The frantic-looking lady came rushing out of her house into the street and cried: “Help! Help! My young son has swallowed a coin and is choking. I don’t know what to do!”

Everyone looked the other way, except for a middle-aged gentleman who rushed into the lady’s house, found her young son, turned him upside down and shook him until the coin fell out of his mouth.

“Oh, thank you!” cried the lady. “Are you a doctor?”

“No madam, replied the middle-aged man. “I’m from the Income Tax Department.”

Vocabulary Help

  • choking – engasgando, sufocando
  • coin – moeda
  • cry (cry, cried, cried) – gritar
  • everyone – todos
  • fall out – cair
  • find (find, found, found) – encontrar
  • frantic-looking – de aparência desesperada
  • house – casa
  • Income Tax Department – Departamento do Imposto de Renda
  • look – olhar
  • middle-aged gentleman – senhor de meia idade
  • mouth – boca
  • rush out – sair rápido, com pressa
  • shake (shake, shook, shaken) – sacudir
  • son – filho
  • street – rua
  • swallow – engolir
  • turn upside down – virar de cabeça para baixo
  • young – jovem