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56 Unit 04 | It’s traditional Read the article, then discuss the questions below with a partner. READING 18 Once upon a time … 1 Did you use to listen to traditional stories as a small child? 2 Did an adult tell you these stories? 3 Which ones did you enjoy most and why? 4 Which ones scared you and why? Talking about stories Look for the following expressions in the article above. You can use them to talk about stories. Make sure you know what each of them means. LANGUAGE 19 M p. 26 Expressing habits in the past There are two ways of saying that someone did something regularly in the past. Look for them in the article above and then complete these sentences: 20 a Now use the expressions to write sentences about your life when you were younger:  what you played with  who you played with  what films you watched b traditional tale  for entertainment  carry a message  perform  character  setting   protagonist  antagonist  plot  resolve a dilemma  beginning  ending You probably such stories as a small child. Thousands of years ago people these tales to each other. What’s your favourite traditional tale? Hansel and Gretel? The Tortoise and the Hare? The Pied Piper of Hamelin? You probably used to enjoy such stories as a small child. Storytelling is an old tradition: thousands of years ago people would tell these tales to each other. However, they weren’t just for entertainment, often they would carry a message or a warning for people. The oral tradition of telling one another stories came long before the written page. Tales used to be told or performed, rather than written down, and would be handed down from generation to generation. You will know the main elements of traditional tales, with characters who are heroes and villains, and a typical setting, such as a castle, forest or village. You will recognise the protagonist who represents good and the antagonist who is evil, and be familiar with the plots of such stories where there is always a dilemma to be resolved. Most traditional tales have talking animals, magic, spells and curses and may have a familiar beginning, such as “Once upon a time …” or the ending “… and they all lived happily ever after.” Nur zu Prüfzwecken – Eigentum des Verlags öbv

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