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成语故事 | An Amazing Singing
发布时间:2020-12-04

成语故事·一鸣惊人

  The king of Chu had been a king for three years, but he never managed the state affairs. A minister was worried so he said to the king: “ I have a puzzle. Could 


you help me to solve it?” The king said: “ What is it?” The minister answered: “ There is a bird living in the South Mountains. It never sings or flies. Why?”

  The king smiled: “ In order to make its wings stronger, it never flies. And for knowing the situations, it never sings. Although it does not fly, it will fly 


straight into the sky afterwards; Even if it doesn’t sing, its singing must be surprising once it does. Don’t worry, I know what you mean.”

  After half a year, the king of Chu managed the state affairs. He abolished the unreasonable laws and made new laws. He fired the incompetent ministers and asked 


the learned people for help.

  The State of Chu became better and better. And the king became a leader of all the countries.

      楚庄王即位了三年,没管理过国家大事。大臣伍举很着急,进宫去对楚庄王说:“大王,我有个谜解不开,想请您猜一猜。”楚庄王说:“您就说吧!”伍举说:“有一只鸟停在南山上


,三年来不飞也不叫,这是什么缘故呢?”

  楚庄王笑笑说:“三年不飞,为了让翅膀长得坚强些;三年不叫,为了看看周围的情形。它虽然不飞,一飞起来就直冲云霄;虽然不叫,一叫出声就让人吃惊(一鸣惊人)。您放心吧,我知


道您的意思了。”

  又过了半年,楚庄王亲自管理起国家大事来。他废除了不合理的法令,制定了新的法令;罢免了不称职的大臣,请有学问的人来帮他办事。

  楚庄王把楚国治理得很好,后来成了各国君主的首领。


注解

  比喻平时没有突出的表现,一下子做出惊人的成绩。


出自

  《史记 滑稽列传》:“此鸟不飞则已,一飞冲天:不鸣则已,一鸣惊人。”


重点词汇

There is 有

smiled 微笑

In order to 为了;以便

does not 不

afterwards 以后

Even if 即使

must be 一定是


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