Learn English Through Stories: The Wallet

Learn English through stories - the wallet

When I was 12, my family and I went on holiday to the south of England. My cousins went too and we rented a house by the beach. Being kids, we wanted to go to the beach as soon as we got there. So, we did.

I decided to look for crabs in a pool nearby. Straight away, I saw something in the middle of the pool. But it wasn’t a crab. I used my spade to lift it out of the pool of water and inspected it. I said to my mum, “It’s a wallet! With money in it!” My mum took the wallet, took out the money, and counted it. There was nearly £300 in there.

What did we do with it?

We took it to the local police station. They looked through their files to see if anyone had told them about their missing wallet.

The policeman looked for 10 minutes but couldn’t find anything. I was starting to think about what I was going to spend the money on! 

The police dried the money out and sent the wallet back to the owner. A week later, we get a phone call. It was the man who had lost his walled. He called to thank me for finding his wallet and going to the police station with it. And a week later, he sent me a cheque for £15 as a reward. I bought a computer game with the money and felt good about doing the right thing.


  • to go on holiday (BrE) / to go on vacation (AmE)
  • take the wallet = take possession of it
  • take out money = remove the money
  • do the right thing = to do what is ethical

Question Time

Have you ever found money before? What did you do with it?

If not, what would you have done in my situation?

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  • Beata Skwierczyńska

    I find stories as great opportunity in learning English and any other languages. I have never found money before,but in your situation I would give it to the owner or to the Police Station.

    • Yeah, I totally agree with you, Beata, it was a real situation and we learn from real life situation and we have a good experience when will it happen with us. It is a good lesson as well. Thanks a lot, Jack for sharing your great experience and teach us at the same time. Well, if I were you, I will look for the owner of the wallet at first, then I will give it to the police sitation. 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing. I like using stories in my English classes.