[New Graded Reader] Phil’s Balloon

Our new Level 1 graded reader “Phil’s Balloon” is now available!

Phil is thirty-six. He works in a factory. He wants a girlfriend, but he has no luck on dating apps, and there are no women in his factory. One day, in the park, he has an idea. He buys a heart-shaped balloon. He hopes the balloon will help him to find a girlfriend. Many people are talking about Phil’s balloon. They want him to find love. Will the balloon help him to get a girlfriend? This is a heartwarming story of a man looking for love.

[New book!] Roger’s Long Ride

Roger’s Long Ride (Level 3) is now available!

Covid 19 changed daily life for everyone. In San Francisco, it changes the life of a man called Roger.
In two days, he loses his job, his girlfriend, his home and his car. But a message on a calendar gives him an idea. He decides to cycle to his hometown of Medford and start a new life.
Join Roger as he rides from California to Oregon. He meets old friends and new people – some are nice and some are not so nice.
He finds friendship and kindness. But there is mystery too. Who is the strange young woman and why is she hiding?
This book shows us that even when life is very difficult, there are always good people and happy results.

[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 – Wintertime

Our new Level 3 graded reader “Wintertime” is now available!

There are five stories about winter in this book.
The forest is a dangerous place in winter, but Stefan takes his dog there. There is an accident. What will happen? Can anyone help Stefan? Or will he die alone in the forest?
Everyone thinks Shaun can become an Olympic skating champion, but the local council wants to close the ice rink in his town. Shaun can save the ice rink, but it is a big responsibility for a young boy. Can he do it?
Alan and Keith go camping on a mountain. But the mountain is special. It has secrets. When the weather changes, they see something very scary…
Enjoy these and two more stories about wintertime!

[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

[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!