A Beautiful Bird

Dr. Norton’s occupation was a scholar of biology. He learned about all animals on a daily basis. One day he met a sailor from a colony overseas. The man told Dr. Norton about a talking bird! The bird fascinated Dr. Norton, so he told his colleagues about it. They debated with him: no one thought a bird could talk. He tried to persuade them, but they laughed at him. Nevertheless, Dr. Norton believed the bird was real. His new mission was to find it. He wanted factual proof.

The next day he departed for the colony. The sailor he had met told him to look for a man named Jai, who would be able to help him in his search. After a month of sailing, Dr. Norton finally reached the colony where he met Jai.

“I can take you to where it lives. It lives by the volcano,” Jai said.

They left the next day. A week later, they arrived at the volcano. Every day they walked around and looked for the bird, but they couldn’t find it. After one month, Dr. Norton could not find the bird, and this depressed him. He decided to go home. On the route back, he walked past some old ruins. He heard 
someone say, “Hello.”

“Who are you?” he asked. Dr. Norton looked up and saw a bird!

Dr. Norton put the talking bird into a cage. Then he returned home. He had made a significant discovery.


To do something on time’s basis is how often you do it.
My grandfather gets his hearing checked on a yearly basis.

Biology is the study of living things.
We learned about the human heart in biology class.

A cage is something that holds an animal so it cannot leave.
We put the parrots in their cage at night.

A colleague is somebody you work with.
My colleague helped me finish the job.

A colony is a country controlled by another country.
The USA was at one time a colony of Great Britain.

To debate is to seriously discuss something with someone.
The husband and wife debated over which TV to buy.

To depart is to leave some place so you can go to another place. 
The plane departed for Italy at 3:00 this afternoon.

To depress someone is to make them sad.
The bad news from work depressed the man.

When something is factual, it is true.
John learns about history from factual books.

To fascinate someone is to make them really like something.
The kitten was fascinated by the ball of yarn.

A mission is an important job that is sometimes far away.
The woman’s mission was to help sick people.

You use nevertheless to show that something goes against a fact.
He is usually friendly. Nevertheless, he wasn’t this afternoon.

An occupation is a person’s job.
My father’s occupation is a dentist

If you go overseas, you go to a country on the other side of an ocean. 
John often goes overseas for vacations.

To persuade someone is to make them agree to do something.
The children persuaded their parents to buy them gifts.

A route is the way you go from one place to another.
I saw many new houses along the route to the city.

Ruins are old buildings that are not used anymore.
I visited some interesting ruins in Greece.

A scholar is a person who studies something and knows much about it.
The scholar knew much about art history.

When someone or something is significant, they are important.
read many significant novels as a literature major in university.

A volcano is a mountain with a hole on top where hot liquid comes out. 
When the volcano erupted, smoke and heat filled the air.

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Reference: 4000 Essential English Words
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