Learn English with Stories – “Zippy the Zebra”

Hello everyone!

The story we are going to listen to today is about a zebra. He has fleas (small insects that bite animals) and does not know what to do.

First, read the vocabulary below and then watch the video. Do you understand everything?


ABA english online course teaches english with storiesSavanna – a large flat area of land with grass and very few trees especially in Africa and South America.

Eagerly – very excited and interested.

To quench your thirst – To drink, to stop you feeling thirsty.

Itchy – feeling or having an itch that makes you want to scratch.

Fleas – a very small insect that lives on animals and that has strong legs used for jumping.

To get rid of – to do something so that you no longer have or are affected or bothered by it.

Swishing – to move with or cause (something) to move with a soft sweeping or brushing sound.

Thumping – to hit or beat something or someone and make a loud, deep sound.

Licking – to pass the tongue over (a surface, an object, etc.).

Perched – to sit on or be on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall.

Winked – an act of closing and opening one eye very quickly often as a way of giving a secret signal or private message to someone.

Darted – to run or move quickly or suddenly in a particular direction or to a particular place.

Sheepish – showing or feeling embarrassment especially because you have done something foolish or wrong.

Tempting – causing an urge or desire to have or do something.

Groaned – to make a deep sound because of pain or some strong emotion.

To eat their fill – If you have had your fill of something, you do not want to do or have any more of it.

Symbiosis – the relationship between two different kinds of living things that live together and depend on each other.


Did you enjoy the story? If you did, check out other stories to learn English.

What other animals do you know who have a symbiosis?

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