You may have heard the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel when you were younger. In this session, we bring you BBC Learning English’s own version of this classic fairytale – and we’ve found many different ways to use the word turn in it.
For more, visit our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/towards-advanced/unit-11/session-4
You’ll find part 2 of the story here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/towards-advanced/unit-11/session-4/activity-2
Hello I’m Mariam. Today’s story is one you may have last heard when you were very young. It involves two children who head off into a forest where things take a turn for the worse.
These children are a boy and a girl called Hansel and Gretel. When they were very young their mother died but their father remarried. Of course, as is always the way in fairy tales, the children’s new stepmother turns out to be cruel and evil.
This is how cruel she is – one day she takes the children deep into the forest. They’re very scared especially as their father has told them never to go there. But she turns a blind eye and leads them deeper into the forest, turning this way and that. And then she leaves them there all alone, apart from the birds and the squirrels and other wildlife. But that smart-thinking Hansel has used some breadcrumbs that he had in his pocket, to lay a trail so that they can find their way home. Simple!
Unfortunately, when they turn back to follow the breadcrumb trail they realise that those birds I just mentioned, have eaten all the crumbs and so the children are stranded in the deep dark forest. Then to make matters worse, they walked deeper and deeper into the forest. By now they are hungry and tired – and there’s no fast-food burger bar to be seen. Then there’s an interesting turn of events. They suddenly turn up at a beautiful and colourful little cottage. Amazingly the cottage is made of sweets and cakes – imagine that! So without delay, they start eating it – hmm, it tastes delicious.
We’ll leave the story there for now. But join me next time to hear how this ‘sweet’ story turns into a sour one. Bye for now.