The spiders in the woods

English short stories for beginners

written by
Kelly
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Here's another story for our English language course for the beginners. I hope you will like it.

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Audio and transcript

Lily is scared of spiders, and her daughter Kim is scared of spiders also. Lily thinks this is her fault.

"I think we need to confront our fears. It is good to be brave, and I think we are brave, Kim", Lily says.

They don't want to be scared of spiders anymore, so today they are in the woods to find spiders.

"Kim, if you see a spider, do not worry. I am here to help you", says Lily.

"But mum, you have a fear of spiders, also", Kim replies.

"I know, Kim, but I am your mum. I am here to protect you, even when I am scared, also", her mum says.

Kim and Lily look in the woods for many hours, then finally they find a group of spiders.

"Mum, look, there is a group of spiders. Oh they are small and cute", Kim says.

"Maybe we do not need to be scared of spiders. They do not look scary", her mum replies.

"I think we are just brave, mum, really really brave", Kim says proudly.

Vocabulary

  • to be scared to be frightened or worried
  • spider a small creature with eight long legs which catches insects in a web
  • to help to make it easier for someone to do something
  • to worry to feel nervous and upset because of a problem you have
  • brave showing no fear of dangerous or difficult situations
  • fear the feeling that you have when you are frightened
  • cute attractive and easy to like
  • scary frightening
  • proudly in a way that shows you are pleased about something
  • to confront to deal with a difficult situation

Exercise

Drag and drop expressions to their correct translations.

to make it easier for someone to do something

the feeling that you have when you are frightened

attractive and easy to like

frightening

to feel nervous and upset because of a problem you have

a small creature with eight long legs which catches insects in a web

in a way that shows you are pleased about something

spider fear to help cute proudly scary to worry
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