English Short Stories
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Level 01 – Beginners
Story – a very basic story for beginners.
here for more English stories for complete beginners
Level 02 – Beginners
Plus – Easy English Stories
Angela and Tom
Story 01 – Angela
and Tom meet
Story 02 – Getting
Story 03 – Flying
Story 04 – Meeting
Story 05 – Living
Story 06 – I'm
Story 07 – A
Pen, a Bag and a Fan
Level 03 – Elementary
Story 01 – Daniel
loves the beach
Story 02 – April's
Story 03 – Emily's
Story 04 – What are
you talking about?
Story 05 – Sean and
the birthday cake
Story 06 – Amanda's
Story 07 – Nicole's
Story 08 – Language
Story 09 – Kevin's
Story 10 – Kimberly's
Story 11 – A
Surprise from Australia
Level 4 – Elementary Plus
below this section). This story is of more length than the others. It
is divided into several chapters.
Level 5 –
Story 01 – The
Story 02 – Anniversary
Story 03 – Act
like the Others
Story 04 – A
Story 05 – Love
is in the Air
Story 06 – The
Best Practice Ever
Story 07 – Online
Story 08 – Lost
for more English short stories for the Intermediate level
Dancing in ClassPaying AttentionAn Amazing PerformanceA Very Important GameQuite the Pep Talk!
Stories in the Present Progressive
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Lisa lives with her dog, Fluffy.
Fluffy never eats anything that costs less than 50 dollars. He has a
really expansive taste.
One day Fluffy gets lost. Lisa looks for him everywhere, but she can't
"Fluffy, my friend, you are on your own," she says.
Poor Fluffy walks and walks. He is not sure where to turn, and it is
already time for his 4 o'clock snack.
"What should I do?" Fluffy thinks.
Now it is 8 o'clock, and Fluffy is really hungry. He wants to eat, and
he wants his 8 o'clock bath.
"Oh, no…" Fluffy thinks.
Now it is 10 o'clock, and Fluffy is extremely hungry. He wants his
snack, his dinner, his bath and his soft bed.
Suddenly he spots a big gray dog, with a big gray nose.
The big gray dog chews something.
Fluffy tries not to stare, but he is really hungry by now.
"What do you want?" The big gray dog asks.
"Hmm, well… Maybe you could give me some food and snacks, and a bath
The dog smiles, "A bath?"
"Yes, a bath. I am tired, and hungry, and dirty," Fluffy answers.
"Well, of course I can. Come into my spa."
The big dog laughs and walks away.
"Wait!" Fluffy barks, "please don't go. I am all alone and I need my
Fluffy seems very sad. The big gray dog looks at him and turns back.
"What is your name?" he asks.
"I am Fluffy. And you?"
"I am Bam. Come, I can't offer you a bath, but a shower is a different
Fluffy and Bam walk to a leaking hose, and have a shower.
Bam gives Fluffy some food. At first Fluffy wants to refuse, but he is
"So where is your home?" Bam asks.
"I live with Lisa. She takes good care of me. I get snacks, food, a
"Nice girl." Bam says.
"Yes, she is. I hope to find her. And I hope she doesn't give away my
dear dear snacks…"
The two dogs go to sleep under the open sky. Fluffy falls asleep and
dreams of snacks having baths.
Continued in story 02…
chapter 02 | next
Fluffy wakes up. He hopes he is in a bad dream, but now he sees this is
real. Bam sits beside him.
"Is it time for your 9 o'clock bath?" he smiles.
"I don't have a 9 o'clock bath. I have a 9 o'clock golf match!" Fluffy
"Golf? Are you playing Gulf?!"
"Yes, and I do it very well, if I may say."
"You may. But I need to see it to believe it. A dog playing golf…"
Fluffy jumps on his legs and starts running.
"Hey! Where to, little doggie?" Bam barks and starts running, too.
"I will show you! Where is your golf field?"
"Well, I have no golf field!"
"It's okay! I will find one!"
The 2 dogs run and run until they reach the park. Fluffy is very happy.
He finds a stick and a can and brings them to Bam.
"This is not perfect, but it is something!" he says. He digs some holes
in the ground. "Now, watch!" he barks.
Fluffy grabs the stick and just stands there, looking very very
Bam watches him.
Then, after 5 minutes, Fluffy hits the can with his stick. The can
rolls and enters a far away hole. Fluffy is satisfied. He stands long
and tall, and waits for the applause.
Bam is surprised, "You are actually good!"
"Of course I am. What about you? What is your favorite sports?"
"Well, sitting by the hose."
"I am not sure it is a sport."
"It's not actually. I am hose cucumber."
"A hose cucumber?!" Fluffy doesn't understand.
"Yes. Some people are couch potatoes. It means they sit on the couch
and watch TV."
"I am hose cucumber. I sit by the hose." Bam explains.
"So why aren't you a hose potato?"
"People are potatoes. Dogs are cucumbers."
"This really makes a lot of sense, you know." Fluffy says wisely.
"Yes, it does. Let's go. I am sure it is time for your 11 o'clock
beauty treatment." Bam starts to walk away.
"Yes it is! How did you know?" Fluffy jumps happily after him.
And that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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