You must be wondering how short English stories help to improve English. Well, leave your worries aside, we’ve got all answers just for you.
Firstly, short stories are a great way for English learners to learn English as it allows you to improve more 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 in short stories, the text is small, it is easier for you to understand the concept of the story, every sentence, and every word.
Short stories are made with the aim of readers that can finish the story in a short span of time. Once you complete reading the whole story, you get much more time to understand the concept of the story. Short stories come with an added benefit where they provide you with more reading matter than can be completed within a few minutes.
We already know that novels are difficult to complete, which is why many readers leave it halfway. But, it is not the same with short stories because they are with less matter and can be completed within a short span of time. Short stories are understandable and easy to remember so that you can share them with your friends, families and whoever you wish to share with.
Here are 5 short stories to help you with English learning:
THE BOGEY BEAST, by Flora Annie Steel. This short story has a very basic and easy level to read as well as to understand. The story says that a woman sees a pot full of treasure while she is coming back to her home. Loving her luck, she then decides to carry that treasure with herself. The twist over here is that the treasure keeps changing as she moves towards her house. 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 that talks about a very slow tortoise and a hare who runs fast. For a race, the tortoise challenges the hare. We know that the speed of the tortoise is slow, which is why, in the story, the hare laughs for the same reason. The results are really mind-blowing. This story is the basis for the very famous phrase: ‘Slow and steady wins the race’. This is a brilliant short story that teaches us a lesson that we all are aware of but sometimes we tend forget.
THE NIGHT TRAIN AT DEOLI, by Ruskin Bond. The reading level of this short story is easy. The story says that the author used to spend summers in Dehradun. Whenever he got into a train, he used to pass through ‘Deoli which is a small station coming in the route. The interesting thing about the station was that nothing had happened over there and not a single person would get down from the train at that particular station. Ruskin Bond is a kind of writer who communicates deep feelings in a simple way. This story is all about the attachment we have with 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 by saying that the Earth is destroyed, which is why no one lives on it. It is the robots and machines that continue to work as they do and work for the humans who have passed on several years ago. This story talks about a unique factor of how technology has replaced living things and nature.