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.
4:08 PM - 4:20 PM August 21, 2015
7:22 PM - 7:35 PM August 18, 2015
2:55 PM - 3:09 PM August 11, 2015
10:22 PM - 10:35 PM August 05, 2015
6:56 PM - 7:10 PM August 05, 2015
7:19 PM - 7:32 PM July 27, 2015
1:45 PM - 1:58 PM July 21, 2015
4:46 PM - 5:00 PM July 13, 2015
5:10 PM - 5:23 PM July 06, 2015
5:05 PM - 5:20 PM June 30, 2015
3:01 PM - 3:14 PM June 25, 2015
5:26 PM - 5:41 PM June 18, 2015
5:33 PM - 5:47 PM June 15, 2015
5:27 PM - 5:40 PM June 07, 2015
3:00 PM - 3:14 PM June 03, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 30, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 23, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 16, 2015
7:39 PM - 7:51 PM May 13, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 09, 2015
Our story today is called "The Purloined Letter." It was written by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is generally known for his horror stories. This is the third of three stories he wrote about Auguste Dupin and how he solves crimes.
It is April 18, 1906. The largest earthquake San Francisco has ever seen hits. Collier's magazine sends the famous American writer, Jack London, to report on the destruction and great loss of life. He describes the panic, a firestorm, and the flight of the city's people to escape.
This week's American Story takes us to the far north. It is the story of a clever young Eskimo named Keesh. He must overcome problems with the leaders of his village. Find out how he uses his head to help both his mother and all the people of his village.
The storyteller says, "Fortunato was bigger, richer and more handsome than I was. And he enjoyed making me look like a fool. I never showed my anger, however. So, he thought we were good friends. But I promised myself that one day I would punish Fortunato for his insults to me."
Life in the American West was hard. During the California Gold Rush, it was also very dangerous. This story by Bret Harte tells of a small group of people forced to leave their town. Read about their struggle to survive a journey in the freezing Sierra Nevada mountains.
Our story today is called “The Exact Science of Matrimony.” It was written by O. Henry and tells about two dishonest men, Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker. One day, the two men decided to open a marriage business to make some quick and easy money.
Today we tell a traditional American story called a “tall tale.” A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life. The descriptions in the story are exaggerated – much greater than in real life. Here's a tall tale about Paul Bunyan, a hero of North America’s lumberjacks.
This is a story of a man who went looking for gold in California. He found a beautiful valley, the "Stanislau." The Stanislau was like Heaven on Earth. He meets an old man who tells him a wonderful love story. The storyteller waits to meet the man's lovely wife. Will she be all he says she is?
Today we tell a traditional American story called a "tall tale." A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life. The descriptions in the story are exaggerated – much greater than in real life. Long ago, the people who settled in undeveloped areas in America first told tall tales.
Mr. Smiley says, "all a frog wanted was education, and he could do almost anything." The amazing frog pet is the main character of this American Story by Mark Twain. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Paul was a student with a lot of problems. He hated school. In the conclusion to the short story, Paul's Case, we learn about the fate of the young man who didn't like living in an industrial town. What happens when he runs away to New York City?
WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author. Her short story, 'Paul's Case,' tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town. He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life.
Women in the United States have wanted to be independent for a long time. This classic American Story tells about a young married woman in the Bayou of Louisiana who questions her role as a wife. Can she have her personal liberty and stay married to Mr. Cazeau?
Today we complete the story of Benito Cereno, written by Herman Melville. As we told you in earlier parts of our story, rebel slaves seized the ship San Dominick off the coast of Chile. They killed many of its officers and crew. The captain, Benito Cereno, was ordered to sail to Senegal. But...
Last week, we told how African slaves on a Spanish ship rebelled in seventeen ninety-nine. They killed most of the Spanish sailors. Only the captain, Benito Cereno and a few others survived. The story continues - what happened on Captain Cereno's ship? Read the second of three parts.
This week we begin our version of a classic American Story by Herman Melville. It takes place on a sailing ship with a mystery. What happened to the sailors and the captain? Is it a mutiny? Or a revolt by enslaved people? Listen and read along to find out.
Many artists live in the Greenwich Village area of New York. Two young women named Sue and Johnsy shared a studio apartment at the top of a three-story building. When Johnsy is sick, her friends try to help her fight the disease. Learn how they did it in this classic story.
Two kidnappers plan to take the child of an important man in a small Southern town. The 10-year-old boy gives the kidnappers more trouble than they ever expected. Find out what happens when the boy's father asks for money to take him back.