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The Fisherman and the Little Fish

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Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are a crucial aspect of the English language and are essential for achieving fluency. These Britlish Library Activities are designed to make learning, remembering, and using phrasal verbs as effortless and enjoyable as possible. Native English speakers frequently use phrasal verbs in their speech, so it's important for students to understand their meaning and use them in their own speech to sound more natural and like a native speaker. By working through these activities, you will strengthen your grasp of phrasal verbs and improve your overall English language skills.


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The Fisherman and the Little Fish tells the moral that it's better to accept what you have than to gamble on what you might not get. I have rewritten the Aesop's fable using as many phrasal verbs as I could come up with. If you are interested in learning some new phrasal verbs, this video is not to be sniffed at. Don't let your interest fizzle out and see what phrasal verbs I have come up with. If you want to improve your knowledge of phrasal verbs, it's time to check out this lesson.  

A fisherman got by on what he could come up with using his nets. One day, he had caught nothing but a small fish and decided to give up trying. He began packing up his stuff. The little fish in the net, fearing for his life, broke down. “Please, let me go,” the fish sobbed. “If you throw me back, I’ll soon grow up and you can fish me out again.” “Calm down, little fish,” said the fisherman. But the little fish didn’t let up. “Check out the size of the fish you normally catch,” he pleaded. “I’m just a baby next to them. You wouldn’t wolf down a baby, would you?” The little fish was playing on the fisherman’s sympathy. The fisherman was turning the little fish’s words over in his mind. “One day, I’ll turn out to be a big fish,” said the little fish. “You can count on it. People will cough up a lot of money for me, and you will turn over a good profit.” The fisherman shook his head. “You don’t expect me to fall for that, do you?” “It’s true,” said the fish. “But it doesn’t add up,” said the fisherman. “I promise I’ll come back when I’m all grown up.” “Don’t try to fob me off with your lies,” said the fisherman. “You’ll swim off and I’ll never see you again. I’ll drop by this place again, but you never will.” “Your wife’s going to freak out when she sees how small I am,” said the little fish. The fisherman butted in and said, “I’m not going to back down. My wife will freak out if I don’t bring a thing home after knocking around here all day. So, cheer up, little fish. At least you’re better than nothing.” “You don’t come across as a very nice man,” gasped the fish. “Well, I’d rather make do with a certain gain than hold out for an uncertain profit,” said the fisherman. So, I’ll opt for taking you home.” The little fish’s arguments fizzled out when he realised the situation was hopeless. Being out of the water for so long didn’t help either. The fisherman popped the little fish into his pack. He packed away his fishing gear and set off home. “Did you catch anything?” asked his wife. “Well, it’s not to be sniffed at,” said the fisherman, whipping out the little fish. “Oh, what a whopper,” said his wife, who was herself a very small woman. “We’ll polish off the fish with a nice slice of freshly baked bread. Now, you chill out while I whip up your dinner. You must be tired out.” There’s a similar proverb that says a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

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