October 25, 2014 20:38 UTC

American Stories

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.


8:33 PM - 8:47 PM October 24, 2014


9:40 PM - 9:55 PM October 22, 2014

The Californian's Tale by Mark Twain

American Stories by VOA Learning English


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 18, 2014

American Stories

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.


3:18 AM - 3:33 AM October 16, 2014

The Line of Least Resistance by Edith Wharton


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 11, 2014

American Stories

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.


7:14 PM - 7:27 PM October 06, 2014


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 04, 2014

American Stories

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.


2:21 PM - 2:36 PM October 02, 2014


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 27, 2014

American Stories

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.


2:56 PM - 3:08 PM September 24, 2014


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 20, 2014

American Stories

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 September 13, 2014

American Stories

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.


8:57 PM - 9:10 PM September 10, 2014


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 06, 2014

American Stories

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 August 30, 2014

American Stories

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 August 23, 2014

American Stories

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 August 16, 2014

American Stories

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 August 09, 2014

American Stories

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 August 02, 2014

American Stories

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 July 26, 2014

American Stories

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.

    Video The Californian's Tale by Mark Twain

    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.”

    Quiz - The Californan's Tale by Mark Twain

    See how well you understand this classic American Story by taking this quiz.

    Video The Line of Least Resistance

    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.

    Quiz - The Line of Least Resistance

    See how well you understand the story by taking this quiz.

    Video 'Luck' by Mark Twain

    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.

    Video A Piece of Red Calico

    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.

    Video The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    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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    "You do not need to be a rocket scientist." Americans hear these words often. People say them in schools, offices and factories. Broadcasters on radio and television use them. How did the expression begin? No one seems to know for sure. But you can find out by reading this Words and Their Stories. More

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    Audio Gold Mining in Ghana Can Be Dangerous

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  • Audio Iron Ships Clash at Sea

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