The Two Frogs

the two frogsThis short Japanese folktale could be used to teach some important lessons in life. Possible s? If you really want to do something, find out as much as you can about it before you start so that you know what to expect along the way. Also, don’t look for reasons to give up in the middle of something you really want to do. They are too easy to find and, if you do give up, you may be sorry later.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Simplified English story which are not in our Elementary Level 800 word list are: , , , , and .

General Comments on the Story

violet fairy bookOur source for the story was The Violet Fairy Book, one of a series of twelve collections of folk and fairy tales for children edited by Andrew Lang. This is the seventh book in the series, and was first published in 1901. It can be downloaded as an e-book from Project Gutenberg here. An audiobook is available from Librivox here.


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moral(n: moral pl morals) The lesson to be learned from something that happens or from a story.
(adj: moral) Concerning what is right and wrong in human behavior. A moral person is always does what they believe to be the right thing to do. 2000

foolish(adj: foolish) Not having or showing good sense or judgment; stupid or silly. I made a foolish mistake in the test. 2000

frog(n: frog pl frogs) A small jumping animal, with smooth skin and no tail, that lives on land and in water. 5000

peas(n: pea pl peas) A small, round, green seed that is eaten as a vegetable. Formed in a seed case (called a pod) of a climbing plant. 4000

pond(n: pond pl ponds) An area of water that is surrounded by land and is smaller than a lake. The boy sailed his toy boat across the pond. 3000

shoulder(n: shoulder pl shoulders) The part of your body below the neck where your arm is connected. (บ่า) 2000

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