New Lessons in October (English)

English

00 – Letters from my cottage in England
These letters started out in French as my writing submissions and therefore are quite simple. It’s a one-sided, imaginary correspondence.The two versions aren’t all that different, so could be used to check translations. I’ve also added a version for the German library. (Letter no 7 started out in English, no translations as yet.)
Lessons in Collection: 7, New This Month: 2
32 Caliber by Donald McGibney
A suspicious accident reveals itself to be a murder! Our story is narrated by a lawyer who turns detective in order to uncover the real murderer, and leads us on a chase through Bolshevik headquarters, country clubs, and a dry creek bed, before the real clues come to light. Up-in-the-air excitement! (Summary by Brenda Price)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
A Double Barreled Detective Story by Mark Twain
It is a novel by Mark Twain, in which Sherlock Holmes finds himself in the American west. At a mining camp in California, Fetlock Jones, a nephew of Sherlock Holmes, kills his master, a silver-miner, by blowing up his cabin. Since this occurs when Holmes happens to be visiting, he brings his skills to bear upon the case and arrives at logically worked conclusions that are proved to be abysmally wrong by an amateur detective with an extremely keen sense of smell, which he employs in solving the case. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 10, New This Month: 10
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage to follow her heart and must endure the hypocrisies of society. In Part 1, Anna arrives in St. Petersburg to visit her brother and sister-in-law. At the train station, Anna is introduced to Count Vronsky. From the start, their attraction to each other begins to sow seeds of turmoil and heartbreak in the lives of those around them. (Summary by Mary Anderson and Mary Ann)
Lessons in Collection: 239, New This Month: 239
Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This second part in the story of Anne Shirley, follows her years teaching at Avonlea School. (Summary by Karen Savage)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne is off to Redmond College! She will spend the next three years living and learning, making new friends, and deepening old friendships.
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Anne’s House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne’s House of Dreams is book five in the series, and chronicles Anne’s early married life, as she and her childhood sweetheart Gilbert Blythe begin to build their life together. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers
This book is written in terms that are comprehensible to the layman. The step-by-step instructions should afford the reader a means of acquiring self-hypnosis. The necessary material is here. The reader need only follow the instructions as they are given. It is the author’s hope that you will, through the selective use of self-hypnosis, arrive at a more rewarding, well-adjusted, and fuller life. (Summary from A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis)
Lessons in Collection: 14, New This Month: 14
Camille by Alexandre Dumas (fils)
The Lady of the Camellias (French: La Dame aux camélias) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, first published in 1848, that was subsequently adapted for the stage. The Lady of the Camellias premiered at the Theatre de Vaudeville in Paris, France on February 2, 1852. An instant success, Giuseppe Verdi immediately set about to put the story to music. His work became the 1853 opera La Traviata with the female protagonist “Marguerite Gautier” renamed “Violetta Valéry”.
Lessons in Collection: 27, New This Month: 27
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, featuring as its primary antagonist the vampire Count Dracula. It was first published as a hardcover in 1897 by Archibald Constable and Co.
Lessons in Collection: 383, New This Month: 380
EnglishLingQ
Learn English and be entertained as you listen to Mark, Steve and guests from their home in Vancouver, Canada. Topics include anything and everything, current events, the weather, Vancouver, language learning, you name it… Study the full transcripts of all episodes at LingQ.com
Lessons in Collection: 194, New This Month: 2
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Far From The Madding Crowd is Hardys fourth novel. It centres on the lives of five characters, Gabriel Oak, Bathsheba Everdene, Mr Boldwood, Sgt.Troy and Fanny Robin.The plot involves love, loyalty, death and betrayal and all this is delivered to us in Hardys most eloquent prose.The images of character and nature are painted for our minds eye with sublime style.Finally,but not least, Hardys use of the Greek chorus is unsurpassed in injecting comedy and nudging the story along(Summary by Tadhg Hynes)
Lessons in Collection: 60, New This Month: 60
Foreign Language Mastery Podcast
Foreign language learning tips, tools and tech, and interviews with renowned linguists, experts and polyglots.
Lessons in Collection: 5, New This Month: 2
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
This classic tale tells of an orphan, Pip, who through a series of strange circumstances first finds a trade as a blacksmith’s apprentice and then learns that he has “great expectations” of a future inheritance from an anonymous benefactor. He soon learns to live the profligate life of a gentleman as he gradually sheds his associations with the gentle souls of his past, Joe (the blacksmith) and Biddy (a level-headed young lady). He throws his money at improving the prospects of his roommate and friend Herbert and his heart at an “ice princess” whose heart will never respond. But then an escaped convict from his distant past comes calling, and all Pip’s hopes dissolve. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)
Lessons in Collection: 71, New This Month: 70
Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quandary involving the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents in his quest to conquer the wizarding world and subjugate non-magical people (Muggles).
Lessons in Collection: 31, New This Month: 25
How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett
“Which of us lives on twenty-four hours a day? And when I say ‘lives,’ I do not mean exists, nor ‘muddles through.’” Arnold Bennett knew a “rat race” when he saw one. Every day, his fellow white-collar Londoners followed the same old routine. And they routinely decried the sameness in their lives. So Bennett set out to explain how to inject new enthusiasm into living. In this delightful little work, he taught his fellow sufferers how to set time apart for improving their lives. Yes, he assured them, it could be done. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)
Lessons in Collection: 13, New This Month: 13
Idle Ideas in 1905 by Jerome K. Jerome
Back in 1905 Jerome K. Jerome shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects, including “Should Women Be Beautiful?”, “Should Soldiers Be Polite?” and “Is The American Husband Made Entirely Of Stained Glass?”. Every subject is analysed and commented on in the witty and satirical style we have grown to expect from the author.
Lessons in Collection: 21, New This Month: 21
Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, published in 1886, is a collection of humorous essays by Jerome K. Jerome. It was the author’s second published book and helped establish him as a leading English humorist. The book consists of 14 independent articles arranged by themes. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 15, New This Month: 15
Insight Meditation Center – Dharma Talks
The Insight Meditation Center (IMC) (http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/) is dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhist ideals – mindfulness, ethics, compassion, loving-kindness, and liberation. At the heart of all IMC activities is the practice of Insight Meditation, sometimes called mindfulness or Vipassana meditation. Based on a 2500-year-old Buddhist teaching, this practice helps us to see more deeply and clearly into our lives. With insight, we develop ways of living more peacefully, compassionately, and wisely.
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure is the last of Thomas Hardy’s novels, begun as a magazine serial and first published in book form in 1895. Its hero Jude Fawley is a lower-class young man who dreams of becoming a scholar. The two other main characters are his earthy wife, Arabella, and his intellectual cousin, Sue. Themes include class, scholarship, religion, marriage, and the modernization of thought and society. (from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 54, New This Month: 54
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
The Just So Stories for Little Children, first published in 1902, were written by British author Rudyard Kipling. They are a collection of fantastic stories, typically about how various animals came to be the way they are today. (Summary by Reynard with help from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Lilith by George MacDonald
Lilith, written by the father of fantasy literature, George MacDonald, was first published in 1895. Its importance was recognized in its later revival in paperback by Ballantine Books as the fifth volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in September, 1969. Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald’s works, and among the most profound. It is a story concerning the nature of life, death and salvation. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 48, New This Month: 48
LingQ Anniversary
Introduction of myself and what I have been doing for the past year at LingQ.
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Listen to English
This podcasts will help you to improve your English vocabulary and pronunciation and your listening skills. British English!
Lessons in Collection: 82, New This Month: 3
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Lord Fauntleroy is a sentimental children’s novel by American (English-born) author Frances Hodgson Burnett, serialized in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1885. It was a runaway hit for the magazine and was separately published in 1886. The book was a commercial success for its author, and its illustrations by Reginal Birch set fashion trends. Little Lord Fauntleroy also set a precedent in copyright law in 1888 when its author won a lawsuit over the rights to theatrical adaptations of the work. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 31, New This Month: 9
Mikola’s pronunciation samples
Hi. My native language is Russian. Here is my pronunciation samples. Here you can find different articles from http://zenhabits.net that were read by me. Basically, I am recording these files for myself in order to track my progress of the pronunciation of the English language. If you have any comments for me, please, leave them on my wall – http://www.lingq.com/profile/mikola. Thank you.
Lessons in Collection: 4, New This Month: 4
Mother West Wind’s Children by Thornton W. Burgess
“You can’t fool old Mother Nature. No, Sir, you can’t fool old Mother Nature, and it’s of no use to try.” The animals of the Green Meadows and Green Forest have little adventures while Grandfather Frog tells stories to Mother West Wind’s children, the Merry Little Breezes. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)
Lessons in Collection: 15, New This Month: 15
Mother West Wind ‘Why’ Stories by Thornton W. Burgess
Thornton W. Burgess was a conservationist and prolific author of children’s books. His gently humorous stories about the animals of the meadows and woods teach little lessons about getting along with others; they are perfect bedtime stories for small children. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)
Lessons in Collection: 16, New This Month: 16
Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket is Edgar Allan Poe’s only complete novel, published in 1838. The work relates the tale of the young Arthur Gordon Pym who stows away aboard a whaling ship called Grampus. Various adventures and mis-adventures befall Pym including shipwreck, mutiny and cannibalism. The story starts out as a fairly conventional adventure at sea, but it becomes increasingly strange and hard to classify in later chapters, involving religious symbolism and the Hollow Earth. Summary from Wikipedia
Lessons in Collection: 28, New This Month: 28
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Nature” is a short essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson published anonymously in 1836. It is in this essay that the foundation of transcendentalism is put forth, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Recent advances in zoology, botany, and geology confirmed Emerson’s intuitions about the intricate relationships of nature at large. The publication of “Nature” is usually taken to be the watershed moment at which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. Henry David Thoreau had read “Nature” as a senior at Harvard College and took it to heart. It eventually became an essential influence for Thoreau’s later writings, including his seminal Walden. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 9, New This Month: 9
Obama’s Weekly Address
US President Barack Obama intends to publish a weekly video address every Saturday morning of his presidency.
Lessons in Collection: 22, New This Month: 6
Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgess
Thornton Waldo Burgess (January 14, 1874 – June 5, 1965) was a conservationist and author of children’s stories. He loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books. (Summary by Wikipedia and Laurie Anne Walden.)
Lessons in Collection: 16, New This Month: 16
Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
The story of little Otto, a gentle, peace-loving child born into the heart of turmoil and strife in the castle of a feuding robber baron in medieval Germany. (Summary by Arctura)
Lessons in Collection: 15, New This Month: 15
Podcast #3: 7 Tips for Opening and Clearing Your Throat Chakra by Alex Wu
Your throat chakra is responsible for communication, self-expression and clairaudience. If your throat chakra is plugged up, you’re going to have problems in those areas. Today’s WuCast will provide you with seven practical tips to help you open and clear your throat chakra. By opening up your throat chakra, you’ll improve your ability to communicate, express yourself and speak your inner truth. (Summary from http://www.intuitivewu.com) P.S. Dear fellow learners, I have transcribed the text by myself, so, please, sent me any typos via e-mail or leave info on my wall http://www.lingq.com/profile/mikola/
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Queen Lucia
Queen Lucia was the first of Benson’s ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels of which there were six. This first book is a comedy of manners based in the provincial village of Riseholme, where Emmeline Lucas (the Queen Lucia of the title) presides over the social and artistic universe of the gullible residents. Her aide-de-camp in these matters is the somewhat effete Georgie Pillson and the chief competitor for her ‘crown’ is Daisy Quantock…
Lessons in Collection: 156, New This Month: 156
Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Rainbow Valley, the seventh book in the Anne of Green Gables series explores the world of Anne & Gilbert’s six children along with the exploits of the Merediths, the children of the town’s new minister. With no mother and an absent-minded father, the Meredith children are not being properly brought up. This leads to their many adventures causing the ladies of the town to gossip, risking their father’s job. Summary by Robin Cotter
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Written in 1921, this is the final book in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. Set during World War I, it shows the courage and endurance of the sisters, mothers and wives (and brothers and fathers) left to tend the home front. The main focus of the book is on Anne and Gilbert’s youngest daughter, Rilla. (Summary by Karen Savage)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Short stories by Jerome K. Jerome

Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
Spotlight
http://spotlightradio.net/listen/ ——————————————————————————————————————————— The slow speed permits you to understand easily. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Spotlight is a daily 15 minute radio program. It uses a special English method of broadcasting. This makes Spotlight easier for many people to understand, no matter where in the world they live. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Authorization : “Thank you for your interest in using Spotlight as you describe. Yes, you are welcome to use it in that way. ” Mike Procter. 04/05/2010
Lessons in Collection: 134, New This Month: 5
Superpowers – This American Life – Part One
This radio program has to do with superpowers. —————————————————————– This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.7 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with more than a half million people downloading each week.
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Superpowers – This American Life – Part Three
Part three of the superpowers episode
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Superpowers – This American Life – Part Two
Part two of the Superpowers episode
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Supreme Personality by Delmer Eugene Croft
Life is self-realization. Every birth is divine. We are born anew every morning. My wish is that you may catch the gleam, be freed from limitations and enter upon your boundless possibilities. To bring you into the throne-room of your being, that you may awaken in self-realization, is why I have prepared this course of lessons. Should you give five minutes a day to them, in a year you will know the joy there is in Life, in Power, and in Service. (from the text)
Lessons in Collection: 10, New This Month: 10
Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
All mythology and/or Hawthorne lovers unite! Here is a delightful collection of charming stories from Greek Mythology. This collection features some very popular characters like our beloved Jason, Ulysses, King Pluto and Theseus (and of course, our favorite, Mr. Minotaur, too). Written in Hawthorne’s interesting and beautiful style, these stories will be a great delight to read AND listen to. (Summary by Neeru Iyer)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
tdes
The Daily English Show is an online English language show presented by WONDERFUL Sarah Lilburn – a New Zealander english teacher. Along with this lesson you can watch each lesson on video too!. Learn and have fun! http://www.thedailyenglishshow.com/
Lessons in Collection: 58, New This Month: 8
TEDTalks
Each year, the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference hosts some of the world’s most fascinating people: Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. These podcasts (also available in audio format) capture the most extraordinary presentations delivered from the TED stage.
Lessons in Collection: 42, New This Month: 1
The Adventures of Buster Bear by Thornton W. Burgess
The Adventures of Buster Bear is another set of children’s stories by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. Buster Bear has many adventures and misadventures as he meets the different characters in the Green Forest near the Laughing Brook. Along the way, we learn about the habits of Buster and his friends and we learn little lessons about life such as the importance of sharing, not stealing, making friends and not sticking one’s head into tin pails. (Summary by John Lieder)
Lessons in Collection: 23, New This Month: 23
The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk by Thornton W. Burgess
The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk is another in the long list children’s books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, Jimmy Skunk has encounters with Reddy Fox, Peter Rabbit, Unc’ Billy Possum and other acquaintances of his in the Green Meadows and Green Forest. Along the way, we learn some of the habits of Jimmy and his friends and we learn little lessons about life such as the importance of always keeping one’s temper, keeping promises and not playing practical jokes. (Summary by John Lieder.)
Lessons in Collection: 23, New This Month: 23
The Adventures of Johnny Chuck by Thornton W. Burgess
It is another in the long list of children’s books by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this story, it is spring time and a young chuck’s fancy turns to thoughts of … traveling, protecting one’s turf, finding a new home, and yes, love. Along the way, we learn little lessons about life such as there are good and bad kinds of pride, the importance of keeping secrets and that, even in the animal world, the three most important factors in determining the desirability of property are “location, location, location.” (Summary by John Lieder)
Lessons in Collection: 24, New This Month: 24
The Adventures of Maya the Bee by Waldemar Bonsels
The Adventures of Maya the Bee is an exciting tale for children of all ages. Themes of growth and development of courage and wisdom are found, as well as the extreme joy and satisfaction that Maya experiences in the beauty of creation and all creatures. Her ultimate and innate loyalty to her Nation of Bees is acted out in the final heroic scenes. This story gives us the delightful sense of having seen a small segment of the world through a Bee’s eyes. (Summary by Brenda Price)
Lessons in Collection: 16, New This Month: 1
The Adventures of Paddy Beaver by Thornton W. Burgess
The Adventures of Paddy Beaver is another in the long list of children’s books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, the industrious and clever Paddy Beaver, a newcomer to the Green Forest, has encounters with Sammy Jay, Jerry Muskrat, Ol’ Man Coyote and other inhabitants of the Green Forest. Along the way, we learn how Paddy builds his dam and his house, and how he stores his food. (Summary by John Lieder.)
Lessons in Collection: 22, New This Month: 22
The Adventures of Reddy Fox by Thornton W. Burgess
The Adventures of Reddy Fox is another in the series of children’s stories by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this story, Reddy and Granny Fox must outsmart Farmer Brown’s Boy who is out to get Reddy for stealing his pet chicken. Along the way, Reddy encounters many of the citizens of the Green Meadows and the Green Forest and with him we learn little lessons about life such as: the perils of being a show off. (Summary by John Lieder)
Lessons in Collection: 26, New This Month: 26
The Bobbsey Twins in the Country by Laura Lee Hope
The second book in The Bobbsey Twins series finds the two sets of twins experiencing life in the country during the first part of their summer vacation from school. (Introduction by Lee Ann Howlett)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
The Bobbsey Twins or Merry Days Indoors and Out by Laura Lee Hope
The Bobbsey Twins are the principal characters of what was, for many years, the Stratemeyer Syndicate’s longest-running series of children’s novels, penned under the pseudonym Laura Lee Hope. The first of 72 books was published in 1904, the last in 1979. The books related the adventures of the children of the middle-class Bobbsey family, which included two sets of fraternal twins: Bert and Nan, who were 12 years old, and Flossie and Freddie, who were six. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 22, New This Month: 22
The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray
The necessity of a work on Snobs, demonstrated from History, and proved by felicitous illustrations:—I am the individual destined to write that work—My vocation is announced in terms of great eloquence—I show that the world has been gradually preparing itself for the WORK and the MAN—Snobs are to be studied like other objects of Natural Science, and are a part of the Beautiful (with a large B). They pervade all classes—Affecting instance of Colonel Snobley. (Summary excerpted from Prefatory Remarks from the book by W. M. Thackeray)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess
Peter Rabbit goes to school, with Mother Nature as his teacher. In this zoology book for children, Thornton W. Burgess describes the mammals of North America in the form of an entertaining story, including plenty of detail but omitting long scientific names. There is an emphasis on conservation. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)
Lessons in Collection: 41, New This Month: 41
The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess
The Burgess Bird Book for Children is a zoology book written in the form of a story featuring Peter Rabbit. Peter learns from his friend Jenny Wren all about the birds of North America, and we meet many of them in the Old Orchard, the Green Meadow, and the Green Forest. (summary by Laurie Anne Walden)
Lessons in Collection: 46, New This Month: 46
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is often considered, along with The Three Musketeers, as Dumas’s most popular work. The writing of the work was completed in 1844. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from the plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet. The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. It is primarily concerned with themes of justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, and is told in the style of an adventure story. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 58, New This Month: 20
The Defendant by G. K. Chesterton
A collection of reprinted articles on a wide-range of subject, all in the unique style of G. K. Chesterton. Using wit, paradox, and good humor he “defends” a series of seeming harmless things that need no defense, and in so doing he exposes many of the broken assumptions and dogmatic notions of secular humanism and other trends of his age and of ours. (Summary by Ray Clare)
Lessons in Collection: 18, New This Month: 18
The Duel by Anton Chekhov. Translated by Constance Garnett.
The plot centres around Laevsky, who is living in a small seaside town in the Caucasus after running away with another man’s wife, Nadyezhda Fyodorovna, amid dreams of starting a new life. The dreams have come to nothing as Laevsky idles away his life drinking and playing cards, and Nadyezhda begins to have other affairs. (Introduction by Phil)
Lessons in Collection: 21, New This Month: 21
The Enchanted Island of Yew by L. Frank Baum
A fairy has become bored with her life, and convinces some young girls to transform her into a human boy so she can go on adventures. The adventures come fast and furious, as the newly-named Prince Marvel explores the surrounding kingdoms. A masochistic squire accompanies Marvel, helping him with assorted kings, knights, dragons, and other medieval menaces along the way. (Summary by Ted Delorme)
Lessons in Collection: 27, New This Month: 27
The Issue at Hand by Gil Fronsdal
Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practice. An inspiring and very accessible compilation of essays and edited talks on the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. As Gil Fronsdal states, “the search for the issue at hand is the search for what is closest at hand, for what is directly seen, heard, smelt, tasted, felt, and cognized in the present.” Gil brings the practice of mindfulness not only to formal meditation but to all the varying aspects of every day life. About the Author Gil is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. Gil has an undergraduate degree in agriculture from U.C. Davis where he was active in promoting the field of sustainable farming. In 1998 he received a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers Collective. He is a husband and a father of two boys. You may listen to Gil’s talks at www.audiodharma.org.
Lessons in Collection: 3, New This Month: 3
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
This story of Santa Claus veers away slightly from the traditional stories of his beginnings. L. Frank Baum creates a world of fantasy that surrounds Santa Claus’s life. Orphaned at an infant he is found by the nymph Necile, who convinces the great Ak to allow her to raise Claus for her own. As he grows older he meets his fellow humans, and sees the neglect of children. This sets him on the path to making toys and becoming the beloved Saint Nicholas we are familiar with today. (summary by Kri)
Lessons in Collection: 22, New This Month: 22
The Lost Princess (or A Double Story, or The Wise Woman) by George MacDonald
Also known as “A Double Story” or “The Wise Woman.” The story of two very spoiled girls, a princess and a peasant, who are kidnapped by a strange woman for a lesson in life. They may not emerge the same… but will their parents be changed for the better too? (Summary by Cheyenne)
Lessons in Collection: 14, New This Month: 14
The Majesty of Calmness by William George Jordan
Change your life by changing your thoughts. The Majesty of Calmness is your guide to attracting prosperity, manifesting opportunities, and managing stress–all while discovering the values most precious to you. (Summary by Andrea Fiore)
Lessons in Collection: 7, New This Month: 7
The Master Key by L. Frank Baum
The Master Key was one of Baum’s earliest full length fantasy books for children, published in 1901 just one year after The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The protagonist, Rob, while experimenting in his workshop, accidentally summons up an electrical fairy who presents him with electrical devices so advanced as to seem magical. His gifts include a flying contraption, a stun gun, and something resembling an omniscient portable TV set. Rob travels the world, rendering assistance to European heads of state and narrowly escaping disaster at the hands of “primitive” cannibals, Turks and Tatars, pirates, and evil scientists who try to steal his inventions. It’s great fun, despite the occasional use of racial stereotypes that reflect the values of its time. (Summary by Judy Bieber)
Lessons in Collection: 20, New This Month: 20
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
The novel details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up on the river Floss near the village of St. Oggs, evidently in the 1820’s, after the Napoleonic Wars but prior to the first Reform Bill (1832). The novel spans a period of 10-15 years, from Tom and Maggie’s childhood up until their deaths in a flood on the Floss. The book is fictional autobiography in part, reflecting the disgrace that George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) herself had while in a lengthy relationship with a married man, George Henry Lewes. Maggie Tulliver holds the central role in the book, as both her relationship with her older brother Tom, and her romantic relationships with Philip Wakem, a hunchbacked, but sensitive and intellectual, friend, and with Stephen Guest, a vivacious young socialite in St. Oggs and fiance of Maggie’s cousin Lucy Deane, constitute the most significant narrative threads: (Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 72, New This Month: 71
The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
All people in the world tell nursery tales to their children, and the stories are apt to be like each other everywhere. A child who has read the Blue and Red and Yellow Fairy Books will find some old friends with new faces in the Pink Fairy Book. Courage, youth, beauty, kindness, have many trials, but they always win the battle; while witches, giants, unfriendly cruel people, are on the losing hand. (Summary of the Author’s Preface by Elliott Miller)
Lessons in Collection: 44, New This Month: 44
The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont
A series of twenty lessons designed to help develop and improve the power of concentration. (Summary by Andrea Fiore)
Lessons in Collection: 22, New This Month: 22
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
ll Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine writer Niccolò Machiavelli, originally called “De Principatibus” (About Principalities). It was written around 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli’s death. The treatise is not actually representative of his published work during his lifetime, but it is certainly the best remembered one. (Summary from Wikipedia.org)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
The Princess and Curdie is the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. It’s been a year since the Princess Irene and Curdie first met, and a year since the goblin incident and all appears to be going well in the Kingdom. Or is it? After a visit from Irene’s great-great-grandmother, Curdie finds himself on a mission to save the kingdom, with a rather strange companion in tow. (Summary by Lizzie Driver)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
The Princess and the Goblin
The Princess and the Goblin is a children’s fantasy novel by George MacDonald. It was published in 1872 by Strahan & Co.
Lessons in Collection: 91, New This Month: 91
Therese Raquin by Émile Zola
An unsatisfied wife kills her weak husband in order to carry on a sordid affair with another man. However, her selfish plans are spoiled when her husband continues to haunt her. This is often said to be Zola’s first great novel.(Summary by BellonaTimes)
Lessons in Collection: 33, New This Month: 33
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
The Science of Getting Rich is a book written by the New Thought Movement writer Wallace D. Wattles. The book is still in print after almost 100 years. According to USA Today, the text is “divided into 17 short, straight-to-the-point chapters that explain how to overcome mental barriers, and how creation, not competition, is the hidden key to wealth attraction.” (Summary by Diana Majlinger and Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 18, New This Month: 18
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mary Lennox is a spoiled, middle-class, self-centred child who has been recently orphaned. She is accepted into the quiet and remote country house of an uncle, who has almost completely withdrawn into himself after the death of his wife. Mary gradually becomes drawn into the hidden side of the house: why does she hear the crying of a unseen child? Why is there an overgrown, walled garden, its door long locked? (Summary by Peter)
Lessons in Collection: 29, New This Month: 29
The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Story Girl, by Anne of Green Gables author L.M. Montgomery, tells about the summer Felix and Beverly King visit their cousins in Carlise, Canada. Along with various cousins and other soon-to-be-friends, they meet Sara Stanley, the Story Girl, a cousin who has a story for every situation. As the children pass the summer, they get into trouble, have adventures, listen to the Story Girl’s enchanting tales, and then… get into a bit more trouble! (Summary by Heather Barnett)
Lessons in Collection: 29, New This Month: 1
The Tales of Chekhov, Volume 01 by Anton Chekhov. Translated by Constance Garnett.
This is the first of thirteen volumes of Anton Chekhov’s short stories, translated by Constance Garnett. Anton Chekhov was a Russian doctor who turned to fiction as a hobby, and quickly blossomed into one of the masters of the short story genre. Though he is arguably best known for his dramatic works, such as The Cherry Orchard, his stories are widely considered to be some of the most perfect examples of short fiction ever written.
Lessons in Collection: 7, New This Month: 7
The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen
Originally published by the Norwegian-American economist Thorstein Veblen while he was a professor at the University of Chicago in 1898, the Theory of the Leisure Class is considered one of the great works of economics as well as the first detailed critique of consumerism. In the book, Veblen argues that economic life is driven not by notions of utility, but by social vestiges from pre-historic times. [Summary modified from Wikipedia.]
Lessons in Collection: 38, New This Month: 38
This is America
VOA Special English broadcasts a fifteen-minute program about life and issues in the United States.
Lessons in Collection: 28, New This Month: 4
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. The three men were based on Jerome himself and two real-life friends, George, and Harris. The dog, Montmorency, however, was entirely fictional, but, as Jerome had remarked, “had much of me in it.” (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 20, New This Month: 20
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray that satirizes society in early 19th-century England. Like many novels of the time, Vanity Fair was published as a serial before being sold in book form; it was printed in 20 monthly parts between January 1847 and July 1848. Thackeray meant the book to be not only entertaining but also instructive; this is shown both by the narrator of the book and in Thackeray’s private correspondence. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 6, New This Month: 6
VOA, American Stories
Voice of America (VOA), the Special English program, American Stories
Lessons in Collection: 6, New This Month: 2
VOA (EDITORIALS)
Voice of America (VOA) EDITORIALS (regular speed) : reflecting the views of the US Government
Lessons in Collection: 39, New This Month: 4
VOA Education Report
VOA (Voice of America) Special English Education Report
Lessons in Collection: 21, New This Month: 3
VOA Entertainment
Entertainment news in Voice of America (VOA) (Regular Speed) Movie Reviews and Interviews, Music
Lessons in Collection: 86, New This Month: 1
VOA: In Study, B Vitamins Lessen Brain Shrinkage in Some Older Patients
In Study, B Vitamins Lessen Brain Shrinkage in Some Older Patients
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
VOA:In the Garden: Growing Your Own Lettuce
In the Garden: Growing Your Own Lettuce
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
VOA news
News from VOA
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
VOANews.com 2010
Voice of America, News and articles (regular speed) on VOANews.com
Lessons in Collection: 13, New This Month: 13
VOA (People in America)
People in America is one of the programs in Voice of America. (in Special English) It broadcasts about influential in American history.
Lessons in Collection: 26, New This Month: 2
VOA(Regular Speed) WORDMASTER
WORDMASTER is one of the programs in Voice of America(VOA). Avi Arditti and Rosanne Skirble interview experts about English learning.
Lessons in Collection: 69, New This Month: 4
VOA Special English (2010)
Voice of America in Special English
Lessons in Collection: 21, New This Month: 21
VOA Special English News
Here are excepts of daily news by VOA Special English
Lessons in Collection: 36, New This Month: 1
VOA with video
VOA (Voice of America) videos in Special English and some natural speed speaking. You can watch the videos in your lesson page.
Lessons in Collection: 10, New This Month: 10
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is an epic novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published from 1865 to 1869 in Russki Vestnik, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy’s two major masterpieces (the other being Anna Karenina) as well as one of the world’s greatest novels. War and Peace offered a new kind of fiction, with a great many characters caught up in a plot that covered nothing less than the grand subjects indicated by the title, combined with the equally large topics of youth, age and marriage.
Lessons in Collection: 30, New This Month: 30
What’s Wrong With the World by G. K. Chesterton
The title of Chesteron’s 1910 collection of essays was inspired by a title given to him two years earlier by The Times newspaper, which had asked a number of authors to write on the topic: “What’s wrong with the world?”. Chesterton’s answer at that time was the shortest of those submitted – he simply wrote: “Dear Sirs, I am. Sincerely yours, G.K. Chesterton”. In this collection he gives a fuller treatment of the question, with his characteristic conservative wit. (Summary by Wikipedia and Carl Manchester)
Lessons in Collection: 48, New This Month: 45
World 66 – The Travel Guide You Write
About the project Let’s start with our credo: We believe that travelers are the best source of travel information. That is why we have setup World66, an open content travel guide, where people from all over the planet can write about the places they love, the hotels they stayed in, the restaurants that have eaten. Every part of the travel guide can be edited directly, just click the [edit] button and go ahead. You can change the info you find, do a write up, add a complete city or just a bar or a restaurant. Does this work? We think it does. Thanks to this approach World66.com has become one of the most complete travel resources on the internet, with 256,010 articles on 141,482 destinations all over the world. Good info, more up to date than you find in travel books. Check for yourself. And should you find some wrong info, a hotel that has closed down, whatever, don’t complain, but act. You can change it. It’s up to you. And together we can make world66.com the best travel guide on the planet.
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1

 

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