Jerome K. Jerome. Two Short Stories (in English, in the original)

 Jerome K. Jerome. Short StoriesRead online two short stories by Jerome K. Jerome and enjoy English humour. These are the shortest and the funniest stories in the original.

  1. Jerome K. Jerome. We declined to drink the river ( in the original)
  2. Jerome K. Jerome. A Peaceful Dog ( in the original)

Jerome K. Jerome is best known for his two sequels: «Three men in a boat» & «Three men on the bummel». You will find the best stories on the website

O. Henry. The Christmas story «The Gift of the Magi» (for beginners)

the-gift-of-the-magi-a-christmas-story-for-beginnersIf you have not read the Christmas story «The Gift of the Magi» by O.Henry, it is high time to read it now. This touching story is about young lovers. They wanted to give each other gifts, but no gift could be better than their love. Read the story and get in Christmas spirit of love and sacrifice. Merry Christmas to you!

I hope you will enjoy reading the story and learning English at the same time.

This story in English is for beginners but you can also read «The Gift of the Magi» (in English, for intermediate).

The story is adapted for, 2016

Have you ever seen a ghost? (an episode from «The Sleepy Hollow», 1980)

The clip from the Sleepy HollowThis funny episode is taken from the movie «The Sleepy Hollow» (1980). Ichabod Crane, the main character of the story, has come to teach children in a small village, situated in an isolated valley. As I am quite fascinated by the story, I would like to share my emotions with my readers. The video has the text of the dialogues. Also there are some extracts from the story «The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow» by Washington Irving.

Timothy is Afraid of a Mouse (a funny story, for beginners)

Timothy 640Забавная история про кота, который боялся мышей, на английском языке (уровень для начинающих) из цикла «Английский для детей» называется «TIMOTHY IS AFRAID OF A MOUSE». Слова для изучения выделены в тексте жирным шрифтом. Автор этой истории Джейн Тейлор. Читайте ее онлайн прямо сейчас. А вот замечательная книга «Смешные истории» из серии «Английский клуб», где вы найдете еще много таких историй.

Смешные истории на английском языке для детей

Смешные истории на английском языке для детейХотите прочитать своему ребенку 25 смешных историй на английском языке замечательной детской писательницы Джейн Тэйер? Истории  добрые и смешные. Текст каждой истории снабжен комментарием, а также упражнениями. Текст относится к уровню для начинающих (beginners). Для начала предлагаю ознакомиться c отрывками из 10 первых историй, публикация которых продолжится немного позже. Желающие могут пока приобрести книгу. А первую историю про кота Тимофея  можно прочитать прямо сейчас на нашем сайте.

Читайте онлайн смешную историю на английском языке про кота, который боялся мышей —  Timothy is afraid of a mouse (a funny story for beginners)

A Horror Story by Edgar Poe. The Tell-Tale Heart (in English, for intermediate)

Horror stories by Edgar PoeThis horror story «The Tell-Tale Heart» by Edgar Poe is one of my favourite ones. It is a little bit crazy and very tensive.

The plot of the story is rather simple. Two people, a young one and an old one, lived together. The young man helped the old man to keep the house. But with time the old man started to irritate the young. It was his pale blue eye that made him mad.  What happpened in the end you will know when you read the story.

The story is adapted for the intermediate level and now you can enjoy it, reading online. But you can read the story in the original — Edgar Poe «The Tell-Tale Heart» (in the original)

Good luck with learning English through horror stories by Edgar Poe.

The Gift of the Magi — O. Henry’s most famous story (for intermediate level)

the gift of the magi by o. henry

This most famous story by O. Henry «The Gift of the Magi» is something special. It is written by him to remind us about love and sacrifice and not only on Christmas day but ever. The story has recorded and adapted for the intermediate level by VOA. You can read and listen to «The Gift of the Magi» online. The translation into Russian is attached below the English version.

If you want to read «The Gift of the Magi» in Russian, you can enjoy the abriged version — О. Генри. Дары волхвов (на русском языке)

Sergey Esenin. Autumn (in English & in Russian)

Sergey Esenin, the great Russian PoetOn the third of October is the 120-th anniversary of the great Russian poet Sergey Esenin. Specially for this day we have prepared two videos based on his poem «Autumn». The first one is in Russian (the original poem), the second one is in English  (its English translation). We hope you will enjoy both of them!

Edgar Allan Poe. The Tell-Tale Heart (in English, in the original)

Edgar Allan Poe. The Tell Tale HeartRead and listen the creepy story by Edgar Allan Poe, which was written in the year of 1843. The story is read by Bryan Reid. I was really gripped by his voice. Great thanks))) It takes only 18 minutes to listen and I am sure you will be able to stop. Also you can enjoy the screen version (1941). Despite the year of the production and the black and white screening, it is really worth watching.

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Амброз Бирс. Случай на мосту через Совиный ручей (на русском языке)

Американская литература 19 века. Жанр короткого «страшного» рассказа

Owl Bridge 2Основными представителями этого жанра, а именно психологической новеллы, считаются Эдгар По (1809 — 1949) и его последователь Амброз Бирс (1842 — 1913). Современником А. Бирса был американский писатель О.Генри (биография), который тоже работал в жанре «новеллы». Однако «страшные» короткие  рассказы Бирса, полные сверхъестественных событий, являются полной противоположностью грустным, полным тонкой иронии и  оптимистичным рассказам О. Генри. Одни только названия говорят сами за себя: «Заколоченное окно», «Десять смертей Аброза Бирса», «Страж мертвеца», Диагноз смерти», «Ловец человеков», «Настоящее чудовище», «Проклятая тварь».

Russian Poetry. Winter Lyrics (in English)

A Birch-Tree in Winter (inspired by Sergey Esenin)

Sergey esenin's poetry. The Birch-Tree. This charming picture doesn’t belong to me. To be honest, I don’t know who has drawn it, maybe a child. So, I don’t know who I must thank. When I found it, I became inspired. Now it is winter in Russia. It is so dull in the city. But in the country all is white! I enjoy the sparkling snow, the fluffy trees and our Russian winter! Below you will find the poem «The Birch-Tree» by the greatest Russian poet Sergey Esenin (in Russian and in English)

Thomas Hardy. Absent-Mindedness in a Parish Choir (in English, in the original)

It happened on Sunday after Christmas — the last Sunday ever they played in Longpuddle church gallery, as it turned out, though they didn’t know it then. As you may know, sir, the players formed a very good band — almost as good as the Mellstock parish players that were led by the Dewys; and that’s saying a great deal. There was Nicholas Puddingcome, the leader, with the first fiddle; there was Timothy Thomas, the bass-viol man; John Biles, the tenor fiddler; Daniel Hornhead, with the serpent; Robert Dowdle, with the clarionet; and Mr. Nicks, with the oboe — all sound and powerful musicians, and strong-winded men — they that blowed.

Enjoy this story in Russian (two translations) —> Томас Гарди. Сумасшедшая ночь в церкви

Томас Гарди. Сумасшедшая ночь в церкви

Когда-то для исполнения рождественских гимнов или хоралов в церковь приглашали музыкантов. Так вот однажды случилась вот что… Читайте онлайн на русском языке историю Томаса Гарди «Сумаcшедшая ночь в церкви». Веселая однако история…

Читать онлайн на английском языке в оригинале —> Thomas Hardy. Absent-Mindedness in a Parish Choir (in English, in the original)

The Best Christmas Carols

Christmas Songs and CarolsThere is no Christmas without carol singing. From the 21st of December till the Christmas morning you can hear these beautiful songs in the streets and public places. They make us experience different feelings from happiness and joy to calmness and conciliation. There is no doubt that it is carol sining that fills us with some Christmas spirit, which is essential part of this holiday.

Christianity (the main facts)

What do you know about Christianity?

Christmas is coming. It is time to check yourself what you know about Christianity, one of the  world’s major religions.

The world’s major religions are Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. 

The words to know:

  • a follower — a person who supports and admires a particular person or set of ideas
  • Jesus Christ [‘ʤiːzəsˌ(kraɪst)]
  • a Jew [ʤuː]  — a person who believes in and practises the religion of Judaism
  • Bethlehem [‘bɛθlɪhɛm] — a small town 8 km (5 miles) south of Jerusalem

New Year Poems and Songs in English

Стихотворения про Новый Год на английском языке

Стихотворения про Новый Год на английском языкеХоть Новый год еще не так скоро, однако уже надо начинать готовиться к нему. Возможно, вам пригодятся несколько стихотворений про Новый Год на английском языке. Некоторые из них с переводом

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It’s hard to think of anything
But Christmas in December.
There’s so much to look forward to
And so much to remember.

Sergey Esenin. The Golden Grove (lyrics in English and in Russian)

Сергей Есенин «Отговорила роща золотая». Три перевода стихотворения на английский язык

«The Golden Grove» is one of the best Russian lyrics by Sergey Esenin, a great Russian poet. The text of the poem is set to music. It is translated into English several times. If you like Russian poetry, continue reading.

Сергей Есенин. Отговорила роща золотаяОглянитесь. Осень. Осень еще с нами… Прекрасное время года, полное красоты, поэзии и вдохновения. И, конечно, хочется вспомнить истинно русского поэта Сергея Есенина. Вот предлагаю послушать два варианта исполнения его стихотворения «Отговорила роща золотая», положенные на музыку,  а также прочитать перевод этого стихотворения на английский язык.

A Legend about Jack-o-Lantern (страшная история на Хэллоуин)

Jack-o-Lantern страшная история на ХэллоуинПо случаю приближающегося Хэллоуина читайте легенду о происхождении тыквы-фонаря, самого главного атрибута праздника. Эту тыкву-фонарь еще называют фонарь Джека. Кстати, первоначально словом Jack-o-Lantren называли блуждающие огни на болотах (ignis fatuus). По мере приближения к ним они отдалялись, и ходило поверье, что это души отвергнутых у врат ада скитаются по земле в поисках пристанища, освещая себе дорогу тыквой, в которой лежит кусок угля от адского пламени.

Halloween. The Origin of the holiday (in English, for advanced)

Halloween or the Celtic New Year, Vigil of Samhain, Festival of Pomona

Halloween. All about the Origin of HalloweenThe celebration of the day that now is known as Halloween started about 2000 years ago. It was Celts who first gave birth to this tradition and the first name for Halloween was Samhain.

Samhain is the God of the dead who is believed to control the spirits of the dead, allowing them to rest in peace or to act wildly. The Celtic priests honoured Samhain and celebrated its festival on the 31st of October (Vigil of Samhain).