What Will You Learn in This Episode?

You will learn the words, apprehensive, concede, convene, cower, deliberate, ferocious, flabbergasted, pique, regal, and scorch in the context of an African folktale called, the Tale of Osebo’s Drum or The Leopard and the Drum. You will learn ten new words and a beautiful folktale from Africa in this new Word Power episode from English Plus Podcast.

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The Tale of Osebo’s Drum – an African Folktale

When Nyame the Sky God’s mother died, he wanted her funeral to be one that would reflect the status of their family. He knew that the great drum of Osebo the Leopard would make the ceremony truly regal. Osebo was the most powerful animal on earth. He would not willingly give up his great drum. Nyame deliberated for a long time, but he could not imagine a way to get the drum.

Nyame convened a meeting of all the animals and announced that he needed the great drum of Osebo for his mother’s funeral. The animals cowered at the thought of challenging Osebo. Finally, Elephant said he would try to get the drum, but he failed. Then Lion tried and failed. Antelope, Crocodile, and Bear could not get the drum either. When Turtle said, “I will get the drum,” the other animals laughed hysterically. Turtle had a soft back, and moved as slowly as he does today. However, he was not at all apprehensive about the challenge.

So, moving very slowly, Turtle finally arrived at Leopard’s home. Osebo called out, “Have you come to try to steal my drum, too?”

“No,” said Turtle, “but all this talk of drums has piqued my curiosity. I came to see just how great your drum is.” When Osebo showed Turtle his drum, Turtle conceded that, it was, indeed, a great drum. Then he said, “But Nyame’s drum is larger. It is so large he can crawl inside it.”

Osebo objected in a ferocious voice, claiming that his drum was certainly as large. To prove it, Osebo climbed inside. Once Osebo was inside the drum, Turtle plugged its opening. He then tied the drum to his back and slowly dragged it back to Nyame. The animals were flabbergasted at Turtle ‘s success. Turtle presented the drum to Nyame with Osebo inside it. In exchange for his freedom, Osebo offered the drum to Nyame as a gift. As he hurried away, Osebo stumbled into the Sky God’s fire and scorched himself in many places, leaving dark spots on his hide. As a reward, Nyame offered Turtle anything he desired. Fearing the other animals, Turtle asked for a hard cover to protect his back. And to this day, the turtle always travels with a hard shell on its back.

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Choose the best answer.

1. 
Another word for regal "He knew that the great drum of Osebo the Leopard would make the ceremony truly regal." is ______.

2. 
Deliberated in "Nyame deliberated for a long time, but he could not imagine a way to get the drum." means ______.

3. 
If you convene a meeting, you ______. "Nyame convened a meeting of all the animals and announced that he needed the great drum of Osebo for his mother's funeral."

4. 
To cower "The animals cowered at the thought of challenging Osebo." is to ______.

5. 
Another word for apprehensive "However, Turtle was not at all apprehensive about the challenge." is ______.

6. 
If you have piqued someone's curiosity, you have ______ it. ""No," said Turtle, "but all this talk of drums has piqued my curiosity."

7. 
If you concede an idea, you ______. "When Osebo showed Turtle his drum, Turtle conceded that, it was, indeed, a great drum."

8. 
A ferocious voice is one that ______. "Osebo objected in a ferocious voice, claiming that his drum was certainly as large."

9. 
Another word for flabbergasted in "The animals were flabbergasted at Turtle 's success." is ______.

10. 
Another word for scorched in "As he hurried away, Osebo stumbled into the Sky God's fire and scorched himself in many places, leaving dark spots on his hide." is ______.

Wordlist

regal

deliberate

convene

cower

apprehensive

pique

concede

ferocious

flabbergasted

scorch

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2 Comments

  1. Sonal Nagarji

    Very helpful and it’s designed in very good manner

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    • Danny Ballan

      Thank you Sonal. I’m very happy that you find the episode and the activities useful.

      Reply

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