熊猫的预言 Pandas' Prediction
    2014-06-06 11:24:59     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: Qin Mei

Giant panda cubs in China are making their predictions for the outcomes of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil -- the East's answer to former soccer soothsayer, Paul the Octopus, Xinhua news agency reports.
据新华社报道,中国的熊猫宝宝们将接班前任章鱼保罗,预测巴西世界杯的结果。

The crack team of baby pandas(熊猫宝宝) will predict(预测) the outcomes(结果) of matches(比赛) by selecting food from three baskets representing a win(胜), lose(输) or draw(平局), respectively, during the group stage(小组赛).

For the knock-out rounds(淘汰赛), the animals will select(选择) winners(胜利方)by climbing trees(爬树) marked with the national flags(国旗) of competing nations or let two pandas wearing the vests(穿马甲) of two competing nations run a race to predict the winner.

However, the baby pandas will have to go a long way to beat Paul the Octopus(章鱼), who successfully predicted the outcome of eight matches by choosing a mussel or oyster from one of two boxes bearing the flags of competing nations. He died in 2010.

重点词汇 Key Words:

预言 yù yán
predict/prediction/forecast/forecasting
eg. v. 我们无法预言结果。
         We can't predict the outcome.
     n.  这一伟大的预言即将成为事实.
         This great prediction is coming true.

结果 jié guǒ
result / outcome
Related:

  • For win, we can say: 赢yíng or 胜利shèng lì
    For lose, we can say:  输shū or 失败shī bài or 负fù
    For draw, we can say: 平局 píng jú
    eg: 结果是我们三胜二负。
         The result is we've had three wins and two defeats.

比赛 bǐ sài
match/competition/compete/contest
Related:  小组赛 xiǎo zǔ sài
              group stage
              淘汰赛 táo tài sài
              knock-out rounds
eg. n. 足球比赛 football match
      v. 孩子们比赛爬上树。
        Kids are competing to climb up the trees.

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