The Grasshopper Story

Grasshopper

A new little story, from July 1st, 2007, in Kyrgyzstan.

Step 1

Read the sentences and try to reconstruct the text by putting its parts in order.

(A) And I said, “Oh? Is he alive?” And she said, “Yes, alive.”

(B) And then she turned and walked away as if I were stupid to think that there would ever be a dead grasshopper between their perfume bottles on a glass shelf.

(C) And my eye fell upon two boxes of perfume on a glass shelf, and in between them was a rather large grasshopper. And I said to the girl, “A grasshopper?” And she said, “Yes, a grasshopper.”

(D) I was in the airport in Bishkek, Kyrgizstan. And I walked into the little duty free there, very small. And the girl that worked there decided to follow me around, keep an eye on me.

Step 2

Listen to the audio and see if you were right.

Key: D, C, A, B

I was in the airport in Bishkek, Kyrgizstan. And I walked into the little duty free there, very small. And the girl that worked there decided to follow me around, keep an eye on me. And my eye fell upon two boxes of perfume on a glass shelf, and in between them was a rather large grasshopper. And I said to the girl, “A grasshopper?” And she said, “Yes, a grasshopper.” And I said, “Oh? Is he alive?” And she said, “Yes, alive.” And then she turned and walked away as if I were stupid to think that there would ever be a dead grasshopper between their perfume bottles on a glass shelf.

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