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Learn English Story: Two Giraffes

The R sound changes the vowels. Ir, Er and Ur sound the same. This is only true if there is no other vowel (i.e. a silent E, as in "fir" vs. "fire"). Ar has 2 sounds: the open A-R sound in "star" and "far" and the long A sound in words like "parent." In this story, we use the first open A-R sound. OR sounds like a long O to R as in "store." Be careful, though. OR often reduces in common words and becomes more like the "er" sound. For instance, "doctor" sounds like "docter."


1. These animals are giraffes.

2. They have yellow and brown fur.

3. There are patterns on the fur.

4. They have hard hooves .

5. They have short horns.

 6. With long necks, they see far away.

7. The big giraffe is older.

8. He moves his head forward.

9. The other giraffe is younger.

10. He curves his neck to eat.

Answer the Questions

1. What color is the fur?

2. How are the hooves?

3. What does the older giraffe do?

4. What does the younger giraffe do?

See answers below.


1. The fur is brown and yellow.

2. The hooves are hard.

3. He moves his head forward.

4. He curves his neck to eat.

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