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.
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