A short intermediate level English resource.
Looking for the Yeti
First of all, what is a yeti? Himalayan people say there are two sorts of yeti. Both are big — about two metres high — and both can walk on two legs. One (the smaller yeti) eats humans !!! But the larger yeti prefers yaks (similar to big black hairy cows). The yeti doesn’t live in the snow, but in the thick Himalayan forest. It goes to snowy regions to eat a plant which contains salt.
That is the legend. It is easy to say that the yeti is no more than a legend. However, people have discovered other evidence.
In 1951, British mountaineers found footprints in the snow on Mount Everest, at a height of 6000 metres. These footprints were about 28 cms. long. They showed five toes. The footprints were made by a large creature, weighing at least 100 kilograms. No human or animal has footprints like these.
SO what is a yeti — if it exists? Some people think it is like a «Giganto-Pithecus», a prehistoric animal that lived in China and India about half a million years ago. Did this animal go into the mountains, when man appeared?
We still do not know the answer. Chris Bonnington’s expedition did not find a yeti; but one member of the group thought he saw one. The expedition found some large footprints in the snow. Then they found the skins of two sheep. Someone — or something — had killed the sheep, then skinned them very well, with a tool. And one day, the expedition lost two pairs of ski poles. They had left the poles under a rock. When they returned, the poles weren't there! No-one else was in that part of the mountains. Indeed, no-one else had visited that region this year. So who had taken the poles? A yeti?
Is this enough to prove that the yeti exists?
discover: find out, /earn - legend: story - forest: woods - evidence: indications - footprints: traces made by feet (see the picture) - height: altitude - appear: arrive - to skin: to take off the skin - a tool: an instrument (a knife, for example) - poles: sticks, batons - prove : say for certain
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SEARCHING FOR THE YETIJoin each pair of sentences together, using which, who, or when.
Example: I‘ve just seen my grandmother. She’s going to climb Mount Everest.
Becomes: I‘ve just seen my grandmother, who's going to climb Mount Everest.
Menhungste is a mountain.
2. Chris went there with 5 other men.
3. The yeti goes to snowy regions to look for a plant.
4. The «Giganto Pithecus» disappeared about half a million years ago.
5. The members of the expedition found two sheep.
6. The expedition also found large footprints.
7 No-one found a yeti, except perhaps one man.
8 «The yeti exists!» say lots of people.
|1. It is in the
2. They wanted to find the yeti.
3. It contains salt.
4. At that time, man appeared.
5. They were dead.
6. They were in the snow.
7. He thought he saw a yeti behind him.
8. These people live in the Himalayas.
Find as many different answers as possible for each of the following situations.
What did the members of the expedition say.......
- - when one member thought he saw a Yeti?
- - when they found footprints in.the snow?
- - when they discovered the sheep?
- ~ when they couldn’t find the ski poles?
Can students find words in the text which mean the opposite of
THIN . SHORT . LOW . DIFFICULT?
Can they find a synonym tn the text for BIG?
Himalaya — Himalayan
Now ask students to do the same with these words: |
AMERICA . AFRICA . RUSSIA . ASIA . INDIA . CORSICA . AUSTRALIA
Now ask what other countries they know the names of.... and what are people from these countries known as ?
What did members of the expedition say when.... exercise. When sufficient possibilities have been found, ask students to write a conversation
between the expedition members in one of the four situations suggested.
* Do your students think the Yet! exists? Why, or why not?
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Fully revised and extended 2020 . Originally published in Horizon, the Low-intermediate level English newsmagazine.
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