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
Frank Stockton's short story
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 15, 2014
2:21 PM - 2:34 PM November 13, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 08, 2014
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
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 25, 2014
8:33 PM - 8:47 PM October 24, 2014
9:40 PM - 9:55 PM October 22, 2014
American Stories by VOA Learning English
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 18, 2014
3:18 AM - 3:33 AM October 16, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 11, 2014
7:14 PM - 7:27 PM October 06, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 04, 2014
2:21 PM - 2:36 PM October 02, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 27, 2014
2:56 PM - 3:08 PM September 24, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 20, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 13, 2014
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!
"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.
Read and listen to the O. Henry Story, One Thousand Dollars, created by VOA Learning English.
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.
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!
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.”
See how well you understand this classic American Story by taking this quiz.
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The recent case of a 29 year old woman with brain cancer has again raised questions about the right to die. Americans are divided on whether doctors should be able to give deathly sick patients drugs to end their lives. Only four U.S states permit doctor, or physician, assisted suicide. More