English Story 2: Mystery Mess

Hey! Here’s your new Learn English Short Story for the week. In this week’s story you’ll hear many prepositions like in, on, at, and under. The use of basic prepositions like this often confuses basic and intermediate English students alike.

So, we want to cover these words as soon as possible. It’s very important to mastering the basic sentence structures in English and improving your proficiency. These words are from lesson 2 of our basic English course.

So, read the story and make sure you understand all the words. If you have any questions about the vocabulary used…just ask it in the comments below.

Rodrigo comes home from work. He opens the door and walks slowly into the house. He sees a big mess in the middle of the kitchen. Someone knocked over the wastebasket and made a mess. Now, there is food everywhere.

He quickly looks around the house to see if anyone else is there. But he doesn’t find anyone. So, he goes back to the kitchen. He looks around for clues. He looks at the mess on the counter and on the floor.

There are several boxes of cereal ripped open on the table. He looks in the fridge and sees that a few cans of beans and corn were scattered around.

He looks under the table and sees that a couple of bags of rice were ripped open too. He picks up a can of corn that was in the sink. He puts it back in the cabinet and closes the doors.

Just then, his wife walks in. She sees the mess in the middle of the kitchen and screams. It scares Rodrigo and he screams too.

He gives her the phone and tells her to call the police. She takes it and starts to dial 911. Just then they hear a loud noise. Rachel throws the phone on the floor and quickly runs for the door. Rodrigo dashes out the door too.

Then listen to the audio as you read along with the text to to learn the proper pronunciation of the words. I read the first version normally to help with the basics. Then I recorded this second one more energetically just so you could get some extra listening practice.


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  1. M. Al-Hammadi says:

    Many thanks.

  2. Thank you ever so much, I like them.

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