[Easy English Blog] Taking language tests

Some of my Chinese books!

I love taking language tests! In June, I took a French test. I took level 3 of the Japanese French exam. Level 3 is quite easy, and I passed.

Two days ago, I took a Chinese tests. I took HSK3. The level is lower intermediate. I didn’t understand some of the questions, but I think I did OK. I will get the results in mid-October.

I enjoy taking language tests for a few reasons. The first reason is motivation. If I have a goal, I study more. If I don’t have a goal, I don’t study as much. The second reason is that I can understand my level. The third reason is that I feel great when I take a test and pass!

Now, I am studying for the Chinese HSK4 exam in April, and the 2nd grade French exam in June. When I have passed those exams, I am going to add another language. Maybe Russian!

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[New Graded Reader] Everyday Heroes

Our new level 1 graded reader Everyday Heroes is now available!

What do you think of when you hear the word “hero”? Do you think of Superman, or Batman? Of course, they are heroes. But sometimes, normal people can be heroes too. There are five stories in this book about everyday heroes.

  Oliver is a pizza delivery driver. One evening, he goes to a house to deliver some pizzas, but something is wrong. Can Oliver help the family?

   Lydia is going to her wedding, when a bad thing happens. Luckily, some surprising heroes arrive to help her.

  Lucy is excited. She is going to Hawaii for a vacation. There is an emergency on the plane, and only Lucy can help. Can she become a hero? Enjoy these and two more stories!

[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.

[Short Story Video] A Bad Mistake

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

Lonnie steals bags. It is very easy.

He travels on trains when people are going to work, or going home.  The trains are very crowded. He always wears a big coat so he can hide the bags inside his coat. He always wears a hat and sunglasses.

He looks for someone who has put their bag on the floor, or on a seat. He waits until the train stops at a station and many people are trying to get on the train or off the train. He quickly takes a bag and disappears in the crowds of people.

One Friday evening, Lonnie is on the train. He sees a woman in a red coat. She has many shopping bags. She doesn’t have a seat and it is hard for her to hold her shopping bags and her handbag. She is standing near the door of the train.

She looks rich, thinks Lonnie. He looks at the shopping bags. She went to some very expensive stores. I will take her handbag and maybe I can get some shopping bags as well.

He stands next to the woman. The train stops. There are many people trying to get off the train. Everyone is pushing. Lonnie pushes the woman in the red coat very hard. She almost falls over. Lonnie quickly pulls her handbag and two shopping bags from the woman’s hand.

He hurries off the train and puts the handbag and shopping bags under his coat.

He hears the woman shouting. “Stop! Stop! Stop that man! He has taken my bag and my shopping!”

Lonnie laughs. They won’t catch me!

Outside the railway station Lonnie hides behind a tall building. He looks in the handbag. He takes a mobile phone and a wallet from the bag – the wallet has a little money. Lonnie counts it. $90. He puts the money in his pocket and puts the handbag and wallet in a garbage can.

He looks in the shopping bags. One bag has some towels. He puts it in the garbage can. But in the other bag he finds a beautiful necklace. It is pink and green and gold. Wow, thinks Lonnie. My girlfriend’s birthday is tomorrow. I will give her this necklace. She will like it very much.

On Saturday night, Lonnie takes his girlfriend to a pub. She is wearing the necklace. She is very happy. She likes her birthday present very much.

Lonnie and his girlfriend are sitting at a table in the bar. They are drinking beer. A woman comes to their table. She is wearing a red coat. She says, “Where did you get that necklace?”

“My boyfriend bought it for me,” says Lonnie’s girlfriend. “It is a birthday present.”

“Oh no!” says the woman.  “He didn’t buy that necklace for you! It is unique. My husband ordered it for me. Your boyfriend took my bags on the train last night!”

Oh no! thinks Lonnie. I must run away.

He tries to run out of the bar. A very big man runs after him. He throws Lonnie on the ground. “I am a policeman,” says the man. “You took my wife’s necklace and now I am taking you to the police station.”

[New graded reader] I’m Late!

Our new Level 3 graded reader “I’m Late!” is now available!

Five short stories about ordinary people who risk being late for important events.

  A gymnastics team is on its way to a competition, but things go wrong. Will the team arrive on time? And will the girls be able to compete?

  Damian has an important exam, but he makes a mistake on the way to the testing centre. Can he get there on time? There is only one way to get there, but it is very expensive.

  Bevan is forgetful and always late. His wife tells him not to be late for her sister’s wedding, but Bevan cannot change his character easily. Can he get to the wedding on time? Or will he miss it and make his wife angry?

  Enjoy these and two more stories!

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?

New book! Ryokan Life

Our latest Level 1 graded reader Ryokan Life is now available!

Yuka Nakata studies English. Her family owns a ryokan (Japanese-style hotel) near Kyoto. Now it is August. Yuka is helping her family at the ryokan. Yuka is happy. She can meet many guests and she can practice her English. Many things happen at the ryokan.

Two guests go out for a day, but don’t come back. Can Yuka find them? A guest loses his passport. Can Yuka help him? Is there a ghost in one of the rooms? Yuka tries to solve the mystery.

Working at the ryokan is hard, but it is always interesting for Yuka! Enjoy five stories from Yuka’s summer at the ryokan!