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成语故事丨Touching an Elephant
创建日期:2019年11月30日

成语故事丨Touching an Elephant

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Long ago, there were four blind people. They wanted to know what elephants looked like. Because of the blindness, they could only touch the elephant.


The fat blind person touched the elephant’s ivory first. He said: “ Oh, I see! The elephant is big, thick and smooth, just like the carrots.” 


The tall blind person touched the elephant’s ear and yelled: “ No, no, no. The elephant is a big fan!”


The short blind person touched the elephant’s leg. He said: “ You are all wrong! The elephant is a pillar.”


The old blind person said: “ The elephant is not that big. It’s just like a rope.” He was touching the elephant’s tail.

The four blind people were arguing endlessly. Each of them said he himself was right.


We all know that none of them is right.


从前,有四个盲人很想知道大象是什么样子,可他们看不见,只好用手摸。胖盲人先摸到了大象的牙齿。他就说:“我知道了,大象就像一个又大、又粗、又光滑的大萝卜。”高个子盲人摸到的是大象的耳朵。“不对,不对,大象明明是一把大蒲扇嘛!”他大叫起来。“你们净瞎说,大象只是根大柱子。”原来矮个子盲人摸到了大象的腿。而那位年老的盲人呢,却嘟嚷:“唉,大象哪有那么大,它只不过是一根草绳。”原来他摸到的是大象的尾巴。四个盲人争吵不休,都说自己摸到的才是大象真正的样子。而实际上呢?他们一个也没说对。


这个故事告诉我们:不能只看到事物的一部分,而应看全局,那样才能全面和真实的了解事物的情况。


We should look at the whole picture instead of only seeing part of it. Only in that way can we fully and truly understand the situation of things.


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重难点词汇及短语


1. ivory:象牙

2. smooth:光滑

3. yell:喊叫

4. pillar:柱子

5. argue:争吵

6. none of:都不


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