John’s dog was a bad dog. he bit people frequently. John had great concern about this. It was not an appropriate way for a dog to behave. His friends in the village always expected the dog to bite them. The news about John’s dog spread through the village. None of the people wanted to go to john’s house.
John tried to instruct the dog to behave, but it never worked. He tried to be patient and teach the dog be calm. That also didn’t work. John didn’t want to punish the dog. “How will I stop my dog’s bad habit?” John asked himself.
John’s friend came to talk to him about the issue. During their important meeting, John’s friend said, “The people in the village asked me to represent them. We want your dog to stop this habit. Why don’t you put a bell around the dog’s neck? This way, we would hear your dog coming down the street.”
John though this was great idea. Now, people could stay away from the dog. It would not be able to bite anyone anymore.
The dog liked the bell,too. People looked at him when they heard his bell. This made the dog very content. He liked the song the played when he walked.
One day, John dog’s strolled through the village and met some other dogs. He expected them to want a bell like his. But they laughed at his bell. They said the bell made people avoid him. John’s dog shook his head. “No, they look at me because they like the bell.”
The other dogs said, “You have the wrong idea of what makes you popular. Of course they like your bell. It tells them where you are so they can avoid you. You aren’t able to bite them anymore!”
You see, being popular isn’t something positive when it’s for the wrong reason.
appropriate [əˈproʊ.pri.ət ] adj.
When a thing is appropriate , it is right or normal.
It’s appropriate to wear a suit when you go to the office.
avoid [əˈvɔɪd ] v.
To avoid something is to stay away from it.
Avoid the broken bottle on the floor.
behave [bɪˈheɪv ] v.
To behave is to act on a particular way, especially to be good.
She always behave well when her father is around.
calm [kɑːm ] adj.
When someone is calm, they do not get excited or upset.
A nice warm bath makes me feel so calm.
concern [kənˈsɝːn] n.
Concern is a feeling of worry.
I was filled with concern after reading the newspaper.
content [kənˈsɝːn ] adj.
To be content is to be happy and not want more.
The baby looked very content sitting on the floor.
expect [ɪkˈspekt ] v.
If you expect something to happen, you believe it will happen.
I expect the bus to be here very soon.
frequently [ˈfriː.kw ə nt.li ] adv.
When something happens frequently , it happens often.
We meet frequently , either at the beginning or ending of the week.
habit [ˈhæb.ɪt ] n.
A habit is a thing that you do often.
Smoking is a bad habit that can kill you.
instruct [ɪnˈstrʌkt ] v.
To instruct is to teach.
My teacher instruct us in several subjects.
issue [ˈɪʃ.uː] n.
An issue is an important topic.
The men spoke about issues that were important to the people.
none [nʌn ] pron.
None means not any of someone or something.
He spent all his money. There is none left.
patient [ˈpeɪ.ʃ ə nt ] adj.
If a person is patient, they don’t become angry or upset easily.
I had to be patient and wait until 5 o’clock to leave.
positive [ˈpɑː.zə.t ̬ɪv ] adj.
If something is positive, it is good.
She has a positive future ahead of her after finishing college.
punish [ˈpʌn.ɪʃ ] v.
Tp punish means to make someone suffer for breaking the rules or laws.
To punish me, my teacher had me stand in the corner.
represent [ˌrep.rɪˈzent ] v.
To represent is to speak or act for a person or group.
My lawyer will represent me in court.
shake [ʃeɪk ] v.
To shake is to move back and forth or up and down quickly.
When people shake hands, it usually means they agree.
spread [spred ] v.
To spread is to move quickly to more places.
I like to spread butter on my toast.
stroll [stroʊl ] v.
To stroll means to walk slowly and calmly.
My dog and I strolled through the park today.
village [ˈvɪl.ɪdʒ ] n.
A village is a very small town.
There are only a few houses in my village.