An American visiting England walked into a hotel lobby.

“The lift will be down presently”, the receptionist told him.

“The lift?” said the American. “Oh, you mean the elevator”.

“No, I mean the lift”, replied the Englishman.

“I think I should know what it is called”, said the American. Elevators were invented in the States.

“Perhaps, retorted the Englishman. But we invented the language.”

Vocabulary Help

  • be down – chegar(vindo de cima)
  • elevator – elevador (EUA)
  • language – a língua, o idioma
  • lift – elevador (Inglaterra)
  • presently – em breve
  • reply – responder
  • retort – replicar
  • should know – deveria saber
  • think (think, thought, thought) – pensar
  • walk – andar
  • you mean – você quer dizer

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