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The Dog and His Reflection

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This lesson, The Dog and His Reflection, is a warning against greed and lack of thought. 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 and His Reflection A Dog, to whom the butcher had thrown a bone, was hurrying home with his prize as fast as he could go. As he crossed a narrow footbridge, he happened to look down and saw himself reflected in the quiet water as if in a mirror. But the greedy Dog thought he saw a real Dog carrying a bone much bigger than his own. If he had stopped to think he would have known better. But instead of thinking, he dropped his bone and sprang at the Dog in the river, only to find himself swimming for dear life to reach the shore. At last, he managed to scramble out, and as he stood sadly thinking about the good bone he had lost, he realized what a stupid Dog he had been. It is very foolish to be greedy. / ðə dɒɡ ənd ɪz rɪ.ˈflek.ʃn̩ / / ə dɒɡ / tə ˈhuːm ðə ˈbʊtʃ.ə həd ˈθrəʊn ə bəʊn / wəz ˈhʌ.rɪ.ɪŋ həʊm wɪð ɪz praɪz əz fɑːst əz hi kəd ˈɡəʊ / əz hi krɒst ə ˈnæ.rəʊ ˈfʊt.brɪdʒ / hi ˈhæ.pənd tə ˈlʊk daʊn ənd ˈsɔː hɪm.ˈself rɪ.ˈflek.tɪd ɪn ðə ˈkwaɪət ˈwɔː.tər əz ɪf ɪn ə ˈmɪr.ə / bət ðə ˈɡriː.di dɒɡ ˈθɔːt hi ˈsɔːr ə rɪəl dɒɡ ˈkæ.rɪ.ɪŋ ə bəʊn ˈmʌtʃ ˈbɪ.ɡə ðən ɪz əʊn / / ɪf hi həd stɒpt tə ˈθɪŋk hi wʊd həv nəʊn ˈbe.tə / bət ɪn.ˈsted əv ˈθɪŋk.ɪŋ / hi drɒpt ɪz bəʊn ənd spræŋ ət ðə dɒɡ ɪn ðə ˈrɪv.ə / ˈəʊ tə faɪnd hɪm.ˈself ˈswɪm.ɪŋ fə dɪə laɪf tə riːtʃ ðə ʃɔː / ət lɑːst / hi ˈmæ.nɪdʒd tə ˈskræ̩ ˈaʊt / ənd əz hi stʊd ˈsæ ˈθɪŋk.ɪŋ ə.ˈbaʊt ðə ɡʊd bəʊn hi həd lɒst / hi ˈrɪə.laɪzd ˈwɒt ə ˈstjuː.pɪd dɒɡ hi həd biːn / / ˈɪt s ˈver.i ˈfuː.lɪʃ tə bi ˈɡriː.di /

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