ESL Story 7: Getting Paid



Listen to the story of the audio below. Use the text to help you if you want. After listening a few times; take the quiz to test your listening comprehension of the story. 

Text of Audio: 
I worked for a man for three weeks. I worked very hard. Every day I went to work for three weeks. I asked my boss when I was going to get paid. He did not answer. I asked him again and he changed the subject. I called him and he did not answer the phone. Every day I asked him when I would get my first check. My boss just ignored me. I was getting really mad. I was working hard and I was starting to think that he was not going to pay me. I kept asking him. I kept calling him. I even sent him text messages about getting paid. He never responded.
One day he answered the phone. He told me to come to my work at 10am to pick up the check. I said ok. I waited until 10am. At 10am I went to the store. Guess what? My boss wasn’t there.
The next day, I started calling him again. I called him. I texted him and he never responded. A few days later after I canadian online casinos was getting very frustrated, I went to the store. He was there. I told him I needed the money. I needed to get paid. I told him I have 11 kids and a lot of bills to pay. He just smiled and told me to come back the next day.
The next day, I went to the store right when it opened. I went to my work with all of my 11 kids. My boss was there. I asked him for the millionth time for my check. He finally paid me. I was so happy. He finally paid me for my hard work.

Quiz on ‘Getting Paid’ ESL Story below:

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Creative Writing: Color Story


Creative Writing Activity for ESL Students:
1. Choose one color
2. Write a creative story involving as many objects/things of that color as possible. Try to include at least 10 objects of the color you chose in your story.
3. Challenge: Illustrate it!

For Example:
Once upon a time there was a turtle. The Turtle loved to eat leafs in the forest. He liked to sit in the green grass underneath the trees and think about green grapes and iguanas; his two favorite things. One day the turtle went walking through the forest. He came to a pond filled with algae. It looked quite dirty. He didn’t care. He decided to go swimming in the green water.

Post your story in the comments.

Travel English Book

Today and Tomorrow (September 3rd and 4th) my newest Kindle book is available for FREE.

This book is for people that are planning on traveling to an English speaking country or would like to work in the travel or hospitality industries. You will learn many phrases commonly used in the airport, hotel, museums, restaurants and much more.

See the links to the different Amazon sites below:

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Confusing Words in English: Travel, Trip, Vacation, Journey

Some words can be confusing in English. Below you will find the different meanings of travel, trip, vacation and journey in English.

(Noun) Act of going some place and returning. 
1- I went on a trip to Jamaica.
2- I am going on a trip with my family.
3- We are planning a trip to Italy.
4- I can’t wait for our trip to Las Vegas. It will be so much fun!

(Noun) Action of traveling (usually to a different country)
(Verb) Going on a journey for a long time or to different country. 
1- Next year I want to travel to Japan.
2- Peter travels to many different countries on business.
3- My husband traveled to Spain last month.
4- I travel once a year to Germany to visit my aunt.

(Noun) an extended time to relax or for recreation spent away from your home
(Verb) take a vacation
1- I am going on vacation next week.
2- We had to cancel our vacation because of the hurricane.
3- They went on vacation for a month.
4- I am so stressed. I need a vacation.

*Holiday is commonly used in British English instead of vacation. 

(Noun) act of traveling from one place to another for a long time
(Verb) travel somewhere (*not commonly used)
1- My sister when on a long journey. 
2- The pioneers journeyed west in search of gold. 
3- They journeyed  across the ocean in their ship. 
4- The journey lasted four long months. 

 You should now have a clearer understanding of how to use trip, travel, vacation and journey when speaking English. 

ESL Creative Writing: Trip to the Beach

Pretend you are planning a day trip to the beach. Complete the following writing activities below.

1. Write a list of 15 things that you would pack to go to the beach.

2. Write Sentences:

I would pack a ________________ because __________.

I need a _______ at the beach ___________.

-I need a towel at the beach to dry off after swimming.
-I would pack a lunch because I will get hungry.

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