[Short Story] Some days you just get lucky

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William is sitting in a classroom. His desk is next to the window. On the desk is an exam paper. It is upside down. The back of the paper has nothing on it. In about 15 minutes, the woman in charge of the exam will say, “Please turn over the exam book. You can begin the exam now.”

William is very tired. He studied all night. This exam is very important. If he can pass the exam he will be able to get a better job.  

I hope I can pass this exam, he thinks. The boss said he would promote me to assistant manager, but only if I pass this course. But I am so sleepy.

The sun is coming in through the window. It is very hot. William’s eyes close. His head goes forward onto the desk. William is asleep.

He wakes up suddenly. A bell is ringing. He shakes his head and sits up. What!

The woman in charge of the exam is speaking.

“Time is up. Please put down your pens and pencils. Do not touch the exam papers. We will collect them now.”

Seconds later, one of the woman’s assistants picks up the exam paper from in front of William.

“Stop! Stop!” William is shouting. The assistant looks at him but doesn’t say anything. She moves away and picks up the next exam paper.

Oh, no! I slept all the time. I studied so hard but I didn’t take the exam. My boss will see my score is zero. I will never get a better job. I might lose the job I have now!

William puts his head in his hands. The other students on the course are standing up. They are packing their bags and walking out. William doesn’t move. Finally, he looks up. He is the only student left. The woman and her assistants are putting the exam papers into boxes.

Then, an alarm rings and an announcement comes over the loudspeaker system. “Emergency! Emergency! There is a fire!  Leave now. Everybody, leave the building now!”

The woman and her assistants run to the door. William follows them. They hurry down the stairs and out onto the street. The fire is very small. It is on the other side of the building. The fire department arrives soon, and puts the fire out. The danger is over. Everything is fine.

William doesn’t have his bag. He left it in the classroom. He has to wait until he is allowed to go back inside. He is standing next to the woman in charge of the exam. “What happens now?” he asks. “Are you waiting to go back and get the exam papers?”

“Yes,” she says. “But there is no hurry.”

“Why not?” asks William.

“Well, we left the exam papers in the room. That is against the rules. I’m very sorry but all the students will have to take another exam. Maybe next week.”

She smiles at him. “I saw you sleeping. Maybe next time you will stay awake!”

Lose sleep over (something)

Do you know the English expression “to lose sleep over (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Tanya: I get my blood test results next week.

Eve: Are you worried?

Tanya: A little, but I’m not losing sleep over it.

Does it mean:

a) to not sleep

b) to worry about something so much you can’t sleep

c) to stay awake

d) to worry about something so much you feel sleepy

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) to worry about something so much you can’t sleep

Are you losing sleep over anything?

[Easy English Blog] Running

One of my hobbies is running. I’m not a fast runner. I like to run slowly. I usually run 10km-12km at a time. This takes me about an hour and twenty minutes. I don’t think about the time. I’m not interested in running faster, or beating the time of my previous run. I just want to enjoy running.

Now that it is getting cooler, I want to increase the distance I run. My next target is 15km. Someday, I’d like to run a half marathon, but at the moment, I’m just happy to get out in the fresh air and enjoy running.

I think about many things when I run. When I’m running, I get many ideas for new stories. Sometimes, when I am writing a story, I get stuck. I don’t know the next part of the story. When that happens, I go for a run. While I’m running, I can usually come up with a good idea.

I listen to music when I run. I have tried running with no music, but I soon become tired. Music makes me want to move, and it gives me energy. When I finish running, I feel refreshed and ready to work. It is an important part of my life.

How about you? Do you like to run?

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

 

Give (someone) a ring

Do you know the phrase “to give (someone) a ring“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Mel: What time are we going to meet on Friday?

Bill: I’ll check my schedule and give you a ring later.

Does it mean:

a) give someone a ring for their finger

b) text someone

c) email someone

d) call someone by phone

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: d) call someone by phone

[Easy English Blog] Living near the sea

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I live near the sea. It is about a 20-minute drive from my house to the sea. I feel that I am lucky to live so close to it. Many people visit the beach and the sea in summer, but I don’t. I like to visit the sea in spring or autumn. Sometimes, I go in winter. The wind is fresh, and there are no other people around.

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When I was a child, I went to the beach every summer. My family and I went on holiday to the seaside for two weeks every August. The beach was always packed (packed = crowded) with other families. I used to make sand castles and go paddling (walking in the shallow water) in the sea.

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Now, I drive to the sea, park my car, and enjoy listening to the sound of the sea and breathing the fresh sea air. Sometimes I write poetry. I think that being near the sea makes me more creative. Maybe it is the rhythm of the waves, or maybe it is the beautiful views, but when I go to the sea, I feel like I want to write.

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Last November, I went for a drive by the sea. The photographs on this page are from then.

When is your favourite time to go to the sea?

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

I’m dreading it!

Do you know the phrase “I’m dreading (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Gwen: Are you prepared for your job interview tomorrow?

Claire: Yes, but I’m dreading it! I hate job interviews.

Does it mean:

a) to be worried and scared about something

b) to hate doing something

c) to be looking forward to something

d) to be upset about something

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) to be worried and scared about something