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    Can't hear distinctly what the woman says

    Hello,
    I am listening to a fairytale "Hansel and Gretel" in English and copying it down as I listen (just for practice). I can't make out what the witch says in the following extract:

    “Fetch some water, girl. Be Hansel fat or thin, I must kill and cook him.”
    “Oh, please, don’t cook him, please!”
    “Be quiet and fetch the water! _________boiled we’ll do the baking. I’ve heated the oven already and kneaded the dough. Go to the oven and see if it is hot enough.”
    If someone wants to help me, go to this page:
    http: // englishhobby.ru/audio_hansel_and_gretel.html
    The above conversation is closer to the end of the story.
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    Re: Can't hear distinctly what the woman says

    I can't listen to it; I don't read Cyrillic, and don't know what to click. I could download the MP3, but I don't know what else I'd be downloading. Might it be 'Once it's boiled...' or 'While/Whilst it's boiling...' or 'While/Whilst it boils...'? (The '-st' ending is becoming less common now, and your dictionary might not include it. The /t/ may have made you mis-hear 'boils'.)

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    Re: Can't hear distinctly what the woman says

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I can't listen to it; I don't read Cyrillic, and don't know what to click. I could download the MP3, but I don't know what else I'd be downloading. Might it be 'Once it's boiled...' or 'While/Whilst it's boiling...' or 'While/Whilst it boils...'? (The '-st' ending is becoming less common now, and your dictionary might not include it. The /t/ may have made you mis-hear 'boils'.)

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    Thank you, I listened to it again, there's something like "till it boiled" or "to the boy" (I know it doesn't make sense, but it's just the sounds I hear). There mustn't be any problem listening to the recording, no special download is required, you just go to page englishhobby.ru/audio_hansel_and_gretel.html
    and the recording starts automatically (after, perhaps, a few seconds).

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    Re: Can't hear distinctly what the woman says

    The phrase 'to the boy' (which doesn't sound right, although the witch was doing something 'to the boy') suggests the phrase 'to the boil'; when water 'comes to the boil' it reaches boiling point. (Sorry; I've tried again and the web page still doesn't work for me. )

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    Re: Can't hear distinctly what the woman says

    the link is this:

    click me

    and I could hear nothing that was supposed to come before 'boiled', the speech starts at 3:59, time counts down, so you may click that time and listen to the talking.

    To my ears, the hungry and desperate woman says:

    Be quiet and fetch the water! Boiled we’ll do the baking.

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    Re: Can't hear distinctly what the woman says

    Actually the recording is very faint at that moment. I can't make it out for certain. It sounds like:

    "With it boiled, we'll do the baking."

    However, that's not quite the same as the brothers' Grimm version I believe.

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    Re: Can't hear distinctly what the woman says

    I had to listen to that segment three times, but I'm pretty sure she says, "Till it boils, we'll do the baking."

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    Re: Can't hear distinctly what the woman says

    Quote Originally Posted by Heterological View Post
    I had to listen to that segment three times, but I'm pretty sure she says, "Till it boils, we'll do the baking."
    Thanks to everyone who participated, especially to Heteorological. It's surely "till it boils"!!! I am absolutely happy!!!

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