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This lesson, The Hare and the Tortoise, is a message telling us that we need not always be rushing to get things done, as slow and steady often wins the race. These phonetic Aesop English language lessons will help you to master the 44 British English IPA symbols, and hopefully learn some new vocabulary.

The Hare and the Tortoise A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow. "Do you ever get anywhere?" he asked with a mocking laugh. "Yes," replied the Tortoise, "and I get there sooner than you think. I'll run you a race and prove it." The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So, the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off. The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up. The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time. The race is not always to the swift. / ðə heər ənd ðə ˈtɔː.təs / / ə heə wəz ˈmeɪk.ɪŋ fʌn əv ðə ˈtɔː.təs wʌn ˈdeɪ fə ˈbiːɪŋ ˈsəʊ sləʊ / / də ju ˈev.ə ˈɡet ˈə / hi ˈɑːskt wɪð ə ˈmɒkɪŋ lɑːf / / jes / rɪ.ˈplaɪd ðə ˈtɔː.təs / ənd ˈaɪ ˈɡet ðə ˈsuː.nə ðən ju ˈθɪŋk / aɪl rʌn ju ə reɪs ənd pruːv ˈɪt / / ðə heə wəz ˈmʌtʃ ə.ˈmjuːzd ət ði aɪ.ˈdɪər əv ˈrʌn.ɪŋ ə reɪs wɪð ðə ˈtɔː.təs / bət fə ðə fʌn əv ðə ˈθɪŋ hi ə.ˈɡriːd / ˈsəʊ / ðə fɒks / ˈhuː həd kən.ˈsen.tɪd tu ækt əz dʒʌdʒ / mɑːkt ðə ˈdɪ.stəns ənd ˈstɑː.tɪd ðə ˈrʌ.nəz ɒf / / ðə heə wəz suːn ˈfɑːr ˈaʊt əv saɪt / ənd tə ˈmeɪk ðə ˈtɔː.təs fiːl ˈver.i ˈdiː.pli ˈhaʊ rɪ.ˈdɪ.kjʊ.ləs ˈɪt wəz fər ɪm tə ˈtraɪ ə reɪs wɪð ə heə / hi leɪ daʊn bɪ.ˈsaɪd ðə kɔːs tə ˈteɪk ə næp ʌn.ˈtɪl ðə ˈtɔː.təs ʃəd ˈkætʃ ʌp / / ðə ˈtɔː.təs ˈmiːn.waɪl kept ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ ˈsləʊ.li bət ˈste.dɪ.li / ænd / ˈɑːf.tər ə ˈtaɪm / pɑːst ðə ˈpleɪs weə ðə heə wəz ˈsliːp.ɪŋ / bət ðə heə slept ɒn ˈver.i ˈpiː.sfə.li / ənd wen ət lɑːst hi dɪd weɪk ʌp / ðə ˈtɔː.təs wəz nɪə ðə ɡəʊl / ðə heə naʊ ræn ɪz ˈswɪf.tɪst / bət hi kəd nɒt ˌəʊv.ə.ˈteɪk ðə ˈtɔː.təs ɪn ˈtaɪm / / ðə reɪs ɪz nɒt ˈɔːl.weɪz tə ðə swɪft /

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