CALVES
by Chos skyong skyabs


Words and Expressions

Bkra shis བཀྲ་ཤིས།
nomad family འབྲོག་ཁྱིམ།
herdsman རྫི་བོ།ཕྱུགས་རྫི།
often herds རྒྱུན་དུ་ཕྱུགས་འཚོ་བ།
herdswoman འབྲོག་མོ།
sometimes སྐབས་རེ།
lives near ཉེ་འགྲམ་དུ་ཡོད་པ།
neighbors ཁྱིམ་མཚེས་དག
get up early སྔ་མོར་མལ་ལས་ལངས་པ།
help my mother ཨ་མར་རོགས་བྱེད་པ།
We finish before my neighbor. ཁྱིམ་མཚེས་ཚང་གི་སྔོན་ལ་འགྲུབ་པ།
gives me ང་ལ་བྱིན་པ།
piece of དུམ་བུ།ཆ་ཤས།
Hey! ཧེ།འབོད་སྒྲ།
Are you ready? ཁྱོད་ཀྱིས་གྲ་སྒྲིག་བྱས་ཡོད་དམ།
together མཉམ་དུ།
drive འདེད་པ།
how many ག་ཚོད།
afraid to say བཤད་རྒྱུར་སྐྲག་པ།
I don't know how to count. ངས་ཇི་ལྟར་རྩི་དགོས་པ་མ་ཤེས།
good idea ཐབས་མཆོག
loudly laughs སྐད་ཆེན་པོས་དགོད་པ།
I don't know why. ངས་རྒྱུ་མཚན་ཅིའི་ཕྱིར་ཡིན་པ་མ་ཤེས།
anxious བག་ཚ་བ།
under my big umbrella ངའི་ཆར་གདུགས་ཆེན་པོ་དེའི་འོག་ན།
play with དང་མཉམ་དུ་རྩེད།
collect many pebbles རྡོ་ཧྲུག་མང་པོ་འཐུ་བ།
pretend མ་ཡིན་ཡིན་ཁུལ་བྱེད་པ།
couple བཟའ་ཟླ།
throw away ཕར་གཡུག་པ།
it means དེའི་དོན་ནི།
township town གྲོང་རྡལ།
flour ཕྱེ།
barley ནས།
best restaurant ཆེས་བཟང་བའི་ཟ་ཁང་།
enjoy ལོངས་སུ་སྤྱོད་པ།
fruit juice སིལ་ཁུ།
candies ཀ་ར།
tired ཐང་ཆད་པ།
hungry ལྟོགས་པ།
leftover ལྷག་མ།
behind the mountain རི་བོ་དེའི་རྒྱབ་ལོགས་སུ།
collect wild garlic རི་སྒོག་འཐུ་བ།
come back ཕྱིར་ཡོང་པ།
calves are gone བེའུ་དག་བཞུར་སོང་བ།
stand ལང་བ།འགྲེང་བ།
do not move མ་འགུལ།
afraid སྐྲག་པ།
dangerous ཉེན་ཁ་ཆེ་བ།
wolves སྤྱང་ཀི་དག
ghosts འདྲེ་དག
shake འདར་བ།
near our home ཁྱིམ་དང་ཉེ་སར།
bark at us ང་ཚོའི་སྟེང་ལ་ཟུག་པ།
very dark སྨག་ནག
very afraid ཧ་ཅང་སྐྲག་པ།
kids བྱིས་པ་དག
bowls of noodles ཐུག་པ་དཀར་ཡོལ་འགའ་།
I have good dreams. ངས་རྨི་ལམ་ཡག་པོ་རྨིས།

My name is Bkra shis. I am from a nomad family. My father is a herdsman. He often herds sheep. My mother is a herdswoman. She herds yaks sometimes. I herd calves with my friend, Tshe ring. His family lives near my family. We are neighbors.
I get up early in the morning and help my mother milk yaks.
We finish before my neighbors. Mother gives me a piece of bread, a bottle of milk, and an umbrella. "This is for your lunch. The umbrella is for the rain," she says.
"Hey! Tshe ring are you ready?" I call.
"Yes, I am ready," he says.
Together, we drive the calves to the mountains.
"How many calves does your family have?" he asks me.
I don't know. I don't know how to count. I am afraid to say that I cannot count. I suddenly get a good idea. I ask, "How many calves does your family have?"
"Twenty-five," he answers.
"And your family?" he asks again.
"Twenty-five," I say.
He looks at me and loudly laughs. I don't know why. Maybe I make a mistake. I am anxious.
At noon, we eat lunch on the mountain under my big umbrella. Later, we play with small stones. We collect many pebbles and pretend they are houses, sheep, yaks, and horses. We use some big stones and make a square yard. We pretend it is our home. We line up many small stones. We pretend they are sheep, yaks, and horses. We pretend we are a couple. He pretends to be my wife and pretends to cook for me. We put some soil on a flat stone. We pretend it is noodles. We throw some small stones away. I take a big square stone from some other stones. It means we sell some sheep. Then we buy a car. We then go by car to the township town to buy flour and barley for our family. Then we go to the best restaurant and pretend to enjoy good noodles and drink fruit juice. We buy many things for our home and other neighbors. We buy fruits, drinks, vegetables, and candies.
In the afternoon, we are tired and hungry. We enjoy the leftover bread and milk. Later, we go behind the mountain and collect wild garlic for dinner. We collect a lot of wild garlic. We do this for one hour. We come back, but our calves are gone. We are afraid. We stand a few seconds. We do not move. We are very afraid.
"We should stay here tonight," Tshe ring says.
"It's very dangerous. Wolves and ghosts may come here. What should we do?" I ask.
"I also worry about that," he says.
The sun goes behind the west mountain. Darkness comes. We shake.
"I want to go near our home," I say.
"Yes, that is good," Tshe ring says.
We go near our homes and look. The dogs bark at us. It is very dark. We are very afraid of wolves and ghosts. Later, my mother call,s "Hey! boys come home!"
We quietly do not move. Mother calls again and again.
"Hey! Kids come quickly! Some wolves look at your!" Mother shouts.
We quickly run home.
"Where have you been? Today there is no milk. When you herd, be careful. Listen to your mother. Here are bowls of noodles for your dinner," Mother says.
Then I enjoy the best noodles in the world. Later, I go to bed. I have good dreams.


Exercises

1. Learn the new words.
2. Read the text several times.
3. The words below are not spelled correctly. Use the letters to make correct words.

deramnsh hgoreisnb irevd xuionas etdnrep uoepcl uolrf aelryb ghnuyr riafda rednaguros
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4. Put the sentences below in the correct order.
A. Mother gives me a piece of bread, a bottle of milk, and an umbrella.
B. We pretend they are sheep, yaks, and horses.
C. Then I enjoy the best noodles in the world
D. Wolves and ghosts may come here.
E. "How many calves does your family have?"
F. I am from a nomad family. My father is a herdsman. He often herds sheep. My mother is a herdswoman.
G. "Here are bowls of noodles for your dinner."
H. We go near our homes and look. The dogs bark at us. It is very dark.
I. We enjoy the leftover bread and milk.

Fill in the blanks with these words: on, in, to, the, a, at, and
noon, we eat lunch the mountain under my big umbrella. Later, we play with small stones. We collect many pebbles and pretend they are houses, sheep, yaks, and horses. We use some big stones make square yard. We pretend it is our home. We line up many small stones. We pretend they are sheep, yaks, and horses. We pretend we are couple. He pretends to be my wife pretends cook for me. We put some soil flat stone. We pretend it is noodles. We throw some small stones away.
afternoon, we are tired hungry. We enjoy leftover bread milk. Later, we go behind mountain collect wild garlic for dinner. We collect lot of wild garlic, We do this for one hour. We come back, but our calves are gone. We are afraid. We stand few seconds. We do not move. We are very afraid.

6. Find the mistakes and correct them.

  1. 1. My father is a herdsman. He often herds sheeps.
  2. 2. His family live near my family.
  3. 3. Mother give me a piece of bread, an bottle of milk, and a umbrella.
  4. 4. Together, we drives the calves to the mountains.
  5. 5. How many calves in your family have?
  6. 6. In noon, we eat lunch on the mountain under my big umbrella.
  7. 7. We pretend it is noodle.
  8. 8. We are very afraid of wolf and ghost.
  9. 9. I go to the bed. I have good dream.

7. Write answers to these questions.
1. Where isBkra shis from?
2. Who is Tshe ring?
3. What are Skra shis and Tshe ring doing?
4. What is an umbrella? Do you have an umbrella?
5. They are afraid to go home. Why?
6. How many calves does Tshe ring’s family have?
7. Why do they go behind the mountain?
8. They collect wild garlic what happens next?
9. Do you like this story? Why?
10. Do you want to write a story like this? Why?

8. Make a sentence with each word.

nomad
neighbor
together
anxious
pretend
couple
flour
barley
hungry
come back
dangerous
ghosts