Nasreddin and the Pot [Reading #04 Level A]

One day Nasreddin borrowed a pot from his neighbour Ali. The next day he brought it back with another little pot inside. “That’s not mine,” said Ali. “Yes, it is,” said Nasreddin. “While your pot was staying with me, it had a baby.”

Nasreddin riding his famous donkey.

Nasreddin riding his famous donkey.

Some time later Nasreddin asked Ali to lend him a pot again. Ali agreed, hoping that he would once again receive two pots in return. However, days passed and Nasreddin had still not returned the pot. Finally Ali lost patience and went to demand his property. “I am sorry,” said Nasreddin. “I can’t give you back your pot, since it has died.” “Died!” screamed Ali, “how can a pot die?” “Well,” said Nasreddin, “you believed me when I told you that your pot had had a baby.”


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Example:  Clay pots are used for keeping water cool in summer.
Neighbour (Also Neighbor):
a person living near or next door to the speaker or person referred to.
Example: Our neighbor keeps a beautiful peacock in his yard.
  • 1.
    remain in the same place.
    “you stay here and I’ll be back soon”
    • delay leaving so as to join in (an activity).
      “why not stay for lunch?”
    • (of food) remain in the stomach, rather than be thrown up as vomit.
  • 2.
    remain in a specified state or position.
    “her ability to stay calm”



  • 1.
    grant to (someone) the use of (something) on the understanding that it shall be returned.
    “Stewart asked me to lend him my car”
    • allow (a person or organization) the use of (a sum of money) under an agreement to pay it back later, typically with interest.
      “no one would lend him the money”
  • 2.
    contribute or add (something, especially a quality) to.
    “the smile lent his face a boyish charm”


the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
Example: If you have patience, you can learn English little by little with practicing.
to ask or call for with authority.
Nasreddin’s friend demanded for the pot which he had lent to him.
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