Level 2 — Level 3

Level 1  

Three tigers are born at a zoo in China. Two of them are girls and one is a boy. Their mother is weak. She does not have enough milk. People give her better food, and she gets better.

Now the little tigers are one month old. It is not easy for them, but they look healthy. People in the zoo meet them. People like the tigers. They say that they are cute.

Source: newsinlevels.com

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2-Level 3

Dictionary

1) Little-adjective /ˈlɪt̬.əl/- small in size or amount:

It came in a little box.

a little dog/nose/room

A little old man came into the room.

He gave a little smile.

It’ll only take a little while to clear up the kitchen.

2)Tiger-noun /ˈtaɪ.ɡɚ/-

3) Born-verb /bɔːrn/- to come out of a mother’s body, and start to exist:

She was born in 1950.

We saw a lamb being born.

Diana was born into an aristocratic family.

Ann was born and brought up in Delaware.

 Their baby was born last December.

As soon as the baby is born he’ll start to take an interest in the world around him.

Soon after it was born, the calf got up and tried to stand on its shaky legs.

He was born in the small town of Castleford, in Yorkshire.

Their baby was born prematurely and weighed only one kilogram.

4) Zoo-noun /zuː/- an area in which animals, especially wild animals, are kept so that people can go and look at them or study them 

How about a trip to the zoo this afternoon?

Tea-time in our house is like feeding time at the zoo!

«Did the kids enjoy their trip to the zoo?» «Oh, yes, they were full of it when they got back this afternoon.»

The bad weather really took the gloss off our trip to the zoo.

We could hear the lions roaring at the other end of the zoo.

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2-Level 3

English short stories level 1 Level 2

5) Weak-adjective /wiːk/- not physically strong:

It’s not surprising you feel weak if you haven’t eaten properly for days.

The electromagnetic field strength becomes weaker as you move further away from high voltage cables.

6) Enough-determiner, pronoun, adverb- /əˈnʌf/- as much as is necessary; in the amount or to the degree needed:

Is there enough dessert/Are there enough desserts for everyone?

There are 25 textbooks per class. That should be enough.

Have you had enough (to eat)?

I know enough about art to recognize a masterpiece when I see one.

He’s tall enough to change the bulb without getting on a chair.

I’ve seen/heard enough now (= I do not want to see/hear any more).

I’ve had enough of your excuses (= I want them to stop).

Enough of this! I don’t want to discuss it any more.

Enough already! (= No more!)

7) Give-verb /ɡɪv/-to offer something to someone, or to provide someone with something:

She gave us a set of saucepans as a wedding present.

Can you give me a date for another appointment?

They never gave me a chance/choice.

Has the director given you permission to do that?

We always try to give to charity.

We’re collecting for the children’s home — please give generously.

The police gave (out) road-safety booklets to the children (= gave them to all the children).

Please give (up) your seat to an elderly or disabled person if they need it.

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2

8) Better-adjective /ˈbet̬.ɚ/- comparative of good : of a higher standard, or more suitablepleasing, or effective than other things or people:

He stood near the front to get a better view.

Relations between the two countries have never been better.

It’s much better to have a small, cosy room than a big, cold one.

The book was better than I expected.

She is much better at tennis than I am.

It is far (= much) better to save some of your money than to spend it all at once.

Fresh vegetables are better for you (= more beneficial to you) than canned ones.

The longer you keep this wine, the better it tastes (= it has a better flavour if you keep it for a long time).

The bed was hard, but it was better than nothing (= than not having a bed).

9) Get-verb /ɡet/- to obtainbuy, or earn something:

He went to the shop to get some milk.

UK I think she gets about £40,000 a year.

We stopped on the way to get some breakfast.

managed to get all three suitcases for under $200.

How much did he get for his car? (= How much money did he sell it for?)

Where did you get your shoes from?

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2-Level 3

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2-Level 3

10) Easy-adjective/ˈiː.zi/- needing little effort:

an easy exam

Would a ten o’clock appointment be easier for you?

It’s easy to see why he’s so popular.

She’s very easy to talk to.

The easiest thing to do would be for us to take the train home.

It isn’t easy being a parent.

Getting into the movie business is no easy matter.

I don’t trust that easy (= relaxedcharm of his.

informal My car can do 250 kph, easy.

11) Healthy-adjective /ˈhel.θi/- strong and well:

She’s a normal, healthy child.

He looks healthy enough. 

A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you to keep your body healthy.

Fresh fruit and vegetables form an important part of a healthy diet.

The children never eat very much, but they seem quite healthy.

The population as a whole is getting healthier.

A healthy body will be able to fight off the illness naturally without the use of medicine.

12) Meet-verb /miːt/ — to see and talk to someone for the first time:

They met at work.

I met her in Hawaii.

Would you like to meet my sister?

Come and meet (= be introduced to) my friend Laura.

I’d like you to meet Ann Gregory, my deputy.

I’m dreading having to meet his parents.

It’s important to create a good impression when you meet a new client.

It’s not always easy to meet members of the opposite sex.

We went backstage after the show to meet the actors.

13) Like-verb /laɪk/-  to enjoy or approve of something or someone:

I like your new haircut.

Do you like fish?

I like it when a book is so good that you can’t put it down.

I quite like wine but I could live without it.

He’s very well-liked (= popular) at work.

I like the way he just assumes we’ll listen to him when he doesn’t take in a word anyone else says! (= I don’t like it and it annoys me.)

 I don’t like upsetting people.

 He likes to spend his evenings in front of the television.

He likes his steak well-done.

14) Say-verb /seɪ/- to pronounce words or sounds, to express a thoughtopinion, or suggestion, or to state a fact or instruction:

Small children find it difficult to say long words.

She said goodbye to all her friends and left.

Ben never forgets to say «Please» and «Thank you».

How do you say «goodbye» in French?

I’m sorry, what did you say?

Do you know what she said to him?

What did they say about the house?

«I’m going out this evening,» she said.

He said to himself (= thought), «This will never work.»

The doctors say (that) it will take him a few weeks to recover.

She didn’t say whether she was coming.

Did she say (= tell you) why she wasn’t coming?

He said (= told me) to meet him here.

I’ve got something to say to you.

The offer was so good that I couldn’t say no (= couldn’t refuse).

15) Cute-adjective/kjuːt/-especially of something or someone small or young  pleasant and attractive:

His baby brother is really cute.

The Little Tigers-level 2

Level 1 — Level 3

Three tiger cubs were born in a zoo in China. Their mother was quite weak after the birth. She did not have enough milk, but people added nutrients to her food and she was OK.

Now the cubs are one month old. Two of them are female and one is male. It is not easy for them, but they look healthy. People allowed them outside to meet visitors of the zoo. Everybody thinks that they are adorable.

Source: newsinlevels.com

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2-Level 3

Dictionary

1) Quite-adverb /kwaɪt/- completely:

The two situations are quite different.

The colours almost match but not quite.

I enjoyed her new book though it’s not quite as good as her last one.

UK formal Are you quite sure you want to go?

Quite honestly/frankly, the thought of it terrified me.

You’ve made your position quite clear .

There’s quite a collection of toothbrushes in the bathroom.

If you compare house prices in the two areas, it’s quite amazing how different they are.

I’m not quite sure how to get there — I’d better consult a map.

She always coveted power but never quite achieved it.

2) Add-verb /æd/- to put two or more numbers or amounts together to get a total:

If you add (= calculate the total of) three and four you get seven.

It’s $45 — $50 if you add in (= include) the cost of postage.

Don’t forget to add on your travelling expenses/add your expenses on.

3) Nutrient-noun /ˈnuː.tri.ənt/- any substance that plants or animals need in order to live and grow:

It’s good soil — full of nutrients.

healthy diet should provide all your essential nutrients.

4) Cub-noun  /kʌb/-  a young lion, bear, wolf, etc.

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2-Level 3

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2-Level 3

5) Female-adjective/ˈfiː.meɪl/ — belonging or relating to women, or the sex that can give birth to young or produce eggs:

She was voted the best female vocalist.

Female lions do not have manes.

His act tended to attract an exclusively female audience.

A female lion defends her young ferociously.

The author discusses why female beauty has become linked to thinness.

The appointment of a female director is a quantum leap for women’s equality.

Do you agree that male and female roles are becoming blurred ?

6) Male-adjective/meɪl/ — used to refer to men or boys, or the sex that fertilizes eggs, and does not produce babies or eggs itself:

male students

a male giraffe

IT is very much a male-dominated industry.

What percentage of the adult male population is unemployed?

The male parts of the flower are the stamens and the anthers.

A male chicken is called a cock and a female chicken is called a hen.

The male deer grows large branching horns called antlers.

She’s going out with a male model.

The critics picked him out as the outstanding male dancer of the decade.

Industry is still a preponderantly male environment.

7) Adorable-adjective /əˈdɔːr.ə.bəl/- used to describe someone or something that makes you love or like them, usually because they are attractive and often small:

She has the most adorable two-year-old girl.

These snowflake-shaped picture frames are just adorable.

I think it’s adorable that your parents still hold hands.

The Little Tigers-level 3

Level 1 —Level 2 

These one-month-old tiger cubs have met visitors for the first time at a zoo in southwest China.

“The mother was quite weak after giving birth to three cubs. She does not have enough milk for all three of them, so we have added more nutrients to the mother’s diet that will produce more milk. Though the cubs are only one month old, they look quite healthy. This is not easy for them.”

The three cubs, one male and two female, were born from a Bengal tiger last month at the zoo. They were allowed outside to meet visitors on the first day of 2015.

Visitors took photographs of the three cubs crawling on the ground and playing in a box.

“They are very cute, very adorable.”

Ah! We have to agree!

Source: newsinlevels.com

English short stories level 1 Level 1-Level 2-Level 3

Dictionary

1) Southwest-noun /ˌsaʊθˈwest/- the direction that is between south and west:

We live in the southwest of Scotland.

We have a house in the southwest of France.

Troops are moving towards the southwest of the country.

2) Though-conjunction /ðoʊ/- despite the fact that:

She hasn’t called, even though she said she would.

They’re coming next week, though I don’t know which day.

He blurted everything out about the baby, though we’d agreed to keep it a secret for a while.

I play the piano tolerably well, though I have no particular talent for it.

Even though she hasn’t really got the time, she still offered to help.

I enjoyed her new book though it’s not quite as good as her last one.

Initial reports say that seven people have died, though this has not yet been confirmed.

3) Healthy-adjective /ˈhel.θi/ — strong and well:

She’s a normal, healthy child.

He looks healthy enough. 

A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you to keep your body healthy.

Fresh fruit and vegetables form an important part of a healthy diet.

The children never eat very much, but they seem quite healthy.

The population as a whole is getting healthier.

A healthy body will be able to fight off the illness naturally without the use of medicine.

4) Crawl-verb /krɑːl/ — to move slowly or with difficultyespecially with your body stretched out along the ground or on hands and knees:

The child crawled across the floor.

The injured soldier crawled to safety.

Megan has just learned to crawl.

The lorry crawled noisily up the hill

With a wriggle, she managed to crawl through the gap.

The children crawled through an opening space in the fence.

The baby was crawling around on its hands and knees.

5) Adorable-adjective /əˈdɔːr.ə.bəl/- used to describe someone or something that makes you love or like them, usually because they are attractive and often small:

She has the most adorable two-year-old girl.

These snowflake-shaped picture frames are just adorable.

I think it’s adorable that your parents still hold hands.

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