Awake all night

English short stories for beginners

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Kelly
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Hello English language learners! Welcome to our new story in our English short stories for the beginners course, epsecially created to help you learn as easily as possible.

As always, you will find important English vocabulary list below and also a simple drag and drop exercise.

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Awake all night

When I cannot sleep well, I sit outside my house and I watch the night-time pass by.

Tonight, I cannot sleep, so like always, I am outside my house.

I sit on my porch and drink a warm cup of milk.

I am drinking my milk, watching the stars in the sky.

When suddenly I hear a noise.

"Who is there?" I shout.

There is no reply.

I hear the noise again, there is something in the bushes next to me.

"Hello! Who is there?" I repeat.

I am now a little nervous.

Normally, at this time of night, there is no noise.

It is always just me and the moon, but tonight things are different.

For the third time, I hear the noise next to me.

I jump up and get ready to run.

"For the final time, who is there?" I shout as loudly as possible.

Suddenly, my little brother jumps out of the bush as he laughs a lot.

"I scared you!" he shouts.

My little brother thinks he is funny.

I laugh a little because I do not want to tell him how scared I am.

Little brothers are always a problem, huh?

Vocabulary

  • to laugh to make the noise with your voice that shows you think something is funny
  • suddenly quickly and unexpectedly
  • warm comfortably high temperature
  • to sleep the natural state of rest during which your eyes are closed and you become unconscious
  • to shout to raise your voice usually to show strong emotion
  • tonight the evening and night of the present day
  • to hear listen to a sound with your ears
  • nervous to be easily agitated or alarmed
  • outside the area beyond an enclosed space
  • noise any sound that is made by someone or something
  • sky the area above the earth where the clouds and the sun are
  • star a natural burning ball of gas that you see in the sky when it is dark
  • moon the natural satellite of the earth
  • milk a white liquid taken from certain animals for people to drink
  • bush a plant with many small branches
  • funny something that makes you laugh

Exercise

Drag and drop expressions to their correct translations.

the area above the earth where the clouds and the sun are

the area beyond an enclosed space

quickly and unexpectedly

comfortably high temperature

to raise your voice usually to show strong emotion

something that makes you laugh

a white liquid taken from certain animals for people to drink

warm sky suddenly outside milk to shout funny
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