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Grammar note: All the verbs in this little story are in the simple present tense. If you like, try rewriting the text in the simple past. It would start with: “I had a friend named Sheila…”
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I have a friend named Sheila. She is from Colombia, but she lives in the United States. She works as a cashier in a supermarket. All day long she scans the food and other things that people buy. Most people pay with debit or credit cards, but if someone pays in cash, she gives them their change. Most of the time another person, called a bagger, works with Sheila. The bagger puts the food and other items into bags for the customers.
Sheila gets up early every morning. She takes a quick shower, brushes her teeth, gets dressed, brushes her hair, and eats a small breakfast. Then she takes a bus to work. The supermarket opens at 7am and Sheila arrives at a quarter to seven (6:45) so she will be ready when the first customers show up.
Sheila finishes work at half past three (3:30 pm). She takes the bus home, changes clothes and goes for a run around her neighborhood. Then she jumps in the shower again, eats a simple dinner (usually leftovers), and goes to school. She has classes every evening, Monday through Friday. Her first class is English conversation. In her second class she practices reading and writing in English. Her final class every evening is Business English. Sheila is a good student and she studies English day and night. She knows that being fluent in English will help her personally and professionally.