English Learner 500 Short Stories for Beginner-Intermediate (English Edition)

I hope you enjoy these stories, whether English is your first, second, or third language, whether you’re reading to improve your English, or whether you’re reading just for pleasure. Many of the stories contain a message, a point, a moral, or an issue that you might discuss or ponder. The stories are short—only 150 words long. They are based on news events, my personal experiences, and/or my imagination. All the stories are online free at www.eslyes.com.
I have a masters degree in Education, and I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) to adults for 20 years in Pasadena, California. Following is one of the 500 stories. The numbers following all titles are the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level and the Flesch Reading Ease score.

3. A Chance of Rain, or Not 3.6, 85.7
“What’s the weather going to be like?” he asked. She said there was a 20-percent chance of rain. “Twenty percent?” he said. “Last week they said 20 percent, and it didn’t rain a drop. I’m not going to take my umbrella. Twenty percent means zero percent.” She said, “But the week before that, they said 20 percent and it actually rained all day.” He said, “You’re right. They’re 50 percent with their 20 percent. But I hate carrying that umbrella around. Plus, the last time I took the umbrella, I left it at a restaurant.” She said, “Put a rubber band around your finger to help you remember the umbrella.” He said, “The last time I did that, I forgot to remove it and my finger got all puffy. I could’ve lost my finger.” She said, “Tie a string around your thumb. That’ll remind you to remove the rubber band.”