Learn English with Charlotte's Web

#6. A Spider's Meal

3.22.2020   [ UPDATED FEB 2022 ]
Level 4   |   Time: 2:11
Accent: American

Charlotte explains to Wilbur how she turns a fly into a meal.


triangle Directions 목표 Direcciones Instruções


    It is important to read the vocabulary and background before you watch the video. This will improve your ability to understand the video. It will also help you understand how the new vocabulary is used naturally.

  2. WATCH the VIDEO

    The first time you watch the video, just try to understand the overall situation.


    First, try to answer all the questions from memory. Then rewatch the video and try to answer the questions that you missed.

  4. WATCH and READ the SCRIPT

    Watch the video again while you read the script. Reading and listening at the same time will help you hear each individual word and improve your listening accuracy.


    There are several different activities that focus on listening accuracy, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.


    Es importante leer el vocabulario y los antecedentes antes de ver el video. Esto mejorará su capacidad para comprender el video. También le ayudará a comprender cómo se usa el nuevo vocabulario de forma natural.

  2. VER el VIDEO

    La primera vez que vea el video, intente comprender la situación general.


    Primero intente responder todas las preguntas de memoria. Luego, vuelva a ver el video e intente responder las preguntas que se perdió.


    Mire el video nuevamente mientras lee el guión. Leer y escuchar al mismo tiempo lo ayudará a escuchar cada palabra individual y mejorará su precisión auditiva.


    Hay una serie de actividades diferentes que se centran en la precisión auditiva, la pronunciación, el vocabulario, la gramática y la estructura de las oraciones.

  1. 어휘와 배경 읽기

    비디오를 보기 전에 어휘와 배경을 읽는 것이 중요합니다. 이렇게 하면 비디오를 이해하는 능력이 향상됩니다. 또한 새로운 어휘가 어떻게 자연스럽게 사용되는지 이해하는데 도움이됩니다.

  2. 비디오 보기

    비디오를 처음 볼 때 전체 상황을 이해하려고 노력하세요.

  3. 문제에 답하기

    먼저 모든 질문에 답을 해보세요. 그런 다음 비디오를 다시보고 놓친 질문에 답해보세요.

  4. 비디오 보면서 대본 읽기

    대본을 읽는 동안 비디오를 다시 보세요. 읽기와 듣기를 동시에 하면 각각의 단어를 듣고, 듣기 정확도를 향상시킬 수 있습니다.

  5. 액티비티 하기

    듣기 정확도, 발음, 어휘, 문법 및 문장 구조에 초점을 맞춘 다양한 액티비티가 있습니다.


    É importante ler o vocabulário e o histórico antes de assistir ao vídeo. Isso melhorará sua capacidade de entender o vídeo. Também ajudará você a entender como o novo vocabulário é usado naturalmente.


    Na primeira vez que assistir ao vídeo, tente entender a situação geral.


    Primeiro, tente responder todas as perguntas de memória. Em seguida, assista novamente ao vídeo e tente responder às perguntas que você errou.


    Assista ao vídeo novamente enquanto lê o roteiro. Ler e ouvir ao mesmo tempo ajudará você a ouvir cada palavra individualmente e a melhorar sua precisão auditiva.


    Existem várias atividades diferentes que se concentram na precisão auditiva, pronúncia, vocabulário, gramática e estrutura da frase.

triangle Vocabulary 어휘 Vocabulário Vocabulario

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Hold that thought. [exp] - Wait a moment.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a nip [n] - a small bite
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ anesthetize [v] - giving a drug that makes someone sleep or feel no pain
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ throw in [phv] - give for free (no cost)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ say grace [exp] - say thank you to God before eating
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a pail [n] - a bucket
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Royal treatment [exp] - treated like a queen or king
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ The way I see it, [exp] - In my opinion,
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ salutations [exp] - a fancy way of saying hello

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

picture picture
Wilbur Charlotte
  • Wilbur, a pig, has just made a new friend named Charlotte.
  • Charlotte is a spider.

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas [ ? ]


These are guided listening questions. These questions are NOT designed to test or trick you. They are designed to guide you through the video.

TIP: If you don’t understand something in the video, click "Show Answers". You should be able to understand all of the important points of the video by reading the questions and the correct answers.


Estas son preguntas de escucha guiada. Estas preguntas NO están diseñadas para ponerte a prueba o engañarte. Están diseñados para guiarlo a través del video.

CONSEJO: Si no entiende algo en el video, haga clic en "Show Answers". Debería poder comprender todos los puntos importantes del video leyendo las preguntas y las respuestas correctas.


이것은 안내식 듣기 질문입니다. 이 질문들은 당신을 시험하거나 속이기 위한 것이 아닙니다. 동영상을 통해 안내하도록 설계되었습니다.

팁 : 동영상에서 이해가 되지 않는 부분이 있으면 "Show Answers"를 클릭하세요. 질문과 정답을 읽으면서 영상의 중요한 요점을 모두 이해할 수 있어야 합니다.


Estas são perguntas de escuta guiadas. Essas perguntas NÃO foram elaboradas para testar ou enganar você. Eles são projetados para guiá-lo através do vídeo.

DICA: Se você não entender algo no vídeo, clique em "Mostrar respostas". Você deve entender todos os pontos importantes do vídeo lendo as perguntas e as respostas corretas.

  1. This is the first time Wilbur has met a spider.

  2. Charlotte has been making the web for many days.

  3. Wilbur thinks Charlotte's web is disgusting.

  4. Charlotte says that she tries to make the fly more comfortable.

  5. Charlotte says that she likes to say grace when she makes a new friend.

  6. Charlotte eats the fly.

  7. Wilbur thinks that Charlotte's meal is disgusting.

  8. Charlotte says that she is a hunter.

  9. The horse is scared of Charlotte.

  10. Charlotte thinks that she is helping others by trapping flies.

  11. Wilbur thinks that "Salutations" means goodbye.

  12. Wilbur thinks that Charlotte is disgusting.

triangle Grammar 문법 Gramática Gramática (determiner + noun)

Directions: Choose the word or expression that best completes the sentence.

Instrucciones: Elija la palabra o expresión que mejor complete la oración.

Instrucciones: Escolha a palavra ou expressão que melhor completa a oração.

지시 사항 : 문장을 가장 잘 완성하는 단어나 표현을 선택하십시오.

  • Well? Still want to chat, or are you gonna join them?
  • I've never met (a spider) before. Did you make that? Is that what you were concentrating on last night?
  • Yes.
  • It's amazing. Think you could teach me how to make one of those?
  • Hold that thought, please.
  • What are you doing?
  • Making (breakfast) .
  • Oh, boy.
  • Relax. First, I give him (a little nip) to anesthetize him so he'll be more comfortable. It's (a little service) I throw in. Then I wrap him up. Then I just say (grace) because, well, that's always nice, and he'll make (a perfectly delicious meal) .
  • So, you eat (flies) ?
  • No, no, no. I drink (their blood) .
  • That's disgusting.
  • Well, that's easy for you to say. You have all (your meals) brought to you in (a pail) . I don't get that kind of royal treatment. I am (a trapper) . I have to catch (my food) . Which is why I make my home near you.
  • Please don't hurt me.
  • Well, since you said "please." And just imagine how many (bugs) there would be in this barn, no, actually, in the world, if (spiders) didn't catch them. (Insects) would take over (the planet) ! (The way) I see it, I'm doing everyone (a favor)
  • Except for (the fly) .
  • Yes. Except for (the fly) . I think now is (the time) for me to say salutations.
  • What?
  • Salutations.
  • Okay. I'll leave.
  • No, Wilbur. "Salutations" is just (a fancy way) of saying hello.
  • Oh! Hello. Hey, you know my name! What's yours?
  • My name? My name is Charlotte. Charlotte A. Cavatica.
  • Charlotte. Great name!
  • Thank you. I've always thought so.

triangle Sentence Building (Summary) 문장 만들기 Construção de sentença Construcción de oraciones [ ? ]


This activity is designed to improve sentence accuracy and complexity. Most students can produce the key content words in a sentence. However, they have difficulty with accuracy because the functional words are difficult or can seem unimportant. This activity will help learners eliminate problems with these functional words by giving them immediate feedback on the mistakes they are making. It will also help students develop their use of more natural, varied and complex sentence structures.

TIP: Say the sentence out loud. Notice the types of mistake you make often. Focus on those types of errors. (singular/plural, subject-verb agreement, article use, prepositions, gerunds and infinitives, noun clauses, adjective clauses, word order, and word forms.)


Esta actividad está diseñada para mejorar la precisión y complejidad de las oraciones. La mayoría de los estudiantes pueden producir las palabras clave del contenido en una oración. Sin embargo, tienen dificultades con la precisión porque las palabras funcionales son difíciles o pueden parecer poco importantes. Esta actividad ayudará a los alumnos a eliminar problemas con estas palabras funcionales al brindarles retroalimentación inmediata sobre los errores que están cometiendo. También ayudará a los estudiantes a desarrollar su uso de estructuras de oraciones más naturales, variadas y complejas.

CONSEJO: Diga la oración en voz alta. Observe los tipos de errores que comete con frecuencia. Concéntrese en ese tipo de errores. (singular / plural, concordancia entre sujeto y verbo, uso del artículo, preposiciones, gerundios e infinitivos, cláusulas sustantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, orden de las palabras y formas de las palabras).


이 액티비티는 문장의 정확성과 복잡성을 개선하기 위해 고안되었습니다. 대부분의 학생들은 문장에서 핵심 내용 단어를 생성 할 수 있습니다. 그러나 기능적 단어가 어렵거나 중요하지 않은 것처럼 보일 수 있기 때문에 정확성에 어려움이 있습니다. 이 액티비티는 학습자가 실수에 대한 즉각적인 피드백을 제공함으로써 이러한 기능적 단어의 문제를 제거하는 데 도움이 됩니다. 또한 학생들이 보다 자연스럽고 다양하며 복잡한 문장 구조를 사용하는 데 도움이 됩니다.

팁 : 문장을 크게 말하세요. 자주 저지르는 실수 유형과, 이러한 유형의 오류에 집중하세요. (단수 / 복수, 주어-동사 일치, 관사 사용, 전치사, 동명사 및 부정사, 명사절, 형용사절, 어순 및 단어 형태)


Esta atividade foi desenvolvida para melhorar a precisão e a complexidade das frases. A maioria dos alunos pode produzir as palavras-chave do conteúdo em uma frase. No entanto, eles têm dificuldade com precisão porque as palavras funcionais são difíceis ou podem parecer sem importância. Esta atividade ajudará os alunos a eliminar problemas com essas palavras funcionais, dando-lhes feedback imediato sobre os erros que estão cometendo. Também ajudará os alunos a desenvolver o uso de estruturas de sentenças mais naturais, variadas e complexas.

DICA: Diga a frase em voz alta. Observe os tipos de erro que você comete com frequência. Concentre-se nesses tipos de erros. (singular/plural, concordância sujeito-verbo, uso de artigos, preposições, gerúndios e infinitivos, cláusulas substantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, ordem das palavras e formas das palavras.)

Directions: Write sentences about the video clip using the words given. You can change the word form or add words, but you cannot change the word order. Use a present time frame (tense).

Instrucciones: Escriba oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de la palabra o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa el tiempo presente.

Instrucciones: Escribe oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de las palabras o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa tiempo presente.

지시 : 주어진 단어를 사용하여 비디오 클립에 대한 문장을 씁니다. 어형을 변경하거나 단어를 추가할 수 있지만 어순은 변경할 수 없습니다. 현재 시제를 사용합니다.

Sentence 1

Wilbur / think / Charlotte / web / amazing

Wilbur thinks (that) Charlotte's web is amazing.

Sentence 2

Wilbur / ask / Charlotte / teach / him / how / make / web

Wilbur asks Charlotte to teach him how to make a web.

Sentence 3

Charlotte / ask / Wilbur / hold / thought / while / she / prepare / breakfast

Charlotte asks Wilbur to hold [his/that] thought while she [prepares/is preparing] breakfast.

Sentence 4

first / Charlotte / give / fly / little / nip / anesthetize / him

First, Charlotte gives the fly a little nip (in order) to anesthetize [him/it].

Sentence 5

then / she / wrap / up / fly / and / say / grace

Then she wraps up the fly and says grace.

Sentence 6

when / Charlotte / say / she / drink / fly / blood / horse / collapse

When Charlotte says (that) she drinks the fly's blood, the horse collapses.

Sentence 7

horse / beg / Charlotte / not / hurt / him

The horse begs Charlotte not to hurt him.

Sentence 8

Charlotte / explain / she / has / catch / food / because / no / one / bring / her / meal

Charlotte explains (that) she has to catch (her) food because no one brings her (her) meals.

Sentence 9

Charlotte / say / bug / take / over / planet / if / spider / not / catch / them

Charlotte says (that) bugs would take over the planet if spiders didn't catch them.

Sentence 10

Charlotte / believe / she / do / everyone / favor / by / catch / bug

Charlotte believes (that) she is doing everyone a favor by catching bugs.

Sentence 11

Charlotte / teach / Wilbur / what / "salutations" / mean

Charlotte teaches Wilbur what "salutations" means.

Sentence 12

Charlotte / formal / introduce / self / Wilbur

Charlotte formally introduces herself to Wilbur.

triangle Compare the Book 책을 비교하다 Compare o livro Comparar el libro

The text below is from the [ original novel ].

  1. Which parts of the video are the same as the novel?
  2. Which parts of the video are different from the novel?
  3. Which parts of the novel are not in the video?

Chapter 5 - Charlotte

"Salutations!" said the voice.

Wilbur jumped to his feet. "Salu-what?" he cried.

"Salutations!" repeated the voice.

"What are they, and where are you?" screamed Wilbur. "Please, please, tell me where you are. And what are salutations?"

"Salutations are greetings," said the voice. "When I say 'salutations,' it's just my fancy way of saying hello or good morning. Actually, it's a silly expression, and I am surprised that I used it at all. As for my whereabouts, that's easy. Look up here in the corner of the doorway! Here I am. Look, I'm waving!"

At last Wilbur saw the creature that had spoken to him in such a kindly way. Stretched across the upper part of the doorway was a big spiderweb, and hanging from the top of the web, head down, was a large grey spider. She was about the size of a gumdrop. She had eight legs, and she was waving one of them at Wilbur in friendly greeting. "See me now?" she asked.

"Oh, yes indeed," said Wilbur. "Yes indeed! How are you?

Good morning! Salutations! Very pleased to meet you. What is your name, please? May I have your name?"

"My name," said the spider, "is Charlotte."

"Charlotte what?" asked Wilbur, eagerly.

"Charlotte A. Cavatica. But just call me Charlotte."

"I think you're beautiful," said Wilbur.

"Well, I am pretty," replied Charlotte. "There's no denying that. Almost all spiders are rather nice-looking. I'm not as flashy as some, but I'll do. I wish I could see you, Wilbur, as clearly as you can see me."

"Why can't you?" asked the pig. "I'm right here."

"Yes, but I'm near-sighted," replied Charlotte. "I've always been dreadfully near-sighted. It's good in some ways, not so good in others. Watch me wrap up this fly."

A fly that had been crawling along Wilbur's trough had flown up and blundered into the lower part of Charlotte's web and was tangled in the sticky threads. The fly was beating its wings furiously, trying to break loose and free itself.

"First said Charlotte, "I dive at him." She plunged headfirst toward the fly. As she dropped, a tiny silken thread unwound from her rear end.

"Next, I wrap him up." She grabbed the fly, threw a few jets of silk around it, and rolled it over and over, wrapping it so that it couldn't move. Wilbur watched in horror. He could hardly believe what he was seeing, and although he detested flies, he was sorry for this one.

"There!" said Charlotte. "Now I knock him out, so he'll be more comfortable." She bit the fly. "He can't feel a thing now," she remarked. "He'll make a perfect breakfast for me."

"You mean you eat flies?" gasped Wilbur.

"Certainly. Flies, bugs, grasshoppers, choice beetles, moths, butterflies, tasty cockroaches, gnats, midges, daddy longlegs, centipedes, mosquitoes, crickets - anything that is careless enough to get caught in my web. I have to live, don't I?"

"Why, yes, of course," said Wilbur. "Do they taste good?"

"Delicious. Of course, I don't really eat them. I drink them – drink their blood. I love blood," said Charlotte, and her pleasant, thin voice grew even thinner and more pleasant.

"Don't say that!" groaned Wilbur. "Please don't say things like that!"

"Why not? It's true, and I have to say what is true. I am not entirely happy about my diet of flies and bugs, but it's the way I'm made. A spider has to pick up a living somehow or other, and I happen to be a trapper. I just naturally build a web and trap flies and other insects. My mother was a trapper before me.

Her mother was a trapper before her. All our family have been trappers. Way back for thousands and thousands of years we spiders have been laying for flies and bugs."

"It's a miserable inheritance," said Wilbur, gloomily. He was sad because his new friend was so bloodthirsty.

"Yes, it is," agreed Charlotte. "But I can't help it. I don't know how the first spider in the early days of the world happened to think up this fancy idea of spinning a web, but she did, and it was clever of her, too. And since then, all of us spiders have had to work the same trick. It's not a bad idea, on the whole."

"It's cruel," replied Wilbur, who did not intend to be argued out of his position.

"Well, you can't talk " said Charlotte. "You have your meals brought to you in a pail. Nobody feeds me. I have to get in own living. I live by my wits. I have to be sharp and clever, or I go hungry. I have to think things out, catch what I can, take what comes. And it just so happens, my friend, that what comes is flies and insects and bugs. And furthermore," said Charlotte, shaking one of her legs, "do you realize that if I didn't catch bugs and eat them, bugs would increase and multiply and get so numerous that they'd destroy the earth, wipe out everything?"

"Really?" said Wilbur. "I wouldn't want that to happen. Perhaps your web is a good thing after all."

Charlotte stood quietly over the fly, preparing to eat it.

Wilbur lay down and closed his eyes. He was tired from his wakeful night and from the excitement of meeting someone for the first time. A breeze brought him the smell of clover - the sweet-smelling world beyond his fence. "Well," he thought, "I've got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is!

Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming, bloodthirsty - everything I don't like. How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?"

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. How do you feel about spiders generally?
  2. How do you feel about Charlotte specifically? If your feeling is different, why?
  3. Do you agree with Wilbur? Is a spider web amazing? Is it beautiful? Why?
  4. Do you agree with Charlotte? Would bugs take over the planet if there were no spiders? Why?
  5. Spiders protect humans from other insects. Can you think of any other insects or "pests" that actually help humans? How?

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Charlotte: Well? Still want to chat, or are you gonna join them?

Wilbur: I've never met a spider before. Did you make that? Is that what you were concentrating on last night?

Charlotte: Yes.

Wilbur: It's amazing. Think you could teach me how to make one of those?

Charlotte: Hold that thought, please.

Wilbur: What are you doing?

Charlotte: Making breakfast.

Wilbur: Oh, boy.

Charlotte: Relax. First, I give him a little nip to anesthetize him so he'll be more comfortable. It's a little service I throw in. Then I wrap him up. Then I just say grace because, well, that's always nice, and he'll make a perfectly delicious meal.

Wilbur: So, you eat flies?

Charlotte: No, no, no. I drink their blood.

Wilbur: That's disgusting.

Charlotte: Well, that's easy for you to say. You have all your meals brought to you in a pail. I don't get that kind of royal treatment. I am a trapper. I have to catch my food. Which is why I make my home near you.

Horse: Please don't hurt me.

Charlotte: Well, since you said "please." And just imagine how many bugs there would be in this barn, no, actually, in the world, if spiders didn't catch them. Insects would take over the planet! The way I see it, I'm doing everyone a favor.

Wilbur: Except for the fly.

Charlotte: Yes. Except for the fly. I think now is the time for me to say salutations.

Wilbur: What?

Charlotte: Salutations.

Wilbur: Okay. I'll leave.

Charlotte: No, Wilbur. "Salutations" is just a fancy way of saying hello.

Wilbur: Oh! Hello. Hey, you know my name! What's yours?

Charlotte: My name? My name is Charlotte. Charlotte A. Cavatica.

Wilbur: Charlotte. Great name!

Charlotte: Thank you. I've always thought so.