Aesop's Fables - The Tortoise and the Ducks

이솝 우화 - イソップ寓話 - 伊索寓言 (For Beginners)

The Tortoise, you know, carries his house on his back. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot leave home. They say that Jupiter punished him so, because he was such a lazy stay-at-home that he would not go to Jupiter's wedding, even when especially invited.

After many years, Tortoise began to wish he had gone to that wedding. When he saw how gaily the birds flew about and how the Hare and the Chipmunk and all the other animals ran nimbly by, always eager to see everything there was to be seen, the Tortoise felt very sad and discontented. He wanted to see the world too, and there he was with a house on his back and little short legs that could hardly drag him along.

One day he met a pair of Ducks and told them all his trouble.

"We can help you to see the world," said the Ducks. "Take hold of this stick with your teeth and we will carry you far up in the air where you can see the whole countryside. But keep quiet or you will be sorry."

The Tortoise was very glad indeed. He seized the stick firmly with his teeth, the two Ducks took hold of it one at each end, and away they sailed up toward the clouds.

Just then a Crow flew by. He was very much astonished at the strange sight and cried:

"This must surely be the King of Tortoises!"

"Why certainly——" began the Tortoise.

But as he opened his mouth to say these foolish words he lost his hold on the stick, and down he fell to the ground, where he was dashed to pieces on a rock.

(Foolish curiosity and vanity often lead to misfortune)
oddddeok Jan 13, 2009

5 comments


Jan 17, 2009 Noy
wow I like this story thank you Oddddeok maybe this try is suit for me because my english is just begining...
I understand the story but I have a question about some word..
no meeter means.....?
even means...?
how I can use thses word in sentence...
thank you
Jan 17, 2009 oddddeok
Hi Noy

I don't speak Thai but I hope this helps.

=>"No matter" (ไม่ว่า?) is an idiom (ถ้อยคำสำนวน). It means: It doesn't matter if...

Another way to say this sentence is, "If he tries hard, he cannot leave home. If he does not try hard, he cannot leave home."

In this sentence, it means the tortoise can try to leave home, but he never can leave home.

You could swap 'no matter' with 'even'. "Even if he tries hard, he cannot leave home."

Example: "We'll never finish on time, no matter how hard we work."
or
"No matter how hard we work, we'll never finish on time"

=>Even (ทั้งที่?) is an adverb. It suggests that a possible thing has almost no chance of happening or the it is an extreme thing.

Example of a possible thing with no chance: Even if you give him $100,000,000, he will not come.

Example of an extreme thing: Even silence annoys him (meaning: usually noise annoys people, but everything annoys him. He cannot be satisfied.)

http://learnenglish.ecenglish.com/lessons/how-use-even

http://th.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%9B
Jan 18, 2009 oddddeok
no matter

1 informal —used to say that something is not important ▪ “I may be delayed for a few minutes.” “No matter. [=it doesn't matter] We still have plenty of time.”
2 —used with what, how, when, etc., to say that something does not, will not, or should not affect something else ▪ I'm going to do it, no matter what you say. = No matter what you say, I'm going to do it. [=nothing you say will stop me from doing it] ▪ He intends to buy that car no matter how much it costs. ▪ Everyone is welcome here, no matter where they come from. ▪ He wants to win, no matter what. [=he wants to win so much that he will do anything to win]
Jan 21, 2009 Noy
Ohh that very kind of you
thank you very much.Oddddeok
how you can write Thai
you are very good person..
you give me the good website..
by the way sleep well from Thailand na ka.^^
Jun 26, 2009 Jacob
Hi,I'm new here.
When I finish reading this story,A thought crowd in.
The Tortoise has longevity.So He can see the world slowly and carefully.
I think he is more beatific than any other animals