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Finding stories on Storycorps

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Yesterday I introduced you to Storycorps, a website where you can find and listen to hundreds of very short stories told by ordinary Americans. Best of all, you can see what they said. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the site. 

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Finding stories on Storycorps

Yesterday I introduced you to Storycorps, a website where you can find and listen to hundreds of very short stories told by ordinary Americans. Best of all, you can see what they said. (To see yesterday’s story, click here: http://bit.ly/UUNrCs).

Yesterday, we looked at stories that had been animated, but there are many, many other stories that have only sound. Let’s find some. First we’ll go the the Storycorps homepage: http://storycorps.org/

On the right side of the page, you can see the latest story, but today we’re interested in finding lots of stories, so where do we click? Obviously, we look on the left side of the page and click on “Listen to stories”.

That will bring you to a page like this one:

Here you can choose from the latest three stories and I have chosen the third one. If your English is already very good, just click “listen”. BUT, if listening to English is still difficult for you, click on “Read more”. (I think that is a good idea for most of you.)

That brings us to this page:

Look on the right side of the page and find “transcript”. That is where you can find the text of story. Click on “transcript” and then on “Click here to read the transcript for this story.” I suggest, however, that you try to listen to the story one, two or three times without reading the transcript. Then click “listen” again and open the transcript.

You certainly want a choice of more than three stories. For that, just go to the top right of the page and click on “More stories”. You’ll immediately find more listening/reading material than you can probably handle in months.

Let’s do an example using the above story. You can find it here: http://storycorps.org/listen/stories/mark-jessie-edens/

I’ve included the transcript for you and have explained a few of the words you might not know. Then, it’s up to you.

Mark Edens (ME):

Most of my interaction with people was the worst moment of their life.

One night, we came upon a head-on accident. There was a man in a Volkswagen that had been hit by a pickup truck going the wrong way. It turns out I knew the man. He had just moved from someplace in Wisconsin and he had three little kids — very little, I think the oldest was probably six or seven.

So I went to the home about twelve o’clock that night. And his wife thought he was bowling and she had gone to sleep. And the house was dark. I had to wake her up, tell her what happened.

Ma’am, I’m sorry to tell you but your husband was in an accident and he was killed. The best thing you can do is to tell somebody right away. A lot of the guys would just say it and run — they never left the porch. But, I took her in the house and said, “Is there someone we can call?”

And then, one of the kids came out of the bedroom and he said to me, “What’s wrong?” Well his mother, she was talking on the phone with her parents. And me standing there and saying, Well go ask your mom, I mean, that was just the wrong thing to do. So I remember sitting in that living room with that little boy, telling him what happened. I couldn’t lie to him and I always felt that it was better me telling them than someone else.

Delivering a death message is not an easy thing, but that was one of the harder ones. And I always felt that it was something that I was born to do because I could do it.

interaction – communicating with somebody, especially while you work, play or spend time with them การสื่อสารระหว่างกัน, การมีปฏิสัมพันธ์
moment – a very short period of time; a particular time or occasion ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ
turn out – to be discovered to be; to prove to be กลับกลายเป็น
porch – a small area at the entrance to a building, such as a house or a church, that is covered by a roof and often has walls ชานบ้าน, ระเบียง

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