The Seven Habits Made Easy
Max is running late. He hurries out the door of his apartment, holding a cup of coffee. Then he sees his bus. “It’s leaving!” he cries. Max starts to run, but he trips over a rock and falls. His coffee flies out of his hands and spills all over... Read more
Story Power
Dorothy looked up into the sky. And she started to sing. Her soft voice rose up gently in the air. Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue And the dreams that... Read more
Blind Men and the Elephant of Culture
ReadOasis Step 2 Long ago in a faraway land, six blind men sat by the road. Animals and people walked by, kicking up dust in the air. The burning sun made the ground hot. The blind men had no food, no money, and no water. They just waited for... Read more
A Library in Your Bag: The Kindle
ReadOasis Step 2 An e-book is an electronic book. People can read e-books on personal computers and mobile phones. A special machine also exists just for e-reading. It is called an e-book reader. The Sony Reader is one popular e-reader. But in November 2007, Amazon.com created an e-reader, too. It... Read more
Improve Your Word Power
ReadOasis Step 1 So you want to improve your word power. But what words should you learn first? You can waste time learning uncommon words first. But it’s smart to learn the most common words at the beginning. The top 2,000 words of English make up 80% of all... Read more
Why Learn English?
ReadOasis Step 2 English is currently the world’s common language. It’s the international language of business, politics, and the Internet. About 400 million people speak English as a first language. And about a billion people are learning it today. To learn any foreign language, we need motivation. Motivation is... Read more
The Guitar Hero
ReadOasis Step 2 Humans have played instruments like guitars for 5,000 years. The English word "guitar" originally may come from the Indian word, "sitar." Today guitars play a main part in jazz, blues, country, rock, and pop music. They are also used for solo classical music. In popular culture,... Read more
Simple Steps for Learning English
By Ashley J. Hastings, PhD President, Global Language Education Service, Inc. Many people around the world are studying English. They need English to succeed in work, school, or relationships. Common sense tells us that we can learn to read a language more quickly if we can already understand it well.... Read more
The Best Way to Learn Language
ReadOasis Step 2 What’s the best way to learn a foreign language? As a linguist, I hear this question all the time. My students are in Japan, and many of them want to learn English. So they often ask me, “What’s the best way to improve my English?” Students... Read more
Reading Power
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) When people ask about English language ability, what is their first question? Usually, they ask this. “Can you speak English?” The total number of native English speakers in the world today is around 375,000,000 people. And about a billion people are learning English. The... Read more
The Language of Beasts
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time a man had a shepherd. The shepherd served the man many years faithfully and honestly. One day, while herding his flock, the shepherd heard a strange sound coming out of the forest nearby. “Sssssss” went the sound.... Read more
The Crab and the Monkey
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a crab who lived in a hole on the shady side of a mountain. She was a very good housewife. She was careful and industrious, and her hole was the cleanest in the country, so she took great... Read more
Why is Christmas on December 25th?
ReadOasis Step 2 Would you celebrate someone’s birthday even if no one knew the day when he or she was born? That is what happens around the world every year on December 25th, when most Christians remember Jesus’ birthday. We know a lot about Jesus. But we don’t know... Read more
Cross-Cultural Travel by Design
ReadOasis Step 2 A man’s nervous voice cracked over the loudspeaker, “Please stand behind the yellow line.” I wanted to move, but the crowd pushed me from all sides, so I let them push. Before I knew it, I was moving into the open door of an orange train... Read more
The Brave Little Bowman
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time there was a little man with a crooked back who was called the wise little bowman because he used his bow and arrow so very well. This crooked little man said to himself:... Read more
The Lion in Bad Company
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 One day a young Lion came suddenly upon a Wolf. The Wolf was not able to get away, so he said to the Lion: “Please, Great Lion, could you take me to your den, and let me live with... Read more
The Tricky Wolf and the Rats
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 The Rat Chief Once upon a time a Big Rat lived in the forest, and many hundreds of other Rats called him their Chief. A Tricky Wolf saw this troop of Rats, and he began to plan how he... Read more
The First National Park
ReadOasis Step 1 A national park is an important place protected by the government. Governments make national parks to protect historical and beautiful places. They want people to enjoy these places, and they want to preserve wildlife. The first national park in the U.S. is called Yellowstone. It was... Read more
The Wives of King Henry
ReadOasis Step 2 King Henry wanted to marry Anne Boleyn. But he had a problem. He was married to Catherine of Aragon. Henry was the king of England, but he had to follow the rules of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman church said Henry could not divorce his... Read more
Machu Picchu: The Lost City
ReadOasis Step 2 Hiram Bingham was a real Indiana Jones. He taught at Yale University. And he was an explorer. On July 24, 1911, Bingham was in Peru again. He was searching for the lost city of the Incas. His guide was Melchor Arteaga, a local farmer. They walked... Read more