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.
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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.
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.
See how well you understand the story by taking this quiz.
This is a weekly multimedia series of American short stories for English language learners. Our story today is from Mark Twain, one of the best-known authors in America.
Our story today is called “A Piece of Red Calico.” It was written by Frank Stockton. Stockton was a popular writer in the second half of the nineteenth century. He wrote a large number of stories for children and other stories for adults.
This is the second in a weekly multimedia series of American short stories for English language learners. Look for the new story each Friday and a discussion on our Facebook page from 13:30 to 14:30 UTC the following Tuesday.
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