Ariel Goodbody

The Water Monster

Download this episode as a PDF. Transcript Welcome to Easy Stories in English, the podcast that will take your English from OK to Good, and from Good to Great. I am Ariel Goodbody, your host for this show. Today‚Äôs story is for intermediate learners. The name of the story is The Water Monster. You can…

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