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Over the years, Ethan’s parents have done their best to encourage his talent. But at the same time, they’ve worried about protecting him. They want him to have a normal childhood. But, above all, they say they are amazed and very proud of their son.

The Bortnicks have reason to be proud of Ethan, but not just for his musical abilities. Their son is also very generous and compassionate.

encourage:鼓勵、聳恿
normal:正常的、正規的
norm-:標準
abnormal:不正常的、怪異的
musical:音樂的、音樂天份的
generous:大方的、慷慨的
compassionate:同情、憐憫

The young musician’s little brother had three heart operations when Ethan was only 5 years old. He remembers seeing a lot of sick children, including some who couldn’t afford surgery. This experience made him want to use his talent to help those kids and many others. Since that time, Ethan has helped raise over $30 million for charities around the world! Many call him “the world’s youngest philanthropist.”

operation:外科手術(可數)
surgery:外科手術(不可數)
afford:負擔得起、買得起
affordable:(adj)
raise:籌(款)
charity:慈悲、仁愛
philanthropist:慈善家

The performer often encourages audiences with words from his movie’s theme song, “Believe in yourself. Anything is possible.”

Ethan Bortnick is living proof!

proof:證據、證明(不可數)
prove:(v)


文法:
… have reason to …(…有很好的理由…)

特別補充:
actress
:女演員

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