The Dolphins [Reading #05 Level A]

Dolphins are regarded as the friendliest creatures in the sea and stories of them helping drowning sailors have been common since Roman times. The more we learn about dolphins, the more we realize that their society is more complex than people previously imagined. They look after other dolphins when they are ill, care for pregnant mothers and protect the weakest in the community, as we do.

Swimming with dolphins … something you want to do before it's too late?

Some scientists have suggested that dolphins have a language but it is much more probable that they communicate with each other without needing words. Could any of these mammals be more intelligent than man? Certainly the most common argument in favor of man’s superiority over them that we can kill them more easily than they can kill us is the least satisfactory. On the contrary, the more we discover about these remarkable creatures, the less we appear superior when we destroy them.

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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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Selected Words:

Pot:

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.
Stay:
  • 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”

lend:

 

  • 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”

Patience:

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.
Demand:
to ask or call for with authority.
Example:
Nasreddin’s friend demanded for the pot which he had lent to him.

The Snake-Charmer [Reading #03 Level A]

As we had had a long walk through one of the markets of Old Delhi, we stopped at a square to have a rest. After a time, we noticed a snake-charmer with two large baskets at the other side of the square, so we went to have a look at him.

snake charmer

Snake-Charmer

As soon as he saw us, he picked up a long pipe which was covered with coins and opened one of the baskets. When he began to play a tune, we had our first glimpse of the snake. It rose out of the basket and began to follow the movements of the pipe.

We were very much surprised when the snake charmer suddenly began to play jazz tunes and modern pop songs. The snake, however, continued to ‘dance’ slowly. It obviously could not tell the difference between Indian music and jazz!

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Most Powerful Women in the World [Reading #02 Level A]

Forbes is an American business magazine. In 2004, it started to make a list of the most powerful women in the world.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

The most powerful woman in the world is the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is her fifth year as Forbes’s most powerful woman. Hot on Merkel’s heels was Hillary Clinton, who came in second. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg is the youngest member of the top 10. She is 45.

The Forbes top 100 list features women from eight different categories. Oprah Winfrey is the richest woman – she has almost 2 billion pounds. Singer Beyonce led in the entertainment field.

 

Difficult words:
  • chancellor (the head of the government in some countries).
  • hot on someone’s heels (to be right behind).
  • feature (to have/show).

The Bald Eagle [Reading #01 Level A]

The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle is a majestic bird. The adult bird has a brown body, brown wings, white head, and large, hooked yellow bill. Younger birds appear all brown.

Bald Eagles almost always live near water because their main food source is fish. Sometimes, however, Bald Eagles will eat dead animals (carrion). They will even steal food from other birds such as ospreys and gulls! It was for this reason that the famous Patriot Benjamin Franklin preferred the Wild Turkey as America’s National symbol. Nevertheless, the Bald Eagle remains America’s symbol.

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