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
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1:45 PM - 1:58 PM July 21, 2015
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7:39 PM - 7:51 PM May 13, 2015
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Long ago, in very olden times, 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!
We continue the story of “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane. As we told you last week, the story is based on true events. In eighteen ninety-six, Crane was traveling to Cuba as a news reporter. On his way there, his ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Crane climbed into the last remaining lifeboat.
The author Stephen Crane was traveling from the United States to Cuba as a newspaper reporter. One night, his ship hit a sandbar. It sank in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida. Read and listen to his exciting story about how he survived in a small boat after the shipwreck.
Mark Twain, a beloved American writer, tells the story of an instructor in a military academy. He meets a young student, Scoresby, and decides to help him because he seems so foolish. As Scoresby pursues a career in the military, the instructor is surprised. Is his achievement due to luck alone?
What would you do with a little unexpected amount of money? Would you save it, spend it on necessities, or spend it on luxuries for yourself? That is the question that Mrs. Sommers faced one day. Read this classic American Story to find out how she spends what would be over $400 today.
Mr. Morehouse wants to send two small guinea pigs to another town. They are pets. The problem is, the man at the shipping office wants to charge him a higher rate, for farm animals. How can this confusion be cleared up? Find out in this very funny episode of American Stories!
Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers.
A soldier is returning from the American Civil War. As he gets closer to home, his fears begin. He worries about how he will take care of his family and farm. He is tired and weak, and has little money. How will his wife react to this man who has changed so much from the one she knew?
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.
A lonely old man lives in a log cabin alone. One window of the cabin has been boarded over for years. What is the mystery behind this strange window? Learn what happened the night the old man lost his wife in this classic American short story by Ambrose Bierce.
This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration. His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen!
In this classic American story, we learn about the hunt for a famous pirate's treasure and the greedy desire for wealth. One couple, Mr. and Mrs Tom Walker, learn the danger of making a deal with the devil. They want the treasure but learn there is a high price to pay.
Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Prize committee in Stockholm, Sweden, called her writings “a monument to suffering and courage in our time." More
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development deals with trade and development issues. It has called for measures to strengthen international finance including more support for the International Monetary Fund and development banks. More
California Congressman Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race for one of the most powerful positions in the United States. He was expected to become the next Speaker of the House. The position is third in line to the presidency. The speaker would become president if something happened to both. More
The three award winners received the prize for their work in human DNA repair. Their work has provided knowledge on how living cells are used in developing new cancer treatments. More
Ukrainian artist Dariya Marchenko has created a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin with 5,000 bullet cartridges. The bullets came from the frontline in eastern Ukraine. More
Many people around the world suffer from dust-related allergies. People with allergies have trouble breathing or suffer from tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Now, scientists in Poland say they have successfully tested cloth that the microscopic creatures cannot pass through. More
A new study suggests that selling only cigarettes with very low nicotine levels may actually help people stop smoking. Researchers studied more than 800 smokers. However, cigarette replacements, like e-cigarettes, have not reduced nicotine addiction or tobacco use. More
Do you have an enemy? Hopefully, you don’t. An enemy is someone who hates you and you hate them back. An enemy threatens you, attacks you or tries to harm you. In some languages, there are different words for a personal enemy versus an enemy of war, political enemy or enemy of the state. More
When we want to compare things we use comparative and superlative forms. Find out some of rules and exceptions of these important forms in Everyday Grammar for this week. More
Hollywood's latest space operation gone wrong movie stars Matt Damon as an astronaut mistakenly left on Mars. The film is a hit with movie critics. But what do science critics think? More
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