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Lesson 2-3: ジャックと豆の木 / Jack and the Beanstalk

Japanese Graded Readers: Fairy Tales and Short Stories with Read-aloud Method

Lesson 2-3: ジャックとまめ / Jack and the Beanstalk

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English Translation

When Jack got up the next morning, something was unusual. There was a very big beanstalk in the yard. “That old man’s story is true!” Jack was surprised and went out the window. Then, he started climbing the beanstalk. After climbing for a whole day, Jack reached a place in the sky. There was a big and beautiful castle in the sky. Jack, who was hungry, said toward the castle, “Excuse me. Could I have something to eat?” Then, a woman appeared from the castle and gave Jack bread and a glass of milk. And, she asked, “How did you come here? This castle is the house of a giant who eats people. You should go home soon.”


Words Types Meanings
いつも noun, adverb  always, usually, every time, never (with neg. verb)
にわ noun garden, yard 
本当ほんとう noun, na-adjective, adverb truth, reality, actuality, fact
おどろく u-verb to be surprised, to be astonished
ru-verb to leave, to exit, to go out, to get out
のぼ u-verb to ascend, to go up, to climb
あと noun  after, later 
しろ noun castle 
なか set phrase to be hungry 


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