[Easy English Blog] Birds

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My computer is on a table. Behind the table is a window. This is a good thing, and a bad thing! Sometimes I do not work, because I am looking out the window. I have lived in cities, and there were no birds. These days I live about 5km from a small city.  There are many birds in our garden. I didn’t work this morning because I could see a bird outside my window. The bird was collecting materials to make a nest. I don’t know where the nest is. But I guess, sometime, there will be baby birds in our garden.

Patricia @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] Problem in a restaurant

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Sometimes we go to a restaurant and the service is very bad. Recently, this happened to me, and my friends. We met at a restaurant. There were six people. Five plates came to our table. One meal was not served.

We waited for ten minutes. We asked about the missing order. After ten minutes the waitress came back. ‘Oh, sorry,’ she said.  ‘We forgot about the other order.’

This was difficult. In our culture, everyone waits until all the food is on the table. It is rude to start eating before other people. So everyone’s food was cold, and one person didn’t have a meal at all!

Patricia @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] Making coffee

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How do you make coffee at home? I know people who have coffee making machines that cost more than a $1000. Then, I know people who use capsules to make coffee. Those machines cost between $200 and $500. I am old fashioned. I use a coffee plunger. I broke my coffee plunger last week. I bought a new one. A shop near our house had a sale. My new coffee plunger cost $20. I think the coffee I make is OK. Of course, the coffee from a café is better than my home coffee but I don’t mind.

Patricia @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Short Story] The Job Interview

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Simon Gatsby is waiting for a job interview. He is wearing his suit. He is very nervous. There is another man in the waiting room. The other man is also wearing a suit. He looks very relaxed. He is playing games on his smartphone.

Simon will finish university soon. He must find a job. He saw an advertisement in the paper. It said —- We are looking for a recent graduate. Exciting position for the right person.—

There was no more information. Simon sent his CV to the address in the advertisement. He got a letter saying he was on the shortlist, and he could have an interview.

It’s very strange, thought Simon. I don’t know anything about this job. I don’t know what this company wants. I don’t know what they would want me to do. How can I give the right answers to their questions?

 A woman comes into the waiting room. “Mr Mellow,” she says. The other man in the waiting room stands up. He follows the woman into another room.

That guy’s name is Mellow, thinks Simon. He looks very confident. If we both want the same job, I am sure he will get it.

Simon waits. After about 10 minutes, the other man comes back to the waiting room. He smiles at Simon and walks out.

The woman comes back into the room and says, “Mr Gatsby?”

Simon follows her to an office. The woman opens the door and says, “Mr Malbeau, this is Mr Gatsby.”

She walks away, and Simon goes into the office. There is only one person in the room.

A very large man is sitting behind a desk. “Sit down,” he says to Simon. He points to a chair in front of the desk.

Simon feels very nervous. “Thank you for giving me this interview…….”

The man starts talking before Simon has finished.  “Now. Do you want this job?”

“I don’t know what it is,” says Simon.

“Why do you want to know what the job is?” asks Mr Malbeau. “You will finish university very soon. You need a job. I will give you a job. What is the problem?”

Simon is very puzzled. “But what do you want me to do? What are the working hours? What about medical insurance? Vacation time?”

Mr Malbeau looks angry. “Medical insurance? Vacations? Do you think I’m crazy? I want someone who will work for me seven days a week. You will do everything I tell you to do. I want someone who will be available 24 hours a day.”

Simon thinks about it. If he wants me to be available to work all the time, he will pay a lot of money. I could pay back my student loans.

 “How much will you pay me?” he asks.

Mr Malbeau tells Simon the salary. It is very, very low. It is less than Simon would get for working in a fast food restaurant for only twenty hours a week. And Mr Malbeau wants him to work seven days a week!

“So, do you want the job or not?” asks Mr Malbeau.

Simon stands up. “No. Thank you, Mr Malbeau. You want a slave. I don’t want to be a slave. Good bye.”

Simon walks out of the office. He walks through the waiting room, and out onto the street.

The man named Mellow is standing in the street. He sees Simon, and walks towards him. “Did you take the job?” he asks Simon.

“No! Of course not. Did you?”

Mellow laughs. “No way. There must be better jobs we can find. I waited to talk to you. I thought you looked like a nice guy. I wanted to tell you to say ‘no’. The man must be mad.”

“Maybe he thinks new graduates will take any job,” said Simon.

“It’s very difficult to find a job, but it would be better to work in a restaurant or a gas station.” Mellow is laughing. “I am sure Mr Malbeau has interviewed many people. I am sure they all said ‘no’. Let’s buy a newspaper and go and get a cup of coffee. We can look for real jobs and help each other.”

Simon feels happy. He doesn’t have a job but he has met a very friendly guy called Mellow. Simon thinks he has made a friend. It was a successful job interview.

[Easy English Blog] Bad weather

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The weather has been bad. The wind is very strong. We have many large trees in our garden. They are very old. So, when the wind is strong, branches fall off the trees. Before I drive out of our house, I must walk out and pick up the dead wood. It’s OK. But I think, What if some day I walk out and one of our special trees has fallen down?

A branch of a tree falling down is not convenient, but a whole tree is like a death in the family.

Patricia @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] January sales

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Do you ever go to the January sales? Most shops have sales after Christmas. They used to start in January, but now they start earlier. Some sales start before Christmas, some start on Christmas Day and some start the day after.

When I was a child, the sales usually started in January, so we called them January sales. I always looked forward to the January sales. I often got money for Christmas from relatives. I spent the money in the sales in January. I usually bought books or music.

Now, I go to the sales on December 26th or 27th. The shops are packed with people searching for bargains. I usually buy clothes now. I don’t go clothes shopping in Japan, so I buy my clothes in the UK. The sale season is the perfect time for me to go shopping. I can only buy a few items though, because if I buy many clothes, they don’t fit into my suitcase! One year, I bought too many clothes, and I had to send them to Japan by airmail, because I couldn’t carry them! Since then, I’m always careful not to buy too much.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Happy New Year!

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We would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

Thank you for reading our books in 2018. We will continue to write and publish graded readers in 2019. We hope you enjoy them.

We will also continue our Easy English Blog and teach vocabulary and phrases here. We hope it will help you with your English studies in 2019!

Have a wonderful year!

From everyone at I Talk You Talk Press