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ESL 326: A Practical Joke


ESL 326: A Practical Joke


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On craigslist.com, a "Sheldon" wrote that he was moving. "I'm starting a new life, and I don't want anything that reminds me of my old life," Sheldon announced on the website. Giving his address, he invited everyone to visit his apartment on April 19 from 8 to noon: "Take whatever you want; it's all free."

When the real Sheldon returned from his morning shift at the hospital that day, he was surprised to find his apartment door unlocked. He was shocked to find his apartment stripped clean. I've been robbed, he thought. He knocked on his neighbor's door.

Virgil told Sheldon that he had seen strangers coming and going that morning. When Virgil asked them what was going on, one said that Sheldon was giving all his belongings away. "I wish you had told me," Virgil said. "When I went into your apartment, there was nothing good left."

Sheldon explained that he hadn't told Virgil about the giveaway because he hadn't known about it himself. Virgil said that he saw Pamela inside the apartment; she seemed to be in charge of things. "My ex-girlfriend Pamela?" Sheldon asked. "My angry ex-girlfriend Pamela?"

"Ex? When did you two break up?" Virgil asked.

They had dated for two years. Pamela had left him just recently. She had seen Sheldon standing with a woman in the parking lot. Sheldon had told her it was only his coworker. "Your coworker? Is it normal for coworkers to kiss in the parking lot?" Pamela asked. Sheldon said that he wasn't kissing his coworker. She had simply asked him to smell her breath to be sure her breath smelled okay. She had eaten garlic bread at lunch.

As Pamela stormed away, Sheldon heard her say something about getting even.

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*Vocabulary:

• announce:
• belongings:
• breath:
• garlic:
• knock:
• remind:
• shift:
• shock:
• strip:

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Did "Sheldon" write that he was moving?

• Was he starting a new life?

• Did he want to keep anything that reminded him of his old life?

• Did he invite everyone to visit his house?

• Did he want everyone to take whatever they wanted?

• Was he selling everything that he owned?

• Was the real Sheldon surprised to find his apartment door unlocked?

• Was everything still in his apartment?

• Did he think that he had been robbed?

• Did Virgil say that he had seen nothing unusual?

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*Fill in blanks:

On craigslist.com, a “Sheldon” wrote that he was ____ . “I’m starting a new life, and I don’t ____ anything that reminds me of my old life,” ____ announced on the website. Giving his address, he ____ everyone to visit his apartment on April 19 ____ 8 to noon: “Take whatever you want; it’s ____ free.”

When the real Sheldon returned from his ____ shift at the hospital that day, he was ____ to find his apartment door unlocked. He was ____ to find his apartment stripped clean. I’ve been ____ , he thought. He knocked on his neighbor’s door.

____ told Sheldon that he had seen strangers coming ____ going that morning. When Virgil asked them what ____ going on, one said that Sheldon was giving ____ his belongings away. “I wish you had told____ ,” Virgil said. “When I went into your apartment, ____ was nothing good left.”

Sheldon explained that he ____ ’t told Virgil about the giveaway because he hadn’t ____ about it himself. Virgil said that he saw ____ inside the apartment; she seemed to be in ____ of things. “My ex-girlfriend Pamela?” Sheldon asked. “My ____ ex-girlfriend Pamela?”

“Ex? When did you two break ____ ?” Virgil asked.

They had dated for two years. ____ had left him just recently. She had seen ____ standing with a woman in the parking lot. ____ had told her it was only his coworker. “____ coworker? Is it normal for coworkers to kiss ____ the parking lot?” Pamela asked. Sheldon said that ____ wasn’t kissing his coworker. She had simply asked ____ to smell her breath to be sure her ____ smelled okay. She had eaten garlic bread at ____ .

As Pamela stormed away, Sheldon heard her say ____ about getting even.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 326: A Practical Joke

*Vocabulary:


• announce: tuyên bố
• belongings: đồ
• breath: hơi thở
• garlic: tỏi
• knock: đấm
• remind: nhắc nhở
• shift: ca
• shock: sốc
• strip: trấn lột

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Did "Sheldon" write that he was moving? Yes

• Was he starting a new life? Yes

• Did he want to keep anything that reminded him of his old life? Yes

• Did he invite everyone to visit his house? Yes

• Did he want everyone to take whatever they wanted? Yes

• Was he selling everything that he owned? No

• Was the real Sheldon surprised to find his apartment door unlocked? Yes

• Was everything still in his apartment? No

• Did he think that he had been robbed? Yes

• Did Virgil say that he had seen nothing unusual? No

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*Fill in blanks:

On craigslist.com, a “Sheldon” wrote that he was _moving___ . “I’m starting a new life, and I don’t __want__ anything that reminds me of my old life,” __Sheldon__ announced on the website. Giving his address, he __invited__ everyone to visit his apartment on April 19 __from__ 8 to noon: “Take whatever you want; it’s _all___ free.”

When the real Sheldon returned from his __morning__ shift at the hospital that day, he was _suprised___ to find his apartment door unlocked. He was __shocked__ to find his apartment stripped clean. I’ve been __robbed__ , he thought. He knocked on his neighbor’s door.

__Virgil__ told Sheldon that he had seen strangers coming __and__ going that morning. When Virgil asked them what __was__ going on, one said that Sheldon was giving __all__ his belongings away. “I wish you had told__me__ ,” Virgil said. “When I went into your apartment, __there__ was nothing good left.”

Sheldon explained that he __hadn__ ’t told Virgil about the giveaway because he hadn’t ____known__ about it himself. Virgil said that he saw ____Pamela__ inside the apartment; she seemed to be in ____charge__ of things. “My ex-girlfriend Pamela?” Sheldon asked. “My angry ex-girlfriend Pamela?”

“Ex? When did you two break __up__ ?” Virgil asked.

They had dated for two years. __Pamela__ had left him just recently. She had seen __Sheldon__ standing with a woman in the parking lot. __Sheldon__ had told her it was only his coworker. “__Your__ coworker? Is it normal for coworkers to kiss __in__ the parking lot?” Pamela asked. Sheldon said that __he__ wasn’t kissing his coworker. She had simply asked __him__ to smell her breath to be sure her __breath__ smelled okay. She had eaten garlic bread at __lunch__ .

As Pamela stormed away, Sheldon heard her say __something__ about getting even.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Trò đùa thực dụng

Trên trang craiglist.com, một người tên "Sheldon" viết là anh đang dọn nhà. "Tôi sẽ bắt đầu cuộc sống mới, và tôi không muốn thứ gì gợi nhớ cho tôi về cuộc sống cũ của mình," Sheldon tuyên bố trên trang mạng. Cho địa chỉ, anh mời mọi người đến thăm căn hộ của mình vào ngày 19 tháng Tư từ 8 giờ đến trưa: "Hãy lấy bất cứ thứ gì bạn muốn; tất cả đều miễn phí."

Khi Shelton thật trở về nhà từ ca làm buổi sáng ở bệnh viện hôm đó, anh ngạc nhiên thấy cửa căn hộ không khoá. Anh hết hồn khi thấy căn hộ bị dọn sạch đồ. Mình đã bị cuớp, anh nghĩ. Anh gõ cửa hàng xóm.

Virgil bảo Shelton là anh thấy người lạ đến và đi sáng hôm đó. Khi Virgil hỏi họ chuyện gì đang xảy ra, một người nói Sheldon đang cho đồ của mình đi. "Tôi ước là anh đã bảo với tôi," Virgil nói. "Khi tôi vào căn hộ của anh, không còn lại đồ gì tốt nữa."

Sheldon giải thích là anh không bảo với Virgil về chuyện cho đồ vì anh còn không biết về chuyện đó. Virgil nói anh thấy Pamela trong căn hộ; cô ta dường như là người phụ trách mọi việc. "Cô bạn gái cũ Pamela của tôi á?" Sheldon hỏi. "Cô bạn gái cũ giận dữ Pamela của tôi?"

"Cũ? Hai người chia tay lúc nào?" Virgil hỏi.

Họ hẹn hò nhau hai năm. Pamela đã bỏ anh gần đây. Cô thấy Sheldon đứng với một phụ nữ trong chổ đậu xe. Sheldon bảo cô là đó chỉ là bạn đồng nghiệp. "Bạn đồng nghiệp của anh? Có bình thường khi đồng nghiệp hôn nhau trong chổ đậu xe không?" Pamela hỏi. Sheldon nói là anh không hôn đồng nghiệp. Cô ấy chỉ nhờ anh ngửi hơi thở của cô để chắc là hơi thở của cô okay. Cô đã ăn bánh mì tỏi buổi trưa.

Khi Pamela giận dữ rời đi, Sheldon nghe cô ấy nói điều gì đó về việc làm cho công bằng.

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. 65.No Place Like an Open House
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. 99.Bad Weed, Bad Call
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. 114.Remember Me?
. 115.The Way to a Man’s Heart
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. 117.New Dog-Barking Law
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. 119.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-2
. 120.Cleaning a Dirty Plate
. 121.Her Driving Lesson
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. 124.Nursing Student Disappears
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. 130.Your Country Thanks You
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. 135.48 Homes Burn Down-2
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. 140.Red Meat, Gray Water
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. 143.Tiger Kills Two Men-2
. 144.Red Flowers Make Her See Red
. 145.The Starbucks Robbery
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. 147.The Argument-2
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. 152.Police Arrest Fire-Starters
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. 154.Get out of "Jail"-2
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. 171.Don’t Get Mad-Get Even
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. 173.The Christmas Gift-2
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. 175.The Haircut-2
. 176.The Robbery at the Mall-1
. 177.The Robbery at the Mall-2
. 178.The Driving Lesson-1
. 179.The Driving Lesson-2
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. 184.A Cleaner River-2
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. 200.The Light Eater-2


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. 237.Bathtub Blues
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. 246.Man Shoots Up Post Office
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. 248.Pier Collapses
. 249.Cameras in Police Cars
. 250.A School Girl Sues Her School


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. 252.Boy Drowns in Neighbor's Pool
. 253.Woman Dies in House Fire
. 254.Plane Crashes into House
. 255.Fishing for Girls
. 256.Shot Next to Christmas Tree
. 257.Stabbed Outside Nightclub
. 258.Fishing Boat Sinks
. 259.The Mysterious Carport Stain
. 260.Lies About Winning Lottery
. 261.Victory Dance Leads to Death
. 262.Eat Your Vegetables
. 263.Honk if You're in a Hurry
. 264.The Man Who Loved Women
. 265.How to Get out of Jury Duty
. 266.The Way to a Man’s Heart
. 267.Female Seeks Mature Male
. 268.Let’s Go Fishing
. 269.Train Wreck “Frees” Cows
. 270.Valuable Guitar Found
. 271.Stepmother Kills Herself
. 272.Beautiful Teacher Smiles
. 273.Are Criminals Taking Over LA?
. 274.Police Arrest Happy Van Driver
. 275.Say Your Prayers
. 276.The Final Phone Call
. 277.Almost Perfect Children
. 278.There Goes the Neighborhood!
. 279.Let’s Go to Vegas!
. 280.Squirrel Attacks Woman
. 281.To Save His Baby
. 282.English Is Confusing
. 283.Pump Up the Tires
. 284.Don’t Go Swimming
. 285.The Park That Went to the Dogs
. 286.Can You Spare a Carburetor?
. 287.Golf Like a Girl
. 288.Take Me Out to the Ball Game
. 289.Take This Job and Shove It
. 290.Where Did That Book Go?
. 291.When You’ve Got Your Health
. 292.That ‘New Car’ Smell
. 293.Inviting Poor Student to Dinner
. 294.When I'm in the Bathroom
. 295.It Was an Old, Worthless Clock
. 296.Five-Finger Discount on Candy
. 297.Collecting Seashells
. 298.At the Store Entrance
. 299.We Will See the World
. 300.Get Me a Caffe Latte




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. 302.The Slow Computer-2
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. 304.Avoid the Flu
. 305.Magician Attracts Women
. 306.US Border Patrol
. 307.Car Shopping in California
. 308.Happy Anniversary
. 309.“Read All about It!”
. 310.A Factory Worker
. 311.Bad Pork
. 312.Don’t Eat the Meat
. 313.Copper Robbers
. 314.Weekly Driving Lessons-1
. 315.Weekly Driving Lessons-2
. 316.Laundry Day-1
. 317.Laundry Day-2
. 318.The Bargain CD Set-1
. 319.The Bargain CD Set-2
. 320.It’s All Over
. 321.The New Clothes-1
. 322.The New Clothes-2
. 323.Food as Punishment
. 324.US Passports Outsourced
. 325.The Demanding Son
. 326.A Practical Joke
. 327.The Dead Pedestrian
. 328.Bad News, Good News
. 329.The Cluster Balloonist
. 330.The Rude Clerk
. 331.The Tax Charge
. 332.The Fire in the Hills-1
. 333.The Fire in the Hills-2
. 334.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-1
. 335.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-2
. 336.The Rental Car-1
. 337.The Rental Car-2
. 338.The Marathon Cheater
. 339.School Bus Crashes
. 340.Don’t Take My Property
. 341.New Law for Taco Trucks
. 342.The Refund-1
. 343.The Refund-2
. 344.Shut Your Mouth
. 345.TSA’s New Policy-1
. 346.TSA’s New Policy-2
. 347.I’m Pregnant
. 348.Court Approves Same-Sex Marriage
. 349.Impolite to His Brother
. 350.Protecting the Public
. 351.Malibu to License Paparazzi
. 352.I'm Moving to NY
. 353.The Heart Attack-1
. 354.The Heart Attack-2
. 355.Let's Speak English

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