Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Kusu legend


Cerita bahasa inggris - The Kusu legend
(Favourite stories from Singapore)
 
Over a hundred and fifty years ago there lived in the village which is now Singapore, two holy men. One was an Arab named Dato Syeh Rahman, and the other was a Chinese named Yam.
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These holy men spent most of their time praying and fasting. But soon they found the village too noisy. And so one day Yam said to his friend. “Syed, there is an island near here where we could go for some peace and quite.”
“That’s a wonderful idea” said Syed. “But how do we go there?”
“That’s easy. We hire a boat,” said Yam, and that is what they did. Their boat was very simple, and they took nothing to eat or drink.
God took Yam and Syed Rahman to the island safely and when they got there, they each went a different way to pray and fast. Yam walked up the hill, and Syed stayed near the sea.
For two days, the man prayed without having anything to eat and drink. Then Yam began to feel sick. At first he tried to hide his illness from his friend, but soon his throat began to feel as if it were on fire, and his lips grew dry and cracked. Yam went to where his friend was praying.
“Syed,” he called. “Syed.”
“Yam,” said Syed. “You look weak.” He felt his friend’s forehead. “Why, you are burning up with fever.”
Syed made a place for Yam to rest, and while Yam slept, he prayed, after praying for some time. Syed shook him by the soldier.
“Wake up, Yam.” He said, “Wake to the boat now. I think you’ll find all you need there.”
Yam walked to the boat, and when he got there he found food and a jar of cool fresh water. He ate and drank, then went back to Syed and told him what happened.
“God is merciful,” said Syed. “Now we must go on with our prayers.”
Yam went back to the hill-top while Syed stayed by the sea. They prayed and fasted for several more days before returning to their homes.
After that, the two holy men often went to the island to pray. And many years later first one. And then the other, died on the island. Syed Rahman’s mother, Cik Galib, and his siter, Cik Sharfah Fatimah, were both very religious women, and when they died, their bodies were also brought to the island and buried there. Later, a Chinese temple for Tuah Peh Kong, the God of Prosperity, was built on this same island.
Today, thousands of people visit Kusu Island each year. The come to honour the two holy men, Yam and Dato Syed Rahman, who first went there.

Source: Favourite stories  from Singapore by Irene-Anne Monteiro and Jenny Watson







Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The bear-lady story


The bear-lady story
(Favourite stories from Singapore)

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Once there was a bamboo-cutter who lived with his wife in a small wooden house near the town. As they grew older. The man became bald while his wife began to lose her hearing and her eyesight.
One afternoon the old bamboo-cutter said, “I’m going to town to sell my bamboo.”
“EH?” said the wife. “What did you say?”
The man loudly repeated what he had said and then set off for town. “Yesterday she put salt in my tea,” he said to himself, “and this morning she put sugar in the rice porridge. Still, she says there’s nothing wrong with her eyes! Later, long after her husband had gone, the old woman it happened that an old sun-bear was walking in the woods behind the house. When he smelled the foo, the sun-bear began to feel very hungry. At first he thought the smell came from a pile of rubbish. He pawed through the rubbish, but found of the house and knocked loudly.
“Is that you, husband?” the old woman called out. “Come in and eat. The food is almost cold,” She put a large dish of porridge and some fish and vegetables on the table.
The sun-bear ate all the fish, all the vegetable and all the porridge. Then he went back to his home in the woods, happy that he had met such a kind old woman.
The next morning the bear again passed the house, and again he smelled food. When he knocked on the door, the old woman called, “Come and eat your breakfast before it gets cold,” so the bear ate the food she had cooked.
For the nest three days, the sun-bear ate all his meals in the bamboo-cutter’s home. Then one evening, as he was eating, the bamboo cutter’s wife called out from the kitchen, “There’s a hole in the roof. You’d better repair it before the rains come.”
The bear, which had just swallowed a mouthful of hot rice porridge, made a loud noise.
“Well,” said the woman, “it’s no use sitting there making rude noise, husband. The hole won’t repair itself.”
The bear went on eating quietly.
“you know, you’re beginning to smell, said the woman. “When did you last wash yourself?”
The bear was so hurt by these that he left the food half-eaten and walked off into the woods.
The next morning, the bamboo-cutter arrived home. “The bridge was swept away by a flood and so I had to stay in town,” he said to his wife. “But now I’m home, and I’m very hungry for rice and fish.’
“Fish?” said the woman. “but you’ve been eating fish every day, for the last few days.”
“How could I when I was in town?”
“Well,” said the woman, “Somebody’s been eating.” Just then there was a knock on the door. The bamboo-cutter went on see who it was. There stood the sun-bear! The old man chased the bear away and laughed. “Do you know something?” he said to his wife. “You’ve been feeding that old bear.”
When the old woman heard this, she fainted.

Source: Favourite stories  from Singapore by Irene-Anne Monteiro and Jenny Watson


Saturday, June 23, 2012

The frog in the well story


The frog in the well story
(Favourite stories from Chinese)

There was an old frog who lived at the bottom of a deep well. One day, he met a turtle from the Eastern Sea.
“It’s very comfortable here,” the frog called out. “Why don’t you come down and see for yourself?”
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“No, thank you, Mr. Frog,” replied the turtle. “I am quite happy where I am.”
“You don’t know what you are missing,” said the frog. “I am my own master. When I feel like it, I can jump from one side of the well to the other. When I am tired, I can rest on the big stones at the bottom. If I want to, I can dive into the water and play in the soft mud and sand as much as I like. What could be better? I am really king of the well. Why don’t you come and join me?”
“You don’t know what you are missing ,” said the frog. “I am my own master. When l feel like it, I can jump from one side of the well to the other. When I am tired, I can rest on the big stones at the bottom. If I want to, I can drive into the water and play in the soft mud and sand as much as I like. What could be better? I am really king of the well. Why don’t you come and join me?”
The turtle began to move towards the edge of the well. He put one leg over the side. He started to lift over another leg, when suddenly he stopped.
“Come on down!” the frog called out.
But the turtle did not listen to him. He moved back a few steps.
“Dear Mr. Frog, have you ever seen the eastern sea?”
“No,” the frog answered.


Source: Favourite stories from Chinese by Leon Comber
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Why cats and dogs always fight story



 Why cats and dogs always fight story
(Favourite stories from Taiwan)

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Long, long ago, in northern Taiwan, there lived a farmer and his wife. They had a ring of gold. They did not know it was a lucky ring. Whoever owned it would have enough to eat. The farmer and his wife sold it to a jeweler. Soon afterwards, they grew poorer and poorer. They did not even have enough money to buy food.
The couple had a dog and a cat. They also did not have any food to eat. The animals wanted to help their owners but they did know what to do.
“I must sure that must have been a magic ring,” the dog said.
“Perhaps,” answered the cat. “But how can we get it back from the jeweler?”
After many days, they thought of a plan.
“You must catch a mouse,” said the dog. “Then carry it to the jeweller’s shop. The ring is locked up there in a box. The mouse must gnaw a hole in the box and fetch out the ring. If the mouse does not want to help, you must bite him to death.”
Soon the cat caught a mouse. The dog followed behind while the cat carried it to the jeweller’s shop. The mouse crept into the shop and gnawed a hole in the box and brought out the ring.
The cat put the ring in its mouth and ran home. The dog followed. Now the dog could only run on the ground. He had to go all the way around the houses and through the streets. But the cat was able to run over the house-tops. So the cat arrived home long before the dog. She brought the ring to the farmer and his wife.
“This is a magic ring,” said the cat. “You must not part with it otherwise we shall be poor and have nothing to eat. I have brought it back. Please keep it carefully. You will find that we shall now be able to live comfortably again.
“What a clever cat!” said the farmer. “We shall look after you as if you were our own child.”
Just then the dog ran in. the farmer and his wife beat him for not helping the cat bring home the ring. The cat sat on the lap of the farmer’s wife and purred. So the dog became very angry with the cat. Every time he saw her after that, he chased her and tried to bite her.
This is why cats and dogs always fight.

Source: Favourite stories from Taiwan by Leon Comber & Charles Shuttleworth
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The king and the donkey story


The king and the donkey story
(Folktale  from Chinese)

the king and the donkey
Once upon a time, Chao Kao was the Prime Minister of the State of Ch’in. although he was Prime Minister, he was jealous of the King. He wanted to take his place. He knew that he could not do so without the help of the other officers of Ch’in. At last, he thought of a way. He bought a donkey and gave it to the King.
“Your Majesty,” he said, “Please accept this small present,”
“What is it?” the king asked.
“It is a horse,” replied Chao Kao.
The king looked closely at the animal. “A horse!” he said. “You are wrong. It is a donkey,”
“Excuse me, Your Majesty,” answered Chao Kao. “It is a horse. If you do not believe me, you may ask your officers.”
The king asked all the officers. Although they knew it was a donkey, they all said it was a horse. They were very much afraid of Chao Kao.
Chao Kao then sent for the General in charge of the army.
“Arrest the king,” he ordered. “and put him in prison. He is no longer King of Ch’in. I have taken his place.”
The general did as he was told. Chao Kao gave each of the senior officers one hundred pieces of silver and other presents for helping him.

The stupid farmer of Shen story

The stupid farmer of Shen story
(Favourite stories from Chinese)

Narrative text story
Long long ago, in the Province of Shen, there was a farmer. He was not only lazy but stupid. One day, while ploughing his fields, he saw two rabbits playing together. As he watched, one of them fell and hit its head against a tree. The farmer picked it up. It had broken its neck and was already dead. The farmer was pleased at his good luck. He decided to stop work for the day and take it home to eat.
When he reached home, his wife asked him why he had come back so early.
“”Why should I work so hard?” he asked her. “I know how to get food every day without working for it.”
His wife said nothing more. She cooked the rabbit and they ate it for dinner.
The next morning, the farmer left his house very early. His wife was very pleased. She thought he was going to work as usual. When the farmer reached his farm, he sat down under the tree where he had picked up the rabbit the previous day.
Although he waited all day. He did not even see another rabbit. He did the same thing the next day and every day after that. When his neighbours heard of it, they laughed. “If he waits all his life.” They said, “he will never catch a rabbit again like that!”

Source: Favourite stories from Chinese by Leon Comber
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why frogs and mosquitoes are enemies story

Narrative text fable - Why frogs and mosquitoes are enemies story
(Favourite stories from Philippines)

A long time ago, there was an old crab who liked to sleep. But there were some frogs living  nearby who made a loud noise. They kept him awake at night.
One night, the crab became very angry. “Don’t make so much noise!” he shouted.
“we can’t help it,” said the king of the frogs. “We’re talking about our friend the turtle.”
Narrative text fable
“What’s wrong with the turtle?”
“Don’t you know?” asked the king of the frogs. “he carries his house on his back.”
The crab then asked the turtle, “Why do you carry your house on your back?”
“Because I’m afraid the firefly will set light to it,” answered the turtle.
The crab then asked the firefly, “Why do you want to set fire to the poor turtle’s house?”
“Because the fire will keep away the mosquitoes,: said the firefly.
“And why do you want to give so much trouble to the firefly?” the crab asked the mosquito.
“I don’t,” replied the mosquito. At the same time, the mosquito bit the king of the frogs who had first spoken to the crab.
He jumped at least six inches in the air. “Ooch!” he cried. “Don’t bite me! It’s painful!”
But the mosquito dived at him again. He was very angry.
The king of the frogs stuck out his tongue and caught him. That was the end of the mosquito.
Since then, frogs and mosquitoes have been enemies. Even now, mosquitoes always chase frogs and bite them whenever they have the chance.








Friday, June 15, 2012

The city of the lion story

The city of the lion story
(Favourite stories from Singapore)

The city of the lion story
Hundred of years ago there was a powerful king called Sang Nila Utama. He lived in Palembang in southern Sumatera and ruled the kingdoms of Sri Vijaya Empire.
One day, the king decided to travel to the island of Bentang. When the ships were ready, he and his followers set out. While they were at sea a fierce storm up: the wind howled and the sea became very rough.
“Your Majesty, it is dangerous to travel in such weather.” Said the captain of Sang Nila Utama’s ship. “Tumasik island is nearby, and we could stay there until the storm is over.”
The king agreed, and so the ship left stormy sea and sailed into the safe and quite harbor of Tumasik.
“Since we’re here, we should have a look around,” said the king.
Sang Nila Utama and his followers then left their ship to explore the island. It was heavily wooded and had many beautiful flowers. As the man walked further from the sea, Sang Nila Utama suddenly saw a fine large animal. Its body was as snowy white. Larger than a goat, the animal moved quickly and soon disappeared into the dark forest.
“What was that?” asked the king, “I have never seen such a strange and wonderful animal.”
“It’s a lion,” replied one of his followers.
“If the animals here are as fine and as fierce as lions, this would be a good place to start a new kingdom,” said the king.
“I agree,” said a prince, “but I think we should re-name the island to mark your visit.
“Good idea,” said Sang Nila Utama. “I think we should call it “Singapura”. City of the lion.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lebai malang story (unlucky religious teacher)


Lebai malang story
(Favourite stories from Malaysia)

Lebai malang story (unlucky religious teacher)
Long, long ago. The name of Lebai Malang (Unlucky Religious Teacher) was known all over Malaysia. Some people are born to have good fortune in life, others are always unlucky. Lebai Malang was one of those who are always unlucky.
One day, three people approached him. One asked him to hold a funeral service. Another wanted him to recite the Koran. The third invited him to attend a dinner being given for his son who had just completed his religious studies.
Lebai Malang did not know what to do. He had never been asked to do three things on one day before.
“If I go to the funeral,” he thought, “I’m sure to get a present of cloth. If I

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kancil and tiger story

Contoh Narrative text - Kancil and tiger story
(Favourite stories from Indonesia)
Contoh Narrative text
Another enemy of Kancil was tiger. But just like Crocodile, Tiger not a clever fellow.
One day tiger saw Kancil sitting dreamily under a big shady tree. He did not even look up when tiger approached him. He just sat there, playing with a stick which he held in his front paws.
Contoh Narrative text
“What are you doing there, Kancil?” asket Tiger curiously.
“Shhh, don’t disturb me, tiger,” answered Kancil, “I am thinking of my reward.”
“Your reward?” said the tiger more

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dragon Fable


The dragon who liked to sunbath story

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Once there was a lonely old dragon that lived in a cave beneath a river. He liked to live under the sun, and because he looked fierce, villagers were afraid of them. Actually, the old dragon was not fierce at all. He had lost his horns and had only one large yellow tooth left.
One day, the old dragon tried to fly, but his wings were stiff, so he just lay in the sun, wishing he were young again.  Just then, he heard someone crying for help. Looking up, the dragon saw a young girl had fallen into the river. He jumped into the water and quickly pulled her to shore.
The girl was not afraid  of him because her grandfather told her that the old dragon had never eaten anyone. To replay the dragon , the little girl brought him a swallow because it is his favorite food. Since then they became friends.
One day, the young man of the village saw the girl with the dragon. He planned to frighten the dragon.
When the dragon was sleeping in the sun, the young man tied ropes and nets around the old dragon’s body. When the dragon woke up, he was surprised and he pulled the ropes and the nets. He tore many trees and threw rock into the air. He made such a noise that the villagers were very frightened.
The little girl knew about this and ran to help him. But it was too late. The tired old dragon had died, and his body slowly sank unto the muddy

Sumber: Siap Ujian Nasional Bahasa Inggris SMP/MTs
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a little elephant story


Mantu’s little elephant story

Little Mantu lived in a village deep in the jungle where elephants helped the men with their work. These elephants were so big and strong. They could lift up the heaviest logs with their trunks and toss them high in the air.
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Now, Mantu had an elephant of his very own. His name was Opie. He was just a baby and Mantu loved him very much. Mantu whispered to Opies’ ear that someday he would become the biggest, strongest, and bravest elephants in the jungle. The other elephants heard this. They began to laugh and made rude noises with their trunks. “We’re so big and tall, but you’re so small. You’re nothing at all,” said one of the big elephants.
Mantu looked up at the huge elephants with a mischievous glint in his eye. “You’re so tall and can see far away. We can see what is happening down here in the jungle. In fact, we would be the first to see any slithering snakes that may be a danger.” After hearing the word snakes, the elephants screeched and off they go thundering in fright.
“Did I say there were  snakes?” giggled Mantu. “No, I don’t think so,” smiled Opie. Mantu then climbed upon his little friend’s back and went home to the village to tell everyone about the foolish elephants.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The queen of the south sea story

The queen of the south sea story
The queen of the south sea story
It was dark night. A young man sat alone in the cave of the foot of the rock. He sat there in a week. He was very poor along his life. He wanted to be rich. He was Sukarto
One day the wind became strong and wave rose up high. He saw a figure appearing from the big wave. It was a beautiful woman. She was Ratu Laut Kidul. The queen of south sea
The man begged for a help. The queen gave her wealth to him but he promised that he would not be arrogant and greedy. He had to be helpful to the neighbors and everybody.
Sukarto was the richest man in his village. But he was very arrogant. He did not work hard as usual. His wife and sons also had bad characters. They were very stingy.
The queen was very angry with them. She killed one by one of Sukarto’s family. First, she burnt his sons. Then she killed his wife. So Sukarto was lonely but he was still arrogant with his wealth. Even he was greedy to have another Queen’s wealth.
Finally one night, the Queen burnt Sukarto’s house. He cried and apologized. But it was too late. Now people believe that if they hear a voice of crying at night, it is the voice of the greedy Sukarto. He cries for his wealth.

Sumber: Siap Ujian Nasional Bahasa Inggris SMP/MTs
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

love story - I Would Do It for Love


I Would Do It for Love
Kumpulan love story
Kumpulan love story
Once upon a time in a far away land, lived two families called the Darlan family and the Meissner family. The Darlan family had a daughter named Naya, while the Meissner family had a son named Arman. Naya and Arman had been friends since childhood and had lived in the country side for sixteen years of their life. Unfortunately, one day, the Darlan family was called upon by the king as the family's men were very fine blacksmiths. The Darlan family had to move to the town because of the Kings demand. So Naya and Arman for the first time said goodbye to each other. Secretly, Arman vowed to work hard so that he could also work in town and finally meet Naya again.
Kumpulan love story
Two years later, Arman had mastered some skills he thought he could put in good use in the town. Fulfilling his promise, he traveled to town and started to search for Naya. It was not a hard task, Naya's father had been granted the title of Duke by the King! Hurriedly, he visited Naya's own castle, but to his dismay, Naya did not want to meet him. "Maybe she is busy," he said to himself.
Kumpulan love story
His determination to meet Naya did not waver, Arman found work as a builder in town. Each day, after work he would visit Naya's castle, but each day Naya refused to meet him. A few weeks passed by, Arman became sick, sick because he could not meet the childhood friend he so dearly loved. He had abandoned his work, making his friends he made at the working place concerned.
Kumpulan love story
"Go and meet him once again Arman! Maybe this time you will be in luck!" said one.
"No. Maybe I was putting too much hope for her to love me. After all, we were just childhood friends."

Kumpulan love story
His friends decided to visit Naya's castle themselves, to tell her that Arman his childhood friend, who fell in love with her is in an ill state. To their surprise, Naya agreed to meet them and heard that Arman was sick.
Kumpulan love story
"Tell him to go to the forest and find a wooden house," said Naya. "And after that? What should he do my Lady?" asked one of Arman's friend. "He will find the answer once he finds the house," answered Naya mysteriously. The friends came back to Arman and told him about the happy news. Arman suddenly stood up from his bed and felt refreshed as though nothing has happened before. 
Kumpulan love story
The next day Arman journeyed to the forest and found the wooden house Naya had mentioned. An old lady, with hideous boils on her face, crooked body, and white tangled hair that was very filthy greeted Arman. "Excuse me, is Lady Naya here? She told me to come here," asked Arman. "No, Lady Naya is not here. But she left a message I must tell you," said the old lady with a croaky voice. "What is it?" "She said, if you really love her, you must prove it. And to prove it, you must marry me!" Because of his love, the love he had felt since childhood for Naya, Arman did not hesitate to answer. 
Kumpulan love story
"If that is what she wants, I would do it. I would do it for love!" Suddenly, the old lady wailed and ran towards a small lake in front of the house. She bathed her face with water and to Arman's surprise, it was Naya staring back at him. She had cleaned the make up she was wearing and pulled of the wig she also wore to disguise herself as an old lady.
Kumpulan love story 
"Arman, I was only testing you. And I know what I now must do. I will share the rest of my life with you. Because, because I would do it for love!" Arman was very happy that Naya had the same feelings for him. And so, they lived happily ever after.
Kumpulan love story

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The liar shepherd story


The liar shepherd story

The liar shepherd story
While the villagers were busy working, they heard a boy shouting, “Help! Help! Help! A wolf is attacking my sheep!”
“That sounds from the shepherd boy. He is in trouble. Let’s go and help him,” said the villagers and rushed towards the hill. They were very surprised when they did not see any wolves on the hill.
“Where’s the wolf?” they asked. The boy fell back and started laughing. The villagers realized that the boy had played a trick. They were angry and went back to the work.
The next day, the villagers heard the shepherd boy shouting for help again. They rushed towards the hill, and again the boy laughed at them.
On the third day, a wolf really came and attacked the sheep. “Help! Help! A wolf is attacking my sheep!” shouted the boy at the top of his voice. But nobody bothered him this time. The villagers thought that the boy was trying to fool them again. The boy watched sadly as the wolf killed all his sheep

Sumber: Siap Ujian Nasional Bahasa Inggris SMP/MTs
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Reward for a glass of milk story


Reward for a glass of milk story
Reward for a glass of milk story
A poor boy sold goods from door to door to pay his school fee. One day, he had only a little money to left and he was very hungry. He decided to ask for some food at the next house he visited. However, he was so nervous when a lovely young woman opened the door.
He only asked a glass of water. The woman thought that the boy was hungry so she gave him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”
He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.” As the poor boy left that house, he felt stronger. His faith in God was getting stronger too. He had been ready to stop his study but now he got a spirit to continue it until he became a doctor.
Some years later that young woman became critically ill. She was sent to the big city to cure her disease. The poor boy was the doctor. When he knew the name of the town she came from, he went to meet her. He recognized her at once. He tried hard to save the woman’s life. From then on he gave special attention to the sick woman. After a long struggle, the woman could be cured. The poor boy paid all the bill. He  wrote “Paid in full with one glass of milk” under the bill. When the woman opened the bill, tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart preyed. “Thank you, God, that your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”

Sumber: Soal Ujian Nasional Bahasa Inggris SMP/MTs
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The princess of the sea story


The princess of the sea story
Folktale from Taiwan
Once upon a time, there was a little boy. He lived with his elder brother by the sea in the Yeh Liu district of northern Taiwan. His brother’s wife treated him very badly. He was very lonely. Often he would sit by himself on the seashore playing his flute. His music was very sad but beautiful. Everyone who heard it was impressed.
Folktale from Taiwan
One day, as he was playing his flute, an old man came out of the sea. “Young man,” he said, “you play very well. My mistress, the princess of the sea, is ill. She listen to your music every day. She would like to meet you.”
Folktale from Taiwan
“I am sorry, I am not a doctor. How can I help her?” asked the boy.
“I am sure if you came to see her, she would feel much better.” Replied the old man.
The little boy was frightened. “Surely I would drown if I went into the sea?” he said.
“Don’t be afraid. I shall look after you. You will not drown,” said the old man.
The old man looked kind and gentle. The boy no longer felt afraid. He followed the old man into the sea.
Folktale from Taiwan
They walked along a wide road on the bottom of the sea. Everything around them was dark and green. Soon they reached a great palace. The boy was surprised at what he saw inside.
Folktale from Taiwan
The walls were made of pearls and the furniture was made of silver the old man invited the boy to sit down on a golden throne.
Folktale from Taiwan
“Please wait,” said the old man. “I shall come back soon.”
He returned a few minutes later with an old man and woman. They had grey hair and wrinkle on their faces. However, they had bright eyes and they looked very healthy.
Folktale from Taiwan
“we will give you anything you want if you can cure our daughter,” they said.
“I shall do my best,” answered the boy. They all went into the room where the princess of the sea lay ill on a bed of seaweed. She was very pale and thin.
Folktale from Taiwan
The boy started to play his flute. The music was very beautiful. When he had finished, the princess sat up and smiled. “I fell much better now,” she said.
Folktale from Taiwan
Her parents invited the boy to stay with them. A few years later, the boy married the princess and was never lonely again.
Folktale from Taiwan

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The cat and the rooster

The cat and the rooster story
The cat and the roster tory
Once upon a time there lived a Cat and a Cock who loved one another dearly. The Cat would play his fiddle and the Cock would sing, the Cat would go out to get food for the two of them, and the Cock would stay at home and look after the house. Every time the Cat prepared to go out he would say to the Cock:
"You mustn't let anyone into the house, Cock, or go out yourself, no matter who calls you."
"I won't, don't you worry," the Cock would reply, and he would get into the house and stay there till the Cat came home.
Now, a Fox once saw the Cock and decided to lure him out and catch him. She crept up to the window of their house when the Cat was out and called out:
"Come out, Cock, and join me, and I'll give you grains of wheat and some water clear and sweet."
But the Cock called out in reply: "Cock-a-doodle-doo, I'll do without, For I promised Puss I'd not go out!"
The Fox saw that this was not the way to go about things, so one night she crept up to the house, threw some wheat grains under the window for the Cock to see and herself hid behind a bush.
By and by the Cat went out hunting as usual, and the Cock opened the window and looked out. There was no one about, he saw, but there, scattered on the ground, lay some luscious grains of wheat. The Cock was eager to eat them and said to himself:
"I think I'll go out and peck at those grains for a bit. There is no one about, so no one will see me or tell Puss on me."
But no sooner did he step over the threshold than the Fox was upon him. She seized him by the scruff of his neck and away she ran to her own house! And the Cock called out to the Cat:
"Save me, Brother Puss, I pray!
Foxy's taking me far away.
For her bushy tail
I can't see the trail.
If you don't come, friend,
I will meet my end."

Now, the Cat was a long way off and he did not hear the Cock, and by the time he returned home it was too late for him to go after the Fox. He tried to overtake her, but could not, so back he went home and wept and cried. But he got to thinking after a while, and, taking his fiddle and a bright-pictured sack, set out for the Fox's house.
Now, the Fox had four daughters and a son, and before going out hunting that day, she told them to keep an eye on the Cock and to heat a potfull of water so that as soon as she was back she could kill and cook him for dinner.
"And mind you let no one into the house while I'm away," she said.
Away she went, and the Cat came up to the house, stood under the window and began to play and to sing the following song:
"Foxy's house is big and tall,
Her four little daughters are beauties all,
And Pilipko, her only son,
Is very sweet to look upon.
Step outside, young Foxy, do,
And I'll sing some more for you!"

Now, the Fox's eldest daughter felt that she must go and see who it was playing and she said to the others:
"Stay here in the house and I'll go and see who it is that plays so well."
She came out of the house, and the Cat rapped her smartly on the nose, whisked her into his sack and began to play and to sing again:
"Foxy's house is big and tall,
Her four little daughters are beauties all,
And Pilipko, her only son,
Is very sweet to look upon.
Step outside, young Foxy, do,
And I'll sing some more for you!"

The Fox's second daughter went out to see who it was playing, and the Cat rapped her on the nose and whisked her into his sack. And the very same thing happened to the Fox's two younger daughters. There sat their brother Pilipko in the house and waited for his sisters, but they did not come back.
"I think I'll go out and get them to come home," said he to himself, "or our mother will give me a good hiding when she gets back."
He stepped outside, and the Cat rapped him on the nose too and whisked him into the sack! Then he hanged the sack on a dry willow tree and ran into the Fox's house. He found the Cock and untied him, and the two of them ate all of the Fox's food, overturned the pot of boiling water, broke all the dishes and ran home. And the Cock did just as the Cat told him ever after and never, never disobeyed him.

Sumber : russian-crafts

Legenda Monyet Pertama


The first monkey story
(Favourite story from Philippines)
Legenda Monyet Pertama
Legenda Monyet Pertama
Many years ago, there was a king and queen who lived in Mindanao. They were not liked by their people. The king was cruel and the queen was greedy.
Legenda Monyet Pertama
The king collected a lot of money from his people and gave it to the queen. The queen bought expensive food, wine and clothes from all over the world and kept them in the palace.
Legenda Monyet Pertama
One day, the king gave a party in the palace garden. There were six tables placed in the shade of some tall trees. Next to the trees, there was a large pond with goldfish in it.
Legenda Monyet Pertama
Soon the guests arrived and everybody started eating and enjoying themselves. Suddenly, an old woman entered the garden. No one knew where she came from. She approached each table and begged for food. No one gave her any and the king told his guest to chase her away.
Legenda Monyet Pertama
“Your Majesty, please have pity on me! I am an old man. I haven’t eaten any food for several days.”
The queen, who was sitting next to the king became angry. “Go away, old woman!” she shouted. “Who asked you to come here? This party is for rich and important people.”
Legenda Monyet Pertama
The king roared with laughter. He banged the table with spoon.
“Chase her away!” he cried. Everyone started beating her with their spoon. They chased the poor old woman all over the palace garden, suddenly, there was a great crash of thunder and a bright flash lightning. The old woman changed into a beautiful girl.
Legenda Monyet Pertama
“You are not human beings,” she said “You are all so cruel. None of you wanted to help me. Because of this, I shall changed you into monkeys.”
Legenda Monyet Pertama
She clapped her hands. Immediately, the spoon turned into tails and fixed themselves on the backs of the king, queen and their guests. The beautiful clothes which they were wearing turned into long hair. Their fingers and toes grew longer. When they tried to speak, they could chatter only like monkeys.
Legenda Monyet Pertama
They ran back to the palace but the king’s guards chased them away, and threw stones at them. “Go away, you dirty little things!” the guards shouted. “This is the king’ palace.
Legenda Monyet Pertama
As they had nowhere to go. They hid in the forest and hills where they have ever since.


Friday, June 1, 2012

The man and the crocodile story


The man and the crocodile story
(Folktale from Malaysia)
Folktale from Malaysia
A man was hurrying along a river bank. “Help, Help! Please have pity on me.” He looked all around him. Then he stared. It was a crocodile. There were tears streaming down its cheeks. It could not move because a tree had fallen on top of it and pinned its tail to the ground.
Folktale from Malaysia
The man said, “look, Mr. Crocodile, If I release you, will you eat me up?”
“No, no. how could I be so ungrateful?” said the crocodile.
The man pulled the tree off the crocodile’s tail. The crocodile quickly twisted round and seized the men by the leg.
Folktale from Malaysia
“Wait!” the man cried, very frightened. “Let’s ask my friend, Mr. Mousedeer, whether this is the right way for you to repay my kindness.”
Folktale from Malaysia
When the mousedeer arrived he pretended that he did not believe the story that the man told him.
“I can’t believe that you would be so good to Mr. crocodiles,” he said. “Probably you were trying to harm him and he caught hold of you. Er … er, Mr. Crocodile, would you please show me where you were lying when the man came along?”
Folktale from Malaysia
“Why, certainly,” said the crocodile. “I was here.”
Ah he let go of the man, the mousedeer shouted to the man to drop a log on the crocodile. The crocodile could not move.
Folktale from Malaysia
The man bowed and thanked the clever mousedeer.
“Ah,” said the mousedeer, “Don’t try to be too kind. It’s man’s nature to be ungrateful,”
He called out to an old sleeping-mat that was floating in midstream. “Hai there, old mat, what’s the reward for those who do kind acts?”
Folktale from Malaysia
“Mr. Mousedeer,” answered the mat, “just look at me. Once I was bright and new. Now that I am old you can see what has happened to me.”
Folktale from Malaysia
And then an empty cooking pot floated past. The mousedeer asked it the same question and receive the same reply.
Folktale from Malaysia

Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit (bahasa inggris)


Why some people are black and others white and brown story
(Favourite story from Philippines)
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
When the world was young, no one lived on earth. Every day, Magbabaya, the God of life, looked down on the earth from his home in the sky.
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
“Oh, how lovely the earth looks! It’s so big but yet so empty!”
One day, he had a bright idea.
“I must make some people to live on earth.”
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
He jumped down from his home in the sky. He dug up, some earth and mixed it with water. He then made some human beings out of it. He laid them on the ground to dry in the sun.
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
Soon he returned to the sky, he hunted the whole day in the sky forest, afterwards, he went home with the animals he had caught. Suddenly, he remembered the people he had left to dry in the sun. he returned to earth as fast as he could. But they had already been burnt as black as coal by the hot sun.
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
He shook his head. “I must try again,” he said. “Next time, I’ll be careful not to leave them so long under the sun.”
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
Again, he made some human beings out of clay. He laid them out carefully to dry under the sun. but he was so worried this time that he did not leave them long enough. They were not baked properly. When he looked at them, he saw that they were too pale.
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
He said. “Tomorrow when the sun shine, I shall make some more people. This time, I shall make sure they are baked longer.”
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
Once more, he took some clay and made some human beings out of it. He laid them carefully in the sun. when he thought that the sun was getting too hot, he covered them with leaves, and put them in the shede.
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
Then he let a gentle breeze blow over them. Every now and again, he turned each of them over so that they would have the same light brown colour all over.
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
When he had finished, he looked proudly at his work. They were a golden brown colour and very good to look at. “They are perfect!” he cried happily.
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
Then he collected all the human beings he had made and placed them in different parts of the world.
And this is why we have black, white and brown people today.
Cerita Sejarah Warna Kulit
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