[New graded reader] Neighbours

Our latest graded reader “Neighbours” (Level 2) is now available!

Everyone has neighbours, Maybe our neighbours are nice or interesting. Or maybe they are difficult or strange. Here are five short stories about neighbours for you to read.

Eva is a little frightened of one of her neighbours. He is strange. But one day, something happens to change Eva’s opinion.
Brent’s neighbour is on vacation. The house is empty. So why can he hear a knocking sound on the wall? Brent has a shock when he goes to investigate.
Bryan loves living in his quiet house. There are big old trees in the garden. But not everyone likes the trees. Someone makes trouble for Bryan. Bryan has to fight to stop the troublemaker and save his trees.
Everyone loves Skippy. She thinks her neighbours are lonely, so she has an idea to make everyone happy. Will she succeed?
The house next to Katy is empty. So what are the strange lights in the house at night? Katy has to act quickly to save somebody’s life.

[New Graded Reader] The Vase

Our latest Level 4 graded reader “The Vase” is now available! (Word count: 12,004)

When a doctor in Hong Kong receives a “lucky” Chinese vase in 1910, he has no idea just how lucky it is. This story follows the vase through the 20th century, as it crosses continents and brings luck to its new keepers. What happens to the vase at the end? Does it keep its lucky powers? This story takes you through the major events of the last century and follows the lives of the people who lived through that time, before the vase’s history comes back in a circle.

[New Graded Reader] How Did You Meet?

We never know how, or when, or where we will meet our one true love. Maybe you will meet on a blind date? Or maybe you will meet in a storm or a supermarket? Here are five stories for you to enjoy. One story is about a forever romance. The other stories? Will the couples stay together? We don’t know, but we hope so. If the romance lasts forever, they will always have an interesting answer when people ask: “How did you meet?”

By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

[Short Story Video] Andy’s Glasses

This is a short story for learners of English. We hope you enjoy it!

Andy wears glasses. He doesn’t wear them all the time. He wears them when he drives his car. He wears them to read, and when he works on his computer.

Andy gets an email from the eye doctor’s office. The email says— We have not checked your eyes for one year. You should make an appointment. We will check your eyes.—-

Andy goes to the eye doctor’s office. He does an eye test.

The eye doctor says, “Your eyes are OK, but maybe you need new glasses. You need glasses that are a little stronger.”

Andy says, “OK.”

The eye doctor says she will order new glasses for Andy. She says, “Maybe your new glasses will feel a little bit strange. Maybe you will get a headache for a few days. Maybe you will feel ill for a little while.”

After one week, the eye doctor’s office calls Andy. The receptionist says, “Your new glasses are ready. Please come and get your new glasses.”

Andy goes to get his new glasses. His eye doctor is not there. She is on vacation.

Andy pays for his new glasses and takes them away. He is very pleased. His new glasses do not feel strange. He does not have a headache. He does not feel ill.

A few weeks later, Andy gets a call from his eye doctor. “Please come and see me,” she says.

Andy goes to see his eye doctor. She is very unhappy. She says, “I ordered your new glasses, but I made a big mistake. I asked the company to make your new glasses but the order was the same as your old glasses. So , there was no change. I am very sorry. I have ordered new glasses for you and of course, you will not pay anything.”

Andy is a very calm person. He says, “It’s OK. Don’t worry.”

The eye doctor says, “Didn’t you think it was strange when your ‘new’ glasses were the same as the old ones?”

Andy laughs. “I didn’t feel sick! I didn’t feel strange! I didn’t have a headache!. I thought ‘my eye doctor did a very good job!’”

By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading.

[New graded reader] The Other Sisters

The Other Sisters – a new graded reader from I Talk You Talk Press. (Level 4 – B1/B2)

Old Secrets – Modern Mysteries Series Book 5

Sisters separated by ambition, distance and war.
Maggie always said that Anna was her much younger sister, but Anna believed Maggie was really her mother. Then Maggie is killed, and Anna discovers that the truth is much more complicated. A break up with her boyfriend and an unexpected legacy lead Anna to give up her comfortable life, and go in search of her real father.

She is drawn into a life that is different from anything she has known before. With her father’s help, she looks for the sister she never knew about.

Anna is lost, confused and angry as she struggles to make sense of the past. Will old secrets and modern mysteries destroy any chance of happiness? Or will she find a new and very different future?

[New graded reader!] The Temple Treasure

Our latest Level 4 graded reader “The Temple Treasure” is now available!

Shuzo is the head priest of a mountain temple in Japan. One night, an unexpected visitor comes to the temple and takes the temple’s most precious treasure. Shuzo has to get the treasure back, but it has been passed to a dangerous gang in Osaka. Shuzo can’t go to the police, so he has to act alone. He knows his life will be in danger, but he goes to Osaka and finds the treasure. Help comes from a very unexpected person, but will it be enough for him to escape back to the temple with the treasure?

Summer Days

Our new Level 3 (A2/B1) graded reader is now available!

There are five short stories about summer in this book.

Paul is sad. His girlfriend doesn’t want to see him anymore. So he goes to his family’s summer house by the lake with his brother. He gets help from a surprising person and by the end of the story he is a happy man. Rachel is excited about her vacation in the south of France. She wants to go to the beach every day, but it rains. She is annoyed, but thanks to the rain, she has a great vacation. Four friends go camping. It is hot and dry and there is the danger of fire. The friends have to work hard to stop a disaster.

Enjoy these stories and two more about hot summer days!

By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

[Easy English Blog] I saw you in the paper

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I was in the local newspaper a few weeks ago. We won the 2019 Language Learner Literature Award, so the local paper was interested in our story.

I live in rural Japan, and many people read the local paper. Since I was in the paper, people have been saying “I saw you in the paper!”

I know some of these people. They are neighbours, acquaintances, and clients. But there are some people I don’t know. Some people I have never met see me and say “I saw you in the paper!”

Maybe this is what it is like to be famous!

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk PressI Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] School visit

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The other day, I visited a primary school to give a talk to the children about being a writer. The children were 9-10 years old. Many of them were very interested in the job of a writer, and some of them want to be a writer when they are older.

They asked me what they should do if they want to become a writer. I told them to read books and develop their imaginations. They had so many questions that there wasn’t time for me to answer them all.

The school has a special programme. Every month, they invite someone to speak to the children about their job. I think it is a good system. The children can start to think about the job they want in the future, and they can learn about different ways of life.

When I was a child, my school didn’t have a programme like that. We had a careers room with lots of pamphlets about jobs. We could go to the room and learn about jobs. There was a careers advisor who sometimes came to our school. We could talk to her about different jobs. It would have been good if people from the community came to the school and talked about their jobs. It would have been interesting.

I hope the children enjoyed my visit to the school, and I hope it was useful for them. Maybe in the future, some of them will become writers!

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press