Listening: Brothers Grimm retold

So guys, what do you say of moving on to greener pastures, after the disturbing news in yesterday’s post?

I thought today we could go all out for a very brief listening , given that it’s one of the skills that foreign students have great difficulties with English and also because there are few opportunities for us to practice this here (come on, it’s a blog… would readers actually care to do this kind of exercise online?)

As I’m optimistic enough to believe that the Halloween topic will spur you to do some ‘seasonal’ listening via blog, I’ve selected a 5-minute radio talk about horror stories and Grimm’s fairy tales. In this talk, writer Neil Gaiman explains why he believes such tales are important throughout one’s life and writer Phillip Pullman talks about his new book, which retells a collection of about 50 of Grimm’s stories. Let’s listen to it, then? Turn up your speakers:

Listening: Brothers Grimm retold

Easy-peasy? Can you tell yourself which were the main topics brought to light?

Now, listen again and try to answer some more specific questions:

1) What did Phillip Pullman choose not to do with Grimm’s stories when he decided to retell them in his new book?

2) According to Neil Gaiman, why do Grimm’s tales work for children?

3) Which are the 3 great repositories of stories, in Pullman’s opinion? And what does he think of people who reach adulthood without knowing these stories?

4) What’s the greatest thing about fairy tales, according to Neil Gaiman?

That’s all for today, folks! Please leave a comment if you’d like to see more of this in the blog, won’t you? But if you’d like to see even less of this, leave a comment anyway, so I’ll be aware of that😉

English: Illustration of "The Robber Brid...

English: Illustration of “The Robber Bridegroom” from Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm, translated by Lucy Crane, illustrated by Walter Crane, first published by Macmillan and Company in 1886. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Muito bem, meus caros, o que vocês acham de passarmos para notas mais alegres, depois das notícias desanimadoras que vimos na última postagem?

Pensei que hoje seria bom a gente se jogar em um listening bem curto, uma vez que essa é uma das habilidades que mais apresentam problemas para estudantes estrangeiros e também porque temos pouquíssimas oportunidades de praticar listening por aqui (fala sério, isso é um blog… quantos dos meus leitores vão ter a paciência de fazer esse tipo de exercício online?).

Mas como sou otimista o suficiente para crer que o clima de Dia das Bruxas vai animá-los a  fazer esse “listening temático” via blog, selecionei uma conversa de rádio de apenas 5 minutos, sobre histórias de terror e contos fantásticos dos irmãos Grimm.  Neste bate-papo, o escritor Neil Gaiman discorre sobre a importância destes contos ao longo da vida de qualquer pessoa e o também escritor Phillip Pullman fala de seu novo livro, uma seleção de 50 histórias dos irmãos Grimm, recontadas por ele. Vamos lá ouvir, então? Som na caixa:

Listening: Brothers Grimm retold

E aí, fácil? Vocês conseguem listar os tópicos principais mencionados nesta conversa?

Agora, ouçam mais uma vez, para responder algumas perguntas mais específicas:

1) What did Phillip Pullman choose not to do with Grimm’s stories when he decided to retell them in his new book?

2) According to Neil Gaiman, why do Grimm’s tales work for children?

3) Which are the 3 great repositories of stories, in Pullman’s opinion? And what does he think of people who reach adulthood without knowing these stories?

4) What’s the greatest thing about fairy tales, according to Neil Gaiman?

Por hoje é isso, pessoal. Se vocês quiserem ver mais desse tipo de atividade por aqui, favor deixar um comentário. Se quiserem ver ainda menos disso por aqui, deixem um comentário também, do contrário não há como eu saber😉

About Isabella Ferraro

English examiner, teacher and frustrated ballerina. Geek, gauche, obsessed with books, podcasts and the web. Dedicated professional and blogger, tho. More info below blog's header.
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