Online English Listening Lessons
Audio file: 1:50 min
Story length: 249 words
Here is the listening file for this lesson.
Long ago, a man was married to a beautiful and smart woman. They loved each other very much.
While walking home one day, the man saw some money on the road. He picked it up. He thought about buying his wife a present.
At home, he gave the money to his wife. She wasn’t happy. She asked, “Why did you take that? Does a good man take something that’s not his?”
The man listened and thought for a moment. She was right. He went outside and put the money on the road just where he found it.
A few months later, he decided to attend school. He wanted to study with a great teacher. However, the school was far away. He couldn’t see his wife for a long time. One day, he decided to go home for a visit.
When he got home, he saw his wife. She was making a shirt. She looked at him and asked, “Why did you come home?”
The man said he missed her.
She wasn’t pleased. She got some scissors, held up the shirt and cut it in half.
She explained, “If something is stopped before it’s finished, you’ll never do anything good. Look at this shirt. It was almost done. Now it’s of no use. That’s like you leaving school. You must finish what you start.”
The man listened and thought for a moment. The following day, he went back to school and didn’t leave until he had finished many great things.
Here’s a gap fill exercise. Download the Halfway printable worksheet (pdf file). Listen to the story and fill in the blanks.
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