Por: Carola Pozo Cortez
Luego de haber estudiado la grámatica esencial del idioma inglés, es tiempo de practicar la misma leyendo historias cortas para, de esta manera, incorporar vocabulario nuevo a nuestros conocimientos.
This story comes from the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is about Bawang. Her name means 'red onion'. She is ver weet-tempered, and red onions are sweet, so that is how she got her name.
A BALINESE FOLK TALE
Every wash-day Bawang went down to the river with a basket of clother. One day, as usual, she bathed herself in the fastflowing water, then reached for a sarong to wash. But the basket has disappered!
"Oh no!" gasped poor Bawang. "Mother will be so cross if I have los all our clothes."
Bawang realized she must have placed the basket too near the water's edge and that it had tipped in, so she ran downstream as fast as her feet would carr her, to see if she could find it.
Bawang ran and ra, but still she could not see the Basket. Tired out, She stopped to catch her brfeath. Two fish popped their heads out of the water to see who was puffing and panting so.
"Oh, fish, have you ween my basket of clothes in the river?" she asked.
"No sister, we have not ween your basket," the fish replied.
Bawang ran on, tears running down her cheeks. She saw some frogs sitting on the river bank.
"Oh frogs," sobbed Bawang, "have you seen my basket of clother float by?"
"We regret, sister, that we have ween no basket of clothes, " croaked the frogs.
Bawang ran on further until she saw some crabs sunning themselves by the water.
"Oh, good crabs, please, you must have seen my basket of clothes passing by on the river?"
"No," replied the crabs."We have not seen your clothes; but don't cry so, it's not such a loss. We don't need clothes."
From Folk Tales of the World retold by Gini Wade
Answer these questions:
- Which three kinds of animal dis Bawang talk to?
- Why did the fish pop their heads out of the water?
- Where were the frogs sitting?
- Why did the crabs tell Bawang not to cry?