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Three Elephant Power

three elephantsToday we have a story by A. B. “Banjo” Paterson, a famous Australian writer best known for his poems and stories about about life in Australia’s and in the late 1800’s. the title, this story has very little to do with elephants. It is about cars and their drivers, and is a wonderful example of Australian in the lead up to the country’s independence from Britain in 1900.

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countryside(n: countryside, noncount) Land that is outside big towns and cities. 2000

outback(n: outback, noncount) The country areas in Australia a long way away from the coast and cities. 13000

despite(prep: despite) Without being prevented by; in spite of something. Used to say that something happens or is true even though there is something that might have prevented it from happening or being true. 2000

(n: humor, noncount; British humour) 1. Jokes, funny stories, etc., of a particular kind. 2. The ability to be funny or to be amused by things that are funny; also called 'sense of humor'. 3000

The Town Musicians of Bremen

bremen musiciansThe Town Musicians of Bremen is a folktale recorded by the Brothers Grimm. It is about four animals who have worked hard all their lives. They are now too old to work and face either being badly treated or killed by their owners. One by one they leave their homes and set out together to become musicians in the town of Bremen. However, they never reach Bremen because of something that happens on the way.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

a midsummer night's dream“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. Although some people claim that it has too much adult and/or , I don’t share this view. It is a wonderful which looks at the difficulty of love and the difference between appearance and reality. Note that our story only includes the main . We haven’t included the “play within the play” by the six actors from Athens. This is not important to the main story, and needs to be seen acted out (badly, as in the play) in order to how funny it is.

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(adj: immoral) Not morally good or right; morally evil or wrong. 6000
The prefix 'im' often means 'not' or 'the opposite of' the word that comes after it. The word moral is concerned with the principles of right and wrong. A moral person is someone who always does what they believe to be the right thing to do. An immoral person does things that they know to be wrong.

(n) The ideas, facts, or images that are in a book, article, speech, movie, etc. 2000

comedy(n: comedy pl comedies) A play, movie, television program, etc., that is meant to make people laugh. 3000

(n: plot pl plots) The series of events that form the story in a movie, novel, play, etc. 3000

(v: appreciate, appreciates, appreciated, appreciating) 1. To be grateful or thankful for something. 2. To value someone or something highly. 3. To understand or be aware of something. 4. To increase in value. 2000

The Loaded Dog

the loaded dogThis is one of the best known short stories by Henry Lawson, the great Australian poet and writer. It takes place in the late 1800s and involves three men and their big, lovable retriever pup. The men are working together digging for gold and like to go fishing in their free time. When the fish stop biting they decide to try to catch them by making a bomb and exploding it in the water. The pup picks up the the bomb, accidentally lights the fuse as he runs past the campfire, and has great fun chasing the men around the gold fields trying to give it back to them.

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The Merchant of Venice

the merchant of veniceWe have decided to add a new section to xpressenglish.com that provides Simple English stories from famous Shakespeare plays, designed especially for children. Our first story is the “The Merchant of Venice”. As well as being one of my Shakespeare favorites, it is also one of his most popular plays for performance and study at high-school and university.

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romantic(adj: romantic) 1. Of, relating to, or involving love between two people. 2. Not realistic or practical; imaginary.
(n: romance pl romances) 1. The relationship, actions etc of people who are in love. 2. A feeling of mystery or excitement. 5000

comedy(n: comedy pl comedies) A play, movie, television program, etc., that is meant to make people laugh. 3000