Easy, Enjoyable Reading
This is where I rewrite news and magazine stories from around the web into plain, everyday English. As well as providing an easy to read version of the story, I also link back to the article with a vocabulary list for the less common words the writer uses in the original version.
I have added some poetry and fiction as well. Other types of writing for easy reading are coming soon, and I am inviting other writers to join us at READING ESL so we can offer even more easy reading in a wider range of topics and styles.
Look in the right-hand sidebar for the READING ESL category to find these posts.
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An interesting article from the Harvard Business Review. How do you deal with negative feedback? This article explains a common misunderstanding about the nature of feedback.
Thai tattoos are becoming more and more popular with foreign visitors to Thailand. A lot of Thai tattoos have religious meanings, so what does this mean about the people who ‘wear’ them?
More of a rhyme than a poem. It started out as a chore, being asked to write a poem for a local choral speech contest. As I wrote the poem, I found I was actually enjoying writing to a rhythm. We came last in the choral speech contest, but I keep this poem as a souvenir.
This story is called The Rembrandt Hotel and it was inspired by the Nine of Cups.
This is a Malaysian story for young readers. It is about healthy eating and a happy life. I would REALLY like some feedback from Malaysian readers if the boy’s experience in the village rings true (or not!).
This is a very easy to read and a VERY SCARY version of a classic fairy tale. I was high on herbal cough medicine when I wrote it!
A funny look at some of the traditions around Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia.
Thanks to my friend and former colleague for letting me use his poem. This was NOT written specifically for an ESL audience, but it is easy to understand.
In the mainly non-religious Scandinavian countries, there is a lot of new interest in some of the region’s very old religions.
This was really fun to write. I hope it is fun to read too (try it out, even if you’re not a teen).
An article about plans to introduce Islamic law in certain Malaysian states.
An article about the Korean government’s difficult position regarding taxation (bad) and public spending (good).
How to make your online selling space really work.
An article asking why Malaysia’s Education minister is so surprised at low English-proficiency among school leavers (there has been a change of Education Ministers since this article was written, but the main points still stand).
An interesting blog about what NOT to do when you are telling a story.
A fun article from my hometown. it also has quite a lot of truth to it.
Another poem from my friend Tom Napoli. This poem was NOT written for ESL readers, but the language is easy to understand.
All the articles that I have re-written into easy reading English also link back to the original story with a vocabulary list to help with the less common words and phrases.