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Listening exercise. Listen to the fairytale «Hansel and Gretel» and fill in the blanks with the missing words.
Упражнение на аудирование. Прослушайте сказку «Hansel and Gretel» и вставьте пропущенные слова.
Hansel and Gretel
Long ago a woodcutter lived on edge of a large forest 1) ____________ and his wife who was the children’s stepmother. The wodcutter’s son was called Hansel and his daughter — Gretel. Although the woodcutter worked hard, he was very poor.
One year there was a terrible 2) __________ in the land. The woodcutter did not have enough food for his family. The woodcutter’s wife complained that the whole family would soon die of hunger. So one night she told her husband that he must take his children 3) ________ and leave them there. Hansel heard them talking and told Gretel about the stepmother’s idea. The children were both very frightened. Then Hansel made a plan. Later that night when his parents were sleeping Hansel 4) _________ and gathered as many white pebbles 5) ________.
The next morning the stepmother told Hansel and Gretel that they were all going to the forest 6) ________. As they were going deeper and deeper into the woods Hansel would stop now and then to walk towards his house. Hansel 7) ________ by his stepmother for being slow, but he was really dropping the white pebbles to mark the way home. When they finally stopped, the woodcutter built a fire and left the children some 8) ________ for the supper. He said he and his wife would return when they 9) ________ cutting wood. Hansel and Gretel knew they would not be back. They sat for a while by the fire waiting for nightfall, then, 10) ________, Hansel and Gretel followed the trace straight back to their home. ‘You bad children!’ cried the stepmother when she saw Hansel and Gretel. ‘Why did you sleep so long?’ But she was secretly angry that they returned.
The next day the woman made her husband 11) ________. This time the woodcutter led Hansel and Gretel deeper into the forest. Hansel had no time to gather pebbles, so he 12) ________ and made a trail of crumbs instead. Hansel and Gretel slept until the moon rose, then they searched for the path of bread crumbs. But the bread 13) ________, so they couldn’t find their wayh home. They searched until they were so tired that they had to stop and sleep. The next morning they searched again. Then Hansel and Gretel saw a beautiful white bird who sang so sweetly they followed him as he 14) ________. Soon they found themselves in a small field where they saw the most amazing house. It was made of 14) ________ with a roof of 15) ________ an windows made of sugar. The children were so hungry they didn’tstop to think. They each broke off a piece of the house and started to eat it. No sooner had they 16) ________ than they heard a gentle voice calling.
Like a mouse
Who’s that nibbling on my house?
The door of the house opened and there stood an old woman 17) ________. Hansel and Gretel were so frightened that they dropped what they were eating. The woman smiled and invied Hansel and Gretel into her house. Seeing how hungry and tired they were she gave them a wonderful dinner 18) ________. Then she made beds for them and put them to sleep as kind as any grandmother. Hansel and Gretel did not know that the woman who seemed so nice was really 19) ________. Before Hansel and Gretel awoke the next morning the witch carried Hansel to a little 20) ________ that she had built and locked him inside.’Now, she cackled, ‘I’ll 21) ________. He’ll make a ttasty treat for me to eat.’ Then she woke poor Gretel and ordered her to 22) _______ Hansel, because she wanted him to grow plump. Yansel and Gretel cried and 23) ________, but the witch just laughed. Each day the witch, who could not see very well, wanted to feel Hansel’s finger 24) ________. She wanted to know whether he was getting plump enough to eat. But he cleverly gave her only 25) ________. She thought that he was much too thin for her to eat.
Four weeks went by and Hansel didn’t seem to 26) ________. Gretel could see that the witch was becoming very impatient. One morning the witch ordered Gretel to make a fire. After a while she told Gretel to climb upon to the oven to see if the fire was ready. But Gretel said: ’27) ________?’ The witch became angry at that and climbed upon to the oven. Quik as a wink, Gretel gave the witch 28) ________, then banged the door shut. Gretel ran to free Hansel. Now that they had nothing to fear, they explored the witch’s house. They found boxes of jewels and gold coins in every corner. The children filled their pockets with riches and set out to find their way home. Before they had gone very far, they came yo an edge of a white lake. ‘How will we ever cross without a bridge or a boat?’ asked Hansel. ‘Here comes 29) ________!’ answered Gretel. ‘I’ll ask if she can help us.’ The good bird agreed to carry them across the lake one at a time. Once on th other side, Hansel and Gretel found themselves a familiar little wood. Soon they were running down the path for home. The woodcutter cred tears of joy to see his children once again. He had not had one moment of peace since he had left them in the forest, and his wife had died while they were gone. Gretel 30) ________ into his father’s lap. Pearls and rubies scattered onto the floor. Hansel handed handfuls of gold from his pockets. Hansel and Gretel and their father lived happily for the rest of their days with the help of the witch’s gold.