課文:

One day Gene and Hannah Bortnick heard piano music coming from their living room. They thought their 3-year-old son Ethan was listening to a CD. Then they walked into the room. To their amazement, they found him playing music on his toy piano!

CD:光碟(片)、專輯
amazement:驚奇、驚訝、驚嘆
to someone amazement:使…驚奇

Before this, Ethan had begged his parents for piano lessons. But their answer had always been, “Of course not! You’re still in diapers.” The 3-year-old didn’t let that stop him, though. Instead, he listened to a song once and then played it perfectly, note for note.

beg:請求、懇求
diaper:尿布

After Ethan’s parents discovered his remarkable talent, they changed their minds and agreed to lessons. They turned to a family member who taught piano, and she began working with Ethan. It wasn’t long, however, before the teacher knew that he was no ordinary student. Ethan was a piano prodigy and needed someone who understood his special gifts and abilities. The family found Dr. Irena Kofman, who immediately recognized his talent and intelligence.

remarkable:值得注意的、非凡的、卓越的
ordinary:通常的、平常的
prodigy:天才、奇才、神童
gift:(= talent)
immediately:立即、馬上
intelligence:智力、智慧、智能


文法:
… to turn to … = …to get help from somebody(求助於…、求教於…)

特別補充:
spread
:散布、傳播
knack:技巧、竅門
genius:天才、特殊才能、天性
determined:已下決心的、果斷的
to turn:改變方向(= changing your direction so you are facing a new direction)

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