Ned Lives Under My Bed

This is a story about a boy who is friends with a monster that lives under his bed. It can be used to practice the vowel Sound / ɛ / as in "bed."

Ned Lives Under My Bed
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Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Fred. Fred had a secret friend who lived under his bed. His name was Ned and he was a monster. But Ned wasn't a scary monster. He was a friendly monster who loved to play with Fred.

Every night, when Fred went to bed, he would whisper to Ned and tell him all about his day. Ned would listen carefully and then they would play games until Fred fell asleep.

One day, Fred's mom came into his room to tuck him in. She heard him talking and asked him who he was talking to. Fred told her all about Ned and how they were best friends.

Fred's mom smiled and said that it was okay to have an imaginary friend. She kissed him goodnight and left the room.

Fred smiled and whispered to Ned, "See, I told you she wouldn't be mad."
And with that, they played until Fred fell asleep.

The end.

secret - not known to or shared with others monster - a large, imaginary creature that is often frightening friendly - kind and pleasant whisper - to speak very quietly day - a period of 24 hours carefully - with great attention to detail game - an activity that is played for amusement tuck - to fold or arrange something neatly imaginary - existing only in the imagination smile - to show one's happiness or amusement by curving the corners of the mouth kiss - to touch someone with one's lips as a sign of affection goodnight - a phrase used to say goodbye at night play - to engage in an activity for enjoyment until - up to the point in time or space that is specified fell - to move or go down to a lower level
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Beginners: My strategy is to first read the translation while listening to the audio. Then I listen to each sentence individually. After that, I practice saying the vocabulary words out loud. Finally, I listen to the whole text again without reading the translation. I don't try to remember or understand everything. I just let the language sink in as I gain more exposure. (Videos about Comprehensible Input)


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