The Ramayana – Episode 1

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The Ramayana
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This is Episode 1 of The Ramayana, a self-study listening and speaking Interactive Story course for intermediate level English language learners. Just listen to the story and answer the questions aloud.

Episode 1 – The Curse of the Childless Father

The King of Kosala was a great hunter. He was able to hunt blind. He could locate his prey just by listening.

How is your hearing?

One day the king was hunting. He heard the sound of an elephant drinking. He fired towards the sound.

Have you ever fired a bow and arrow?

The king thought it was the sound of an elephant drinking. It was not really the sound of an elephant drinking. There was no elephant. It was a young boy.

Have you ever had a ride on an elephant?

The arrow struck a young boy. It killed him.

Do you have a son?

The father of the dead boy cursed the king. He said that the king would suffer the same pain. He said that the king would suffer the grief of a parent losing his beloved child.

Have you ever cursed anybody?


To listen to the rest of the story, download the full version now: The Ramayana.

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  9. badur says:

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  10. Riana says:

    yeah, i was ever heard story about it
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  11. James Castaño says:

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  14. Medina says:

    yes,I had when I was little!

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  18. Will says:

    Hello everybody!!

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  19. michael says:

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    The R?m?ya?a is an ancient Sanskrit epic. It is ascribed to the Hindu sage Valmiki and forms an important part of the Hindu canon (sm?ti), considered to be itih?sa.[1] The Ramayana is one of the two great epics of India, the other being the Mahabharata.[2] It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king.

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  34. Dear Aaron and Mark
    i have received your Email thank you it is Ramayana story, it is a story about indian history or ancient India.
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    Thank you very much
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  35. salwa Adel says:

    the story is fine, but who tell it is so bored & he tells it slowly

  36. Habib Raza says:

    it was so nice thanks a lot of

  37. rosi says:

    Very nice lesson! I*m sorry that I couldn*t hearing the next episodes of the Ramayana
    I wish you health and fortune !

  38. selma says:

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  39. mohamed says:

    I think that my enghlish skills is better than before

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  41. Amarga says:

    Thank you for the lesson, really it is a sad story,I like your pronunciation it’s slowly, I can’t understand it.
    Please continue sending me more stories, sorry for the mistakes.

  42. EMAN NOUMAN says:

    using stimulus or sounds beside speaking is wonderful.GO ON. .thanks,

  43. Muhib Lee says:

    Dear Sir,

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    Excellent! thanks so much.

  50. claire says:

    Thank you so much for the story.

  51. mahesh says:

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to thank you very much for this story . I prefer to read such a this type story because it is taken from my ramayan.


  52. milton says:

    Excellent!. That kind of relates are fantastic! I really can improve my listening. Thank you for your help

  53. Maria says:

    hi, thank you so much for the story and very wonderful pronanciation ,i never had rid on an Elephant even i was in India but didn’t get a chance to rid on an Elephant, i think would might be interesting expirience , love and respect you Dear Teacher.
    wish you to be Happy Healty and Lucky in your life and teaching.
    you student:Maria

  54. agt. says:

    I have never had ride on an elephant, never I have cursed anyboy. I have two sons and
    I would like them were save all the time.
    Thank you

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    Thank you a lot. You are doing a very good job for us, the people that wants to learn speaking and listening in english. This an interestin and funny method.

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  67. Cesc Kadar says:

    Wow its nice story but let me ask you a question is it really happened?….
    I’ve never had a ride on an elephant and also never cursed anybody

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