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Inane Answering Machine Messages



Sending the Right Message
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.29

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    Euwwwww, interplanetary, morbid, morgue, nanny, universal, sneaking, suspicion, original, universe, possibly, stab, slab, hearing, perhaps, beep
     content words:    Jurassic Park, Zurg Empire
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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Reading Comprehension
     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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