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.
12:24 AM - 12:37 AM February 23, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 21, 2015
11:18 AM - 11:32 AM February 19, 2015
4:31 PM - 4:46 PM February 17, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 14, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 07, 2015
6:37 PM - 6:50 PM February 04, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 31, 2015
8:12 PM - 8:25 PM January 29, 2015
11:39 PM - 11:52 PM January 27, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 24, 2015
12:27 PM - 12:39 PM January 24, 2015
12:02 AM - 12:17 AM January 21, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 17, 2015
10:17 PM - 10:33 PM January 15, 2015
6:57 PM - 7:11 PM January 14, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 10, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 03, 2015
9:34 PM - 9:47 PM January 01, 2015
6:36 PM - 6:49 PM January 01, 2015
Our story today is called “The Exact Science of Matrimony.” It was written by O. Henry. Here is Barbara Klein with the story... Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker could never be trusted. One day, the two men decided to open a marriage business to make some quick and easy money.
See how well you understand the story by taking a short quiz.
Is there a Fountain of Youth? Read about it in this classic American story, "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Several old men and one old woman find out and it changes their lives. They are young again and fight for the attention of a beautiful woman. But will it last?
See how well you understand this American Story by taking a short quiz.
As Valentine's Day draw near, our thoughts are turning to hearts. This classic story by Edgar Allan Poe includes a very loud heart. Happy Valentine's Day and happy listening from your friends at VOA Learning English!
See how well you understand the horror story by taking a short quiz.
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.
Paul Bunyan was a hero of North America’s lumberjacks, the workers who cut down trees. He was known for his strength, speed and skill.
See how well you understand the folk tale by taking a short quiz.
Today, we complete the story "Rappaccini’s Daughter." It was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Here is Kay Gallant with the second and final part of “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” Many years ago, a young man named Giovanni Guasconti left his home in Naples to study in northern Italy....
The final part of a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, in VOA Learning English's American Stories.
See how well you understand the conclusion of this mysterious tale by taking a short quiz.
Doctor Rappaccini grows poisonous plants in his garden. HIs beautiful daughter, Beatrice, helps him. A young medical student fall in love with Beatrice. How will he arrange to meet the young woman in the dangerous garden? Find out in this story by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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.
Also, news reports say the Islamic State militant who appeared under face cover in several videos of hostage beheadings has been identified by his friends. And, the US Navy says it is now flying its most advanced surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea. More
More than 150 people, mostly children, were killed in the attack at a school in Peshawar last year. Pakistan authority tightens security to protect the schools. One method is to train teachers at Peshawar’s Frontier College for Women in a week-long class on using weapons. More
South Korea has called for North Korea to follow the reform model of two other Asian countries. But observers say North Korea will likely reject the idea.
President Park Geun-hye proposed the idea earlier this month. She said North Korea should carry out reforms like Vietnam. More
All three suspects lived in Brooklyn, New York. One was arrested before trying to board a flight to Turkey on Wednesday. Also in the news, Chad's army reportedly killed 270 Boko Haram militants in fighting near the border; and Ukraine has reported reduced fighting in rebel-held areas in the east. More
China said last month it plans to invest $250 billion in Latin American and Caribbean countries over the next 10 years. A Chinese company plans to build a canal in Nicaragua. Chinese and Argentine leaders signed several agreements, including one to cooperate on two new nuclear power stations. More
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' latest play 'An Octoroon,' is showing at a theater in New York City. It is based on a 19th Century work by Dion Boucicault. It tells about a white man who falls in love with a woman who is part black. At the time, mixed race marriage was banned in southern US states. More
A common battle cry of teenagers to adults is, "You just don't understand me!" Well, they might be right. A brain scientist (neuroscientist) and mother to two teenagers says the teenage brain is quite different from the adult brain. She "debunks," or clears up three common myths about teenagers. More
Racial equality was not the only political or disputed issue performers discussed last night. Some used their acceptances speeches to talk about immigration, women’s rights, illness, suicide and government surveillance. And the movie of an American sniper continues to fuel the debate. More
Each year, half a million people die from brain aneurysms, -- when a blood vessel burst in the brain. For survivors, physical disabilities are often servere. They may include memory problems, loss of balance, trouble speaking and even blindness. But new technologies are increasing survival rates. More
The movie won four Academy Awards in all. 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' also earned four Oscars. The Best Actress award went to Julianne Moore for 'Still Alice' and Eddie Redmayne was honored with the Best Actor Oscar for his work in 'The Theory of Everything.' 'Whiplash' took home three Oscars. More