55 Free ESL Short Stories
200+ Words Each, Audio (Normal & Slow Speeds), Grade Level

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The black number following each title below is the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level (2.0→9.7 = easiest→hardest; see Wikipedia, Readability‐Grader, or Readability‐Score). Following each story are the Grade Level and the Number of Words in the story (208 words (#68) to 540 words (#3, #40), with lots of passive voice!).

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Dec. 6, 2016. All 71 stories below are error‐free. Mike email me michaeleslATgmail.com


1. One Woman, Two Horses, Many Parades   5.1 (5.0 = Grade Level; see Wikipedia, Readability‐Grader, or Readability‐Score)
2. She Hopes for the Perfect Wedding   4.9
3. Saleslady Pushes Her Luck   4.5
4. Signer for Deaf Has Designs on Pierre   5.7
5. Is Her Dreamboat Online?   7.1
6. Let's Kick Back and Enjoy a Movie   4.7
7. Itsabad News, Itsagood News   4.7
8. RIP—Wood or Cardboard?   8.0
9. No Tops on Boob Tube   7.9
10. The Big (Wet) One vs. the Big (Dry) One   8.6
11. Arizona: No ID, No Vote   8.6
12. Drunk Drivers Get Away with Murder   5.6
13. New First Aid: Fist-to-Mouth CPR   5.6
14. No Preacher Is "A Man of Sponge"   7.0
15. SoCal City to Learn Inglés   9.5
16. Drunk Driver Doesn't Fear Train   6.9
17. Snake Handler Angers Angry Adder   7.2
18. Noisy Neighbors Above and Below   6.1
19. Birthday Box Has Big Surprise   4.2
20. July 4th Parade Pleases All   6.5
21. $110M—Housecleaner Cleans Up   8.2
22. A Thrift Store Score   4.8
23. He's Blind but Doesn't Mind   3.9
24. New City, New Start, Same Memories   4.8
25. RNs Meet Pandas on SoCal Sojourn   6.2
26. Baking Driver in Bone‐Dry Fiat   4.4
27. Can't We All Just Get Along?   7.3
28. House: A Dream Come True   5.7
29. Los Angeles: Streets of Fire   5.5
30. Little Thought behind "Thoughtful" Gift   5.5

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31. U.S. Govt.: No Hope for Hemp   9.7
32. Nature: It's Too Much for Humans   7.4
33. Again & Again & Again Fixes Brain   8.6
34. We Bite, and We Are Bitten   6.8
35. Vacations Are Better with Friends   6.6
36. Stomach Growls, but It Must Wait   6.0
37. Empty House to Full House   5.0
38. From a Finger Prick to a Pint   5.0
39. The Language of Love   3.4
40. The Big One Biding Its Time in LA   8.0
41. Cold Beer, Fast Bike, Pretty Nurse   5.5
42. Christmas Pineapples for All   4.5
43. Driver Drinks, Smokes, Crashes, Runs   2.4
44. Scratchy Sounds Scare Staffer   2.2
45. Put a Little Love in Your Heart   6.6
46. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You   7.8
47. LA: Who Needs a TV Weatherman? (1)   6.0
48. LA: Who Needs a TV Weatherman? (2)   7.2
49. Will Her Love Feed and Clothe Her Babies?   2.7
50. Mom Frets: Jobless Hubby, Runaway Son   2.3
51. Peeks in Dumpster, Dumps Red Meat (1)   4.9
52. Peeks in Dumpster, Dumps Red Meat (2)   4.6
53. Mend the Car, Fend Off the Men (1)   4.7
54. Mend the Car, Fend Off the Men (2)   4.7
55. Food Labels and Your Salted Food (1)   6.4
56. Food Labels and Your Salted Food (2)   3.5
57. Who Pulled the Plug? (1)   4.2
58. Who Pulled the Plug? (2)   6.0
59. People‐Watching at Sheepshead Bay (1)   4.7
60. People‐Watching at Sheepshead Bay (2)   4.9
61. A Bad Job Beats No Job (1)   7.0
62. A Bad Job Beats No Job (2)   6.6
63. Hey, Bud! Hey, Bro! Hey, Pal! Hey, Bub!   1.7
64. Who Shot My Sugar?   3.2
65. Spit the Pits, Holler for Dollars   2.3
66. No Country for Old White Men   5.7
67. Time Out for NY Times (1)   3.7
68. Time Out for NY Times (2)   5.0
69. There, but for the Grace of God...   3.5
70. ET Threatens Earth Bullies   3.9
71. The Girl with "X‐Ray" Vision   5.9


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