Alberto took one look at his new neighbours and knew that his life was going to get more difficult. There they were, two of them, as big and as noisy as their car, and smelly and stupid as well.

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Alberto’s New Neighbours

by Chris Rose

Alberto took one look at his new neighbours and knew that his life was going to get more difficult. He watched them arrive in their big, noisy car and watched them get out. There they were, two of them, as big and as noisy as their car, and smelly and stupid as well.

'Terrible!' he thought. 'How am I going to put up with them?' He went to tell Mimi. Mimi was the friend he lived with.
'Have you seen the new neighbours?' he asked her.
'No' she said. 'Who are they?'
'Two of them. The ones we don’t like. Big and noisy and stupid and smelly. Just like they always are.'
'Oh, no' said Mimi. 'How awful! Still, I suppose we can just ignore them.'
'I suppose you’re right' agreed Alberto. 'We’ll just have to ignore them.'

For a few days, then, Alberto and Mimi tried to ignore their new neighbours. When the neighbours went out for a walk, Alberto and Mimi didn’t say hello to them. When the neighbours were in their garden, Alberto and Mimi went inside. This was ok for a few days, but, perhaps inevitably, things didn’t stay this way …

One day Alberto woke up from his sleep to find one of the neighbours in his garden. 'Mimi!' he shouted. 'Have you seen this!? He’s in our garden!!!! Look!'
'How terrible' said Mimi. 'Let’s call our staff and make sure they get rid of him immediately!'

Mimi went off to call their staff. Two minutes later Alberto and Mimi’s head of staff was out in the garden trying to get rid of the unwelcome neighbour. 'Go on!' he shouted. 'Get out of here! Go home!' The neighbour didn’t say anything, but gave Alberto and Mimi’s head of staff a dirty look, then he went back into his garden. Alberto and Mimi felt better, and then asked their head of staff to prepare their lunch for them.

However, it wasn’t enough. Over the next few days Alberto and Mimi often found one or other or both of their new neighbours walking around their own garden. It was terrible. To show how they felt, Alberto and Mimi went into their neighbours’ garden, at night, when the neighbours were inside, and broke all the flowers.

The next morning one of the neighbours came to talk to Alberto.

'Hey!' he said. 'Hey you!' Alberto ignored him, but he continued talking. 'You came into our garden last night and broke all the flowers!' Alberto didn’t say anything, but gave his neighbour a dirty look. 'Now I’m in trouble!' continued his neighbour. 'They think I did it!'
'Who are ‘they’?' asked Alberto.
'My owners, of course … ' replied the neighbour.
'Owners !!???' said Alberto. 'You have ‘owners’?'
'Course we do' said his neighbour. 'Don’t you?'
'Oh no' replied Alberto. 'We have staff.'

Alberto went to tell Mimi that the neighbours didn’t have staff, but they had owners.

'That’s not a surprise' said Mimi. 'That explains everything. That’s why they’re so noisy and smelly and stupid. We need to make their "owners" become "staff".'

The next day, Alberto and Mimi were actually very friendly with their new neighbours. They tried to explain how to make their owners become "staff."

'Listen' said Alberto to them. 'It’s very easy. First, understand that the house is your house, not theirs … '
'And second' said Mimi, 'make sure that you are always clean.'
'Make sure they give you food whenever you want!'
'Sit on the newspaper while they are reading it!'
'Sleep as much as possible – on their beds!'
'And finally, try not to bark, but to miaow instead.'

But it was no good. The neighbours just didn’t understand. After a week, they gave up.

'It’s no good' said Mimi. 'They’ll never understand – dogs have owners, cats have staff.'

 

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I have a pet dog. I named it Doggie. Doggie is a white coloured shepherd dog. it is very lovely and It always licks my cheek. Doggie had been trained before ehile it is in the pet dog. So, it knows how to go back home, sit, stand and stay.

Doggie is special to me because it is just like my best friend. everytime when I come back from school, it will run out quickly to welcome me. it will jump onto my arm and lick my cheek. when I am free, I will play with Doggie in the garden. it will lie down on my feet, roll over and squirm around me until I give it a stomach rub. I am happy to have a friend who is never busy and can always play with me when I am lonely.

Besides, Doggie is just like my family safety guard. it will always help us to take care of our house. I remember that once there was a thief who tried to steal something valuable from my house. On that night, all of us were asleep. None of us noticed that the thief had broken into out house.

Luckily, we have Doggie. Doggie barked at the thief fiercely when it noticed the thief. It helped us to chase away the thief. All of us were as happy as a lark because nothing had been stolen by the thief.

I am very happy to have a pet dog like Doggie. I believe that caring for animals is important. So, I promised that I will take good care of Doggie forever.

Thank You very much from all the stories !!!!
I've downloaded all and played the mp3 in my class ... They were so excited .... cause after listening to the stories they had to read them .... I hope there will be some new stories soon .... Love From INDONESIA ....

I use this story for my Extensive Reading class. My students enjoy the story. It is a University Preparatory Programme for students who are changing completely from the French system to the American and need English for academic work.

Hello aliefe.ble.emmanuel,

That's great to hear! I just wanted to tell you that, in addition to the other stories in this section, you can find more stories with teaching resources in the Stories and poems section of TeachingEnglish.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I`ve got a cat.Maybe I`m his staff. I don`t care. He loves me, I love him. Why can`t owners love their staff? It doesn`t matter who is staff and who is owner. Love is love.Thanks for lovely story.

Hello everyone. I want only say "thank you" to Chris Rose. All her stories are very beautiful and very interesting, particularly the end.

hello, how are you ?? i from Colombian and i want to know friends of world

If anyone can help my to learn speaking and listening , I wait him.

These lessons are very good for anybody who start learn English
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Hello maan2013!
 
Thanks for your kind words, and welcome to LearnEnglish!
 
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Jeremy Bee
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