English Learner 500 Short Stories for Beginner-Intermediate: Volume 1

Mike Carlson
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What animal would provide Sara’s favorite kind of breakfast cereal? What part of a man’s face means he’ll have a long life? What happened to the golf balls that Superman hit at the driving range? I wrote these 500 short stories (only 150 words each!) for English learners, primarily for beginner to intermediate levels. However, advanced learners can also enjoy the subtleties of many of the stories. The stories are for all English learners, regardless of what their first language is (even if it’s English!). Each story stems from news events, my own and others’ personal experiences, and/or my imagination. Many stories contain references to New York City, where my wife and I are lucky enough to live. ...[Teachers: The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level and Flesch Reading Ease Score follow each story title. These two measures can guide learners who wish to start with the easiest stories and work their way up to the hardest stories. Teachers and parents can use these measures to guide their students and children. Grade Levels range from 0.1 to 6.5 (kindergarten to sixth grade), and Reading Ease Scores range from 100 to 62.8 (easiest to hardest). The two measures correlate inversely, and generally, with each other. Sentences are short, averaging 7.2 words for all stories.]... The stories are slices of everyday life, with fantasy thrown in here and there. Some story titles are: Hairy Ears; When 47 Equals 50; Where Did the Mustard Go?; A Dangerous Light Bulb; Superman at the Driving Range; Feel the Bananas; I Love New York City!; Till Death Do Us Part; I Hate My Name; Pink Doesn’t Mean He’s Gay; The Bi-Coastal Cat; The Cow with Two Tails; A Genie in a Bottle; A Big, Fat NYC Cookie; A Lucky Blind Person; The Dangerous Paper Clip; Smoker Seeks Nonsmoker; That “Old People” Smell; Mom the Matchmaker; and New, Improved EZ English. Just so you’ll have an idea of what the stories are like, here’s the first story: 1. Eat, Sleep, and Think Burgers 2.1, 91.3 Burger Queen flew Billy and his Bronx coworkers to its training center. After returning, Billy told his cousin about his trip. “Boy, was it great! I made tons of money in overtime. We were in training 12 days straight. We worked almost 16 hours a day. We learned how to make ten new menu items. You’ll see them on the menu next month. Everything was free! I had my own private room in the hotel. The food was fantastic. The hotel had six different restaurants. I ate all I could eat three times a day. I can’t wait to go back there again.” Jill asked, “Go back where? Where did you go?” He said, “They said we were in Texas.” She asked, “They ‘said’? Where in Texas? What city?” He said, “I don’t know. I didn’t even see a city. All I saw were the hotel and the training center.” Like many of the other stories, this one is based on fact. “Billy” loves his job. When he told me this story, he hadn’t been outside of NYC since moving here from his native country. He didn’t seem the least bit bothered that he hadn’t seen more of Texas. He thoroughly enjoyed the training, the hotel room, the food, and the money. When I asked the Brooklyn resident if he’d visited the Statue of Liberty yet, he smiled and said he was too busy. We all have our priorities and interests, which often change over the years. I think someday, after Billy owns his own “Burger Queen” or two, he might visit the Statue of Liberty—with his children or grandchildren. These stories first appeared on my website, www.eslyes.com, which contains 1,600 stories and dialogues that I wrote. Accompanying them are Exercises and/or Audio. One reason I wrote these 150-word stories is so teachers could easily print the stories onto one page. Each story is only one paragraph, even if it contains quoted conversation. I have a master’s in Education and taught ESL to adults in Pasadena, CA for 20 years. I hope these stories will become one small part of the education and entertainment of English learners everywhere. —Mike Carlson, April 2014
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About the author

I was born in 1947. As a kid, I read books. I remember reading Nancy Drew, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Sherlock Holmes. Libraries were a second home for me. Nowadays I still read every chance I get, although I read magazines and newspapers, not books. In fact, I can't even remember the last book I read for pleasure. I can tell you the one book in my life that I remember best--Catch-22. It's clever, funny, sad, and true. Of course, there are thousands of great books out there; every reader has his or her favorite. I wish I had the time to read them all. That would be heaven, wouldn't it?--turning the pages of enjoyable books, forever. I used to love the comics page in newspapers. The Sunday comics were especially lovable, because they were in "living" color. I loved Beetle Bailey, Dick Tracy, Barney Google, and Li'l Abner. I loved MAD Magazine (still do). As a kid, I wanted to be a writer. To write the Great American Novel, of course. I loved pens. Growing up, I used fountain pens, "fountain" pens with a plastic ink cartridge in them, and finally ballpoint pens. I owned several different typewriters. My favorite was a little Olivetti. My last typewriter was an IBM Selectric. That typewriter, having no keys, was as amazing as the Bic ballpoint pen years earlier. Like many others, I've seen amazing things in my lifetime. But that's part of the problem, for my own life, at least. I've been a spectator for way too long. Reading books, magazines, newspapers; watching TV; browsing the Internet. Watching, not doing. Taking, not giving. Absorbing, not creating. At some point (only a few years ago, unfortunately), I realized how little I had contributed to this amazing world. Yes, I've taught ESL to hundreds of students over the past two decades. By helping them improve their English, I've made a small contribution. Teachers do contribute, of course. Most more than I, I'm sure. Now, one story at a time, I have written this book. It's another small contribution.

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Publisher
Mike Carlson
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Published on
Apr 8, 2014
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Pages
210
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ISBN
9780991599400
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / General
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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Mike Carlson
Thank you, all of you who have bought Volume 1 for only 99 cents. All 1,000 stories in Volumes 1 and 2 are also available—for free—at eslyes. This website has over 1,600 original stories, plus exercises and audio, for ESL and other English learners. The stories in Volume 2 are similar to those in Volume 1. They’re stories about people and events that you can relate to or that you know about via media, your own personal experiences, or the experiences of your family and friends.

These stories are for adults. Despite the title, the stories are not just for English learners. They are also for any native speaker who enjoys reading interesting, super-short stories (150 words each—or less than a minute to read). Even though most of the stories are fiction, many are based on actual incidents, some of them being—my own. The stories are “all over the place” (see the index). Some stories might make you nod your head; some, shake your head; some, scratch your head. Some might make you smile, frown, ponder, or start a conversation—with yourself, or others. The stories range from fanciful to topical, from amusing to amazing, from sugar to spice. Many take place in New York City.

In Volume 2, you’ll find the answers to: We need a statue of what in NYC? The horse was okay until it did what? Why was she even with him, as ugly as he was? Why did she wish her arms were 10 feet long? What shiny piece of metal do NYers fear most? Put a bar of soap where to cure your leg cramps? What was so unusual about his 10 toes? What’s the proper way to open those pesky, supermarket produce bags? What “modern technology” will keep you cool? Why was the old lady a real NYer? Really now—why was the man running so many marathons? What human force is more powerful than gravity?

To give you a better idea of what’s in Volume 2:
576. A Kiss Is Just a Kiss
Lonny and Linda were in the second grade. One morning, Lonny walked Linda to her classroom. Linda asked, “Will you kiss my hand like they do in the movies?” Lonny said, “Okay, I guess.” She held out her hand. He kissed it. Linda’s teacher, Miss Jones, saw the kiss. She said, “Come with me, young man.” She took Lonny to the principal’s office. After listening to Miss Jones, the principal called Lonny’s mom. The principal said, “We have to suspend Lonny because of sexual harassment.” Lonny’s mom picked him up. On the way home, she told Lonny that hand kissing was sexual harassment. At home, Lonny’s younger brother Billy asked, “Why aren’t you in school?” Lonny said, “They sent me home because of sexual harassment.” Billy asked, “What’s that?” Lonny said, “That’s when you kiss a girl on her hand.” Billy said, “Ew! You shouldn’t ever kiss a girl anywhere!”
[3.4, 84.3, 0%, 7.8, 150]

The numbers following the story are: Grade Level, Reading Ease, percentage of passive voice, average number of words per sentence, and total number of words (always 150). The stories in Volume 2 range from 0.8 to 13.5 per the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, and from 100 to 37.8 per Flesch Reading Ease—that is, something for everyone. Following the table of contents and the 500 stories is a list of all 500 stories sorted by grade level. After that is the partial index.

Volume 1 (99 cents), English Learner 500 Short Stories for Beginner-Intermediate, ISBN: 978‐0‐9915994‐0‐0, is available at my website, eslyes. Simply click on the name of a bookseller at the top of my homepage.

If you like Volume 2, please tell others, and remember to visit my site!

Mike Carlson




Birister Sharma
If you’ve aims in your life; if you’ve wishes in your life; if you’ve dreams in your life; if you’ve objectives in your life; if you’ve plans in your life; then first of all you’ve to think something big; something great; and something unique in order to fulfill it in your life.

 

 

You’ve to think positively; you’ve to think affirmatively, because the way you think the way you can execute in your life.

 

There is a great power in your thinking. If you properly and judicially execute it on the right way; you can touch the summit of success. It will act as magic lamp in your life. You will never see the glimpse of failure.

 

 

Think yourself big. Think yourself great. Think yourself good. Think yourself powerful. Think yourself confident. Think yourself excellent. Think yourself perfect.

 

All the great men in this world are great thinkers. They think great thoughts so they become great in their lives.

Always remember: AS YOU THINK AS YOU BECOME!

Highlights of book:

* This book helps you to change yourself.

* This book helps you to understand yourself.

* This book gives you new morals and wisdom.

* This book guides you towards your success path.

* This book motivates and inspires you.

* This book helps you to gain your confidence.

* This book tells you the real meaning of life.

* This book teaches you the lessons of hard works and dedications in your life.

* This book helps you to rise up after every fall in your life.

* This book contains of life histories of great men.

                       You will find:

Stories of great motivations and inspiration

* Story of Arjuna

* Story of Ekalabhya

* Story of Karna

* Story of Chanayakya

* Story of Ashoka the great

* Story of Alexander the great

* Story of Akbar the great

* Story of Shivaji

* Story of Mahatma Gandhi

* Story of Thomas Alva Adison


Contents of book:

1. Think you can!

2. You have to lead yourself!

3. Never give up!

4. Will power and courage

5. Challenges of life

6. Conquer yourself!

7. Obstacles of life

8. Never bow down your head!

9. Keep your principle of life

10. Keep your hard work and dedication

 



 

 

Mike Carlson
Thank you, all of you who have bought Volume 1 for only 99 cents. All 1,000 stories in Volumes 1 and 2 are also available—for free—at eslyes. This website has over 1,600 original stories, plus exercises and audio, for ESL and other English learners. The stories in Volume 2 are similar to those in Volume 1. They’re stories about people and events that you can relate to or that you know about via media, your own personal experiences, or the experiences of your family and friends.

These stories are for adults. Despite the title, the stories are not just for English learners. They are also for any native speaker who enjoys reading interesting, super-short stories (150 words each—or less than a minute to read). Even though most of the stories are fiction, many are based on actual incidents, some of them being—my own. The stories are “all over the place” (see the index). Some stories might make you nod your head; some, shake your head; some, scratch your head. Some might make you smile, frown, ponder, or start a conversation—with yourself, or others. The stories range from fanciful to topical, from amusing to amazing, from sugar to spice. Many take place in New York City.

In Volume 2, you’ll find the answers to: We need a statue of what in NYC? The horse was okay until it did what? Why was she even with him, as ugly as he was? Why did she wish her arms were 10 feet long? What shiny piece of metal do NYers fear most? Put a bar of soap where to cure your leg cramps? What was so unusual about his 10 toes? What’s the proper way to open those pesky, supermarket produce bags? What “modern technology” will keep you cool? Why was the old lady a real NYer? Really now—why was the man running so many marathons? What human force is more powerful than gravity?

To give you a better idea of what’s in Volume 2:
576. A Kiss Is Just a Kiss
Lonny and Linda were in the second grade. One morning, Lonny walked Linda to her classroom. Linda asked, “Will you kiss my hand like they do in the movies?” Lonny said, “Okay, I guess.” She held out her hand. He kissed it. Linda’s teacher, Miss Jones, saw the kiss. She said, “Come with me, young man.” She took Lonny to the principal’s office. After listening to Miss Jones, the principal called Lonny’s mom. The principal said, “We have to suspend Lonny because of sexual harassment.” Lonny’s mom picked him up. On the way home, she told Lonny that hand kissing was sexual harassment. At home, Lonny’s younger brother Billy asked, “Why aren’t you in school?” Lonny said, “They sent me home because of sexual harassment.” Billy asked, “What’s that?” Lonny said, “That’s when you kiss a girl on her hand.” Billy said, “Ew! You shouldn’t ever kiss a girl anywhere!”
[3.4, 84.3, 0%, 7.8, 150]

The numbers following the story are: Grade Level, Reading Ease, percentage of passive voice, average number of words per sentence, and total number of words (always 150). The stories in Volume 2 range from 0.8 to 13.5 per the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, and from 100 to 37.8 per Flesch Reading Ease—that is, something for everyone. Following the table of contents and the 500 stories is a list of all 500 stories sorted by grade level. After that is the partial index.

Volume 1 (99 cents), English Learner 500 Short Stories for Beginner-Intermediate, ISBN: 978‐0‐9915994‐0‐0, is available at my website, eslyes. Simply click on the name of a bookseller at the top of my homepage.

If you like Volume 2, please tell others, and remember to visit my site!

Mike Carlson




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