Can Anyone Hear Me

New Horizon Book 2 (Heisei 24) pg. 90-93

There was an old shrine in a village. One day a storm came and washed the shrine away.
The next day people looked for the shrine. But they only found a huge hole in the ground. People looked into the mouth of the hole. It was deep and dark. Someone called into it, "Hello? Can anyone hear me?"
No echo came back.

A boy picked up a stone and threw it into the hole. He listened, but there was no sound.
People heard about the hole on TV. They gathered from all around to see it.
One day a man said to the people of the village, "I'll build a new shrine for you. But you must give me the hole." The people of the village agreed.
The man advertised the hole as a new dump.

People gave money to the man and dumped things into the hole. They brought garbage, test papers, old love letters, and so on. Trucks carried industrial waste, nuclear waste, and many other things from far away. They dumped everything into the hole.
A few years went by, but the hole did not fill up. It was very convenient. People stopped worrying about garbage because they now had the perfect dump.

The sea and sky became clean and beautiful. People built many buildings. The village became a town, and then a city.
One day a young man was working on the roof of a new building. He heard a voice from the sky. "Hello? Can anyone hear me?" it said.
He looked up, but he saw nothing. There was only the blue sky above him. He started working again. Something fell down from the sky and hit the roof near him. But he did not notice.
It was the stone!

New Horizon Book 2 (Heisei 18) pg. 88-91

There was an old shrine in a village. One day a storm came and washed the shrine away.
The next day people looked for the shrine. But they only found a big hole. People looked into the hole. It was deep and dark. Someone called into it, "Hello? Can anyone hear me?"
No echo came back.

A boy threw a stone into the hole. He listened, but there was no sound.
People heard about the hole on TV. They came from far away to see it.
One day a man said to the people of the village, "I'll build a new shrine for you. But you must give me the hole." The people of the village agreed.
The man advertised the hole as a new dump.

People gave money to the man and dumped things into the hole. They dumped garbabe, test papers and old love letters, and so on. Trucks came from many places. They dumped industrial waste, nuclear waste, and many other things.
A few years went by, but the hole did not fill up. People stopped worrying about garbage because they now had the perfect dump.

The sea and sky became clean and beautiful. The village became a city.
One day a young man was working on the roof of a new building. He heard a voice from the sky. "Hello? Can anyone hear me?" it said.
He looked up, but he only saw the blue sky. He started working again. Something fell down from the sky and hit the roof near him. But he did not notice.
It was the stone!

Japanese translation

Taken from the New Horizon's teachers manual.


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