Learn English – the noisy rooster and the grumpy neighbor

Today’s story is humorous and it really happened. A rooster who crowed every morning when the sun came up WON in court against a grumpy neighbor!


Episode 48 –  Maurice, the rooster goes to court 

Hey there. This is Maria from ENGLISH without fear. Today, I’m going to tell you about a rooster. Yes, a rooster named Maurice and the problem he had. So sit back, relax, listen, and just try to understand as much as you can.

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Yes, today’s story is about a rooster, a real rooster. His name is Maurice. He is French. Maurice, the rooster, is four years old. Maurice, the rooster, lives with his owner on a small island off the coast of France. The island has lots of farms and countryside. Roosters are all over the place. So what is the problem? 

The problem is that a man from the mainland of France, not from the island, a man bought a vacation home, a second house next door to the rooster. This man did not like that every morning he would hear the rooster crow. 

(rooster sound)

Roosters crow. They make a normal rooster sound every morning when the sun comes up. That is normal. Roosters crow. The man, the neighbor who lived next door to the farm…. (Well, actually he didn’t live there. He would visit on vacation.)….. the neighbor would go to the island several times a year to relax. He did not like to be awakened by a rooster. He did not like the rooster sound that woke him every morning early.

He spoke with the owner and complained.

He said, “Stop your rooster from crowing! Your rooster is waking me up.”

What was the owner supposed to do? I don’t know. You can’t stop a rooster from doing what a rooster does. It is natural. It is normal for roosters to crow when the sun comes up.

So, what did this man do? What did this neighbor do? He got a lawyer and he went to court. He went to court and complained. 

He said, “This is not good. This is not right. This rooster is waking me up. The rooster’s owner needs to stop him!”

What do you think happened? Did the court, did the judge decide: ‘Yes, the rooster needs to stop crowing’?

Did the judge make that decision? Nope. Not at all. The judge decided that a rooster crowing in the morning is normal. There was nothing he was gonna (going to) do. There was nothing the judge was going to do against Maurice, the rooster, against the owner of Maurice.

In other words, the neighbor lost the legal case. He lost and Maurice the rooster won. This, of course, made more Maurice’s owner, very happy and lots of other people who live in the country.

Why is that? Why is the owner of Maurice, the rooster, happy with this outcome, with the judge’s decision? She is happy and other farmers are happy because more and more people are buying second homes, are buying vacation homes in the countryside. 

These people who have bought other homes complain about roosters. They complain about other birds like doves. They complain about insects making sounds. They even complain about church bells! This is silly if you ask me. 

Personally I, Maria, I like the sound of a rooster. It makes me happy. What about you? Do you like the sound of a rooster or not? Do you hear roosters where you live? I hear a rooster once in a while. Not all the time, not frequently because I live in a city. 

Well, that’s it for the story of Maurice, the rooster, who won a legal victory. He won a victory in court when the judge decided it is normal for a rooster to crow. 

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