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The Boy and the Hazelnuts

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This lesson, The Boy and the Hazelnuts, warns us not to be too greedy or to try to do too much at one time. These Phonetic Aesop English language lessons will help you to master the 44 British English IPA symbols, and hopefully learn some new vocabulary.

The Boy and the Hazelnuts A Boy was given permission to put his hand into a pitcher to get some hazelnuts. But he took such a great fistful that he could not draw his hand out again. There he stood, unwilling to give up a single hazelnut and yet unable to get them all out at once. Vexed and disappointed he began to cry. "My boy," said his mother, "be satisfied with half the nuts you have taken, and you will easily get your hand out. Then perhaps you may have some more hazelnuts some other time." Do not attempt too much at once. / ðə ˌbɔɪ ənd ðə ˈheɪzl.nʌts / / ə ˌbɔɪ wəz ɡɪv.n̩ pə.ˈmɪʃ.n̩ tə ˈpʊt ɪz hænd ˈɪn.tə ə ˈpɪ.tʃə tə ˈɡet səm ˈheɪzl.nʌts / bət hi ˈtʊk sʌtʃ ə ˈɡreɪt ˈfɪst.fʊl ðət hi kəd nɒt drɔːr ɪz hænd ˈaʊt ə.ˈɡen / ðə hi stʊd / ʌn.ˈwɪl.ɪŋ tə ɡɪv ʌp ə ˈsɪŋ.ɡl̩ ˈheɪzl.nʌt ənd jet ʌn.ˈeɪb.l̩ tə ˈɡet ðəm ɔːl ˈaʊt ət wʌns / vekst ənd ˌdɪ.səˈpo.ɪn.tɪd hi bɪ.ˈɡæn tə kraɪ / / maɪ ˌbɔɪ / ˈsed ɪz ˈmʌð.ə / bi ˈsæ.tɪ.sfaɪd wɪð hɑːf ðə nʌts ju həv ˈteɪk.ən / ənd ju wl̩ ˈiː.zə.li ˈɡet jə hænd ˈaʊt / ðen pə.ˈhæps ju meɪ həv səm mɔː ˈheɪzl.nʌts səm ˈʌð.ə ˈtaɪm / / də nɒt ə.ˈtempt tuː ˈmʌtʃ ət wʌns /

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