You must be wondering how short stories help to improve one’s English. Well, leave your worries aside, we’ve got all answers just for you.
Firstly, short stories are a great resource for English learners as it allows you to work on reading, speaking and hearing at the same time. Yes, in today’s digital world, we’ve made it possible for you to find out some fantastic short stories online in video form. It would be an add-on if you could find short stories with subtitles as it would help you to increase your vocabulary and understand the concept of how do native speakers actually speak and how they pronounce words. It is not what we talk like!
The benefits of learning through short stories are that you get ample time to focus on each word and you understand the concept without any doubt. When there are short texts, you can contribute more time to learn how every word is used and its meaning and what importance does it have in the story.
Short stories are made with the point that the viewers finish them in one sitting. For learning, attention spans are more important. The ability to complete a story gives you much time to understand it. Short stories have one catch: they are made to provide you with the maximum message with less effort.
Short stories are always good to read because you can finish them at the earliest, unlike big novels which seem impossible to finish. Short stories are understandable and easy to remember so that you can share them with your friends and your learning groups.
Here are 5 short stories to help you with English learning:
THE BOGEY BEAST, by Flora Annie Steel. The Bogey Beast has a very easy learning level so that you don’t find any difficulties while going through it. The story says that a woman while returning to her home, finds a pot of treasure on the road. Being happy with her luck, she decides to keep that treasure to herself. The treasure keeps changing as she takes it home.
Although, her enthusiasm still stays the same. In English fiction, the lady in this story is one of the most cheerful characters anyone can encounter. The lady’s positive personality makes every negative transformation seem like a gift. The message in the story is that the lady makes us look at luck as a matter of perspective rather than events.
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE, by Aesop. The reading level in this short story is very easy. This is a classic story by fable which talks about a very slow tortoise and a speedy hare. The hare is challenged by the tortoise for a race. Actually, the hare laughs at the tortoise at the fact that the tortoise could run faster and win the race. The results are really surprising. This story is the basis for the very famous phrase: ‘Slow and steady wins the race’. This is a timeless short story that teaches a lesson that we all know but sometimes we forget.
THE TALE OF JOHNNY TOWN MOUSE, by Beatrix Potter. The story starts with Timmie Willie who is a country mouse and is accidentally transported to a city in a vegetable basket. Time when he wakes up, he finds himself at a party and he makes a friend. At the time when he is unable to bear the city life, he returns home but he also invites his friend to the village. The time when his friend visits him, something similar happens.
For most of history, humans have been living without cities or villages. This takes us to the fact that both cities and villages are a bit of a recent invention. Just like any other invention, we need to decide its price and benefits. This story is divided into short paragraphs and each scene carries illustrations.
THE NIGHT TRAIN AT DEOLI, by Ruskin Bond. The reading level of this short story is easy. The story says that Ruskin Bond used to spend his summer in his grandmother’s house in Dehradun. He used to pass through a small station named Deoli, whenever he got into a train. Nothing happened there and nobody would get down at that station. This continues to happen until one day he sees a girl selling fruits and he is unable to forget her. Ruskin Bond is a kind of writer who communicates deep feelings in a simple way. This story is all about attachment to strangers and why we cherish them.
THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS, by Ray Bradbury. The reading level of this short story is easy. The story begins with the Earth being destroyed and nobody lives on it anymore. The robots and machines continue to function and serve the humans who have died long ago. The title is taken up from a poem that describes how nature will continue its work only after humanity is gone. This story shows how technology has replaced nature in our lives, how it can destroy us and carry on without humanity itself.