Once upon a time (ժուկով-ժամանակով) there lived a king. This king announced (հայտարարեց) throughout the land:
“I will give half my kingdom (թագավորությանս կեսը) to the man who can tell a lie that I can agree that is a lie.”
A shepherd (հովիվ) came and said, “My father has got a pipe (խողովակ). The pipe is very long and he can stir (խառնել) the stars with it».
“That’s possible,” answered the King. “My grandfather had a pipe. He used to (սովորություն ուներ) put one end of it in his mouth and stretch (ձգել) the other up to the sun to light it.”
The man went out scratching (քորելով) his head.
A tailor came and said, “I am sorry, O King, to have come so late. Wind (քամի), storm (փոթորիկ) and lightning (կայծակ) did not let me come early”. I was patching up the crack (ճեղք) of the sky.
“Oh, “I believe it is true” said the King, “but you haven’t patched it very well, for it rained a little again this morning.
This man also went away empty-handed (դատարկաձեռն).
A villager came in with a bag on his shoulder. “What do you want, my good man?” asked the King. “You owe (պարտք լինել) me a bag of gold. I have come for it.” “A bag of gold!” exclaimed (բացականչեց)the King astonished (զարմացած). “That s a lie (սուտ). I do not owe you anything.”
“All right. It is a lie. Then give me half your kingdom.”
“No, no. You’re quite right (Դուք միանգամայն ճիշտ եք). It’s not a lie,” the king tried to correct (ուղղել) himself.
“So I am telling the truth. Then give me the bag of gold.”
Answer the questions:
- What did the king say to all people? “I will give half my kingdom to the man who can tell a lie that I can agree that is a lie.”
- Who came first? A shepherd.
- What did he say? “My father has got a pipe (խողովակ). The pipe is very long and he can stir the stars with it».
- What was the king’s answer? “That’s possible,” answered the King. “My grandfather had a pipe. He used to put one end of it in his mouth and stretch (ձգել) the other up to the sun to light it.”
- Who came second? A tailor.
- What did he say? “I am sorry, O King, to have come so late. Wind storm and lightning did not let me come early”. I was patching up the crack of the sky.
- What was the king’s reply? “Oh, “I believe it is true” said the King, “but you haven’t patched it very well, for it rained a little again this morning.
- Who came after the tailor? A villager
- What did he tell the king? “You owe me a bag of gold. I have come for it.”
- What did the king answer? “That s a lie. I do not owe you anything.”
Betty Brown was five years old, and her mother wanted her to begin going to
school, because she wanted to start working in an office again.
A month before the beginning of the school year Mrs. Brown began telling
Betty about school. ‘It’s very nice,’ she said. ‘You’ll play games and paint pictures
and sing songs.’
Mrs. Brown began doing these things with Betty. Betty liked the games and
the painting and the singing very much, but she always wanted to be near her
mother, so Mrs. Brown was rather afraid and thought, ‘What will she do when I
leave her at school?’
But on the first day at school Betty was very good. She did not cry, and she
On the second morning Mrs. Brown said, ‘Put your clothes on, Betty. I’m
going to take you to school in half an hour’s time.’
‘School?’ Betty said. ‘But I’ve been to school!’
A. Answer these questions.
- Why did Mrs. Brown want to send her daughter to school? She wanted to work.
- What did Mrs. Brown do to make Betty like school? She said that Betty will play games and sing songs.
- Why was Mrs. Brown afraid? Betty always wanted to be near her mother.
- Did Betty like school when she went there? Yes, she liked.
- Why was Betty surprised when her mother said, ‘I’m going to
take you to school in half an hour’s time on the second morning? Because she thought, that she have been to school.
B. What words in the story on page 16 mean the opposite of:
- 1. nasty – nice
- 2. bad – good
- 3. after – before
- 4. young – old
- 5. sad – happy
- 6. little – big
- 7. far from – near
C. Write this story. Put one of these words in each empty place:
do does doing make makes making
Our children don’t make much homework, but they are making a lot of work in
school. My son George likes making furniture and things like that more than doing
lessons. He sometimes makes nice chairs out of old boxes in his class. He
and his friends do a lot of noise while they are working, of course.
George is good at sport: he does the high jump very well. Such sport makes
children a lot of good, I think. Don’t you?