Alice in Wonderland part 1: Down the rabbit-hole

Hello. This is the story of an ordinary girl
called Alice. Our story begins on an ordinary summer’s day. Let’s meet Alice: here she is,
sitting next to the river with her sister on a very hot summer’s afternoon. Her sister
is reading a book, and with no-one to talk to, Alice is bored and a bit sleepy. Soon,
she’ll be in a Wonderland full of strange and wonderful adventures – but Alice doesn’t
know that yet. Ohh… there’s nothing to do except lie on the
grass and pick daisies. Shall I make a daisy chain for my dear little Dinah? Oh… I don’t
know… It’s sooo hot! Oh dear! Oh dear! I’m late! I’m so very late!
Oh dear! Oh dear! A white rabbit! A talking white rabbit? Perhaps.
But a rabbit with a pocket-watch? A rabbit with pockets?! I must see where he’s going! Alice had never seen a rabbit with a pocket,
or a waistcoat, or a pocket-watch before. So, she ran after the rabbit as fast as she
could, and when the rabbit jumped down a large rabbit hole, Alice jumped straight after him. Oohhhh… Either this hole is very deep – or
I’m falling very slowly. And what a curious rabbit-hole! Who would think a rabbit-hole
would have bookshelves… and books… and maps… and jars of marmalade? Alice fell down, down, down. She fell for
so long that she began to think about Dinah, her cat. Dinah will miss me tonight! I hope they’ll
remember her milk at tea-time. Dinah, my dear, I wish you were down here with me! Alice was beginning to feel quite sleepy when
suddenly, her fall was over and she found herself sitting on a pile of leaves and grass. Ouch! Who’s there? Oh, my ears and whiskers! How late it’s getting!! Wait! Please sir, wait a moment! The White Rabbit ran down a long tunnel. Alice
ran after him. But when she reached the end of the tunnel she found only a long hall with
doors all the way round. Alice tried to open the doors… but they were all locked. Then
she saw a table with a tiny key on it. These doors are all too big. There must be
a smaller door somewhere. I wonder… hmmm, let me take a look behind this little curtain…
Oh! A tiny little door! Let me try the key… What a beautiful garden! But how can I visit
it? The door is so tiny… I can’t even fit my head through! Oh! It’s no use. I wish I
could fold up like a telescope! Wait a minute… What’s this? It certainly wasn’t here before. A bottle… I wonder what it is. Let me see the label. Hmmm: Drink me… Oh! Oh! Ohhhhhh!!!! What
a curious feeling! I’m folding up like a telescope! And so she was! Alice got smaller and smaller
until she was small enough to fit through the door. But she’d forgotten something … The key! Alice was too small to reach the key on the
table. She tried and tried to climb up the table leg but it was too slippery. When she
had tired herself out with trying, poor little Alice sat down and cried. It’s no use. I can’t reach the key, so I can’t
get into the garden and that’s that. There’s no use crying like that! Alice! I advise you
to stop this minute! Oohh… what’s this? A little glass box… with cake inside! Ooh:
and there’s a note. Eat me. Hmmm. I wonder if it will make me grow… If I grow, I will
be able to reach the key. But what if it makes me even smaller? Well, if it makes me smaller,
I will be able to creep under the door. And Alice began to eat the cake. Did she grow
big enough to reach the key? Or perhaps the cake made her small enough to creep under the door and into her beautiful garden. I’ll tell you what happened next time. Goodbye.

100 thoughts on “Alice in Wonderland part 1: Down the rabbit-hole

  1. one of Lewis's caroll masterpiece, just gripping and fascinating book, thanks BBC , it was great to listen to the story l ??????????????

  2. A Wonder-Ful-l idea to wheelbarrow us to Wonder-Land dear BBC Learning English! Thanks A-Loct!

  3. Hi there. Could you release audio lessons with subtitles, please. Cause I don't understand all it. See soon.

  4. Despite the fact that this story is for children, it has some useful vocabulary and phresal verbs favorable to a 35-year-old man like me.

  5. You guys, nailed it! I was looking for an audiobook, now I find it! I look forward to hearing the next part!

  6. Although it is a well-known children's story, I was captivated and wonder what will happen next. Such a great idea! Thanks BBC.

  7. I must tell you guys, it is so amazing that you re-animate your contents. It makes me study them again! Love from Turkey.

  8. Wow! it’s really an amazing idea. I’m speechless because it’s very useful for me. Thank you so much ???

  9. Hi! To find out what happened when Alice ate the cake, take a look at part 2:

    Did you enjoy part 1? Leave us a comment below!

  10. Very nice method n the voice very clear, many thanks for the team of BBC, with my warm regards n respect

  11. Can you please explain the new words meaning after reading the stories please? That will help me improve vocabulary , thank you
    Pile、folding up、creep

  12. Thanks for the effort done.. I think there is something missed in 3:40 which is referring to the tiny door that closed suddenly by Alice. Best regards.

  13. Thank you so much! It's so cool that I can understand a lot of words. It's such a motivation to improve my english.

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