The Hares and the Frogs from Aesop with video and vocabulary practice for ESL students
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The Hares and the Frogs
- hare: an animal like a rabbit with large hind legs
- to lament: to express grief and sadness about something, mourn, grieve
Men, dogs, birds and beasts of prey were all their enemies, and killed and devoured them daily: and sooner than endure such persecution any longer, they one and all determined to end their miserable lives.
- endure: bear, tolerate
- persecution: suffering, torture
Thus resolved and desperate, they rushed in a body towards a neighboring pool, intending to drown themselves. On the bank were sitting a number of frogs, who, when they heard the noise of the hares as they ran, with one accord leaped into the water and hid themselves in the depths.
- with one accord: unanimously, in unison, simultaneously
- leaped: jumped
Then one of the older hares who was wiser than the rest cried out to his companions, “Stop, my friends, take heart; don’t let us destroy ourselves after all: see, here are creatures who are afraid of us, and who must, therefore, be still more timid than ourselves.”
- take heart: cheer up, perk up, take comfort
- timid: showing lack of courage, fearful, nervous