100 free short English stories for ESL learners

with listening, grammar, comprehension, dictation
exercises, and crossword puzzles

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0. INTRODUCTION

1. Sara
Went Shopping


2. Man
Injured at Fast Food Place


3. A
Life-Saving Cow


4. Driver
Loses Mabel, Finds Jail


5. Jerry
Decided To Buy a Gun


6. Freeway
Chase Ends at Newsstand


7. Better
To Be Unlucky


8. Food
Fight Erupted in Prison


9. Wanted
To Know How His Pig’s Doing


10. Goats
Being Hired


11. A
Missing Cat


12. Book
Him


13. Water
Under the Sink (Part One)


14. Water
Under the Sink (Part Two)


15. Theft
Occurs Everywhere

16. Eggs
and a Bunny


17. Hotel
Says Goodbye to Clean Couple


18. $100
Deposit


19. Books
Don’t Grow on Trees


20. A
Murder-Suicide


21. New
Store and Its Owners


22. Mayor
Denies Hit-and-Run Charge

23. Gasoline
Prices Hit Record High


24. A
Festival of Books


25. Crazy
Housing Prices


26. Happy
and Unhappy Renters


27. Pulling
Out Nine Tons of Trash


28. Cloning
Pets


29. Rentals
at the Oceanside Community


30. Trees
Are a Threat


31. Gets
Booked, Writes a Book


32. Popular
Park Reopens


33. Swim
Classes Begin Soon


34. Getting
Older But Not Sitting Around


35. Agencies
Get Millions for Homeless


36. Tenants
Watch Building Burn


37. Bathtub
Blues


38. Blood
Drive at Civic Center


39. City
Hosts 42nd Art Fair


40. City
and Crime


41. Bank
Robbery


42. Immigration
Goes Online


43. Jimmy
Fixes His Door


44. Larry
Needs a New Air-Conditioner


45. Man
Gets 12 Years for Fraud


46. Man
Shoots Up Post Office

47. Murals
Are Over 200 Years Old


48. Pier
Collapses

49. Cameras
in Police Cars

50. A
School Girl Sues Her School

51. SUV
Driver Sends Officer Flying

52. Boy
Drowns in Neighbor’s Pool

53. Woman
Dies in House Fire

54. Pilot
Killed as Plane Crashes into House

55. Fishing
for Girls

56. Woman
Shot Next to Her Christmas Tree

57. Man
Fatally Stabbed Outside Nightclub

58. Fishing
Boat Sinks, Everyone Saved

59. The
Mysterious Carport Stain

60. Woman
Lies About Winning Lottery

61. Victory
Dance Leads to Death

62. Eat
Your Vegetables

63. Honk
if You’re in a Hurry

64. The
Man Who Loved Women

65. How to
Get out of Jury Duty

66. The
Way to a Man’s Heart

67. Female
Seeks Mature Male

68. Let’s
Go Fishing

69. Train
Wreck “Frees” Cows

70. Valuable
Guitar Found

71. Stepmother
Kills Herself

72. Beautiful
Teacher Smiles, then Walks Away

73. Are
Criminals Taking Over LA?

74. Police
Arrest Happy Van Driver

75. Open
Wide and Say Your Prayers

76. The
Final Phone Call

77. The
Doctor’s Almost Perfect Children

78. There
Goes the Neighborhood!

79. Let’s
Go to Vegas!

80. Squirrel
Attacks Woman in Golf Cart

81. He
Goes to War to Save His Baby

82. English
Is Confusing

83. Pump
Up the Tires and Ride the Bike

84. Don’t
Go Swimming on an Empty Stomach

85. The
Park That Went to the Dogs

86. Brother,
Can You Spare a Carburetor?

87. Golf
Like a Girl, Manage Like a Man

88. Take
Me Out to the Ball Game

89. Take
This Job and Shove It

90. Where
Did That Book Go?

91. When
You’ve Got Your Health, You’ve Got Everything

92. It
Doesn’t Have That ‘New Car’ Smell

93. Rich
Man Invites Poor Student to Dinner

94. It
Only Rings When I’m in the Bathroom

95. It Was
an Old, Worthless Clock

96. Schoolboys
Get Five-Finger Discount on Candy

97. Collecting
Seashells at the Seashore

98. Check
Your Bags at the Store Entrance

99. When I
Retire, We Will See the World

100. Get
Me a Caffe Latte or Go to Jail

Extra Stories

1. Parades
and Horses

2. The Big
Wedding

3. Don’t Be
in a Hurry

4. A Signer
Helps Students

5. Looking
for Mr. Right

6. Enjoy the
Movie

7. Bad News,
Good News

8. Rest in
Peace

9. Topless on
TV

10. The Big
One

11. Register
to Vote

12. Unhappy
Birthday

13. Coming to
the Rescue

14. Because
God Says So

15. Learning
English

16. Drinking
Is Fun

17. A Mad
Adder

18. Put up
with It

19. What’s in
the Box?

20. Independence
Day Parade

21. Millions
of Dollars

22. A Good
Buy

23. Blind and
Kind

24. Love
Hurts

25. A Visit
to Southern California

26. Stuck in
the Desert

27. Learning
to Share

28. Sign
Right Here

29. The
Street is Burning

30. A
Thoughtful Gift

31. Little
Hope for Hemp

32. The Ant
and the Elephant

33. Heal
Yourself

34. Take a
Bite

35. Feeling
Blue

36. Vacation
at Home

37. His
Stomach Is Growling

38. Moving
Back Home

39. Giving
Blood

40. Perfect
Weather

41. English
Only

42. Here It
Comes

43. A Healthy
Heart

44. Are You
Busy Friday Night?

45. Your Eyes
46. Nutrition
“Facts”

47. Two
Babies

48. Problems
at Home

49. A Bad
Smell

50. Time to
Shop

51. Fix the
Car

52. Take a
Drive

53. A Thief
on the Sidewalk

About Eva Luptáková

učiteľka v strednej odbornej škole s aprobáciou slovenský jazyk a literatúra, anglický jazyk, občianska náuka; regionálna konzultantka programu eTwinning pre Národnú podpornú službu elektronickej spolupráce škôl na Slovensku pri Žilinskej Univerzite v Žiline
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