December 23, 2014 00:02 UTC

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 20, 2014

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 13, 2014

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


7:47 PM - 7:59 PM December 11, 2014

A Princess of Mars Part 3


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 06, 2014

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


2:46 AM - 2:58 AM December 01, 2014

A Princess of Mars Part Four


2:27 AM - 2:39 AM December 01, 2014

A Princess of Mars Part Three


1:39 AM - 1:51 AM December 01, 2014

A Princess of Mars Part Two


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 29, 2014

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


3:31 PM - 3:46 PM November 25, 2014

Princess of Mars Part One


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 22, 2014

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


3:41 PM - 3:56 PM November 18, 2014

The Lady, or The Tiger?

Frank Stockton's short story


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 15, 2014

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


2:21 PM - 2:34 PM November 13, 2014

One Thousand Dollars by O. Henry


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 08, 2014

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


7:57 PM - 8:10 PM November 05, 2014


7:11 PM - 7:24 PM November 05, 2014


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 01, 2014

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 25, 2014

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


8:33 PM - 8:47 PM October 24, 2014


9:40 PM - 9:55 PM October 22, 2014

The Californian's Tale by Mark Twain

American Stories by VOA Learning English

    Video A Princess of Mars, Part Four

    Editor's note: This is the fourth in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Last week, we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle between the green Martians and a race of red, human-like creatures.

    Video A Princess of Mars, Part Three

    This is the third in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Last week we told how John Carter was captured by a group of warriors on the planet Mars. John Carter continutes to tell about what happens to him...

    Video A Princess of Mars, Part Two

    This classic science fiction story by Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired many other writers. We hope you enjoy the second part of our four-part series. Last week, we met John Carter who begins the story. He enters a cave deep in the desert in the state of Arizona. There something happens....

    Video A Princess of Mars, Part One

    Today, we begin a new series from a book by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. The book is called “A Princess of Mars.” It is the first book in a series that Burroughs wrote about a man who travels to Mars during the last years of the eighteen hundreds.

    Video The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton

    Long ago, in the very olden time, there lived a powerful king. Some of his ideas were progressive. But others caused people to suffer. This story is a classic tale of a tough decision. Which door has the tiger behind it, and which door has the lady? We'll let you decide!

    Video One Thousand Dollars by O. Henry

    "One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman, in a severe and serious voice. "And here is the money.” What can a man do with $1,000? Learn how one man spends the money he inherits in this classic story by O. Henry, part of our multimedia series American Stories.

    Video American Stories: One Thousand Dollars

    Read and listen to the O. Henry Story, One Thousand Dollars, created by VOA Learning English.

    Video A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett

    Our story today, "A White Heron," is about a nine-year-old girl named Sylvie who moves from the city to live with her grandmother in the countryside of Vermont. Young Sylvie faces a very important decision when she is asked to choose between money and the freedom of a beautiful wild creature.

    Video The Boy on Graves-End Road by Caty Weaver

    VOA Learning English is proud to present a story written by our own Caty Weaver. This story begins in a typical suburban American home, but the end is something really supernatural! Teachers and actors, see the script if you want to act out the story yourself on Halloween!

    Video The Californian's Tale by Mark Twain

    Our story today is called “The Californian’s Tale." It was written by Mark Twain. Here is Shep O’Neal with the story. When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I never found enough to make me rich. But I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called “the Stanislau.”

    Quiz - The Californian's Tale by Mark Twain

    See how well you understand this classic American Story by taking this quiz.

    Video The Line of Least Resistance

    Edith Wharton is the author of this week's American Story, The Line of Least Resistance. This is a weekly multimedia series of American short stories for English language learners. Each story has video, audio, quizzes, and a lesson plan for teachers.

    Quiz - The Line of Least Resistance

    See how well you understand the story by taking this quiz.

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    In the first half of the 19th century, Christmas was a very different kind of holiday than it is today. People did not have a set way of celebrating. Christmas was not even an official holiday yet. More

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