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Fantasy Creatures
Fantasy Creatures

Learn English with this fantasy creatures English lesson

Date: Nov 27 2018

Themes: Alternative

Grammar: Modal Verbs

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Picture this: A horse with wings, flying through the sky. A creature in the ocean that is half woman and half fish. A huge hairy beast that is part man and walks on two legs. It’s fascinating how human imagination and hundreds of years of storytelling work together to become legends.

Even the most skeptical person can see that the mythological creatures of folklore are incredible, even if they aren’t real. Does that even matter? A story doesn’t have to be believable to get your attention. Maybe all that matters is learning to let go of reality and enjoy the fantasy.

Find out if Lily and Mason are believers in this fanciful English lesson.

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Lily

Lily

Mason

Mason

Lily:  Mason, I think I have seen Bigfoot.

Mason:  Are you serious?

Lily:  Mm-hm. I was out camping. I turned around and I heard these huge crunching sounds like somebody was walking in the woods. I turned and I thought I saw this huge creature! It was totally Bigfoot.

Mason:  Uh-huh.

Lily:  What? You don’t believe me?

Mason:  Forgive me if I’m a little skeptical. I kind of just don’t buy into it, you know? I will say that Bigfoot is maybe on this slightly-more–believable part of the spectrum than, say, a unicorn or the pegasus.

Lily:  But you mean they don’t exist?

Mason:  No, come on. People have very active imaginations. I think we kind of want to believe in these folklore stories. But, really?

Lily:  I know. I think they have a certain mythological significance. I think it’s exciting to be able to exaggerate already existent animals and make them into something fanciful. You know what I mean?

Mason:  I’m not saying it’s not fun. I’m just saying I don’t think they’re real things.

Lily:  Still, you must beware, because if you go out into the woods, Bigfoot will be there. Because I’ve seen him. He’s real.

 

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Lily just came back from camping where she swears she saw Bigfoot. She wants to convince Mason that the famously large and hairy creature was out in the woods, standing only a few feet away. But Mason doesn’t believe Lily for a second! He’s skeptical of mythological animals and people, and he obviously thinks that Lily’s a bit silly for believing in them.

Mason points out to Lily that people believe in things like Bigfoot because they have strong imaginations. She agrees with Mason and admits that it’s fun to exaggerate and believe in fantasy creatures that aren’t real. But just after Lily says this, she tells Mason to watch out for Bigfoot again. So, which is it? Does Lily believe or doesn’t she?

Share the story of your favorite mythological creature in your country.

 

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bora_78

bora_78Super Member!

Turkey

I have never bought into mythological creatures ,but mermaids have been interest I used to find so beautiful them :) 

05:45 AM Nov 27 2018 |

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Staisy

Staisy

Russian Federation

I like Russian folklore stories, where people lived side by side with fantasy creatures, feeling their presence everywhere, and could ask for their help and protection, as most of these creatures were kind and friendly to them.

08:33 PM Sep 18 2013 |

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

09:03 PM Sep 15 2013 |

1 person likes this

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

08:56 PM Sep 15 2013 |

2 people like this

Andrea1999

Andrea1999

China

 I‘m a girl like dreaming.I want to have a magic world like Harry Potter.How nice.

11:13 AM Sep 08 2013 |

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majiaoqin

majiaoqin

China

when i was a little girl,i realy afraid of ghosts,so many people told me that were exist.but as i grew up,i realised ghost was not exist,but i like these stories,full of imaginations.
I love fairy tales.

01:06 AM Sep 07 2013 |

Kresnyk

Kresnyk

Spain

I live in a region of Spain where we have a traditional leyend….but it is not related with mithologic creatures: The leyend says that in the woods or in rural villages sometimes appeared the “Holy Company”, a group of souls in Purgatory  (I’m not sure if this is the correct term to refere about souls who are between the mortal world and life world) who led a big cross with them and walk through the village announcing that someone in the village is going to die or…if you see them, you became one of them, walking the eternity as a soul in Purgatory.

On the one hand, say that our legends are very influenced by the catholic religion and on the other hand, as my father says….plenty of this legends and mythos have dissapeared with the electric energy xD

05:43 PM Sep 05 2013 |

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Bojana

Bojana

Serbia and Montenegro

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Fairies


Fairies are people friendly, female, mythological creatures. Serbian people imagine them as girls with gold hair and wings, dressed in long, see-through dresses. They live far away from people. They can transform into many animals, especially in swans, falcons, horses or wolves. They fall in love with heroes, that they help by giving advice and doing good deeds. They are very good with herbs, which they use to heal wounded soldiers. If someone takes their wings, they transform into ordinary women.

01:26 PM Sep 05 2013 |

50samir

50samir

Morocco

Here in morocco, we have in our culutre alot of fantasy creatures, when i was kid my mother always said to me don’t go out home cause there is a creature called ” AL Ghule” :D

09:51 PM Sep 04 2013 |

Jasonlongo

Jasonlongo

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

I’ve got a story of fantasy creatures from my country. One day they discovered a snake which was the head of a girl and the rest were a snake, I was so impressed by the sounds of it. They even showed it on TV screen. So, It’s real fantasy creatures exist, ‘cause me I’ve seen one, I don’t lie to you my friend. It’s a Democratic Republic of Congo Story, even though you check it in google !!! They exist !!!

08:04 PM Sep 04 2013 |

Fatima888

Russian Federation

Our life is so serious, so I dont find any harm if we believe in fairy-tale’s characters.

07:05 PM Sep 04 2013 |

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Ya Nina

Kazakhstan

There are a lot of fantasy creatures in russian culture and folklore.
First creature is Baba Yaga. That is the old ugly woman, which live in the small house standing on the chicken legs at the deep forest. There are different variants about her personality. There are fairy stories where she is a ugly wick creature which dream to meet some person who get lost in the wood, roast him/her and eat him/her. But sometimes clever sly person can cheats and laughs at her for his/her aims.
There is another creature at the russian fairy tale. Its name is Zmey Gorynych. It is really huge and can fly. It has three heads which give off the fire from their mouth. That fire burn everything by its way.
There is some more interesting creature at the russian fairy tale. His name is Kocshey Bessmertny. His name means that he never die, because his death keeps in the needle which keeps in the egg which keeps in the oak and nobody knows where that oak grow…

06:15 PM Sep 04 2013 |

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ola33

ola33

Japan

Seiyf, all fantasy creatures are into something. Beautiful mermaids or sirens can mesmerise you and get you into delirium and the whole life will be passed in vain. But how feminine and beatuiful they are.


Dragons can get very angry as well and burn to the ground everything on its way.


BiG Foot, well, he’s quiet so far, but as they say beware of the silent dog and still water:)


 


Innocent Unicorn  can a bad and good omen…


And the most touching and sad story is about Medusa who hasn’t always been ugly and was punished by Goddess Athena for being rebellious as a mortal one and throwing into Athena’s face the argument of being jealous of Mudusa’s beauty. Athena made her ugly. But somehow, in spite of the Goddesses horrifying spell, we still see the beauty of Medusa, otherwise the famous world fashion designer wouldn’t picked her as the logo of his company. Not Athena, but Medusa!! Not her ugliness make the man blind, her beauty that comes through spell. Well, Athena is to blame!:))

01:49 PM Sep 04 2013 |

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

Olya,


ı dont like Medusa ,


coz she has a power that she can make a man blind who sees her,


:(

11:50 AM Sep 04 2013 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

I love Meduza, Versace logo. Recently bought a T-shirt with its sparkling image, half face and now very happy. Girls will understand me!:)


11:43 AM Sep 04 2013 |

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

some of Mythological creatures :) 


Bigfoot,




Unicorn ,




Sentor,




Dragons,




Pegasus,




Phoenix,




Mermaid,




Medusa,




I think, in all socities ,there are some mythological creatures for expressing fears of human being.

11:30 AM Sep 04 2013 |

shahriarheydari

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

ha haaaaaa  that was great , we have some thing fantasy in our own culture called “JEN” !


usually “JEN” comes when you are alone at home :)


10:21 AM Sep 04 2013 |

zoha310370

zoha310370

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

oh my god i cannt belive it 


iam not skeptical about it iam sure that is fals


i hate mythological

08:26 AM Sep 04 2013 |

Jullieta

Jullieta

Russian Federation

I think without fantasy creatures, it would be too boring…so they can make fary tales more interesting and magic!!!!

07:04 AM Sep 04 2013 |

sherryleio

sherryleio

China

Just like unicorn in Greek, in China, we have dragon, phoenix, which are our favorite mythological creatures.  Dragon has become the totem of Chinese people, that’s to say, a symbol.


There is another interesting mythological creature, maybe loved by guys. That’s foxtrel, I am not so sure if this is the correct word, but that’s one creature in the old day’s novels, it is a fox in the daytime, and at nights it became a sexy girl to seduce a man who was still reading books in deep nights.  LOL. Men must love this creature so much.

06:59 AM Sep 04 2013 |

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