Episodes
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Ricky revises with Max, and they finally have their chemistry exam. Afterwards, they have their first official Shadow Club meeting. They don't find shadows, but they do find a kid crying in the toilet, who seems unnaturally fast... Today's story is The Shadow Club. This is chapter five, Bullies or Heroes?. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Shadow5 for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Action. New Vocabulary: Review,...
Published 07/20/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === In today's episode, I read you the introduction to my new book, Easy Stories in English, in two different levels. Find out why reading is the BEST way to improve your English, and the best way to do it! Today's episode is Why You Must Read. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Read for the full transcript. Level: Beginner; Intermediate. Genre: Other. New Vocabulary: Pleasure, Experiment, Crime, Silence, Naturally, Novel, Science fiction,...
Published 07/13/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === The Shadow Club starts looking for shadows around the school, but they can't find any. One of their teammates, Bethany, asks what they're doing, and Ricky gets a horrible piece of English homework. Today's story is The Shadow Club. This is chapter four, Hunting for Shadows. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Shadow4 for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Action. New Vocabulary: Daft, Bench, Loser, Patrol, Split up, Chapel,...
Published 07/06/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === A little frog with a big mouth lives in the forest. Every day, he eats flies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One day, he decides he does not want to eat flies anymore, so he goes out to find other food. But he finds more than he asked for... Today's story is The Little Frog with the Big Mouth. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Frog3 for the full transcript. This is a levelled-up version of the story. You can listener to the beginner level...
Published 06/29/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Ricky, Max and Larry fight the monster on the football field. None of the other players can see it, though. Afterwards, they discuss what they saw. They decide that they have to do something about these monsters... Today's story is The Shadow Club. This is chapter three, A Strange Kind of Club. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Shadow3 for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Action. New Vocabulary: Swipe, Overhead, Lunge,...
Published 06/22/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === It rains all week, and it looks like the football match is going to be cancelled. But on the day, a miracle happens, and it's perfect weather! But while they're playing football, a storm begins, and Ricky sees something he really doesn't want to... Today's story is The Shadow Club. This is chapter two, Shadows and Lightning. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Shadow2 for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Action. New...
Published 06/15/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Ricky Marshall has a boring life. He goes to school, plays video games and steals chocolate from the kitchen cupboard. But he has a dream. One day, he's going to be a professional footballer. It will probably never happen, but he can dream, right? Well, one day Ricky's boring life changes when a strange monster attacks his friend... Today's story is The Shadow Club. This is chapter one, A Boring Life. Go to...
Published 06/08/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === You won't find another man like Butcher Boy George, even if you travel through 70 villages. Except, is he a man? Man or not, George is strong, but he'll have to be clever to survive his adventure through the forest. Today's story is Butcher Boy George. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Boy for the full transcript. Level: Intermediate. Genre: Action. New Vocabulary: With your bare hands, Glow, Belly, Pinky finger, Pop up, Crooked, Demon,...
Published 06/01/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === A rich man asks his daughters how much they love him, and his third daughter says he loves him like fresh meat loves salt. Insulted, he throws her out, and she has to find somewhere to work and live. But in the end, her father will understand the true meaning of her words... Today's story is Love Like Salt. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Salt for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Philosophical. New Vocabulary: Get...
Published 05/25/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Penny loses her first tooth, and her parents tell her to put it under her pillow. In the night, the Tooth Fairy will come and replace it with a coin. Penny quickly decides that this is wonderful, and starts thinking of ways to get more coins... Today's story is The Tooth Fairy. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Tooth for the full transcript. Level: Beginner. Genre: Comedy. New Vocabulary: The Tooth Fairy, Fall over, Coin, Asleep, Replace,...
Published 05/18/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Content warning: this episode contains hallucinations, representations of psychosis, homophobia, bullying, child abuse and light mentions of sex. William is the worst student in his class. He never studies, and the voice inside his head is always telling him to work harder. And then the voice turns into a person, his 'guardian angel', Cam. But it turns out Cam isn't just a voice, and he's there to protect William from some real...
Published 05/11/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Content warning: this episode contains suggestions of domestic violence. Ada needs help to get rid of her awful boyfriend, Quinn. She goes to Hartwood Head, where a powerful sorceress lives, The Most Wanted Woman in Town. This woman announces a competition: whoever can get her house key from around a cat's neck and open her door will be able to ask her for one thing. So Ada gets the key the only way she knows how: by being...
Published 05/04/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Aldar Kose is a trickster character from Kazakhstan. One day, he is travelling through a cold field with an old horse and a coat full of holes. Then he sees a rich man with a swift horse and a fox fur coat, and he has an idea... Today's story is Aldar Kose's Magic Coat. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Coat for the full transcript. Level: Beginner. Genre: Comedy. New Vocabulary: Trick, Icebreaker, Scoundrel, Fox, Fur coat, Hole, Shiver,...
Published 04/27/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Sanonoi is born with a small wooden house in her hand. When nobody is looking, she can make the house grow and go inside. A white cotton rope is hidden there, but what is it for? One day, her father tells her she must leave the palace for her own safety, and her journey begins... Today's story is The Princess Who Carried a House. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Princess for the full transcript. Level: Intermediate. Genre: Myths &...
Published 04/20/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === In Zennor, a village in Cornwall, there is a carving of a mermaid in the local church. How did it get there? Well, hundreds of years ago, a strange but beautiful woman visited the town, and caught the eye of a young man called Mathew Trewella... Today's story is The Mermaid of Zennor. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Zennor for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Myths & Legends. New Vocabulary: Tail, Mermaid, Bench,...
Published 04/13/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Beelzebuddy finds out about Rhiana and Evelyn's past and decides to help the lemon-coloured woman. When Rhiana shuts down their attempt to start a conversation, Beelzebuddy comes up with the perfect idea to prove Evelyn's love... Today's story is Beelzebuddy, the Cleaning Demon. This is chapter two of two. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Clean2 for the full transcript. Level: Intermediate. Genre: Comedy. New Vocabulary: Pop over, High...
Published 04/06/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Rhiana lives alone, and hates the outside world. Loud children, stray dogs and persistent letter-senders bother her, so she calls a demon to come and help her. But Beelzebuddy, the demon she called, only knows how to clean homes and make friends! Today's story is Beelzebuddy, the Cleaning Demon. This is chapter one of two. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Clean1 for the full transcript. Level: Intermediate. Genre: Comedy. New Vocabulary:...
Published 03/30/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === A woman's husband dies, and she visits his grave every week to pray. When she dies, she goes to the land of the dead, and is excited to finally see him again. But what if she can't find him? Today's story is The Singing Widow. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Widow for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Romance. New Vocabulary: Widow, Grave, Place (put), Misery, Land, Pale, Petal, Stroke, Lonely soul, Equally. Setting:...
Published 03/23/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Kåre catches a polar bear and decides to take him to the King of Denmark as a present. On the way, they stay the night in Dovrefjell. There, on Christmas Eve, the trolls come to eat all the people's food. But they aren't expecting to meet something a bit bigger than the usual cat... Today's story is A Rather Large Cat. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/LargeCat for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Comedy. New...
Published 03/16/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Harold has never fallen in love with a woman, and lives alone. But one day, he meets a beautiful man called Jasper in the forest, and decides that he has to marry him. But on the day of their wedding, Harold discovers a secret about Jasper that changes everything... Today's story is Taken by the Fairies. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Fairy for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Romance. New Vocabulary: Ponytail, Bald...
Published 03/09/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Dai is always daydreaming. People say he has his head in the clouds. But one day he gets a gift: a pot of lamp oil that never goes empty. What could he do with it? He starts to dream, but he dreams a bit too strongly... Today's story is Head in the Clouds. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Cloud for the full transcript. Level: Intermediate. Genre: Philosophical. New Vocabulary: Light at the end of the tunnel, Head in the clouds, Daydream,...
Published 03/02/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Zelda is a brave huntress who gets a magical wishing cloak from a witch. The cloak can take her wherever she wants. Except, she doesn't know where to go! So she travels around until she finds a castle where an old woman and her beautiful daughter live. But the mysterious Morgana is not everything she seems... Today's story is The Raven's Heart. This is chapter five, the last chapter. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Raven for the full...
Published 02/23/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Nigella calls Fergus into the office on a Sunday to help her fix an IT problem. But it turns out she wants something quite different. Cass gets Jo and Penny's help to win Fergus back, but will her plan work? Today's story is Dear Heart. This is chapter five, the last chapter. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Dear5 for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Romance. New Vocabulary: Swear (bad language), Undo (clothes),...
Published 02/16/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Fergus sends Cass a stupid message, and she breaks up with him. But both of them feel awful about it. Will they manage to work through their personal problems and get back together? Today's story is Dear Heart. This is chapter four. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Dear4 for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Romance. New Vocabulary: Dwell on, Eyebrow, Idiot, Tear through/apart/off, Squish, Beat up, Threaten, Steering...
Published 02/09/21
Buy me a coffee to say thank you for the podcast! === Cass and Fergus make poetry and officially become boyfriend and girlfriend. But not everything is perfect. Fergus tells Cass about his previous relationship, and she starts to worry she'll become like Fergus' ex... Today's story is Dear Heart. This is chapter three. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Dear3 for the full transcript. Level: Pre-Intermediate. Genre: Romance. New Vocabulary: Spiel, Masculine/masculinity, Non-binary, Gender...
Published 02/02/21