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Graded Readers - Short Stories, Learn English through story | Graded reader level 1 | Rich man, poor man | English Skills

Learn English through story | Graded reader level 1 | Rich man, poor man | English Skills

man by tc jup

chapter one a letter for adam

one day a postman came to my village

the postman brought me a letter from my

son Saul. "Is your name adam?"

the postman asked. yes i said

i've got a letter for you the postman

read the envelope

adam of the village of minta

a letter for me who is it from

i asked the postman looked at the

envelope again

from saul he said

he gave me the letter and walked away

martha martha i called to my wife

come here we have a letter from our

son's soul

martha came out and looked at the letter

she was excited but she was also worried

a letter from seoul she said

is he alive and well i'm going to find

the school teacher

he can read the letter

there was no school 50 years ago

so i cannot read or write

i live in a small village the only work

is farming

my only son saul left the village two

years ago

and my three daughters are married seoul

is making a lot of money

in a foreign country

martha and the school teacher came back

a lot of other people came everyone

wanted to hear my letter the school

teacher

opened the envelope and read the letter

20 taylor street london e19

england 16th of march

dear father i am living in london

i have a job in a factory the work is

very hard

i often work at night but the pay is

good

i am well and i live with people from my

country

i am sending you 100 pounds

in this letter this is for you

and my mother love to you and mother

soul

100 pounds i said to the school teacher

you're wrong it's a mistake

no the school teacher said i'm not wrong

it's not a mistake here is the money

and he gave me a piece of paper

what is this i asked a money

order the school teacher said go to

darpur

take this money order to the post office

in darpur

the money order is worth 100 pounds

the post office official will give you

the money

100 pounds i said again

everyone laughed and said adam you are a

rich man

you can buy many things for your farm

and for your house

and i can buy some good food and drink

in darpur

i am going to give a party for you all

i told my friends martha said

saul is a good son

that evening the village people talked

about the money order

and my money martha and i also talked

about the money

we needed many things for the farm

chapter 2 adam

next morning i got up very early it was

dark

and everyone was asleep but i was going

to darpur

i washed and dressed carefully i put on

my best clothes

and i carried my best stick i put the

money order carefully in my pocket

and i said goodbye to martha

i walked 10 miles to the main road

i sat down at the main road and ate my

breakfast

i waited for the bus i waited for two

hours then the bus came

and i got up

[Applause]

it is a long way to darpur the bus

takes three hours i arrived in darpur

and walked to the post office

immediately

i do not often go to darpur i only know

the market

and one shop this is the shop of rick

i buy things for my farm from rick

there were a lot of people in the post

office

i asked about money orders a man

showed me the cue there was a long line

of people

and i waited at the back

finally it was my turn i was at the

front of the queue

but the official did not serve me

excuse me i said it's my turn

i'm next you are next

old man i'm very busy the official said

look at my papers look at all these

people

i am very busy and you must wait

so i waited finally the official looked

at me

what do you want he asked i gave him my

money order

this is my money order for 100 pounds

i replied the official held out his hand

identity card he said

excuse me i don't understand i replied

your identity card the official said

again

give me your identity card

what is an identity card i asked

i can't give you any money for this

money order

first i must see your identity card

your identity card gives your name and

your address

your identity card describes you there

is a photograph of you

in your identity card i don't know you

who are you the official was a little

angry

but i was also angry who am i

i said everyone knows me i am adam of

the village of minta

i haven't got an identity card and i

don't need an identity card

old man i'm very busy and you're very

stupid the official said who are you

where is minter give me my money

give me my 100 pounds i said

the official looked angry and said show

me

your identity card i don't know you

the official gave back my money order

and he turned away

where can i buy an identity card i asked

the official

he did not speak to me he did not answer

go to the ministry of the interior a man

said

he was standing in the queue and he told

me the way

chapter 3 an identity card

i walked to the ministry of the interior

i waited in another queue i spoke to

another official

i asked for an identity card

fill in this application form the

official said and bring the form

and three photographs of yourself and

two pounds

come back tomorrow tomorrow

i said can i have an identity card today

please

i live in minta i live five hours

journey from darpur

i'm an old man yes come back tomorrow

and the official turned away

i walked away from the ministry of the

interior

i walked to the market at the market i

looked at everyone

i was looking for a man from my village

but i could not find a villager

so then i walked to the shop of rick

i spoke to rick i want an identity card

i told him but i need three photographs

of myself

i see you need some photographs

and he showed me the way to a

photographer

i found the house the photographer was

asleep but he came to me quickly

the man's clothes were dirty and he

looked tired

i need an identity card i said i want

three photographs of myself yes

you want three photographs of yourself

the photographer replied and i take

very good photographs come and see my

camera

we walked into his room in the middle of

the room was a large camera

this is the best camera in darpur this

camera is

very very good the photographer said

proudly i've never seen a camera

i said i don't know about cameras hurry

up and take a photograph of me

please do not hurry me old man

the photographer said i am an artist

and he gave me a mirror and a comb

i don't want a mirror i don't want a

comb please

take my photograph i'm going to minter

this afternoon

and i'm in a hurry i said yes

he said but first the price this

is the best camera in darpur and i'm the

best photographer

three photographs will cost you two

pounds fifty

two pounds fifty and i laughed

two pounds fifty and pay me now please

the photographer answered i did not know

the price of photographs

what could i do then the photographer

said

you're an old man for you the price is

two pounds

so i gave him the money and he took the

photographs

come back tomorrow morning he said i

want my three photographs now

immediately i said don't be stupid

the photographer said photographs take

24 hours

come back tomorrow what could i do

so i said yes tomorrow morning

good said the photographer now go i have

a lot of work

i'm very busy i went back to the bus

station

i sat on the bus for three hours i

walked

10 miles back to my village

it was night time and i was very tired

martha and my friends were waiting for

me

where is the money marta asked

i have no money i cannot change the

money order

first i must have an identity card

and i told martha everything

tomorrow i'm going to darpur again i

said

then i did not talk again i was very

tired

and it was late at night i lay on my bed

and i slept

chapter four no

i woke up late the next morning the sun

was already high

i did not walk to the main road and

catch a bus

all the buses go to darpur early in the

morning

so i stayed at home on wednesday i was

still very tired

i rested and talked to the villagers

about the money order

i told them about the identity card and

the photographer

the school teacher said yes the official

is correct

in a post office you always show your

identity card

the school teacher filled in my

application form for an identity card

application form for identity card

name adam jamai

address village of minta

age 72 years

place of birth village of minta

occupation farmer

color of eyes brown

on thursday i traveled to darpur again

i walked to the main road and i caught a

bus

in darpur i walked to the house of the

photographer

i knocked on the door of the house

[Music]

no one came to the door i knocked again

loudly with my stick

a woman opened the door who are you

what do you want she asked can i have my

photographs please

i said your photographs i have no

photographs

the woman replied i came here on tuesday

where is the photographer i asked he's

out

he's not here and the woman closed the

door

i shouted at her i'm waiting here for

him

after a long time the photographer came

back

he looked tired and he smelled of beer

give me my photographs i said i have

waited a long time for you

the photographer looked at me and said i

don't know

you old man what photographs are you

talking about

my three photographs from my identity

card

i paid you two pounds for them on

tuesday give me my photographs

immediately all my money

your photographs your money what are you

talking about the photographer said show

me the paper show me the receipt for

your money

my receipt i asked yes

where is your receipt the photographer

asked

you didn't give me a receipt i shouted

give me my photographs on my money

immediately

and i hit the photographer hard with my

stick

i am old but i am still strong

the photographer fell on the ground he

shouted

help help this old man is killing me

and i hit him hard again lots of people

ran

out of their houses i hit the

photographer again

and two men held me i could not get away

from the two men

the photographer was very angry and i

was very angry

lots of people were shouting then a

policeman came

the photographer shouted to the

policeman this old man hit me three

times with his stick

he's a thief and a murderer he wants my

money

the policeman held my arm and said come

with me to the police station

i did not say anything we walked to the

police station

at the police station the policeman

asked me

did you hit that man three times

yes i said he didn't give me my

photographs

show me your identity card said the

policeman

i am adam of minter village i replied

and i haven't got an identity card

old man said the policeman go back to

your village

don't come here and fight keep out of

darpur

and he pushed me into the street

i went back to my village i was tired

and angry

chapter five adam changes his money

order

next day i told my story to all the

villagers

the villagers were angry martha was very

unhappy

she said saul is working very hard

he is sending money and we can't have

the money what are we going to do

i did not know then in the evening the

school teacher came to my house again

adam perhaps i can help you the school

teacher said

here is a letter to mr sheth mr sheth

i said who is he he's an important man

in darpur and he's a friend of my wife's

cousin

replied the school teacher this letter

is to mr sheth

the letter is about your money order

perhaps he can help you

i took the letter and thanked the school

teacher

so i traveled to darpur again on

saturday

for the third time after a long time i

found mr sheth's house

the door was opened by a tall man

can i see mr sheth i asked

and who are you the tall man asked i

have a letter from mr sheth

i replied i see can i have the letter

please

and the tall man held out his hand the

letter is here

i said and i took the letter out of my

pocket

but i must see mr sheth many people want

to see mr sheth

the tall man told me he is a very busy

man and a very

important man mr sheth is not here at

the moment

but give me your letter and mr sheth

will read it later

i gave the tall man the letter then i

waited

later a large black car came

and the man went into the house

a long time later the tall man opened

the door again

come in now please and follow me he said

i followed the tall man we went into a

large room with fine

carpets and big chairs another man was

in the room

he was drinking this is mr sheth

he said the tall man i am adam

of minter village i replied

yes i know said mr sheth

thank you for the letter i hope i can

help you

i like to help people please

sit down mr sheth smiled

his clothes were new and smart

thank you i said can i see the money

order please

mr sheth asked i took the money order

out of my pocket

by now the money order was dirty and

looked very old

i gave it to mr sheth

this money order is for 100 pounds

i said my son sent it from a foreign

country

mr sheth unfolded the money order and

looked at it

you can't change this money order he

said

this money order is not worth 100 pounds

but this money order is worth nothing

worth nothing worthless

i asked then mr sheth looked at the

money order again

yes worthless your son does not

understand about

money orders this money order is not

correct for our country mr sheth said

then he looked at the money order again

and said

and this money order is also old

it is out of date

i said nothing mr sheth gave me the

money order back

then mr sheth smiled and said

i am very sorry you are an old man

you came a long way from your village

what can i give you to eat and drink

i was not hungry but mr sheth went out

of the room

then he brought me some coffee and some

cakes

i drank my coffee old man

said mr sheth i like to help people

i am a rich man give me your money order

i gave my money order to mr sheth

yes this money order is worthless

he said again but i am going to help you

i am going to change this money order

for you

i am going to give you some money

mr sheth went out of the room i felt

very happy again

after a few minutes the tall man came

into the room

he gave me an envelope this is from mr

sheth

you can go now the tall man said

i went out of the house i walked along

the road to the bus station

i opened the envelope and i took out my

money

i counted the money

it was 10 pounds

i thought about my only son's soul

my son saul had sent me a money order

for one

hundred pounds mr sheth had given me

ten pounds i felt old

and i felt poor again

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Learn English through story | Graded reader level 1 | Rich man, poor man | English Skills Learn English through story | Graded reader level 1 | Rich man, poor man | English Skills

man by tc jup رجل من تي سي جوب

chapter one a letter for adam

one day a postman came to my village ذات يوم جاء ساعي بريد إلى قريتي

the postman brought me a letter from my أحضر لي ساعي البريد رسالة مني

son Saul. "Is your name adam?" ابن شاول. "هل اسمك آدم؟"

the postman asked. yes i said

i've got a letter for you the postman

read the envelope اقرأ المغلف

adam of the village of minta آدم من قرية مينتا

a letter for me who is it from رسالة لي من هو

i asked the postman looked at the سألت ساعي البريد نظر في

envelope again مغلف مرة أخرى

from saul he said قال عن شاول

he gave me the letter and walked away أعطاني الرسالة وغادر

martha martha i called to my wife مارثا مارثا اتصلت بزوجتي

come here we have a letter from our

son's soul

martha came out and looked at the letter

she was excited but she was also worried

a letter from seoul she said قالت رسالة من سيول

is he alive and well i'm going to find هل هو على قيد الحياة وبصحة جيدة سأجد

the school teacher مدرس المدرسة

he can read the letter يمكنه قراءة الرسالة

there was no school 50 years ago لم تكن هناك مدرسة منذ 50 عامًا

so i cannot read or write لذلك لا أستطيع القراءة أو الكتابة

i live in a small village the only work أعيش في قرية صغيرة العمل الوحيد

is farming هو الزراعة

my only son saul left the village two

years ago

and my three daughters are married seoul

is making a lot of money يجني الكثير من المال

in a foreign country في بلد أجنبي

martha and the school teacher came back عادت مارثا ومعلم المدرسة

a lot of other people came everyone

wanted to hear my letter the school

teacher

opened the envelope and read the letter

20 taylor street london e19

england 16th of march

dear father i am living in london

i have a job in a factory the work is

very hard

i often work at night but the pay is

good

i am well and i live with people from my

country

i am sending you 100 pounds

in this letter this is for you

and my mother love to you and mother

soul

100 pounds i said to the school teacher

you're wrong it's a mistake

no the school teacher said i'm not wrong

it's not a mistake here is the money

and he gave me a piece of paper

what is this i asked a money

order the school teacher said go to

darpur

take this money order to the post office

in darpur

the money order is worth 100 pounds

the post office official will give you

the money

100 pounds i said again

everyone laughed and said adam you are a

rich man

you can buy many things for your farm

and for your house

and i can buy some good food and drink

in darpur

i am going to give a party for you all

i told my friends martha said

saul is a good son

that evening the village people talked

about the money order

and my money martha and i also talked

about the money

we needed many things for the farm

chapter 2 adam

next morning i got up very early it was

dark

and everyone was asleep but i was going

to darpur

i washed and dressed carefully i put on

my best clothes

and i carried my best stick i put the

money order carefully in my pocket

and i said goodbye to martha

i walked 10 miles to the main road

i sat down at the main road and ate my

breakfast

i waited for the bus i waited for two

hours then the bus came

and i got up

[Applause]

it is a long way to darpur the bus

takes three hours i arrived in darpur

and walked to the post office

immediately

i do not often go to darpur i only know

the market

and one shop this is the shop of rick

i buy things for my farm from rick

there were a lot of people in the post

office

i asked about money orders a man

showed me the cue there was a long line

of people

and i waited at the back

finally it was my turn i was at the

front of the queue

but the official did not serve me

excuse me i said it's my turn

i'm next you are next

old man i'm very busy the official said

look at my papers look at all these

people

i am very busy and you must wait

so i waited finally the official looked

at me

what do you want he asked i gave him my

money order

this is my money order for 100 pounds

i replied the official held out his hand

identity card he said

excuse me i don't understand i replied

your identity card the official said

again

give me your identity card

what is an identity card i asked

i can't give you any money for this

money order

first i must see your identity card

your identity card gives your name and

your address

your identity card describes you there

is a photograph of you

in your identity card i don't know you

who are you the official was a little

angry

but i was also angry who am i

i said everyone knows me i am adam of

the village of minta

i haven't got an identity card and i

don't need an identity card

old man i'm very busy and you're very

stupid the official said who are you

where is minter give me my money

give me my 100 pounds i said

the official looked angry and said show

me

your identity card i don't know you

the official gave back my money order

and he turned away

where can i buy an identity card i asked

the official

he did not speak to me he did not answer

go to the ministry of the interior a man

said

he was standing in the queue and he told

me the way

chapter 3 an identity card

i walked to the ministry of the interior

i waited in another queue i spoke to

another official

i asked for an identity card

fill in this application form the

official said and bring the form

and three photographs of yourself and

two pounds

come back tomorrow tomorrow

i said can i have an identity card today

please

i live in minta i live five hours

journey from darpur

i'm an old man yes come back tomorrow

and the official turned away

i walked away from the ministry of the

interior

i walked to the market at the market i

looked at everyone

i was looking for a man from my village

but i could not find a villager

so then i walked to the shop of rick

i spoke to rick i want an identity card

i told him but i need three photographs

of myself

i see you need some photographs

and he showed me the way to a

photographer

i found the house the photographer was

asleep but he came to me quickly

the man's clothes were dirty and he

looked tired

i need an identity card i said i want

three photographs of myself yes

you want three photographs of yourself

the photographer replied and i take

very good photographs come and see my

camera

we walked into his room in the middle of

the room was a large camera

this is the best camera in darpur this

camera is

very very good the photographer said

proudly i've never seen a camera

i said i don't know about cameras hurry

up and take a photograph of me

please do not hurry me old man

the photographer said i am an artist

and he gave me a mirror and a comb

i don't want a mirror i don't want a

comb please

take my photograph i'm going to minter

this afternoon

and i'm in a hurry i said yes

he said but first the price this

is the best camera in darpur and i'm the

best photographer

three photographs will cost you two

pounds fifty

two pounds fifty and i laughed

two pounds fifty and pay me now please

the photographer answered i did not know

the price of photographs

what could i do then the photographer

said

you're an old man for you the price is

two pounds

so i gave him the money and he took the

photographs

come back tomorrow morning he said i

want my three photographs now

immediately i said don't be stupid

the photographer said photographs take

24 hours

come back tomorrow what could i do

so i said yes tomorrow morning

good said the photographer now go i have

a lot of work

i'm very busy i went back to the bus

station

i sat on the bus for three hours i

walked

10 miles back to my village

it was night time and i was very tired

martha and my friends were waiting for

me

where is the money marta asked

i have no money i cannot change the

money order

first i must have an identity card

and i told martha everything

tomorrow i'm going to darpur again i

said

then i did not talk again i was very

tired

and it was late at night i lay on my bed

and i slept

chapter four no

i woke up late the next morning the sun

was already high

i did not walk to the main road and

catch a bus

all the buses go to darpur early in the

morning

so i stayed at home on wednesday i was

still very tired

i rested and talked to the villagers

about the money order

i told them about the identity card and

the photographer

the school teacher said yes the official

is correct

in a post office you always show your

identity card

the school teacher filled in my

application form for an identity card

application form for identity card

name adam jamai

address village of minta

age 72 years

place of birth village of minta

occupation farmer

color of eyes brown

on thursday i traveled to darpur again

i walked to the main road and i caught a

bus

in darpur i walked to the house of the

photographer

i knocked on the door of the house

[Music]

no one came to the door i knocked again

loudly with my stick

a woman opened the door who are you

what do you want she asked can i have my

photographs please

i said your photographs i have no

photographs

the woman replied i came here on tuesday

where is the photographer i asked he's

out

he's not here and the woman closed the

door

i shouted at her i'm waiting here for

him

after a long time the photographer came

back

he looked tired and he smelled of beer

give me my photographs i said i have

waited a long time for you

the photographer looked at me and said i

don't know

you old man what photographs are you

talking about

my three photographs from my identity

card

i paid you two pounds for them on

tuesday give me my photographs

immediately all my money

your photographs your money what are you

talking about the photographer said show

me the paper show me the receipt for

your money

my receipt i asked yes

where is your receipt the photographer

asked

you didn't give me a receipt i shouted

give me my photographs on my money

immediately

and i hit the photographer hard with my

stick

i am old but i am still strong

the photographer fell on the ground he

shouted

help help this old man is killing me

and i hit him hard again lots of people

ran

out of their houses i hit the

photographer again

and two men held me i could not get away

from the two men

the photographer was very angry and i

was very angry

lots of people were shouting then a

policeman came

the photographer shouted to the

policeman this old man hit me three

times with his stick

he's a thief and a murderer he wants my

money

the policeman held my arm and said come

with me to the police station

i did not say anything we walked to the

police station

at the police station the policeman

asked me

did you hit that man three times

yes i said he didn't give me my

photographs

show me your identity card said the

policeman

i am adam of minter village i replied

and i haven't got an identity card

old man said the policeman go back to

your village

don't come here and fight keep out of

darpur

and he pushed me into the street

i went back to my village i was tired

and angry

chapter five adam changes his money

order

next day i told my story to all the

villagers

the villagers were angry martha was very

unhappy

she said saul is working very hard

he is sending money and we can't have

the money what are we going to do

i did not know then in the evening the

school teacher came to my house again

adam perhaps i can help you the school

teacher said

here is a letter to mr sheth mr sheth

i said who is he he's an important man

in darpur and he's a friend of my wife's

cousin

replied the school teacher this letter

is to mr sheth

the letter is about your money order

perhaps he can help you

i took the letter and thanked the school

teacher

so i traveled to darpur again on

saturday

for the third time after a long time i

found mr sheth's house

the door was opened by a tall man

can i see mr sheth i asked

and who are you the tall man asked i

have a letter from mr sheth

i replied i see can i have the letter

please

and the tall man held out his hand the

letter is here

i said and i took the letter out of my

pocket

but i must see mr sheth many people want

to see mr sheth

the tall man told me he is a very busy

man and a very

important man mr sheth is not here at

the moment

but give me your letter and mr sheth

will read it later

i gave the tall man the letter then i

waited

later a large black car came

and the man went into the house

a long time later the tall man opened

the door again

come in now please and follow me he said

i followed the tall man we went into a

large room with fine

carpets and big chairs another man was

in the room

he was drinking this is mr sheth

he said the tall man i am adam

of minter village i replied

yes i know said mr sheth

thank you for the letter i hope i can

help you

i like to help people please

sit down mr sheth smiled

his clothes were new and smart

thank you i said can i see the money

order please

mr sheth asked i took the money order

out of my pocket

by now the money order was dirty and

looked very old

i gave it to mr sheth

this money order is for 100 pounds

i said my son sent it from a foreign

country

mr sheth unfolded the money order and

looked at it

you can't change this money order he

said

this money order is not worth 100 pounds

but this money order is worth nothing

worth nothing worthless

i asked then mr sheth looked at the

money order again

yes worthless your son does not

understand about

money orders this money order is not

correct for our country mr sheth said

then he looked at the money order again

and said

and this money order is also old

it is out of date

i said nothing mr sheth gave me the

money order back

then mr sheth smiled and said

i am very sorry you are an old man

you came a long way from your village

what can i give you to eat and drink

i was not hungry but mr sheth went out

of the room

then he brought me some coffee and some

cakes

i drank my coffee old man

said mr sheth i like to help people

i am a rich man give me your money order

i gave my money order to mr sheth

yes this money order is worthless

he said again but i am going to help you

i am going to change this money order

for you

i am going to give you some money

mr sheth went out of the room i felt

very happy again

after a few minutes the tall man came

into the room

he gave me an envelope this is from mr

sheth

you can go now the tall man said

i went out of the house i walked along

the road to the bus station

i opened the envelope and i took out my

money

i counted the money

it was 10 pounds

i thought about my only son's soul

my son saul had sent me a money order

for one

hundred pounds mr sheth had given me

ten pounds i felt old

and i felt poor again

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