‘The bride wore a long white dress, with flowers in her hair. After the wedding, there was a party, and people gave presents to the bride and groom.’ This wedding was nearly two thousand years ago, in Rome. Some things don’t change.
But some things do. Today you can have a wedding on a mountain, or under the sea, or ‘Elvis’ can sing for you. And different things happen in different places. Little birds made of paper, small trees, money in the bride’s shoe, and lots of noise – they are all important for weddings somewhere. Welcome to the wonderful world of weddings!
Rosemary Border - The Piano (Oxford Bookworms)
One day, a farmer tells a farm boy to take everything out of an old building and throw it away. "It's all rubbish,' he says In the middle of all the rubbish, the boy finds a beautiful old piano. He has never played before, but now, when his fingers touch the piano, he begins to play. He closes his eyes and the music comes to him-and the musicmoves his fingers. When he opens his eyes again, he knows that his life is changed for ever...
Saki - Saki novellák
A szépirodalom eredetiben sorozat - mint neve is mutatja - az értékes irodalmi műveket a maguk eredetiségében juttatja el az olvasókhoz azzal a céllal, hogy a nyelvtanulók minél szélesebb köre élvezhesse az érdekes, ötletes írások eredeti nyelvezetét. Segítségképpen a nehezebb szavak, kifejezések fordítását a lap szélén - a kifejezéssel egy sorban - megadtuk. A jobb megértést segítik ezen felül a novellák után található jegyzetek, melyek főként kulturális adalékot, információt tartalmaznak. Használati javaslat: Ne akarja a könyvet egyszerre kiolvasni, olvasson el egy-egy novellát, lehetőleg szótár nélkül - az sem baj, ha a lapszéli segítséget sem veszi igénybe - és próbálja meg megérteni, miről is van szó. Ezután kezdje elölről és igyekezzen a nyelvi jelenségekre koncentrálni. Ekkor már a szótárt is igénybe veheti. Ha érdekes kifejezést vagy szót talál, jelölje meg azt, ami érdekli és később próbálja más mondatba belehelyezni. Így megbarátkozik vele, megtanulja és aktív szókincse részévé teszi. A lapszéli magyar fordítás nem feltétlenül az adott szó legáltalánosabb és legpontosabb fordítása, hanem az, amelyik a mondatba a legjobban beleillik. Ezért mielőtt megpróbálja más környezetben használni, ellenőrizze a szótárban.
Stephen Rabley - Marcel and the White Star (Penguin Readers)
Marcel is a mouse and famous detective. He lives in Paris. One evening, two thieves steal very expensive diamond ring - the "White Star". Then they steal a car. Marcel follows them across Paris to a cafe. Can he get the "White Star" and bring it back?
Jennifer Bassett - One Way Ticket (Oxford Bookworms)
A train is a closed world. Each carriage is like a small room, with windows and doors, but you can't get out when the train is moving. The world outside is far away, and you can forget your home, your work, your friends. On a train you sit with strangers. You don't know anything about them, but you sit next to them for hours, or perhaps days, in the same small room. You can't get away from them. As the wheels of the train turn, these stories show us three different people. A beautiful young wife - going on holiday with her new husband, through the green hills of England. A carefree young man - travelling across the mountains of Yugoslavia, looking for work. A sensible middle-aged man - travelling north through the forests and lakes of Finland, hoping for a quiet journey. Three different journeys, three different people - all locked in the closed world of the train . . . where anything can happen.
Alex Garland - The Beach (Penguin Readers)
On Richard's first night at a backpackers' hostel in Bangkok, a mysterious traveller commits suicide leaving Richard a map to the beach. An idyllic secret island, the beach is a legend among young travellers. But paradise isn't always what it seems. A compulsive first novel by Alex Garland now a blockbuster film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Richard.
Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre (Oxford Bookworms)
Egyszerűsített olvasmány angol nyelven. Hasznos segítség a nyelvtanulásban. A kötet 6. nehézségi fokozatú, az olvasásához kb. 2500 szavas szókincs szükséges. Jane Eyre is alone in the world. Disliked by her aunt's family, she is sent away to school. Here she learns that a young girl, with neither money nor family to support her, can expect little from the world. She survives, but she wants more from life than simply to survive: she wants respect, and love. When she goes to work for Mr Rochester, she hopes she has found both at once. But the sound of strange laughter, late at night, behind a locked door, warns her that her troubles are only beginning.
Erich Segal - Love Story (Oxford Bookworms)
This is a love story you won't forget. Oliver Barrett meets Jenny Cavilleri. He plays sports, she plays music. He's rich, and she's poor. They argue, and they fight, and they fall in love. So they get married, and make a home together. They work hard, they enjoy life, they make plans for future. Then they learn that they don't have much time left.
John Grogan - Marley & Me (Penguin Readers)
A young husband and wife buy a puppy and call him Marley. Marley gets bigger and bigger, and he is not an easy dog. He eats everything. He breaks things. He doesn't listen. But he loves John and Jenny and they love him. Is this really the story of the world's worst dog?
Ismeretlen szerző - One-Way Ticket (Oxford Bookworms)
Tom Walsh had a lot to learn about life. He liked travelling, and he was in no hurry. He liked meeting people, anyone and everyone. He liked the two American girls on the train. They were nice and very friendly. They knew a lot of places. Tom thought they were fun. Tom certainly had a lot to learn about life. This is a collection of short stories about adventures on trains. Strange, wonderful, and frightening things can happen on trains - and all of them happen here.
William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet (Penguin Readers)
Classic / British English / Level 3 Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories in the world. But it is more than a great love story. It is also about life and death, happiness and sadness, and the terrible hate between two great families. Shakespeare’s beautiful tale is still as popular today as it was more than 400 years ago.
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (Regents Illustrated Classics)
The Regents Illustrated Classics series provides highly motivational material for beginning and intermediate ESL students and for native speakers of English who want to develop basic reading skills. Each classic is presented in a fully illustrated format which aids comprehension and actually stimulates the desire to read. The for levels – beginning, low intermediate, and high intermediate – are all based on limited vocabulary and structure lists. Exercises are designed to develop reading strategies and build vocabulary. Mary W. Helley was a British author who lived in the first half of the nineteenth century. Her novel Frankenstein is the story of a brilliant German scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who is so obsessed with his search for the secrets of life and death that he creats a hideous monster. Shunned by all who see him, the lonely creature turns evil. The monster eventually destroys everone the scientist loves. Finally, after a chase through the frozen North, the monster destroys Frankenstein himself.
Janet Hardy-Gould - San Francisco (Oxford Bookworms)
'It's a good place for gold,' said people in the 1840s, and they came from all over the world. 'It's a good place for a prison,' said the US government in the 1920s, and they put Al Capone there on the island of Alcatraz. 'It's a good place for love,' said the hippies in the 1960s, and they put flowers in their hair and came to Haight Ashbury. And San Francisco is still a good place - to take a hundred photographs, or see the Chinatown parade, or just to sit in a coffee shop and be in this interesting, different city ...
William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet (Oxford Bookworms)
What's in a name? Does it really matter if you are called Montague or Capulet? When Romeo, son of Lord and Lady Montague, falls in love with the most beautiful girl he's ever seen, he finds out that it does matter. It makes all the difference in the world, because both families hate each other bitterly. For a time, Romeo and Juliet manage to keep their love secret. But when Romeo is sent away from Verona, and arrangements are made for Juliet to marry Paris, a friend of her father's, hope begins to die. Can any of their friends help the young lovers to be together for ever?
Ismeretlen szerző - Cries from the Heart (Oxford Bookworms)
From Botswana to New Zealand, from Jamaica to Nigeria, from Uganda to Malaysia, from India to South Africa, these moving stories show us that the human heart is the same in every place. Children, wives, mothers, husbands, friends all have the same feelings of fear and pain, happiness and sadness. Bookworms World Stories collect stories written in English from around the world, and the eight stories in this book were selected from the winning entries in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. The writers are Sefi Atta, Adrienne M. Frater, Lauri Kubuitsile, Erica N. Robinson, Jackee Budesta Batanda, Janet Tay Hui Ching, Anuradha Muralidharan, and Tod Collins. (Word count 6,683)
Joe Potter - Andy Hopkins - Animals in Danger (Oxford Bookworms)
People love and need the animals. They keep them in their homes and on their farms. They enjoy going to zoos, and watching animals on films and on tv. Little children love to play with toy animals. But people are a great danger to animals too. They take their land, and cut down the trees where animals have their homes. They pollute the rivers and seas, and kill big animals for their skins or for medicine. Now there are about 7,000 species of animals in danger. What can we do to protect the animals of the world - from us? (word count 5140)
Jennifer Bassett - Shirley Homes and the Lithuanian Case (Oxford Bookworms)
Shirley Homes is a private investigator. She is clever with computers, and knows London like the back of her hand. She laughs when people say, 'Was Sherlock Holmes your grandfather?' Sherlock Holmes, of course, was not a real person, but, like Sherlock, Shirley has good eyes, and good ears. And she knows the right questions to ask. And in the Lithuanian Case, the right questions are important. Because Shirley must find a missing person - Carrie Williams, aged fifteen. Where is she? Who is she with?
Janet Hardy-Gould - Deserts (Oxford Bookworms)
Look at a desert, and what do you see? Nothing much - just a hot, flat, dry place, with lots of sand, and no animals or people. But look again. There are deserts with mountains, and deserts with snow. There are millions of people - some live in towns, and some move across the desert all the time. There are plants that live for hundreds of years, and animals that can sleep for months under the ground, When you look closely, the desert is a wonderful place, full of exciting things...
Edith Nesbit - Five children and It (Oxford Bookworms)
When the children dug a hole in the gravel-pit, they were very surprised at what they found. 'It' was a Psammead, a sand-fairy, thousands of years old. It was a strange little thing - fat and furry, and with eyes on long stalks. It was often very cross and unfriendly, but it could give wishes - one wish a day. 'How wonderful!' the children said. But wishes are difficult things. They can get you into trouble . . .
Ismeretlen szerző - Songs from the Soul (Oxford Bookworms)
Good luck in Malaysia, bad news in New Zealand, a chicken and a jug of cider in Britain, a goat and a pumpkin in India, fun and games in a cyber café in Nigeria... The countries change in these stories, but people's lives are always strange and wonderful in any place. Bookworms World Stories collect stories written in English from around the world. The eight stories in this volume were selected from the winning entries in the Commonwealth Short Story Competitions. The writers are Shahana Chaudhury, Mary McCluskey, Nandita Ray, Suchitra Karthik Kumar, Susan Costello, Anthony C. Diala, Preeta Krishna, and Folakemi Emem-Akpan. (Word count 5,963)