Smith goes to see his supervisor in the front office. “Boss,” he says, “we’re doing some heavy house-cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage, moving and hauling stuff.”

“We’re short-handed, Smith” the boss replies. “I can’t give you the day off.”

“Thanks, boss,” says Smith “I knew I could count on you!”

Vocabulary Help

  • attic – sotão
  • boss – chefe
  • count on you – contar com você
  • haul – puxar, arrastar
  • heavy – pesado
  • house cleaning – limpeza da casa
  • need – precisar
  • reply – responder
  • see (see, saw, seen) – ver
  • short-handed – falta de gente
  • stuff – coisas
  • wife – esposa