英语口语培训班：Paul Bunyan 保罗·班扬
Shirley: Hi Jake, how are you today?
Jake: Good. How are you Shirley?
Shirley: Not too bad thanks. I thought we might talkabout folk heroes today. I don’t really know muchabout American folk heroes, are there any that youhave a favorite or…?
Jake: Actually my hometown in the United States happens to be known as one of thehometowns for Paul Bunyan.
Shirley: I think I’ve heard of that name but I don’t know anything about him.
Jake: Paul Bunyan was a lumberjack. Like, he would cut down trees and he was supposedly avery giant man. He was huge. And I don’t know if he ever actually lived sometime in the past,but maybe he was just a very large man but somehow the stories have been passed down tosay that he was as large as a house or as large as a skyscraper. It completely depends on whoyou ask.
Shirley: Wow, so not sure whether he’s a mythical character or a real character.
Jake: No one really knows for sure.
Shirley: What did he do?
Jake: Well, some people say that he took his ax and he dragged it behind his back across theUnited States and he made the Mississippi river.
Shirley: So it’s a kind of story to explain why something exists.
Jake: That’s part of it. And also, he had a pet too. His pet is very famous.
Shirley: And what kind of pet?
Jake: His pet was an ox, but it wasn’t just an ordinary ox. It was a blue ox. And it was alsooversized to fit with his size.
Shirley: What did his pet do?
Jake: Well his pet I think would just carry lumber for him or something…
Shirley: So about when did this story start? When did Paul Bunyan become famous? Or whendid people know about that story?
Jake: Well, I’m not exactly sure, but like your country, the United States is a very youngcountry and has a very young history since the European settlers came there so I think it’smaybe from a couple hundred years ago, maybe at the most.
Shirley: Hmm. Ok.