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The Walnut Tree by Aesop for English Students

Published on July 9th, 2024 | Last updated on July 9th, 2024 by | Category: English Short Stories | No Comments on The Walnut Tree by Aesop for English Students | 48 Views | Reading Time: 4 minutes

The Walnut Tree by Aesop for English students with a video, vocabulary practice in real context, and questions for discussion

The Walnut Tree is now in the public domain available on Gutenberg Project.

Video of the Walnut Tree

The Walnut Tree by Aesop

A walnut tree, which grew by the roadside, bore every year a plentiful crop of nuts.

آموزش زبان فارسی با داستان درخت بلوط و نی به همراه لیست واژگان و ویدیوی آموزشی با ترجمه خانم نفیسه آقایی

Every one who passed by pelted its branches with sticks and stones, in order to bring down the fruit, and the tree suffered severely.

داستان درخت زیتون و درخت انجیر برای آموزش زبان فارسی به کودکان و نوجوانان غیر فارسی زبان به همراه ویدیو و لیست واژگان جدید

“It is hard,” it cried, “that the very persons who enjoy my fruit should thus reward me with insults and blows.”

English proverbs from the short story

Here are some proverbs that capture the theme of the fable, the Walnut Tree:

Patience is a virtue.

This proverb highlights the importance of waiting for things to come naturally, rather than resorting to force. Just like the walnut tree wouldn’t produce more nuts just because it was hit, good things often come to those who wait.

You reap what you sow.

This proverb emphasizes that our actions have consequences. In the fable, the travelers who harm the tree are essentially harming themselves by destroying the source of the nuts they want.

Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

This proverb warns against destroying something valuable just to get a quick benefit. The walnut tree provides the travelers with shade and food, and harming it is foolish in the long run.

Vocabulary in real context

  1. plentiful: abundant, copious, ample, lavish
  2. crop: plants grown for use, harvest
  3. pelt: to attack or harm something by throwing a lot of things at them
  4. severely: vehemently
  5. reward: to repay effort, remunerate
  6. blow: strike, hit, knock

Questions for discussion

  1. Why is the walnut tree upset with the travelers in the fable?
  2. What lesson is the fable trying to teach us?
  3. The walnut tree provides shade and food for the travelers. Do you think there’s another way the travelers could have gotten the walnuts without harming the tree?

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