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The Boy Bathing by Aesop for ESL Students

Published on April 6th, 2024 | Last updated on April 6th, 2024 by | Category: English Short Stories | No Comments on The Boy Bathing by Aesop for ESL Students | 156 Views | Reading Time: 3 minutes

The Boy Bathing by Aesop for ESL students based on the English Immersion Program with a podcast and vocabulary practice in real context

The Boy Bathing is now in the public domain available on Gutenberg Project.

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The Boy Bathing

A boy was bathing in a river and got out of his depth, and was in great danger of being drowned.

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The boy was bathing and swimming on the beach.

A man who was passing along a road heard his cries for help, and went to the riverside and began to scold him for being so careless as to get into deep water, but made no attempt to help him.

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The man started criticizing the bathing boy without any assistance.

“Oh, sir,” cried the boy, “please help me first and scold me afterwards.”

English proverbs from the short story

Give assistance, not advice, in a crisis.

Vocabulary in real context

  1. bathing: taking a bath, swimming
  2. got out of his depth: found himself in a dangerous situation like deep water
  3. scold: chide, criticize, admonish
  4. attempt: effort, try
  5. assistance: help, aid, support
  6. crisis: dangerous or worrying situation

Questions and answers

Answer the following questions in the comment box below.

  1. Why was the boy in danger in this fable?
  2. What mistake did the traveler make in his response to the boy?
  3. What lesson is Aesop trying to teach us through the story of the boy bathing?

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