Curso First Certificate Exam

LOS CURSOS DE INGLES GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES

 

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Traditional stories

ACTIVITY 393: Do you know any traditional stories which include any of the things mentioned in the chart? Choose the best options from the menu. There is one extra alternative that you do not need to use. Then check the answers.

1.

A MAGIC PIECE OF CLOTHING

2.

TWO BROTHERS WITH DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES

3.

A FORBIDDEN ROOM WITH
A FRIGHTFUL SECRET

4.

A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AND
HER HORRIBLY UGLY LOVER

 

Folk stories - Part 1

 

Listen to expert Phil Cordiner talking about traditional folk stories while you check his comments with the audio transcription. You will have to do an activity after listening and reading.

Are folk tales just exciting or amusing stories, or do they contain lessons about how we lead our lives? According to some psychologists, a folk tale expresses the unconscious hopes and fears of the people who enjoy listening to that story. Let me give you an example.

There is a tale that the Inuit, the Eskimos of Canada, tell called 'The Magic Drum'. In this story a girl refuses to marry any of the young men who ask her. Her body is eaten by sea animals until only her bones are left and she becomes a walking skeleton. Everyone's afraid of her and runs away, except one useless old man. The skeleton girl and the old man become friends; she gets him to make a magic drum which has the power to give her body back to her, as well as to make the old man young again. Of course, the two become man and wife, and presumably no longer outsiders from their own people.

This could be interpreted as a lesson in family values. The girl doesn't want to be loved by any of the young men of her group. Because she refuses love, her beauty, her body, is destroyed. Only when someone loves her, and she accepts him, is she born again as a beautiful girl. And in turn her love gives back the old man his lost youth. For the Eskimos, the important lesson of this story is that a woman is not fully a woman without the love of a man. And a man will never grow old as long as he has the love of a woman.

Of course, you may want to interpret this story in a different way. That's the strength of these stories. The 'lesson' is not fixed. It can change to meet the needs of contemporary times, or to suit any individual's personal situation. And we can enjoy the tale just because of the fun and excitement of the story, without being aware that there's any lesson included!!

PHIL CORDINER

 
 

Folk stories - Part 2

ACTIVITY 394: Listen to expert Phil Cordiner talking about traditional folk stories. As you listen check whether the speaker makes the points below. Mark YES if the point is made by the speaker and NO if it is not. At this first step, click on the speaker, relax and just listen for general comprehension. Don't worry if there are some words you don't know: you should be able to get the general idea. Then check the answers.

 

  YES NO

1.

Children are more interested in stories than adults.

2.

Folk tales express feelings that people would rather keep hidden.

3.

The magic drum has power over human bodies.

4.

Eskimos think that "The Magic Drum" encourages women to be independent.

5.

You can't enjoy a folk tale unless you know what it means.

Muy interesante la explicación del experto acerca de las historias tradicionales !!! 
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