Foreign Language Graded Reader 4+

Learn languages the fun way


Designed for iPad

    • 3.5 • 25 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Read for pleasure at your level and learn a foreign language the fun way! Teach Yourself Short Stories by Olly Richards is a series of easy graded readers for adult and young adult language learners. Featuring eight unmissable short stories for beginners, high-beginners and intermediate learners, the series is available in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian and English.

“Olly's top-notch language-learning insights are right in line with the best of what we know from neuroscience and cognitive psychology about how to learn effectively. I love his work - and you will too!” - Barbara Oakley, PhD, Author of New York Times bestseller A Mind for Numbers

Expand your vocabulary and improve your comprehension in an enjoyable and natural way: Read in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian or English and improve your language learning skills!

The Short Stories collection is designed to give you a sense of achievement, a feeling of progress and most importantly - enjoyment!

Each foreign language reader gives you:
• Eight stories in a variety of exciting genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller - making learning fun, while you acquire a wide range of new vocabulary
• Controlled language at your level, including the 1000 most frequent words, to help you progress confidently
• Authentic spoken dialogues, to help you learn conversational expressions and improve your speaking ability
• Accessible grammar so you learn new structures naturally, in a stress-free way
• Vocabulary lists so you can quickly look up unfamiliar words without interrupting your flow.
• Chapter summaries and comprehension questions to help you follow the plot and understand the story.
• Enjoyment! It's much easier to learn a new language when you're having fun, and research shows that if you're enjoying reading or listening in a foreign language, you won't experience the usual feelings of frustration – “It's too hard!” “I don't understand!”

The Beginners collection is for students from high-beginner to low-intermediate level (A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference).
Intermediate is for low-intermediate to intermediate learners (B1-B2)! You can also purchase a sample to read a story before you buy the full collection.

Discover the joy of being entertained in a foreign language, while learning new skills at the same time – Short Stories for Beginners in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian or English!

These stories are Ideal for self-study, as well as in the classroom as supplementary learning material. If you are interested in using this content with your students, contact

What the experts say:
“As researchers in language acquisition, we need to study people like [Olly Richards]”. -Stephen Krashen, Emeritus Professor, University of Southern California

“Olly's advice on language learning is the real deal, and I recommend you pay attention to what he has to say!” - Benny Lewis, Fluent in 3 Months

“When we wanted to create a free online course on how to learn a language we asked Olly to write it with us”. - Dr Tita Beaven, The Open University

“Learning a language is challenging, but it's one of the best things you can do for your brain and your learning skill set... Olly Richards is doing some seriously incredible work to empower more and more people to rise to the challenge”. - Jonathan Levi

“Olly bridges the gap between theory and practice by helping you to use scientific principles to get real results with your language learning”. - Anthony Metivier, Magnetic Memory Method

What’s New

Version 1.5

Bug fixes.
Stability improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Samster1234567890987654321 ,

The content is great but the technology lacks.

I love the books and audio - the material itself - but the app doesn’t seem to be well made. I often play the audio and lock my phone, but if I pause the audio and then start playing it again, the audio will restart at the time stamp that it was at when I initially locked my phone. Recently the app has also started crashing CONSTANTLY. Any time I try to open the app, it immediately crashes. What’s also strange about this is that it only happens in fits: I can listen for 10 or 15 minutes just fine, but then it starts crashing and won’t stop until I just stop trying. Then I’ll pick it back up a couple hours later, start listening and then it starts crashing again. It makes the app completely unusable, so, in a sense, it doesn’t even matter how good the material is because I can’t even access it.

Marco6981 ,

Could be better.

The reading material is fine and the audio is understandable BUT it would be nice to listen to the audio as you read. I bought both French audio and story but I can only access one at the time.

It’s hard enough to know how French is spoken compared to how it’s written but to switch from the ebook to the audio isn’t helping at all.

Overall the product is fine and well put. The narrator is clear and understandable while the choice of vocabulary is perfect for my level.

Shonniek ,

Can’t Access my audiobook

I already had a copy of Olly Richards’ Spanish short stories and I wanted the audiobook. In the short stories book, there’s a coupon to get the audiobook through the website and this app. I bought audiobook with researching the reviews...and at first i could see the mp3 recordings. I downloaded the app and it said i didn’t have any books in my library... so i went back to the website and it was there. However, when I click on the audio book, the pdf of the book downloads and it has the summaries of the stories as well as the questions. There’s no audio. So i feel scammed...i have emailed once and sent a message through the app around 2:30-3 this afternoon. I have received no response as of yet. I’m disappointed and I will just stick to Kindle and Audible. Lesson learned!

Developer Response ,

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