The Talking animals

A Cowboy meets an Indian herding sheep in the Black Hills.

Cowboy: “Nice dog you got there. Mind if I speak to him?”

Indian: “Dog no talk.”

Cowboy: “Hey dog, how’s it going?”

Dog: “Doin’ all right.”

Indian: (Look of shock!)

Cowboy: “Is this Indian your owner?” (Pointing at the Indian.)

Dog: “Yep.”

Cowboy: “How’s he treating you?”

Dog: “Real good. He walks me twice a day, feeds me great food and takes me to the lake once a week to play.”

Indian: (Look of total disbelief)

Cowboy: “Mind if I talk to your horse?”

Indian: “Horse no talk.”

Cowboy: “Hey horse, how’s it going?”

Horse: “Cool.”

Indian: (Extreme look of shock!)

Cowboy: “Is this your owner?” (Pointing to the Indian.)

Horse: “Yep.”

Cowboy: “How’s he treating you?”

Horse: “Pretty good, thanks for asking, he rides me, brushes me down often, and keeps me in a lean-to to protect me from the weather.”

Indian: (Look of total amazement)

Cowboy: “Mind if I talk to your sheep?”

Indian: “Sheep lies.”

Vocabulary Help

  • brush – escovar
  • cool – bacana, legal
  • disbelief – incredulidade
  • feed – alimentar
  • herding sheep – pastoreando ovelhas
  • keep – manter
  • lake – lago
  • lean-to – abrigo
  • lie – mentir
  • mind if I speak to him? – você se importa se eu falar com ele?
  • nice – legal
  • often – com frequência
  • owner – proprietário
  • play – brincar
  • ride – cavalgar
  • weather – tempo
  • yep (yes) – sim

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