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32 Saying Goodbye

32. Saying goodbye


two men

Peter is saying goodbye to everyone.


coworker: a person you work with

joking: to have fun with another person

jokingly: a way of saying something that is intended to be funny

shake / shook / shaken: to grab a person’s hand in greeting or when saying goodbye

tavern: a casual place for drinks and food.

tough: difficult


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Peter said goodbye to his coworkers today. This was his last day on the job. He found a new job that pays more money.

"Best of luck to you, Peter," said Bob.

"We’re going to miss you around here," said Kate.

"I’m happy you’re leaving. I never really liked you much," Matt said jokingly." Can I have your desk?"

Later, Peter and his coworkers met at the local tavern for a goodbye party. His boss was there, too. They stayed for a few hours, but then it was time to go. Peter shook hands with everyone, and then he went home to be with his family. He was very sad.

It’s tough to say goodbye. Peter didn’t want to quit his job, but with a wife and four kids, he really needs to make more money. Everyone understands that.


Now you try it. Read the paragraph above. If you have a microphone, you can record your voice and compare it to my voice.

  How much do you remember from the reading? Fill in the blanks.

  • 1A: Why is Peter leaving his job?
  • 1B: He found a job that pays __________ money.
  • 2A: Where did everyone go to say goodbye?
  • 2B: They went to the local __________.
  • 3A: How many kids does he have?
  • 3B: He has _________ kids.

 (Answers: 1. more; 2. tavern; 3. four)

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