English Short Stories

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Important Note

Make sure you start with stories at your level, and go gradually up.
Do not start with difficult stories that you can't really understand, OK?

You can also check out the Learn English Video section.

Click Here for Step-by-Step Rules, Stories and Exercises to Practice All English Tenses

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Level 01 – Beginners

Introduction Story – a very basic story for beginners.

Winter Story for Beginners in Easy English – practice winter vocabulary and basic sentence structure (positive sentences, negative sentences and yes/no questions)

Click here for more English stories for complete beginners

Level 02 – Beginners Plus – Easy English Stories

Angela and Tom Series

Story 01 – Angela and Tom meet

Story 02 – Getting ready

Story 03 – Flying to Texas

Story 04 – Meeting Camilla

Story 05 – Living in Texas

Story 06 – I'm Hungry

Story 07 – A Pen, a Bag and a Fan

Level 03 – Elementary

Story 01 – Daniel loves the beach

Story 02 – April's month

Story 03 – Emily's secret

Story 04 – What are you talking about?

Story 05 – Sean and the birthday cake

Story 06 – Amanda's Work

Story 07 – Nicole's Drums

Story 08 – Language Confusion

Story 09 – Kevin's Car

Story 10 – Kimberly's Acting

Story 11 – A Surprise from Australia

Level 4 – Elementary Plus

Fluffy the dog (just below this section). This story is of more length than the others. It is divided into several chapters.

Level 5 – Intermediate

Story 01 – The Pet Shop

Story 02 – Anniversary Day

Story 03 – Act like the Others

Story 04 – A Secret Talent

Story 05 – Love is in the Air

Story 06 – The Best Practice Ever

Story 07 – Online Dating

Story 08 – Lost and Found

Click here for more English short stories for the Intermediate level

Level 6 – Stories for Advanced Learners

Love stories for learners in simple English (short romance stories)

Detective Short Stories in English

English Short Story about Family: The Secret

Valentine's Day Love Story (Glossary, Illustrated Story, Comprehension Questions, Answer Key)

See also

Audio Stories in English | Inspirational Life Stories

Example audio stories:

Catherine of Aragon, First Queen of King Henry VIII | Inspirational Life Stories in Simple English (Reading and Listening Practice)

Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp | Inspirational Life Stories in Simple English (Listening Practice)

Stories in the Present Progressive

Dancing in Class

Paying Attention

An Amazing Performance

A Very Important Game

Quite the Pep Talk!

English Short Stories that Focus on Different Grammar Topics

Run and Play

Meredith's Day

Weekend Plans

Additional Reading Practice

English Reading Practice

Reading Comprehension Texts and Exercises

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Lisa's Fluffy

Fluffy the dog

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 find him.

"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.

a 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.

a 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.

Bam the dog

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 too?"

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 snack!"

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 story."

a hose

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 too hungry.

"So where is your home?" Bam asks.

"I live with Lisa. She takes good care of me. I get snacks, food, a bath…"

"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.

the sky at night

Continued in story 02…

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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 answers angrily.

a golf field

"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!"

a park

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 serious. 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."

couch potato

"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."

a cool cucumber

"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.

The End

Boy writing happily

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