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    King Herla is fighting a war against the Saxons and winning. A group of dwarves comes to his wedding and makes a deal with him: if they can come to his wedding, then in the future the king will go to the dwarf king's wedding. He thinks the dwarves will give them amazing gifts, but he doesn't know the risk he's taking...

    Today's story is The Last King of the Britons. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Last for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Myths & Legends.Vocabulary: Rule, Give up (defeat), Dismount, Banquet, Do someone an honour, Faerie folk, Dwarf, Risk your life, Make a deal, Crack, Shepherd, Be reunited.Setting: Medieval.Word Count: 1272.Author: British Myths.

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    One day, a young man called Anders hears his brother say, 'Oh, those scary stories make me shudder!'

    'I wonder what it means to shudder?' Anders thinks, and he goes out on a journey to find out.

    Today's story is The Boy Who Knew No Fear. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/FearL1 for the full transcript. This is a levelled-down version of a pre-intermediate story. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Fear to listen to the pre-intermediate-level version.Level: Beginner.Genre: Comedy.Vocabulary: Stupid, Shudder, Scary, Priest, Ring a bell, Ghost, If only, Hanging, Burn, Lathe, Axe, Warm (verb), Claw, Bone, Skull, Bowling, Coffin, Stone, Bucket.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 2740.Author: Fairy Tales.

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  • Hector is a snail, so of course he's very slow. But he dreams of becoming fast. He decides to find a wizard and ask the wizard to swap his body with an ostrich's. What could go wrong? Well, a lot, actually...

    Today's story is Hector the Snail. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Snail for the full transcript and PDF.Level: Beginner.Genre: Children's.New Vocabulary: Snail, Snail trail, Wizard, Swap, Ostrich, Human, Cave, Solve a problem, Ride, Kick, Free (verb), All over, False eyelashes.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1033.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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  • The war is raging on, and the government needs a part from her wheelchair. The only problem is, her wheelchair is now a part of her body. And she's illegally modified it.

    Today's story is The Digital Fugitive. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Digital for the full transcript and PDF.Level: Advanced.Genre: Science Fiction.New Vocabulary: Fugitive, Nerve endings, Powerchair, Cog, Prosthetic, Middle management, Underclass, Scrap, Merge, Accessibility, Physiotherapy, Painkiller, Bodybuilder, Puff.Setting: Future.Word Count: 1170.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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  • A young man called Arran hates eating his vegetables. One day, his mother locks him out. Arran finds a house with a strange old woman inside, and a dog that talks. Will he find his way home, and will he discover the secret of the house?

    Today's story is The Turnip Princess. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Turnip for the full transcript and PDF.Level: Beginner.Genre: Children's.New Vocabulary: Turnip, Princess, Chest, Lock out, Witch, Curse, Familiar, Collapse, Bite, Carve.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1648.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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  • God is trying to make humans, but something is wrong. His calculations look right, but the humans are staying babies for fifty years. What is the problem?

    Today's story is His Latest Experiment. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Experiment for the full transcript and PDF.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Science Fiction.New Vocabulary: Graduate, Move on, Economy, Drag (art), Gender, Heartwarming, After-show party, Flash fiction, Disaster, Earthling, Calculation, Magnesium, Error, Coding, Bark (dog), Pregnancy, Rounding (maths), Heaven, Lifespan, Times (maths).Setting: Ancient.Word Count: 522.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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  • The North Wind and the Sun are always arguing about what true power is. Does power come from strength, or from kindness? So the North Wind challenges the Sun to a competition to see who is right.

    Today's story is The North Wind and the Sun. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/WindL2 for the full transcript and PDF. You can listen to the beginner-level version of this story at EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Wind.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Children's.New Vocabulary: Retreat (holiday), Bathe, Harmony, Strength, Bam, Kindness, Weakling, Suffocate, Bitter cold, Hold tightly, Sweat.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 862.Author: Aesop's Fables.

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  • Harold has terrible luck. Bus shelters collapse on him, he makes his dates vomit, and no matter how many good-luck charms he wears, his luck won't change. So he decides that this New Year's Eve, he's going to follow every tradition and superstition in the world, to see if he can change his luck around.

    Today's story is A Lucky New Year. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Year for the full transcript and PDF.Level: Intermediate.Genre: Comedy.New Vocabulary: Superstition, Good-luck charm, Signify, Noodles, Doughnut, Pomegranate, Lead (metal), Ashes, Choke, Clock strikes midnight, Coal, Shortbread.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 2081.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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  • Easy Stories in English is back! But there are a few changes:

    There will only be a new episode once a fortnight (once every two weeks)I am stopping teachingI am going to start scripting the conversation section instead of improvising itThe email newsletter will just contain information about new episodes and other newsI am changing the content of the Patreon levels

    For all the details, check out the transcript.

    New Vocabulary: Fatigue, Burn out, Fortnight, Evergreen content, To do with, Improvise, Script, Pledge, Bonus, Q&A, Sum up.

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  • Update from 04/06/2022: The podcast is returning! Listen out for an official announcement on 14th June.

    Today's episode is voiced by John Rayment. You can find him on Twitter here.

    Transcript

    Welcome to Easy Stories in English, the podcast that will take your English from OK to Good, and from Good to Great.I am not Ariel Goodbody. I'm Ariel's friend, John. I'm recording this message for Ariel, because he's unable to speak at the moment.So here’s what Ariel has to say:‘Hello, everyone. Some of you may know that I’m autistic. I talked about it earlier this year, when I did the pre-intermediate version of The Little Frog with the Big Mouth.‘Basically, it means that my brain works a bit differently to most people’s. I am more sensitive to bright lights, loud sounds and strong smells. I don’t talk or act like most people do, so I often mask. Masking is when an autistic person “puts on a mask”, basically pretends to be like everyone else.‘Because of these things, being autistic can be very tiring. It’s very hard for us to just exist in the world, because the world is full of bright lights, loud sounds and strong smells, and people want us to pretend we’re different to who we actually are.‘So often, when things are too difficult for us, we shut down. This is when your body says, “No more!” Sometimes, it just means being alone in a room for a long time and resting.‘But this year, I’ve been having more serious shutdowns. I’ve started going non-verbal—losing the ability to speak. As I’m writing this message, I’ve been non-verbal for 12 days. As well as this, I’ve also had movement difficulties, and I can’t easily do lots of things that I was able to do before, like travelling or shopping.‘I’m telling you all this because, obviously, if I can’t talk, I can’t record Easy Stories in English. I really hate not being able to do the podcast, but right now, my body needs to rest. I don’t know how long it will be for, and to be honest, I don’t know how reliable my voice will be in the future. I’ve done some research into what’s happening to me, and I seem to have a health problem called autistic catatonia. There isn’t much research on it, and it’s difficult to treat, but I’m trying my best.‘I want to thank you all for your support. I already talked about this on Patreon and in my email newsletter, and so many of you sent kind messages. I’m sorry I couldn’t respond to them all. I have found it very hard to keep up with emails.‘So, for now, I will have to take a break from the podcast. Hopefully, I’ll be able to start again in the new year. I hope you all have wonderful holidays, if you do celebrate holidays around this time of year.‘Thank you for listening, and hopefully I’ll see you soon.’

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    Grella is a strange dragon: she'll eat everything except jewels, and what dragon doesn't eat jewels? So one day, her mother takes away all the other food in the house, and Grella is forced to try the dreaded jewels. Except she finds out she likes them, and in fact, she likes them a bit too much...

    Today's story is The Very Hungry Dragon. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/DragonL1 for the full transcript. You can listen to the intermediate level version of this story at EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Dragon.Level: Beginner.Genre: Children's.New Vocabulary: Jewel, Dragon, Taste of something, Spit out, Smell, Ignore, Cart, In one go, Reputation, Freezer, Hug, From now on.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1290.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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    Everyone gets their tattoo when they turn 18, but Gary doesn't want one. Finally, his parents make him get one. So he shaves off all his hair and gets an X-shaped tattoo on his head. Everyone hates it, and things only get worse...

    Today's story is The Tattoo. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Tattoo for the full transcript.Level: Beginner.Genre: Science Fiction.New Vocabulary: Tattoo, Months in advance, Lie, Shape, Anxious, Hidden, Bum, Treat someone like, Barber, Shave your hair off, Go bald, Original, Remove.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 2244.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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    Hale's lover, Bulan, has died. He went off in hunt of the dragon they were supposed to kill together. With nothing left to live for, Hale wanders the streets alone, drunk and miserable. But then the dragon returns, and something is very different about it...

    Just a warning: today’s episode contains mentions of sex, bodily functions—specifically going to the toilet when you don’t want to, as well as throwing up—strong swearing and mild gore—that’s blood and violence and things like that. This episode will not be suitable for children.

    Today's story is The Flesh and Blood We Share. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Flesh for the full transcript.Level: Intermediate.Genre: Romance.New Vocabulary: Flesh and blood, Dragon, Slay, Prostitute, Armour, Bladder, Alley, Sorcerer, Beast, Disarm, Claw, Dignity, Tame, Choke on your own spit, Penance.Setting: Medieval.Word Count: 4436.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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    Two-Eyed isn't beautiful and clever, and unlike her sisters, she only has two eyes. But when a man tries to marry her, her mother and sisters will do anything to ruin Two-Eyed's life. She will need the help of a magical deer to show that, in the end, love always wins.

    Today's story is One-Eyed, Two-Eyed, Three-Eyed. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/EyeL1 for the full transcript. You can listen to the pre-intermediate level version of this story at EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Eye.Level: Beginner.Genre: Children's.New Vocabulary: Work hard, Fringe, Marry, Skin, Goat, Asleep, Awake, Hoof, Horn, Dig a hole, Pick (fruit).Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 2083.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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    A strange girl goes to university, but she doesn't have many friends. One day, she disappears. Her friend tells us what he knows about her...

    Today's story is Have You Seen This Woman?. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Woman for the full transcript.Level: Beginner.Genre: Science Fiction.New Vocabulary: Lecture, Christian society, Doughnut, Embarrassed, Drunk, Hungover, I wish I had…, Surprised, Poetry.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 1345.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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    In the Blue Castle, everything is soft and blue. In the Red Castle, everything is bright and strong. The two lands each have their princesses, and the two lands hate each other. But the princesses will have to work together to create peace...

    Today's story is Sleeping Beauty. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/SleepingAdv for the full transcript. You can listen to the beginner-level version of this story at EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Sleeping.Level: Advanced.Genre: Children's.New Vocabulary: Beloved, Compassion, Dye, Compliment, Gladiator, Throne, Cloak, Under a spell, Curse, Seafoam, Crack.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 2354.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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    After World War III, nuclear weapons were banned. So in World War IV, America got creative. But in the end, they only end up hurting themselves...

    Today's story is It's a Small World. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Small for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Science Fiction.New Vocabulary: Throne, Beehive, Sting, Gut instinct, Apocalypse, Seed, Shrink, Nuclear weapon, Cure, Squirrel.Setting: Future.Word Count: 1811.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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    Ricky and his friends have gotten into the foundation programme, except for Max. It's awkward between them, and nobody wants to talk about it, but eventually Max says he's leaving the football team. They get into an argument, and then a shadow attacks...

    Today's story is The Shadow Club. This is chapter twelve, The Elephant in the Room. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Shadow12 for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Action.New Vocabulary: Elephant in the room, Assume, Jealous, Knight, Step down, Shake your head, Pretend, Seagull, Swoop, Distract.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 2178.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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    There is a cat and mouse, and they are very good friends. They live together, and everyone calls them the "Strange Friends". But they must buy food and keep it for winter. So they get a pot of fat, and put it in the church, but the cat gets hungry...

    Today's story is Strange Friends. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/FriendsInt for the full transcript. You can listen to the beginner version of this story at EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Friends.Level: Intermediate.Genre: Children's.New Vocabulary: Altar, Fantasise, Christening, Anticipation, Spare (Give), ‘Good things come in threes’, From top to bottom, Deter, Gravely, Evoke memories.Setting: Fairytale.Word Count: 1384.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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    Ricky's family goes on holiday to Spain, but all his parents want to do is look around cathedrals. Willow is sad, and Ricky realises that his parents have taken away her Fighting Cats books, so he asks them why. Later on, he gets a text from Larry with some very exciting news...

    Today's story is The Shadow Club. This is chapter eleven, Fighting Cats and Fighting Bulls. Go to EasyStoriesInEnglish.com/Shadow11 for the full transcript.Level: Pre-Intermediate.Genre: Action.New Vocabulary: Echo, Apparently, Copy (Media), Share a look, Get the feeling, An escape, Through gritted teeth, Fluent, Foundation programme, Football academy.Setting: Modern.Word Count: 1929.Author: Ariel Goodbody.

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