The Commando



push up passport steal/stole/stolen
let’s go commando leave me alone
hate time for action forget/forgot/forgotten
poo delicious it’s in your blood
stupid train (2) catch/caught/caught






Wesley: People have been waiting for you.

Doctor, what’s wrong?

Doctor: Well, I met a woman. And she stole everything. She stole my money. She stole my passport.

I went to the police — they’re not going to do anything.

And I don’t know what to do.

Wesley: You should NOT go to the police: You are a commando.
Doctor: I’m NOT a commando; I’m a doctor.
Wesley: Your father was a commando … It’s in your blood.

You are a commando.

If you can’t train yourself, I can train you.

Doctor: How can you train me? I’m a doctor. I don’t know anything.

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Wesley: Are you ready? Time for action. Let’s go!

Wesley: Run! Run man!

To be a commando, you have to run — to fight for yourself! Forget your wife in America: she hates you!

That my friend was poo poo. For real. This Uganda: poo poo everywhere!
You don’t want to be a commando? Yet, your brother is a commando!

Just leave me alone.

Huh? What’s this?

Get him! Get the Muzungu! Eat the Muzungu! Cook him alive! He must be delicious.

They’re going to kill me. Somebody help me!

Master. The Kung Fu Master. The Karate Kid.

Wesley: What is this?
Doctor: I don’t know. Some matoke. Maybe some candy bars, you know.
Wesley: Are you stupid? Push ups. Down, down, down. One … two … three … four … five … six … seven … eight … nine.

I’m going to teach you how to kick.

Now do it: three … four … five … six.

Are you ready? Now, kick this.

Super Master.

I’m showing you. I’m showing you. Catch.

He’s trying to be a good commando.

Wesley: I think you are ready.

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1. The doctor is very busy. He has a very busy schedule. True or false?

2. Did he have a big problem? What was his problem? Did he have problems with a big, strong man?

3. What did he do? According to Wesley (the boy), what should and shouldn’t he do?

4. The doctor agreed with Wesley immediately. Is this right or wrong?

5. Was the trainer very hard on the doctor? Was he very harsh?

6. What did the children do to the doctor?

7. “Get the Muzungu! Eat the Muzungu!” What do you suppose “Muzungu” means?

8. What kind of exercises did they do?


A. Commando-type movies are very popular. Yes or no?

B. Do your friends want to be commandos or kung fu experts?

C. Have you had some kind of physical training (in football, the army, dancing, etc.)?

D. Are children curious about strangers?

E. Do women steal money and passports?


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