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THE TWO STRANGERS
This story happened in Africa long ago. Two strangers came to a village in the evening. They came to the chief of that village and said:

"May we stay for the night in your village?"

"Oh, yes," said the chief. "There is a house for strangers in our village. You may sleep there, and there is supper for you to eat. But you must know this: there is an old custom in our village — strangers may sleep in our house for strangers, but they must not snore. We kill the man who snores."

The strangers went to the house. They had a good supper there, and then went to sleep. They slept well. One hour passed, two hours passed, and one of them began to snore.

The other man heard the snoring. He thought: "The people will hear the snoring and kill him."

The stranger wanted to save the man. He thought a little and then began to sing. He sang very well.

The people did not hear the snoring, they listened to the song. Then they began to dance. Some of them sang songs together with the stranger and danced to the music. Men, women and even the chief sang and danced. All night one stranger snored, the other stranger sang, and all the people sang and danced.

In the morning the strangers came to the chief to say goodbye and to thank him for everything. The chief said goodbye to them and gave them a small bag of money.

"I give this money to both of you. We had a good time with you: we danced and sang well. Thank you very much."

The strangers left the village, but on the road they began to quarrel.

"How shall we divide the money?" said one of them. "I must have the bigger part. Why did you sing last night? Because I snored! So I must have the bigger part of the money."

And the other man said, "Yes, that's so. But the people could kill you, because you snored. My songs saved your life. You must only thank me and give me the bigger part of the money."

They quarrelled and quarrelled and could not decide anything.

Can you?


THE TWO STRANGERS
This story happened in Africa long ago. Two strangers came to a village in the evening. They came to the chief of that village and said:

"May we stay for the night in your village?"

"Oh, yes," said the chief. "There is a house for strangers in our village. You may sleep there, and there is supper for you to eat. But you must know this: there is an old custom in our village — strangers may sleep in our house for strangers, but they must not snore. We kill the man who snores."

The strangers went to the house. They had a good supper there, and then went to sleep. They slept well. One hour passed, two hours passed, and one of them began to snore.

The other man heard the snoring. He thought: "The people will hear the snoring and kill him."

The stranger wanted to save the man. He thought a little and then began to sing. He sang very well.

The people did not hear the snoring, they listened to the song. Then they began to dance. Some of them sang songs together with the stranger and danced to the music. Men, women and even the chief sang and danced. All night one stranger snored, the other stranger sang, and all the people sang and danced.

In the morning the strangers came to the chief to say goodbye and to thank him for everything. The chief said goodbye to them and gave them a small bag of money.

"I give this money to both of you. We had a good time with you: we danced and sang well. Thank you very much."

The strangers left the village, but on the road they began to quarrel.

"How shall we divide the money?" said one of them. "I must have the bigger part. Why did you sing last night? Because I snored! So I must have the bigger part of the money."

And the other man said, "Yes, that's so. But the people could kill you, because you snored. My songs saved your life. You must only thank me and give me the bigger part of the money."

They quarrelled and quarrelled and could not decide anything.

Can you?


THE TWO STRANGERS
A. Answer the questions.
1. Where did the story happen?

2. Who were the main characters in the story?

3. Where did the strangers come in the evening?

4. What did they want to do?

5. Who did they ask permission to stay in the village?

6. Where did the chief invite them to stay?

7. What did the chief tell them about?

8. What happened at night?

9. What did the other man begin to do? Why?

10. What did the people do all that night?

11. Where did the strangers go in the morning?
12. What did the chief give them? Why?

13. What did the men begin to do when they left the village?

14. What did each of them think?

15. What do you think?

B. Correct the sentences.
1. The story happened long ago in America.

2. Two strangers came to a town early in the morning.

3. They came to the chief and asked permission to stay for a month in the village.

4. The chief invited them to stay in his own house.

5. He told them about an old custom: they killed strangers who sang songs at night.

6. The strangers went to the house and went to sleep at once.

7. At night both strangers began to snore.

8. The other stranger began to play the guitar.

9. The people of the village heard the song and ran away.

10. In the morning the strangers came to the chief to pay him some money.

11. The chief said goodbye to them and gave them a large bag of money.

12. When the strangers left the village, they divided the money and each took a half.

C. Finish the sentences.
1. The story happened ……………..

2. Two strangers came to a ……………..

3. They asked permission to …………………

4. The chief invited them to …………...

5. The chief told them about an old ………………..

6. They killed the strangers who ………………..

7. The strangers went to the house and ……………………….

8. Then they went ………………….

9. At night one of them began ……………………...

10. The other stranger ………………………..

11. The people of the village ………………………….

12. In the morning the strangers came to …………………...

13. The chief said goodbye to them and ……………………...

14. When the strangers left the village, they ………………………

15. They couldn't decide who should get ………………..

D. Close exercises A-C. Put the sentences in the right order.


In the morning the strangers came to the chief to thank him for everything.

The chief told them about an old custom.

They couldn't decide who should get the bigger part of the money.

Two strangers came to a village in the evening.

The people of the village listened to the songs, sang and danced.

At night one of them began to snore.

The story happened in Africa long ago.

They killed the strangers who snored at night.

They asked the chief's permission to stay for the night.

When the strangers left the village, they began to quarrel.

The strangers went to the house and had a good supper.

The chief said goodbye to them and gave them a small bag of money.

The other stranger began to sing songs.

The chief invited them to the house for strangers.



E. Choose and write down some key words from each sentence to help you retell the story.


The story happened in Africa long ago.

Two strangers came to a village in the evening.

They asked the chief's permission to stay for the night.

The chief invited them to the house for strangers.

The chief told them about an old custom.

They killed the strangers who snored at night.

The strangers went to the house and had a good supper.

At night one of them began to snore.

The other stranger began to sing songs.

The people of the village listened to the songs, sang and danced.

In the morning the strangers came to the chief to thank him for everything.

The chief said goodbye to them and gave them a small bag of money.

When the strangers left the village, they began to quarrel.

They couldn't decide who should get the bigger part of the money.




The story happened in Africa long ago.

Two strangers came to a village in the evening.

They asked the chief's permission to stay for the night.

The chief invited them to the house for strangers.

The chief told them about an old custom.

They killed the strangers who snored at night.

The strangers went to the house and had a good supper.

At night one of them began to snore.

The other stranger began to sing songs.

The people of the village listened to the songs, sang and danced.

In the morning the strangers came to the chief to thank him for everything.

The chief said goodbye to them and gave them a small bag of money.

When the strangers left the village, they began to quarrel.

They couldn't decide who should get the bigger part of the money.






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