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An Interesting Animal 一种有趣的动物
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(An Interesting Animal 一种有趣的动物)
I'm a pig, my son is a rabbit, I have snakes for daughters, and my wife, believe it or not, is a dragon! Do I live in a zoo? No, of course not! I am talking about our Chinese zodiac signs.
Depending on the year of your birth, each person has an animal for a sign. That's why I am a pig and my wife is a dragon.

February the 18th is Chinese New Year and 2007 is the year of the pig, so let's take a closer look at this interesting animal.

Pigs were first domesticated by man about 9,000 years ago, and are still a very common farm animal in many parts of the world. We don't just use pigs for their meat – almost every part of the animal is used. The bones and skin are used for glue and footballs. The hair is used for artists' brushes and insulation. The fat is used in the manufacture of insecticides, floor waxes, rubber and plastics. Amazingly, pigs are a source of nearly 40 pharmaceutical drugs and their heart valves can be used in surgery to replace human ones.

Pigs have also been important in the world of entertainment. In 1995 the film 'Babe' starred a loveable talking pig as its main character. The film won an Oscar and was nominated for 6 more.

In England you can even go to watch pig racing. A farmer, Rob Shepherd, has been raising money for charity by staging pig races on his farm. The events have been very successful. People don't just want to eat pigs, it seems!

Pigs also feature in the English language. To say that something is unlikely to happen you can say "Pigs might fly!" A man that thinks men are superior to women is a "chauvinist pig". Hungry? Well then, you can "pig out" and eat lots of food. And what if someone rescues you? Well, you can say that they "saved your bacon".

If you, like me, were born in the year of the pig, then you are brave, thoughtful and loyal. The year of the pig is filled with good fortune. Happy Chinese New Year!

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/china/learningenglish/takeawayenglish/tae/2007/02/070221_year_of_pig.shtml

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1.It is very interesting to describe pigs by using those terms such as,Pigs might fly,chauvinist pig,pig out,saved your bacon. How could we translate those usages in Chinese?

2.People don't just want to eat pigs, it seems!(請問文章中這兩句話為什麼沒有連接詞?)

3.Do you know any other interesting terms related to pigs?(both Chinese or Enlgish)
Thank you!!

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豚蹄穰田:以少許東西求取大量收益
牧豕聽經:勤學
遼東白豕:因見識淺薄而羞慚

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pigs might/could fly (if they had wings)
太陽打從西邊出來/絕對不可能發生/異想天開/無稽之談

chauvinist pig
沙豬/沙文主義/大男人主義

pig out
大吃特吃/狼吞虎嚥

save one’s bacon
保全自己性命, 使自己達到目的



http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/language_tips/2006-09/27/content_697740.htm
http://som.twbbs.org/klee/notebook/note70.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/china/learningenglish/realenglish/re/2006/10/061027_pig_out.shtml
http://www.answers.com/save

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Hello Elinor

Absolutely interesting definitions. Some people are like that! Thanks for sharing.

Posted on: 2007/5/13 14:28
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