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

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 some more now. First I have to […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 22

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 it? John: Yeah, but it’s also a […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 21

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. I don’t have good friends here. You […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 20

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 not getting on. Miyako: Really? How come? […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 19

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 you like Bruce Willis? Hiroko: Yeah, I […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 15

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 okay! Where are you? Miyako: I’m in […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 14

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 good job. John: That’s good but you […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 13

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 like me any more. I like him […] Read more »