Click on the audio buttons and listen to
this conversation while you ckeck the transcription. Susan
is interviewing Jules, a homeless living on the streets of
Harlem, New York.
Now tell me, when we met on the street
what did you want from me?
Er ... the first thing I wanted,
really, the first thing that came into my mind is, I wonder
if she'll give me a dollar so I can buy a bottle of wine.
That was the first thing.
And I was a little cold, and I wasn't
hungry, because these people in the church here where we are
at right now. ahm, we had, er, the hundred twenty-eight
street, and, er, the Roman Catholic church and they're so
nice people here. They feed you. So I would have really been
lying to you to tell you that I was hungry. I don't have a
place to stay, I ...
Because, er ... I, did, er ... eight
years in, er ... prison.
For armed robbery. I didn't hurt
anybody. In fact it wasn't really armed robbery, they call
it simulatin' a weapon. You know, I had my hand in my pocket,
but that was in the 70s. I wouldn't even take the chance to
do that now, I would be scared.
Tell me about a typical day in your
A typical day in my life? A good day?
A good day?
A good day and a bad day.
Well, a good day was when I was 18 and
I was married and I had a wife and a baby. That was a nice
time for me then. A bad day in my life I think was, not, not
the prison, because I survived the prison, it was when I
came out and my mother rejected me. That was a bad day in my
How do you see your future?
I don't see none. I think I'm ...
sister, I'm gonna tell you somethin', and you're a beautiful
lady with pretty eyes. I don't see no future right now. I
really don't ...
Homeless Harlem (II)
Now, listen again to Susan's interview. For
questions 1-to-8, decide which opinions Jules expresses and which
he does not. Choose from the menus the best option YES or NO.
Then check the answers.
Jules thought Susan might give him some money.
Jules wanted to tell Susan he was hungry.
Jules respects the church people who work with the homeless.
Jules thinks the reason he is homeless is because he was in prison.
Jules is angry with himself for not having a real gun when he
Jules was happy when he was married.
Jules didn't mind when his mother refused to see him.
Jules is sure his life is going to get better.
Qué desalentador no tener
esperanzas en la vida, amigos !!!
En la próxima página tienes otra práctica de READING COMPREHENSION
(esta vez la situación es más optimista) ...