Short stories for esl students beginners pdf free download

by O. Henry

In the northern part of Austin there once dwelt an honest family by the name of Smothers. The family consisted of John Smothers, his wife, himself, their little daughter, five years of age, and her parents, making six people toward the population of the city when counted for a special write-up, but only three by actual count.

One night after supper the little girl was seized with a severe colic, and John Smothers hurried down town to get some medicine.

He never came back.

The little girl recovered and in time grew up to womanhood.

The mother grieved very much over her husband’s disappearance, and it was nearly three months before she married again, and moved to San Antonio.

The little girl also married in time, and after a few years had rolled around, she also had a little girl five years of age.

She still lived in the same house where they dwelt when her father had left and never returned.

One night by a remarkable coincidence her little girl was taken with cramp colic on the anniversary of the disappearance of John Smothers, who would now have been her grandfather if he had been alive and had a steady job.

Short stories for esl students beginners pdf

Short stories for esl students beginners pdf free download

«I will go downtown and get some medicine for her,» said John Smith (for it was none other than he whom she had married).

«No, no, dear John,» cried his wife. «You, too, might disappear forever, and then forget to come back.»

So John Smith did not go, and together they sat by the bedside of little Pansy (for that was Pansy’s name).

After a little Pansy seemed to grow worse, and John Smith again attempted to go for medicine, but his wife would not let him.

Suddenly the door opened, and an old man, stooped and bent, with long white hair, entered the room.

«Hello, here is grandpa,» said Pansy. She had recognized him before any of the others.

The old man drew a bottle of medicine from his pocket and gave Pansy a spoonful.

She got well immediately.

«I was a little late,» said John Smothers, «as I waited for a street car.»

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Vocabulary

English Pronunciation Russian Spanish Indian Chinese
strange  [streɪnʤ] чужой extraño अजीब 奇怪
story [‘stɔːrɪ] повесть historia कहानी 故事
northern  [‘nɔːð(ə)n] северный del Norte उत्तरी 北方
Austin [‘ɔstɪn]  Остин Город в центральной части штата Техас, на р. Колорадо nombre de la ciudad शहर का नाम 奧斯汀
dwell ( dwelt )  [dwel] жить, обитать habitar ध्यान केन्द्रित करना
honest  [‘ɔnɪst ]  честный honesto ईमानदार 誠實
toward  [tə’wɔːd]  в направлении hacia की ओर
population  [ˌpɔpjə’leɪʃ(ə)n ]  (народо)население población आबादी 人口
count (counted) [kaunt] вычисление contar गिनती 計數
write-up [ˌraɪt’ʌp]   хвалебная статья redacción लिखें 寫上去
supper  [‘sʌpə] ужин cena रात का खाना 晚餐
Seize (seized)  [siːz] схватить aprovechar को जब्त 搶占
severe  [sɪ’vɪə] строгий grave कठोर 嚴重
colic [‘kɔlɪk] колика cólico उदरशूल 絞痛
hurry (hurried) [‘hʌrɪ] торопить prisa जल्दी कीजिये 匆忙
medicine  [‘medɪsɪn ]  медицина medicina दवा 醫學
recover (recovered) [rɪ’kʌvə] вновь обретать recuperar की वसूली 恢復
Grow (grew) [grəu] произрастать Crecer आगे बढ़ें 增長
womanhood  [‘wumənhud] женственность edad madura de mujer नारीत्व 女大十八變
Grieve (grieved) [griːv]  огорчать afligirse शोक
disappearance  [ˌdɪsə’pɪərəns] исчезновение desaparición लापता होने के 消失
nearly [‘nɪəlɪ] близко casi लगभग 幾乎
Roll (rolled) [rəul] катиться rodar रोल
around [ə’raund] вокруг alrededor चारों ओर 周圍
remarkable  [rɪ’mɑːkəbl] замечательный notable असाधारण 卓越
coincidence [kəu’ɪn(t)sɪd(ə)n(t)s] точное совпадение coincidencia संयोग 巧合
cramp [kræmp] колики calambre ऐंठन 抽筋
anniversary  [ˌænɪ’vɜːs(ə)rɪ] годовщина aniversario सालगिरह 週年
steady [‘stedɪ] устойчивый estable नियमित 穩定
alive [ə’laɪv] живой viva ज़िंदा
May (might) [meɪ] Выражает Mayo मई 可能
disappear  [ˌdɪsə’pɪə] исчезать desaparecer गायब होना 消失
forever [fə’revə] навсегда Siempre सदैव 永遠
bedside [‘bedˌsaɪd] место у кровати cabecera बेडसाइड 床頭
worse  [wɜːs] худший peor और भी बुरा 更差
suddenly  [‘sʌd(ə)nlɪ] вдруг repentinamente अचानक से 突然
Stoop (stooped)  [stuːp] наклонять agacharse बंदगी 哈腰
bend [bend]  сгибать curva झुकना 彎曲
Recognize (recognized)  [‘rekəgnaɪz] узнавать reconocer पहचानना 認識
spoonful  [‘spuːnful] полная ложка cucharada थोड़ी मात्रा 一匙
immediately  [ɪ’miːdɪətlɪ] немедленно inmediatamente हाथोंहाथ 立即
wait  [weɪt] ждать Espere रुकिए 等待

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