Session 5

On his second voyage, our hero Gulliver is abandoned in a land full of terrifying giants. How will he survive on this strange new island? Is his life in danger?

ఈ పాఠ్యాంశం లోని సెషన్స్

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Drama

Voyage to Brobdingnag

Join us for Part 4 of our drama Gulliver's Travels, based on the famous story by Jonathan Swift.

After his adventures in the land Lilliput, Gulliver takes to sea again. This time he arrives in a country where he's not the largest, but the smallest... What will happen in the land of Brobdingnag?

While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of conditionals you can spot. Then take a look at the transcript to see them in bold.

ఆడియోను విని పనిని పూర్తి చేయండి

రాత ప్రతిని చూపు రాత ప్రతిని చూపవద్దు

Gulliver narrator
My name is Gulliver. Let me tell you the story of my second voyage, to the strange land of Brobdingnag.

I had spent the winter in England, but soon became restless. I said farewell to my wife and family to seek my fortune across the sea once more. The wide world waited for me!

But sea voyages don't always go to plan. A huge storm blew up. And when it passed, we found ourselves...

Sailor
Land ahoy!

Gulliver narrator
...at an island.

Sailor
Food and water. We get what we need and set sail. And men, stay armed.

Gulliver narrator
It was barren and rocky. I set off alone to explore, but I found nothing. When I returned to the beach...

Sailor
Run! Back to the boat!

Gulliver
Where are you going?! Stop!

Gulliver narrator
The men were already in back in the boat, rowing for their lives, and... a huge creature was chasing them, like a man, but so... tall. I can't tell you what happened, for I turned and ran for my life...

I ran into a giant field, where I hid under stalks of corn rising 40 feet into the sky.

Gulliver
What is this place?

Gulliver narrator
I felt sick. Across the field I saw another man-creature, as tall as a church steeple, harvesting the giant corn.

Brobdingnag farmer
What have we here?

Gulliver
Don't eat me!

Gulliver narrator
He spoke a strange tongue.

Brobdingnag farmer
[booming voice] Like a little... man.

Gulliver narrator
Just then he scooped me up, close to his face. His breath was foul.

Brobdingnag farmer
I think the wife would like to see this.

Gulliver narrator
And he tucked me into his coat pocket. How I trembled with fear as he walked back to his house.

Farmer's wife
[Screams] It's a mouse! Get it out of my kitchen!

Gulliver narrator
The farmer's wife was shocked when she saw me. For there I stood, on their kitchen table, his whole, huge family looking at me.

Farmer's wife
It's a man! So tiny.

Glumdalclitch
He must be hungry, mother.

Farmer's wife
Here, give him some meat.

Gulliver
Oh, thank you.

Gulliver narrator
And they pushed a huge slice of meat my way. With a thimble of ale.

My drinking seemed to amuse them. The ale made me a little bolder, and I did a little dance for them. Perhaps they would treat me well... But just then...

[sfx: baby crying]

Gulliver
What's that?!

Gulliver narrator
A huge baby, that's what it was. Thankfully, the baby soon fell asleep.

And so did I. The farmer's daughter tucked me into bed with a handkerchief for a blanket. It was heavy and rough like the sail of a warship, but I was exhausted.

Glumdalclitch
Good morning my little man. My name's Glumdalclitch. Glumdalclitch.

Gulliver
Glumdal... Oh, what? Your name? Glumdalclitch?

Glumdalclitch
Oh, he said my name! He's so cute. I'm Glumdalclitch and you're...?

Gulliver
She's asking my name. I'm Gulliver. Gulliver! 

Gulliver narrator
The farmer's daughter must have been only nine or ten years old, and a mere 30 feet tall. She was kind to me and became my closest friend. Over the next days she taught me their language, which I learned fast. Life was good, for a while.

Farmer
Gulliver! We're going to town. Come here.

Gulliver
To town? Yes, sir, of course.

Glumdalclitch
Don't worry Gulliver, we're taking you to market, so people can see you. You've become quite famous! Here, I've made this little travelling box.

Gulliver
Why thank you Glumdalclitch.

Gulliver narrator
I climbed inside, and off we went. The journey was bumpy, like rising and falling in a ship in a great storm. Finally we came to a rest, somewhere... indoors.

Farmer
[To Gulliver] Now then little man, let's see if we can earn ourselves a pretty penny.

[To the crowd] Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the smallest man in Brobdingnag!

Crowd
[sfx: gasping]

Gulliver narrator
And the farmer opened the box. Out I stepped onto a table – in a room full of giant people...

Farmer
Now Gulliver, show them what you can do.

Gulliver
Err, good day to you all! I am Gulliver!

Gulliver narrator
And so I performed for them. I danced, and fenced with my sword… I drank another thimble of ale. The crowd loved me!

Farmer
That's three crowns each. Next performance, at six o'clock. Thank you Madam... Thank you Sir...

Gulliver narrator
And so it went. The next day we did three shows. Then ten the next. Then 15. I was exhausted. But the farmer kept pushing me. Poor Glumdalclitch tried to stop him. But it was no use.

Glumdalclitch
Father, he can't go on. He must rest today. He'll die.

Farmer
Well, if he dies, we'll make no more money. Let's make as much as we can, first.

Gulliver narrator
I lost my appetite. I feared I would die here, in this strange land, miles from home. Oh, if only I had stayed at home in England, none of this would have happened! But just as I thought all was lost... something wonderful happened. I'll tell you about that, next time.

Download

You can download the drama from our Unit 24 downloads page or from our BBC Learning English Drama podcast page.

Vocabulary

restless
bored of resting, needing excitement

seek my fortune
move to a new place to try and make a lot of money

armed
carrying weapons

barren
with no plants growing

for their lives
as if their lives depended on it

steeple
the pointed, tallest part of a church

tongue
(here) language

scooped
gently lifted

foul
disgusting, bad smelling

ale
beer

mere
used to emphasise a small amount

a pretty penny
a lot of money

fenced
fought with my sword

To do

See how much you understood from the story by answering these questions...

Gulliver quiz

3 Questions

Try our quiz about Episode 4. Did you follow the story?

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Credits

Gulliver: Peter Kenny

Brobdingnag farmer: Neil Edgeller

Farmer's wife: Helen Belbin

Glumdalclitch: Alexandra Maher

Original story: Jonathan Swift

Adaptation by: Sue Mushin

Illustrator: Adria Meserve

ELT consultant: Catherine Chapman

Producer: Finn Aberdein

More

You can find all the episodes of Gulliver's Travels and our other BBC Learning English dramas on our Drama page.

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Poor Gulliver is being forced to perform for crowds of giants, and he is so tired he fears for his life. But he hinted that something wonderful would happen. Find out what, next time.

Session Vocabulary

  • restless
    bored of resting, needing excitement

    seek my fortune
    move to a new place to try and make a lot of money

    armed
    carrying weapons

    barren
    with no plants growing

    for their lives
    as if their lives depended on it

    steeple
    the pointed, tallest part of a church

    tongue
    (here) language

    scooped
    gently lifted

    foul
    disgusting, bad smelling

    ale
    beer

    mere
    used to emphasise a small amount

    a pretty penny
    a lot of money

    fenced
    fought with my sword