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Legends and mysteries    .

 A short intermediate level English resource.

Looking for the Yeti 

People in the Himalayas have talked about "yetis" for a long time. But does the Yeti really exist? That’s what explorer Chris  Bonnington wanted to discover.  He went to climb the Menhungtse, a mountain in the Himalayas. But he also went to search for the yeti. There were four other climbers with him, plus three TV men and two journalists. They were hoping to find the yeti too. Well, they certainly found  something, but was it a Yeti ?
A 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?   


Word guide
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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Student Worksheet

Join 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.

1. The 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 Himalayas.
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.......


For Teachers


Can students find words in the text which mean the opposite of
Can they find a synonym tn the text for BIG?

* Study:
Himalaya — Himalayan
Now ask students to do the same with these words: |
Now ask what other countries they know the names of.... and what are people from these countries known as ?

Oral expression:

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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