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Easy Stories in English

Learning a language is hard. With Easy Stories in English, you can learn English the natural way, without studying lists of vocabulary or complicated grammar rules. Every week, Ariel Goodbody, author and language teacher, will present a story adapted to your level of English. The stories will be hilarious, dramatic, and entertaining, but never too difficult. If you’re learning English and are tired of boring textbooks, then this is the podcast for you. Go to easystoriesinenglish.com for full transcripts of every episode, and to see a list of stories categorised by level.

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The Toy Rabbit (Pre-Intermediate)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === The Toy Rabbit met the Boy on Christmas day, and quickly fell in love with him. But the other toys were mean to the Rabbit, and said that he would never be Real. But what did it mean to be Real? Today's story is The Toy Rabbit. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Toy for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Children's.Vocabulary: Whisker, Thread, Stocking, Chocolate orange, Nursery, Tail, Wise, Sensitive, Germ, Scratch.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 3038.Author: Margery Williams. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

31mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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The Spider's Thread (Beginner)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Ryuunosuke Akutagawa is one of the most famous authors from Japan. This story is about a man called Kandata. Kandata is a bad man who went to Hell. But Buddha gives him a chance to get out. Will he accept it? Today's story is The Deepest Love. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Spider for the full transcript.Level: Beginner. Genre: Philosophical.Vocabulary: Thread, Needle, Spider.Setting: Japan.Word Count: 1260.Author: Ryuunosuke Akutagawa. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting me on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, conversational podcasts, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

16mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Stories of Elves (Beginner)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Today we have three stories about magical creatures called elves. Sometimes they're nice, and sometimes they're horrible! Today's story is Stories of Elves. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Elves for the full transcript.Level: Beginner.Genre: Children's.Vocabulary: Stay up, Hide, Naked, Dirt, Sweep, Employer, Christening, Shell.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1104.Author: Fairy Tales. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

19mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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The Boy Who Hoped (Pre-Intermediate)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Ludwik Zamenhof grew up in Białystok, a Polish city divided into Russians, Poles, Germans and Jews. The four groups fight, and don't understand each other. One day Ludwik has an idea: what if everyone could speak the same language? Would it help solve conflicts? Today's story is The Boy Who Hoped. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Hope for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: History.Vocabulary: Pole (nationality), Yiddish, Get distracted, Graduate, Heartbroken, Dowry, Version.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 2030.Author: Ariel Goodbody. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

33mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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The Mature, Elegant Woman (Beginner)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Silna is a tired, old school teacher. But she isn't that old, so why do people keep thinking she is? Then she has an idea: she will lie about her age! But her plan doesn't work as well as she hopes... Today's story is The Mature, Elegant Woman. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Mature for the full transcript.Level: Beginner.Genre: Comedy.Vocabulary: Mature, Twenties/Thirties/Forties, Elegant, Neo-classical architecture, Hippy.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 1879.Author: Ariel Goodbody. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting me on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, conversational podcasts, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

22mins

19 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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The Lion and the Pig (Pre-Intermediate)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Crush the lion is angry. Speedy the rabbit asked him to do a favour, but he doesn't respect him! He goes to the lake to cool off, and there he meets Grunt the pig. Grunt challenges him to a fight, and the game is on... Today's story is The Lion and the Pig. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Pig for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Philosophical.Vocabulary: Bow your head, Sir, Hawk, Vulture, Tusk, Someone plays games, Pretend.Setting: The Great Forest.Word Count: 1530.Author: Aesop's Fables. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting me on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, conversational podcasts, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

24mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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The Three Snake Leaves (Beginner)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === A young man fights in the war, and he does very well. The King says he can marry his daughter, but she is very strange. She says, 'If I die before you, you must be buried alive with me.' The man says yes. After all, he will probably die before her. But he is not so lucky... Today's story is The Three Snake Leaves. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Leaves for the full transcript.Level: Beginner.Genre: Drama.Vocabulary: Marry, Bury, Promise, Mausoleum, Sword, Leaf, Captain, Row (boat), Forever, Hole.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1368.Author: Fairy Tales. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

22mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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The White Snake (Beginner)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === There is a king who knows all the secrets in the country. Every night he asks for a special dish, and nobody knows what is inside. So one day, the King's servant looks inside and finds a cooked snake. Little does he know, the snake has special powers... Today's story is The White Snake. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Snake for the full transcript.Level: Beginner.Genre: Children's.Vocabulary: Secret, Servant, Ant, Raven, Weak, Sword, Marry, Complete a challenge, Impossible, Seed.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1570.Author: Fairy Tales. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

21mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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The Pit and the Pendulum (Intermediate)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === When the Spanish Inquisition has you, you will never escape. But death doesn't come easily. Today's story is The Pit and the Pendulum. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Pit for the full transcript.Level: Intermediate.Genre: Horror.Vocabulary: Pit, Pendulum, Slimy, Angle, Torture, Strap, Father Time.Setting: Medieval.Word Count: 2024.Author: Edgar Allan Poe. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting me on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, conversational podcasts, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

22mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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The Great Race (Beginner)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Buddha is about to leave Earth, and he wants to say goodbye to the animals in a special way: he will have a race, and name the years after them in the order they win. Today's story is The Great Race. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Race for the full transcript.Level: Beginner.Genre: Myths & Legends.Vocabulary: Earth (planet), Stupid, Cheat, Amazed, Blow, Hide, Rope, Don’t care.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1076.Author: Chinese Myths. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

19mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Three Drops of Blood (Beginner)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Today's story is about the origin of mosquitoes, and it comes from Vietnam. Thank you to Huynh Bao Thi for writing the story and sending it to me! Today's story is Three Drops of Blood. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Blood for the full transcript.Level: Beginner.Genre: Myths and Legends.Vocabulary: Cure, Heaven, Sacrifice, Drop, Pay a debt, Marry, Mosquito.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1570.Author: Huynh Bao Thi. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

21mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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The Golem of Prague (Intermediate)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Throughout the cities of Europe, the Jewish people have been attacked and kicked out, and the Jews of Prague are worried about their safety. Their leader, Rabbi Loew, wants to protect his people, but his solution may only put them at more risk... Today's story is The Golem of Prague. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Golem for the full transcript.Level: Intermediate.Genre: Myths & Legends.Vocabulary: Ghetto, Expel, Magician, Clay, Holy, Sabbath, Synagogue, Salute, Rebellious, Lump.Setting: Medieval.Word Count: 1957.Author: Czech Myths. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

27mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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The Singing Bone (Pre-Intermediate)

Frederick and Brian leave peacefully in the countryside. But one day, a bear comes to the forest and starts killing people. The brothers decide to go and stop it, but Brian's pride causes him to make a terrible decision... Today's story is The Singing Bone. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Bone for the full transcript.Level: Pre-IntermediateGenre: DramaNew Vocabulary: Spear, Paw, Claw, Spin around, Drunk, Wipe off, Swirl, Coward, GraveSetting: FairytaleWord Count: 1929Author: Fairy Tales If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more.

21mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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The Lion in Love Chapter 1 (Pre-Intermediate)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Crush hasn't come out of his cave in several days. Gentle goes to see what's wrong, and finds out that Crush has fallen in love. But it's not with a lion... Today's story is The Lion in Love Chapter 1. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/LionLove1 for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Philosophical.Vocabulary: Whisker, Echo, Deer, Horn, Roar, Mane.Setting: The Great Forest.Word Count: 1604.Author: Aesop's Fables. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting me on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, conversational podcasts, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

19mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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Sleeping Beauty (Beginner)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === In the Blue Castle, everything is soft and blue. In the Red Castle, everything is bright and strong. The two lands each have their princesses, and the two lands hate each other. But the princesses will have to work together to create peace... Today's story is Sleeping Beauty. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Sleeping for the full transcript.Level: Beginner.Genre: Children's.Vocabulary: Beauty (person), Wing, Fairy, Land (country), Tear (crying), Guard, Cloak, Shake your head, Suffer, Fall asleep.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1401.Author: Fairy Tales. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

22mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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The Last Question (Pre-Intermediate)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === The last question was asked many times. The first time was on the twenty-first of May, 2061. It was asked as a joke. This is how it happened. Today's story is The Last Question. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Question for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Science Fiction.Vocabulary: Data, Spaceship, Coal, Climate change, Million, Billion, Explosion, Drunk, Galaxy, Hyperspace.Setting: Future.Word Count: 2707.Author: Isaac Asimov. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting me on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, conversational podcasts, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

32mins

23 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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Crow Island (Pre-Intermediate)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Crows are black birds. They have black feathers, a black beak, and small, black eyes. Around the world they are a symbol of mystery and death. Today's story is an adventure story, where a man must escape off an island with his best friend: a dog called Fido. Today's story is Crow Island. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Crow for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Action.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 1339.Author: Ariel Goodbody. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting me on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, conversational podcasts, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

16mins

8 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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House of Secrets Chapter 4 (Intermediate)

Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Elisabeth, Steve and Xu all live together in Rosa's house. They're all bad at paying rent, and Rosa has had enough. In order to make up for their late payments, they have to do tasks around the house. But in the dust and weeds they will find more than they expected... Today's story is House of Secrets. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Secrets4 for the full transcript.Level: Intermediate.Genre: Comedy.Vocabulary: Scold, Distressed, Unleash your anger, Glare, Frown, Dignity, Gesture, Urge, Through gritted teeth, Indifference.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 2004.Author: Ariel's Class. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting me on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, conversational podcasts, exercises, and much more. Support Easy Stories in English by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/easystoriesinenglish

21mins

27 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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Towards the City (Beginner)

King Nisos tells his son, Byzas, to go and build his own city. But Byzas and his men cannot find a good place to build. So he goes to the Oracle of Apollo to ask for help, and she tells him that he will build his city opposite the Land of the Blind. But what could that mean? Today's story is Towards the City. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/City for the full transcript.Level: BeginnerGenre: Myths & LegendsVocabulary: Kings and Queens, Building, Greece, Travelling, DrinkingSetting: AncientWord Count: 751Author: Ferhat Uzuner If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more.

18mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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The Three Languages (Beginner)

Eric is a nice but stupid boy. His father sends him to learn from great teachers, but all he does is talk to animals. So his father throws him out, and Eric will have to use the three languages he knows to find his way... Today's story is The Three Languages. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Three for the full transcript.Level: BeginnerGenre: Children'sVocabulary: Animals, Learning Languages, Kings and Queens, Treasure, Religion, Christianity, ItalySetting: FairytaleWord Count: 1291Author: Fairy Tales If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. For just a few dollars a month you can get extra episodes, exercises, and much more.

21mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #20