English Listening Lesson
Audio file: 1:51 min
Story length: 275 words
Here is the listening file for this lesson.
Jim was a young boy who didn’t like house work. He lived with his parents in a small home close to a quiet farming village. His mother cooked meals on a wood stove. Jim’s job was collecting firewood. Walking to the woods and collecting branches took a long time. He didn’t like that.
One day, he decided to chop down a tree. His family would have plenty of firewood and he could save time. If he didn’t go to the forest every day, he could spend more time playing with friends.
The next day, he went to the forest with an axe. He saw a coconut tree and decided to cut it down. Just before he started chopping, the tree spoke. It asked, “Why do you want to cut me down? I give you coconuts to eat.”
Jim listened and thought the tree was right. He decided not to cut it down.
Further down the path, he saw a big apple tree. Just as he was about to cut, the tree spoke to him. It said, “Please don’t cut me down! If you do, you won’t have any apples to eat.”
That tree was also right. So he left it alone and continued down the path.
Jim kept looking, but every tree seemed to offer something more valuable than firewood. He thought it was wrong to destroy a tree just so he could be a little happier.
Satisfied with his decision, he picked up some branches lying on the ground and returned home. Along the way, he realized that trees could continue to support his family over the long term if he left them alone.
Here’s a gap fill exercise. Download the The Tree printable worksheet (pdf file). Listen to the story and fill in the blanks.
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