What if the stories in your English course could make you laugh?
What if they could break your heart?
What if you just had to know...what happens next?
My name is Cooper, and I'm an English professor in Hiroshima, Japan. I love teaching, I love English literature, and I love podcasts. So, I decided to combine all three into this show! Each episode, I will read a short story in English. Some of them are famous, some not-so-famous. Some of them I even write myself. For example, I read stories by AA Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh), Ernest Hemingway, and Philip K Dick.
I choose the stories carefully and read slowly, so they're easy to understand. After each story, there are three tiny lessons. Not too much, just A Little English.
Visit https://www.alittleenglish.com to get a Podcast User's Manual with some idea about how to study using this podcast!
Forty Stories - "One"
Happy New Year! Today I'm starting something totally new. It turns out there aren't many free stories for English students available, or at least not good ones. So, I'm writing the stories myself. My goal is to do forty of them in 2023. Do you think I can do it?
In this episode, we meet a young man in love. He plans to get his this woman's attention with....Karaoke? With U2? Good luck, Ben!
Forty Stories - "Sleigh Ride Together"
Today we have a story about sledding. It's January and January is the best time to ride a sled down a hill. But it's also a story about family, and what it's like to have - or be - an older sibling. I really hope you enjoy it.
Forty Stories - "Mustang"
This is a very special story about a man, his Red 1967 Ford Mustang and his very first panic attack. It's also a story about marriage, and parents, and sisters. It's also occasionally kinda funny! Enjoy.
Forty Stories - "Cold Feet"
This is a story about the theater. It's about what it's like to be on the stage, with an audience staring at you, and...you aren't wearing any clothes. This is based on a real play, which is on Broadway right now, called "Take Me Out." I'm really very proud of this story, and I think it's the best one I've written so far. I hope you love it, too!
Part 1: Selling Point, by Norman Arkawy
We are taking a break from my Forty Stories project to enjoy some old science fiction from 1955. Actually, this is a really sweet story. I'm not going to tell you anything about it, because no spoilers, but....it's awfully cute. I think you'll really have some fun.
Part 2: Selling Point by Norman Arkawy
This is the last part of our little science fiction break. Ira is a nice salesman. He's trying to sell a robot housekeeper to a nice lady. When he reveals that he is a robot, she suddenly becomes kind to him and lets him in. I wonder why she changed her mind? This is a really sweet and fun story from 1955. Next week we will go back to my own short stories!
Good podcast to learn English and fall a sleep
I’ve been enjoying these stories to learn English and to fall asleep. Cooper’s voice is ver comforting and I love he has different tiny lessons in the end of the podcast. Not only typical vocab lesson but he talks about the sound of English. Good for English learners!