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True Riches
Adapted from ?The Fortune? In ?The Golden Windows? By Laura E. Richards ReadOasis Step 2 One cloudy day a man was walking along the street. He was sad because his business was not going well. On top of that, he wanted to buy a horse, but he didn?t have... Read more
The Wind and the Sun
ReadOasis Step 2 By Aesop An argument arose between the North Wind and the Sun. Each claimed that he was stronger than the other. At last, they agreed to test their powers upon a traveller. They would see who could get the man to take off his coat first.... 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
Little Red Riding Hood
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived a little girl. She was sweet and pretty and good, and everybody loved her. Her old grandmother was very fond of her. So the grandmother made the little girl a cute red coat with a hood. It suited... Read more
Word Power is Life
ReadOasis Step 2 We all have something to say. A boy likes a girl, and so he says, ?I like you!? A traveller gets lost, so he asks a stranger, ?Can you show me the way?? A woman sees a man walk in front of a bus, and she... Read more
A Darning-Needle
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A needle is used for sewing, and a darning needle is used for simple jobs, like fixing holes in socks. In this story, the Darning needle thinks too highly of herself, giving us a story about pride and vanity. There was... Read more
Speak Better with Gestures
ReadOasis Step 2 Julie is visiting the Spanish city of Madrid with her friends. One night, they decide to go to a beautiful restaurant in the Main Plaza of the city. Julie studied Spanish in high school, and she can communicate fairly well. But tonight she is having trouble... Read more
The Wolf and the Dog
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 One day a Wolf was walking through the forest. A light snow was falling among the tall, green trees, floating down like little white stars. The Wolf wandered slowly on, for he was sick, weak, and bony thin. His eyes were dark as death,... Read more
The Whirligig of Life
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Note: To ?whirl? means to spin, and a ?whirligig? is a child's toy having a whirling or spinning motion. A ?whirligig? is also something that spins, whirls, moves, or changes, like the spinning course of human events. Justice of the Peace... Read more
The Father of the Game Boy
ReadOasis Step 2 As a boy, Gunpei loved to play with toys and machines. He often took his toys apart to see how they worked. Then he put them back together again. One day, Gunpei took apart his father's expensive watch. He wanted to see how the little machine... Read more
Say No to Overwork
ReadOasis Step 2 "I told you that you could do it! You worked hard and got into a great university. And now you have landed an excellent job at a big company! Congratulations on your success! You did it!" "Thank you, father," said Kenya, standing tall in his dark... Read more
The Idea of Film
ReadOasis Step 3 When I grow up, I still want to be a director. -Steven Spielberg This quote shows the magic of movies. Steven Spielberg is a grown man, but he loves the movies like a child. He feels a sense of wonder about them. He is already a... Read more
The Birth of Levi’s Jeans
ReadOasis Step 2 Rivets By Rohit Gowaikar (Creative Commons) Levi Strauss was born in Germany in 1829. At 18, he joined his brothers in America. They had a dry goods business in New York City. At that time, many people were moving to California in search of gold. Levi... Read more
A New Printer for the Blind
ReadOasis Step 3 Braille by Mario Sánchez Bueno Breaking News English has published an interesting story about a teenager who has made an inexpensive printer for the blind. A 13-year-old has made a cheap machine that helps blind people read. The machine uses Braille - small bumps that people... Read more
How to Acquire Language (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 How do humans acquire languages? The answer is surprisingly simple. All people everywhere acquire languages in the same way. “We acquire languages by understanding messages.” This is called the “comprehension hypothesis,” and it was made by the linguist Dr. Stephen Krashen. I give this idea an... Read more
Twelve Little Penguins
ReadOasis Step 3 A man was driving his car down the road. He looked ahead and saw black smoke and orange fire coming out of a big, red truck. As he approached the accident, he saw the truck driver waving his hands.  "Help!" Cried the truck driver "Help! My... Read more
3 Questions for Your New Year’s Resolution (Step 1)
By D.S. Aims ReadOasis Step 1 At the start of every year, millions of people make new resolutions. This means that they promise themselves to do something differently, or to try something new. For example, many people want to lose weight, quit smoking, or change another bad habit. Others... Read more
A Great King of Baseball: Hank Aaron
ReadOasis Step 2 Hank Aaron's 755th Home run ball by Dan Gaken (CC) Hank Aaron was born on February 5, 1934, in Mobile Alabama (USA). He was one of seven children. Aaron grew up poor, but he loved baseball. He started playing professional baseball with the Mobile Black Bears... Read more
Reading Should Be Fun!
Interview with Dr. Charles Browne, Professor, Meiji Gakuin University. This is “Charles the Great,” from Meiji Gakuin University, and of course, English Central and many other places. And affectionately known as “Charlie.” We are going to ask him a couple of questions about extensive reading. first... Read more
Little Brothers of the Air (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Many years ago a man named Francis lived in a small town in Italy. Francis was kind and loving to all living things. The creatures he loved most were birds. He called the birds his little brothers of the air. He wanted to protect them and... Read more