A middle-class man decides to go off and join a monastery which requires an oath of silence. No speech is allowed except for two words every 5 years, to sum up one’s experiences to the head monk.

After the first 5 years, the monk asked him what two words described his experiences and all he said was HARD BEDS.

When the next 5 year period came, the monk asked how things were and he replied BAD FOOD.

After 5 more years, he walked up to the monk and said, I QUIT!

The monk nodded and muttered:

Yes, this doesn’t surprise me. You’ve been doing nothing but complaining for the past 15 years!

Vocabulary Help

  • I quit – eu desisto
  • bad food – comida ruim
  • complain – reclamar
  • go off – sair
  • hard beds – camas duras
  • head monk – monge chefe
  • join – juntar-se a
  • middle class – classe média
  • mutter – murmurar
  • nod – balançar
  • oath of silence – voto de silêncio
  • speech – fala
  • sum up – resumir