⚡Julia Flores Colque⚡
今天我们来解读一则英语新闻 - 117岁的玻利维亚女性 - Julia Flores Colque - 许成为世界上有史以来最长寿的人类！
Julia Flores Colque, 117 years old, sits outside her home in Sacaba, Bolivia, Aug. 23, 2018. At 117 and just over 10 months, she would be the oldest woman in Bolivia and perhaps the oldest living person in the world.
In a few weeks, Julia Flores Colque will celebrate her 118th birthday. She is the oldest woman in Bolivia. Following the death of a woman in Japan earlier this year, Flores Colque may now be the oldest person in the world.
Her national paper says Flores Colque was born on October 26, 1900 in the mountains of Bolivia.
During her long life, Flores Colque has seen two world wars. Her home country of Bolivia had a major revolution. And the town where she is from, Sacaba, has grown from 3,000 people to 175,000.
But right now, Flores Colque seems mostly interested in her dogs, cats and rooster. She has not heard of the Guinness Book of World Records, and she does not care if experts confirm she is the oldest person alive.
“She’s always been active, easygoing and fun,” says her grandniece, who lives with her in a simple home with a dirt floor.
Government officials have paid for some improvements to the house, adding a brick path and railings so Flores Colque can walk safely. The Sacaba mayor’s office calls Flores Colque part of the country’s living history.
On the day a reporter from the Associated Press visited, Flores Colque was playing a small guitar called the charango and singing old songs in her native language of Quechua.
“If you would have told me you were coming, I’d have remembered all the songs,” she joked. Then she dipped her finger into a cake and smiled while she licked the frosting.
When she was growing up, Flores Colque herded sheep and llamas in the Bolivian highlands. Then she moved to a valley, where she sold fruits and vegetables. Those fruits and vegetables became her main food, and she still eats a healthy diet – except for a piece of cake and a glass of soda sometimes. She never married and does not have children.
Today, the AP reporter says Flores Colque looks like a stone statue. She cannot hear very well, but she is alert and scolds her small dog when the animal goes into the road.
Flores Colque’s age would make her interesting anywhere, but it is especially notable in Bolivia. The United Nations says the country has one of the South America’s highest levels of death.
记者去拜访Flores Colque的时候，她正在弹奏一把具有当地特色的小吉他 - 也叫做Charango - 还一边唱着当地方言的小曲儿。见到记者，Flores Colque还高兴的说，如果提早通知，就能完整的把歌词唱出来给大家听了。虽然年事已高，Flores Colque还像个孩子一样用手指抹着蛋糕上的奶油吃。
在Flores Colque的童年时期，她在玻利维亚高原上放牧过羊和羊驼，后来贩卖过水果和蔬菜。正因为有过这样的人生经历， Flores Colque吃的很健康，常吃果蔬，除了偶尔饕餮一块蛋糕喝苏打水。她一生从未结婚、生子。（也许这才是长寿的秘诀？😆）
Guinness Book of World Records吉尼斯世界纪录
Living history 活历史
llama 羊驼 （跟我们常见的草泥马Alpaca同属）
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