There once was a speedy Hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, the Tortoise challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch.
The Hare ran down the road for a while and then and paused to rest. He looked back at the tortoise and cried out, "How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?"
The Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, "There is plenty of time to relax."
The Tortoise walked and walked; never ever stopping until he came to the finish line.
The animals who were watching cheered so loudly for Tortoise, that they woke up Hare. The Hare stretched and yawned and began to run again, but it was too late. Tortoise was already over the line.
speedy [ˈspiːdɪ] 迅速的，敏捷的
brag [bræg] 吹牛，自夸
Tortoise [ˈtɔːtəs] 陆龟，龟
challenge [ˈtʃæləndʒ] 挑战；怀疑
animal [ˈænɪməl] 动物
gathered [ˈɡæðə] 聚集；收拢 （gathered是gather的过去分词形式,过去式形式）
pause [pɔːz] 暂停；踌躇 （paused是pause的过去分词形式,过去式形式）
cry out大声呼喊，大声抱怨 （cried out是cry out的过去式形式,过去分词形式）
expect [ɪkˈspɛkt] 预期，预料
alongside [əˈlɒŋˌsaɪd] 在…的侧面；在…旁边