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Inane Answering Machine Messages
|edHelper's suggested reading level:||grades 4 to 5|
|Flesch-Kincaid grade level:||3.29|
Sending the Right Message
By Mary L. Bushong
1 Jan giggled as she hung up the phone.
2 "What's so funny?" asked Sara. "Did you hear a joke?"
3 Jan shook her head. "It was the answering machine message. It was pretty silly, and it made me laugh."
4 "What did it say?" asked Sara.
5 "A funny voice answered and said, 'This is the refrigerator speaking. The answering machine is broken. If you want to leave a message, I'll write it down and stick it on myself,' " she said.
6 Sara rolled her eyes. "That's really silly." Then she suddenly smiled. "My Aunt Brenda has a funny message on her machine. She pretends she is an English nanny who is stuck at home looking after the children while their parents are out doing something fun. I always laugh the biggest laugh when I hear it."
7 "I wish I could come up with something like that for our house. My brother recorded the one for our machine," said Jan. "It says, 'At the beep, speak.' "
8 "I know," said Sara. "It's not very original."
9 "The one he wanted to do was funny, but Dad wouldn't let him do it," said Jan.
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English Reading Comprehension: Sending the Right Message
French Reading Comprehension: Transmettre le bon message
Spanish Reading Comprehension: Enviando el mensaje apropiado
Italian Reading Comprehension: Inviare il messaggio giusto
German Reading Comprehension: Die richtige Nachricht senden
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