Membaca cerita pendek merupakan salah satu cara mempelajari bahasa Inggris yang menyenangkan. Melanjutkan kumpulan cerita pendek bahasa Inggris minggu lalu, berikut ini adalah beberapa kumpulan cerita pendek bahasa Inggris lainnya. Kamu dapat melatih kemampuan berbahasa Inggrismu dengan membaca cerita-cerita singkat namun menyenangkan ini sekaligus mendapatkan pesan moral yang terkandung di dalamnya.
The Hare and The Tortoise
Once, a hare saw a tortoise walking slowly with a heavy shell on his back. The hare was very proud of himself and he asked the tortoise. “Shall we have a race?”
The tortoise agreed. They started the running race. The hare ran very fast. But the tortoise walked very slowly. The proud hare thinks that he already won, so he rested under a tree and soon slept off. But the tortoise keeps walking slowly and steadily until he finally reached the goal. At last, the tortoise won the race.
Moral: Kesombongan akan menjadi kejatuhanmu.
A Wise Old Owl
There was an old owl that lived in an oak tree. Every day, he saw incidents happening around him. Yesterday, he saw a boy helping an old man to carry a heavy basket. Today he saw a girl shouting at her mother. The more he saw, the less he spoke.
As he spoke less, he heard more. He heard people talking and telling stories. He heard a woman saying that an elephant jumped over a fence. He also heard a man saying that he had never made a mistake.
The old owl had seen and heard about what happened to people. Some became better and some became worse. But the old owl had become wiser each and every day.
Moral: Banyaklah mendengar daripada berbicara, maka kamu akan menjadi orang yang bijak.
The Inexperienced Mouse
Once, a little mouse asked his mother, “Mother, let me go out to see the world”.
The mother mouse said, “Okay child. But, be careful”.
The mouse came out of his hole and started walking. He saw a colourful cock. As he had never seen a cock before, he got frightened by the sharp beak, colourful feathers and the red crown of the cock, He ran away thinking, “What a terrifying creature.”
After some time he came across a cat. “What a cute animal!” he thought, “So handsome fur! And striking eyes!”
When he returned home he explained his day’s visit to his mother. The mother said, “The cock is actually harmless. But the cute-looking cat is the real enemy”.
Moral: Penampilan dapat menipu.
The Crooked Tree
It was a dense forest. All trees were straight and tall.
Their trunks were broad and shapely. But, there was one tree which was having a crooked and shapeless trunk.
The crooked trunk tree was sad. He thought “How ugly I am! All others are straight and shapely. I alone have crooked trunk.”
One day a wood-cutter came there. He looked around and said “I will cut all trees here, except that crooked tree. That is of no use to me”.
He cut away all other trees.
Now, the crooked tree was happy for its crookedness.
Moral: Syukurilah keadaanmu, seperti apapun itu.
The Boy Who Cry Wolf
There was a village on the outskirts of a forest. A shepherd boy used to take his herd of sheep across the fields to the lawns near the forest.
One day he felt very boring. He wanted to have fun. So he cried aloud “Wolf, Wolf. The wolf is carrying away a lamb”. Farmers working in the fields came running and asked, “Where is the wolf?”. The boy laughed and replied “It was just a fun. Now get going all of you”.
The boy played the trick for quite a number of times in the next few days.
After some days as the boy, perched on a tree, as singing a song, there came a wolf. The boy cried loudly “Wolf, Wolf, The wolf is carrying a lamb away.” There was no one to come. The boy shouted “Help! Wolf! Help!” Still, no one came to his help. The villagers thought that the boy was playing mischief again.
The wolf carried a lamb away.
Moral: Jika kamu sering berbohong, maka tidak akan ada lagi yang percaya padamu.
Itu tadi beberapa cerita yang cocok untuk kamu baca sambil mempelajari kosakata baru dan frase-frase bahasa Inggris yang umum dijumpai. Yuk, latih kemampuan berbahasa Inggrismu lebih lanjut dengan mengerjakan soal-soal di bawah ini!
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