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This lesson, The Dog in the Manger, shows what can happen when we spitefully deprive others of something that we ourselves cannot or do not want to make use of. These phonetic Aesop English language lessons will help you to master the 44 British English IPA symbols, and hopefully learn some new vocabulary.

The Dog in the Manger A Dog asleep in a manger filled with hay, was awakened by the Cattle, which came in tired and hungry from working in the field. But the Dog would not let them get near the manger and snarled and snapped as if it were filled with the best of meat and bones, all for himself. The Cattle looked at the Dog in disgust. "How selfish he is!" said one. "He cannot eat the hay and yet he will not let us eat it who are so hungry for it!" Now the farmer came in. When he saw how the Dog was acting, he seized a stick and drove him out of the stable with many a blow for his selfish behaviour. Do not grudge others what you cannot enjoy yourself. / ðə dɒɡ ɪn ðə ˈmeɪn.dʒə / / ə dɒɡ ə.ˈsliːp ɪn ə ˈmeɪn.dʒə fɪld wɪð heɪ / wəz ə.ˈweɪkənd baɪ ðə ˈkæt.l̩ / wɪtʃ ˈkeɪm ɪn ˈtaɪəd ənd ˈhʌŋ.ɡri frəm ˈwɜːk.ɪŋ ɪn ðə fiːld / bət ðə dɒɡ wʊd nɒt let ðəm ˈɡet nɪə ðə ˈmeɪn.dʒər ənd snɑːld ənd snæpt əz ɪf ˈɪt wə fɪld wɪð ðə best əv miːt ənd bəʊnz / ɔːl fə hɪm.ˈself / / ðə ˈkæt.l̩ ˈlʊkt ət ðə dɒɡ ɪn dɪs.ˈɡʌst / ˈhaʊ ˈself.ɪʃ hi ɪz / ˈsed wʌn / hi ˈkæn.ɒt iːt ðə heɪ ənd jet hi wl̩ nɒt let əz iːt ˈɪt ˈhuː ə ˈsəʊ ˈhʌŋ.ɡri fər ˈɪt / / naʊ ðə ˈfɑː.mə ˈkeɪm ɪn / wen hi ˈsɔː ˈhaʊ ðə dɒɡ wəz ˈækt.ɪŋ / hi siːzd ə stɪk ənd drəʊv ɪm ˈaʊt əv ðə ˈsteɪb.l̩ wɪð ˈmen.i ə bləʊ fər ɪz ˈself.ɪʃ bɪ.ˈheɪ.vjə / / də nɒt ɡrʌdʒ ˈʌð.əz ˈwɒt ju ˈkæn.ɒt ɪn.ˈdʒɔɪ jɔː.ˈself /

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