Spanish: Jack and the Beanstalk



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Young Jack lived with his mother and their cow Margarita in an old and dilapidated house. One day Jack’s mother asked him to take the cow to the market to sell it. Instead, he exchanged Margarita for six colorful and magical beans. When he arrived home, his mother was so furious at him, that she opened the window and threw the beans out into the garden. Much to Jack’s surprise, the beans began to grow roots and a thick and tall stalk began to sprout as high as the clouds, reaching Jack’s bedroom window. That night, he was astounded to see the tallest beanstalk he had ever seen and started to climb it to see where it would take him. As he arrived in the land of the clouds, he saw a castle in the distance and walked to the door. An old lady let him in and warned Jack of the miserly giant who lived there. He possessed many bags of gold, as well as a goose that laid golden eggs, and a harp of pure gold. Jack, managed to take down the stalk one of the bags, with the help of the rope that his mother handed him on his second trip down the stalk. He also managed to take down the old lady, at her request, as well as the goose and the harp, and escaped from the giant who was pursuing them. Of the giant, nobody has seen him since.

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Santiago, Chile


Language Interpretation and Translation | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature


Read by Cecilia Sanchez, Spanish Instructor, Illinois Wesleyan University

About the Spanish language in Chile: Spanish is the official language of Chile. Besides Spanish, there are other indigenous languages spoken in Chile such as Mapuche or Mapudungun, and Chilean Quechua.


Jack and the Beanstalk is an English fairy tale first published by Benjamin Tabart in London, 1804.

Spanish: Jack and the Beanstalk


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