A Scottish mother visits her son in his New York City apartment and asks, “How do you find the Americans, Donald?”

“Mother,” says Donald, “they’re such noisy people. One neighbor won’t stop banging his head against the wall, while the other screams and screams all night long.”

“Oh, Donald! How do you manage to put up with them?”

“What can I do? I just lie in bed quietly, playing my bagpipes.”

Vocabulary Help

  • against the wall – contra a parede
  • all night long – a noite inteira
  • bang his head – bater a cabeça
  • How do you find the Americans? – O que você acha dos americanos?
  • lie in bed – ficar na cama
  • mother – mãe
  • neighbor – vizinho
  • noisy – barulhento
  • playing my bagpipes – tocando a minha gaita de foles
  • scottish – escocês
  • scream – gritar
  • son – filho »
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