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
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 13, 2014
7:47 PM - 7:59 PM December 11, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 06, 2014
2:46 AM - 2:58 AM December 01, 2014
2:27 AM - 2:39 AM December 01, 2014
1:39 AM - 1:51 AM December 01, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 29, 2014
3:31 PM - 3:46 PM November 25, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 22, 2014
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
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.
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...
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....
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.
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.
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.
At the top of Google’s top-trending searches list is Robin Williams, the American comedian and actor who died four months ago. The list also includes the World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines, ISIS and Flappy Bird. Chances are that more people have heard of the game Angry Birds than Flappy Bird. More
A new study shows young women ages 18 to 24 are the most common targets of rape and sexual attack. Many Americans are dealing with the problem. They are hearing and reading about the issue, from awareness and activism at colleges to programs to fight it at the highest levels of government. More
Federal officials believe there are hundreds of thousands of homeless people nationwide on any given day. Each one lacks a permanent place to live. Reasons for homelessness can include the high cost of housing, poverty and unemployment. Other reasons are mental health problems and bad luck. More
For the third straight year, the World Rice Conference has voted Cambodian rice as the world’s best. This year Cambodia shares the award with Thailand.
Cambodia produced just one percent of the world’s rice in 2012. It is trying to increase that amount. The award may help. More
Trust in the American dream may be disappearing. But halfway around the world, a new dream has been gaining strength -- the Chinese dream. To be exact: President Xi Jinping’s Chinese dream. But, what is the Chinese dream? And how has President Xi started to make his dream for the country a reality? More
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
Attending a live musical performance, be it in a huge arena or a small cafe, is an exciting experience. But here in the U.S., a very different kind of performance is gaining popularity: house concerts. “There's just a totally unique experience as opposed to playing like a coffee shop or a bar." More
General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered. More
You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic. More
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness around the world. In the United States, more than two million people suffer from the disease.
Now, researchers are developing very small needles that may offer a more effective and painless treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases. More