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Learn English Vocabulary, Story 7
A Story for Learners of English

Here's a short, funny story for learning vocabulary. As a student of English, you should read this story at least three times. Difficult words are explained on the right side of the page.

A man went into a bar, called (1) the bartender and said to him, "Give me a glass of (2) whiskey before (3) the trouble starts". The bartender was busy serving other (4) patrons, so instead of saying anything, he just gave the man a glass of whiskey and the man drank it. Quickly he (5) slammed his glass down, called the bartender again and said, "Give me another whiskey before the trouble starts". Again the bartender was (6) too occupied to say anything, so he just gave the man a second drink and went away. After the man drank his second whiskey, he called the barman a third time and said, "One (7) last drink before the trouble starts". Finally, the bartender had (8) a free moment so when he brought the third glass of whiskey he asked, "What trouble are you (9) referring to?". The man answered, "I don't have any money"! (1) a man who servers drinks in a bar

(2) a strong kind of alcohol

(3) "the" before "trouble" means the man seems
to know that something bad will happen

(4) customers

(5) put down hard ("slam" can also be used
to describe closing a door very loudly)

(6) too busy

(7) the final drink

(8) when he was not busy

(9) talking about

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