伊索寓言小故事：蚱蜢与蚂蚁的故事 The Grasshopper and the Ants
The Grasshopper and the Ants 蚱蜢与蚂蚁
It is summer. The sun is shining brightly. It is very hot. The Grasshopper is lying under the shade and drinking a cold glass of lemonade. The Ants are busy doing something.. 夏天里，阳光普照，天气非常炎热。蚱蜢躺在阴凉处，喝着一杯清凉的柠檬水。蚂蚁正忙着做事。
Grasshopper: Jeez! What a hot day! I am so hot and thirsty. Mmm.This lemonade is so sweet and cold. I love the summer.
Ants: One, two!
Anta: Let’s work!
Ants: Three, four!
Ants: All day!
Grasshopper: Look at those Ants. What are they doing? Why are they working so hard? It is too hot to work today. They must be crazy.
Queen: Come on! Work faster!
蚁后：加油！快一点！ The Ants are busy gathering food. All of the Ants are sweating. 蚂蚁们正在忙着收集食物。所有的蚂蚁都在流汗。
Grasshopper: Oh, my, my! Look at those silly Worker Ants! They are likes slaves. Look at them sweat! Terrible!
The Queen Ant tells the Worker Ants to work harder.
Queen: We don’t have much time. Hurry up! We have to gather more food!
Ants: Yes, ma’am!
Grasshopper: Gather food? No time? What does the Queen Ant mean? There is lots of food here. How silly!
The Grasshopper doesn’t understand why the Ants are working so hard. But, he becomes a little curious. He calls the Queen Ant to talk. 蚱蜢不了解，为什么蚂蚁们要如此努力地工作。可是他觉得很好奇。于是他去找蚁后。
Grasshopper: Hello there, Queen Ant! Can I ask you a question?
Queen: What is it? I am very busy.
Grasshopper: It is very hot today. Come under the shade and rest for a while.
Queen: I don’t have time to rest. Please ask your question.
Grasshopper: Okay. Why are you gathering food?
Queen: It will be winter soon. We must be prepared.
Grasshopper: The winter?! You must be kidding! It is July. Winter is far away. There is lots of food everywhere. Stop working. Come sing and dance with me.
Queen: There is no time to sing and play. Winter will come soon, I say. You should also gather some food. Or else, you will starve in the winter.
Grasshopper: No, thank you. You keep working. I’ll keeps singing and dancing in the shade.
Queen: Do as you please. But don’t come to me for food later.
Grasshopper: Don’t worry, I won’t. There is lots of food.
蚱蜢：别担心，我不会的。这里有很多食物。 The Queen Ant and the Worker Ants continue to work. 蚁后和工蚁们继续工作。
Grasshopper: Poor Ants! They have no fun. I will sing alone.
蚱蜢：可怜的蚂蚁们！他们没有生活乐趣。我要一个人唱歌。 The Grasshopper sings his favorite song. 蚱蜢唱起来自己最喜欢的歌。
Grasshopper: “It’s summer. Let’s have some fun. Let’s sing and dance all day long. La, la-la, la, la. La, la-la, la, la What a great song!
The Grasshopper continues to sing and dance all summer long. He does not gather any food. Soon autumn comes and weather gets colder each day. The fields turn yellow and the leaves fall. The Grasshopper wakes up one autumn morning with a cold. 蚱蜢不停地唱歌和跳舞，整个夏天。他没有收集任何事物。很快秋天来了，而且天气一天比一天变冷了。原野变黄，树叶开始飘落。蚱蜢醒了，那是一个秋天的早晨，他着凉了。
Grasshopper: Achoo! It is cold this morning. It is much colder than yesterday. Where are all the leaves? Is it already autumn?
The Grasshopper looks around the field. He suddenly realizes that summer is over, but he doesn’t worry too much.
Grasshopper: It is a little cold. But it’s not too bad. And there is still enough food. I shall sing a little more.
Grasshopper: La, la-la, la-la, la, la. La, la-la, la-la, la, la.
蚱蜢：啦、啦、啦。。。、啦、啦。。。、啦、啦。。。 The Grasshopper continues to sing and dance all through the autumn. The fields are now covered with snow, and the wind is very cold. There is nothing to eat. It is winter. 蚱蜢仍然继续唱歌跳舞，整个秋天。现在原野已经被白雪覆盖。吹来的风是那么的寒冷。已经没有东西可以吃了。冬天到了。
Grasshopper: I’m very cold. I hate the cold weather. I hate the winter.
蚱蜢：我很冷。我讨厌冷天气。我讨厌冬天。 The Grasshopper looks around for food in the cold. He is freezing and starving to death, but he can’t find any food. 寒冷中，蚱蜢四处寻找食物。他冷得要死又饿得要命。但他却又找不到任何食物。
Grasshopper: Where is all the food? I am so hungry and cold.
蚱蜢：食物都到哪里去了？我又饿又冷。 The Grasshopper is about to fall to the ground when suddenly he thinks of the Queen Ant and Worker Ants. 蚱蜢几乎就要倒地的时候，突然想起了蚁后和那些工蚁们。
Grasshopper: I wonder what the Ants are doing. They must have lots of food. Perhaps, they might help me.
The Grasshopper finds the Queen Ant’s house. He hears singing and dancing coming out from the inside. He knocks at the door. 蚱蜢找到了蚁后的家。他听到唱歌和跳舞的声音正从里面传出来。他敲了敲门。
Queen: I wonder who it is.
The Queen Ant opens the door and is very surprised.
Queen: Mr. Grasshopper! What brings you here? And why are you so pale?
Grasshopper: I haven’t eaten for five days.
Queen: Why not? Didn’t you gather any food during the summer?
Grasshopper: No, I didn’t. I was too busy singing and dancing.
Queen: Too bad. What do you want?
Grasshopper: Can I have something to eat, please?
Queen: Remember what I said, “Don’t come to me for food later…”
Grasshopper: Yes, I do. But I am so hungry. Please, give me a little bread.
Queen: Well, okay. Just wait here for a minute.
The Queen Ant feels sorry for the Grasshopper and goes to the kitchen to get him some bread. But when she comes back, the Grasshopper and his guitar have already frozen like ice. 蚁后觉得蚱蜢很可怜。于是她走到厨房里帮她拿了一些面包。可是当她回来时，蚱蜢和他的吉他已经结冻城冰了。
Queen: Poor Mr. Grasshopper! Why don’t you sing and dance now?
MORAL Don’t be lazy. Always be prepared and diligent. Then you will always be happy.