Adding Feet to a Snake
One day, Mr. Lion holds a party. Many animals come and drink a lot
At last there is a pot of wine. Who can drink it?
They drink out an idea and decide to have a match-Draw a snake.If
you finish first, you can get it.
Soon Mr.Wolf finishes drawing.
"Yeah, I've finished. I'm No.1," he says.
But he draws again and says, "Oh, let me add feet and my snake."
At the time, Mr. Gorilla also finishes.
He takes away the pot of wine and drinks, then he says, "That isn't a
snake. Snakes have no feet. I get the wine.
In the Warring States Period (zhàn guó 战国,475-221BC), a man in the
State of Chu (chǔ guǒ 楚国) was offering a sacrifice to his ancestors.
After the ceremony, the man gave a beaker of wine to his servants.
The servants thought that there was not enough wine for all them,
and decided to each draw a picture of a snake; the one who finished the
picture first would get the wine. One of them drew very rapidly.Seeing
that the others were still busy drawing, he added feet to the snake.
At this moment another man finished, snatched the beaker and
drank the wine, saying, 'A snake doesn't have feet. How can you add feet
to a snake?
This idiom refers to ruining a venture by doing unnecessary and
The thirsty crow 口干舌燥的乌鸦
There once lived a young crow in the countryside. One summer, there
was no rain and it was very hot. The crow was very thirsty, but he couldn't
find any water.
"How can I survive?" he thought. "I must have water or I'll die!"
Just then he saw a farmhouse. Outside the house, there was a vase
with some water at the bottom. He tried to drink, but he couldn't reach
the water inside.
The young crow didn't know what to do. He leaned against the vase
"Will somebody please help me?" sobbed the crow. He cried and
cried, but nobody heard him. Finally, he dried his eyes and stood up.
He tried knocking over the vase, but it was too heavy. Then he tried
breaking it, but he wasn't strong enough. Finally, he had a good idea. He
began dropping stones into the vase. The water slowly rose to the top. At
last, the crow could drink.
"What wonderful water!" said the crow. "I'm glad that I didn't waste
all my time by crying. Thinking is much better than crying!
5.sob v. 啜泣
英语补给站 Language Notes
(someone)must +v. or…(某人)必须……, 否则……
must 之后要接原型动词，表示必须(做某事)的意思，跟 have to 意思相
You must finish your homework tonight.
have to 可指受到外在条件或约束影响而必须作某事。
I have to go now. Jim is waiting for me.
You must study hard or you’ll fail.