, the rabbit came to a big rock, and leaned on the rock when the coyote came by.
“What are you doing, brother?” the coyote asked.
“Hurry, brother, the sky is falling. Lean against the rock and hold it up while I go for a stick to help you.” said the rabbit.
“All right,” said the coyote and began holding it up. He waited for a long time. He was very tired and terribly hungry, but the rabbit never came back to help him.
“I don’t care! I’m going to leave, even though the sky may fall down on top of us,” said the coyote and let go off the rock. Nothing happened! He was very mad and wanted to find the rabbit.
At night, the coyote found the rabbit by a pond. When the rabbit saw the coyote coming, he began to drink the water from the pond.
“What are you doing?” The coyote asked.
“Look, brother, there’s a cheese in the water,” answered the rabbit, pointing at the reflection of the moon in the water.
The coyote looked in the water and said: “Yes, I see it!”
“If we drink all the water, we can get the cheese,” said the rabbit.
The coyote started to drink the water. The rabbit left him again and never came back. The coyote drank the water until his stomach hurt, but he never got the cheese. Poor Coyote!
- Trick:/ trɪk/
- Exactly :/ ɪɡ’zæk(t)li/
- Lean:/ liːn/
4. Cheese: / tʃiːz/
5. Reflection:/ rɪ’flekʃ(ə)n/
- Play trick on….: 戏弄，开…. 的玩笑
- Lean on/against：靠在…. 上
- Even though: 即使
“No matter, I’m going to leave even though the sky may fall down on top of us,” said the coyote and let go off the rock.