#Folktale and #EngQuiz: The legend of Surabaya

This #folktale article is brought to you by @EnglishTips4U and @Story4Children. All stories are taken from @Story4Children‘s website.

Before we start the #folktale, may I ask you a question, fellas? Does anyone here come from Surabaya? Do you know the symbol of the city?

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Correct, fellas. The symbol of Surabaya is shark and crocodile (see photo). Do you know the story behind it?The statue depicts the fight between a shark and a crocodile. There are some versions of the story, and this one is one of them.

The legend of Surabaya

Long time ago, all animals could talk to each other. Some lived in the jungle, some in sea, and some others in the river.

There was a crocodile who lived in a river. He had not been eating for days. There was no fish in the river because of dry season.

The river was dry and he was starving. He planned to leave the river and head into the sea to catch some fish. So there he went…

It was a one hot day. The crocodile arrived at the sea and started to swim. He was happy because there was plenty of fish.

When he ate the fish, a shark saw him. The shark did not like what he saw and asked the crocodile, “Hey, what are you doing here?”

“Eating some fish. Why?” answered the crocodile. “You don’t belong here! This is my place! Go!” the shark raised his voice.

“Eating some fish. Why?” answered the crocodile. “You don’t belong here! This is my place! Go!” the shark raised his voice.

“Oh, you think so? I don’t care. I’m hungry. I’m not gonna leave this place until I’m full!” the crocodile did not seem to care.

“Well, if you don’t leave, then I will have to attack you,” said the shark. “Attack me? I’m not scared,” the crocodile replied.

Then it happened.. The thing that we all might have guessed and thought it would happen. The shark and crocodile started a fight.

The shark got so furious. He bit the crocodile’s tail, but the crocodile could avoid the attack. He hit the shark back instead.

The shark and the crocodile were equally strong. The fight lasted for days and there was no sign that it would end.

Because it was so intense, the fight had finally caught people’s attention. They were amazed by the power of these two animals.

People talked about the news and it spread very fast. Many people came to see this fight between a shark and a crocodile.

This fight was where Surabaya got its name. Surabaya is taken from the words “Sura” (shark) and “Baya” (crocodile).

This fight was where Surabaya got its name. Surabaya is taken from the words “Sura” (shark) and “Baya” (crocodile).

What an interesting story about the legend of Surabaya city. As usual, there will be #EngQuiz after the #folktale.

#EngQuiz

Answer the questions based on the story above.

  1. “The statue depicts the fight between a shark and a crocodile.” What does “depict” mean? What is the part of speech?
    • I hope you still remember “part of speech”. Part of speech = jenis kata. Example: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc.
  2. “.. he was starving.” What does “starving” mean? What part of speech is it?
  3. “The shark got so furious.” What does “furious” mean? What part of speech is it?
  4. “.. the crocodile could avoid the attack.” What does “avoid” mean? What is the part of speech?
  5. “The shark and the crocodile were equally strong.” What does “equally” mean? What part of speech is it?
  6. “Because it was so intense ..”. What does “intense” mean? What part of speech is it?
  7. Last question.. What can you learn from this #folktale?

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, May 28, 2012

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