A New Life in Mosquito City – Part 31 – The Cry

In many cultures, it is considered embarrassing or wrong for a grown man to cry. Yet crying is a healthy was to express an emotion of sadness or happiness. In this episode, Mark breaks down and starts crying right in front of Peter Bestluck. Why does he cry? Find out. Read more »

The Obsession

at The Library of Congress Synopsis: The Obsession is a story that was told to me by a student from Oman. It is about human relationships and emotions and the grammar focus is past simple tense and past continuous tense. It is an intermediate level story. Download the text: The […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 25

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (miyako25.mp3) at Kevin Saff John: Hey, Hiroko. How are you? Hiroko: Not so good. I burned the pancakes. I was making Korean pancakes and I burned them. John: That’s a pity. Can you make some more? Hiroko: Yeah. I’m making […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 22

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (miyako22.mp3) at moriza John: Hi, Miyako. What are you up to? Miyako: I’m reading. John: What are you reading? Miyako: It’s a book about education. John: What’s it called? Miyako: It’s called Education is Ecstasy. Ecstasy is a drug, isn’t […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 21

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (miyako21.mp3) at omnos John: Hi, Hiroko. Are you okay? Hiroko: Yes, I’m fine. John? John: Yes? Hiroko: I’m sorry I was angry. John: That’s okay. I know how you feel. Hiroko: I was jealous. All my friends live in Kyushu. […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 20

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (miyako20.mp3) at omnos John: Hi Miyako. How do you feel today? Miyako: Much better, thanks. How are you doing? John: Oh, all right, I guess. Miyako: What is it? What’s wrong? Is everything okay? John: Oh, Hiroko and I are […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 19

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (miyako19.mp3) at omnos John: Hey Hiroko! How are you going? Hiroko: Pretty good. Yourself? John: Good. I feel like seeing a movie. Hiroko: Me too. Which movie do you want to see? John: I want to see Sixth Sense. Do […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 15

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (miyako15.mp3) at reverseZeRO Yumie: Hi Miyako, it’s me, Yumie. John says Ryusuke has a new girlfriend. An American girlfriend! Are you okay? Miyako: I’m okay but I feel sad and depressed and jealous. I feel terrible! Yumie: You are not […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 14

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (miyako14.mp3) at ticklebug John: Hi Yumie, what are you doing? Yumie: I am studying. John: You are always studying. Yumie: Yeah, I know. I am a good student. I want to pass my exams and I want to get a […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 13

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (miyako13.mp3) at Crowe Lee John: Do you smoke, Miyako? Miyako: Usually I don’t smoke but I am smoking now. John: Why are you smoking? Miyako: I feel sad. I feel depressed. John: Why are you sad? Miyako: My boyfriend doesn’t […] Read more »