A bird hatches
six baby birds.The Sixth is very weak
and small; his sisters and brothers usually bully
birds usually rob food
from his mouth, and the Sixth has to suffer from hunger.
Sisters and Brothers call him “clumsy bird.”
He determines to exercise more to be healthier, in order to not be laughed by his sisters and brothers.
The Sixth has a strong
will and gets up very early every day.He always finishes exercising and eating worms by the time his sisters and brothers wake up.
When the winter is coming and the bird flock prepare to fly to the south, the “clumsy bird” is the first one to start flying.
“笨鸟先飞”比喻了那些“本身资质可能稍逊于他人，但是靠加倍的努力赶上甚至是超过了别人”的人，英语中有一个意义相近的短语叫做“The early bird catches the worm.”,意思就是“早起的鸟儿有虫吃”，但是它并不强调这早起的鸟就是“笨鸟”，更多的强调了“勤能补拙”的意思。
所以，如果有一天你很早起床去学校，朋友很惊讶，问你：“Why are you so early？”那你就可以回答：“To catch worm.”（也就是自己把自己比喻成了“early bird”~）