The Bat and the Weasels

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This lesson, The Bat and the Weasels, advises us to be clever enough to analyse a situation and adapt ourselve to it in the most advantageous way in order to survive, or briefly, to be adaptable if you want to survive. These phonetic Aesop English language lessons will help you to master the 44 British English IPA symbols, and hopefully learn some new vocabulary.

The Bat and the Weasels

A Bat blundered into the nest of a Weasel, who ran up to catch and eat him. The Bat begged for his life, but the Weasel would not listen.

"You are a Mouse," he said, "and I am a sworn enemy of Mice. Every Mouse I catch; I am going to eat!"

"But I am not a Mouse!" cried the Bat. "Look at my wings. Can Mice fly? Why, I am only a Bird! Please let me go!"

The Weasel had to admit that the Bat was not a Mouse, so he let him go. But a few days later, the foolish Bat went blindly into the nest of another Weasel. This Weasel happened to be a bitter enemy of Birds, and he soon had the Bat under his claws, ready to eat him.

"You are a Bird," he said, "and I am going to eat you!"

"What," cried the Bat, "I, a Bird! Why, all Birds have feathers! I am nothing but a Mouse. 'Down with all Cats,' is my motto!"

And so, the Bat escaped with his life a second time.

Set your sails with the wind.

/ ðə bæt ənd ðə ˈwiːz.l̩z /

/ ə bæt ˈblʌn.dəd ˈɪn.tə ðə nest əv ə ˈwiːz.l̩ / ˈhuː ræn ʌp tə ˈkætʃ ənd iːt ɪm / ðə bæt beɡd fər ɪz laɪf / bət ðə ˈwiːz.l̩ wʊd nɒt ˈlɪs.n̩ /

/ ju ər ə maʊs / hi ˈsed / ənd ˈaɪ əm ə swɔːn ˈe.nə.mi əv maɪs / ˈev.ri maʊs ˈaɪ ˈkætʃ / ˈaɪ əm ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ tu iːt /

/ bət ˈaɪ əm nɒt ə maʊs / kraɪd ðə bæt / ˈlʊk ət maɪ wɪŋz / kən maɪs flaɪ / waɪ / ˈaɪ əm ˈəʊ ə bɜːd / pliːz let miː ˈɡəʊ /

/ ðə ˈwiːz.l̩ həd tu əd.ˈmɪt ðət ðə bæt wəz nɒt ə maʊs / ˈsəʊ hi let ɪm ˈɡəʊ / bət ə fjuː ˈdeɪz ˈleɪ.tə / ðə ˈfuː.lɪʃ bæt ˈwent ˈblaɪ ˈɪn.tə ðə nest əv ə.ˈnʌð.ə ˈwiːz.l̩ / ðɪs ˈwiːz.l̩ ˈhæ.pənd tə bi ə ˈbɪ.tər ˈe.nə.mi əv bɜːdz / ənd hi suːn həd ðə bæt ˈʌnd.ər ɪz klɔːz / ˈre.di tu iːt ɪm /

/ ju ər ə bɜːd / hi ˈsed / ənd ˈaɪ əm ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ tu iːt ju /

/ ˈwɒt / kraɪd ðə bæt / ˈaɪ / ə bɜːd / waɪ / ɔːl bɜːdz həv ˈfe.ðəz / ˈaɪ əm ˈnʌ.θɪŋ bət ə maʊs / daʊn wɪð ɔːl kæts / ɪz maɪ ˈmɒ.təʊ /

/ ənd ˈsəʊ / ðə bæt ɪ.ˈskeɪpt wɪð ɪz laɪf ə ˈsek.ənd ˈtaɪm /

/ set jə seɪlz wɪð ðə wɪnd /

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