Mystery Woman

Listening level: 1
Audio file: 1:25 min
Story length: 198 words


Here is the listening file for this lesson.


Mystery Woman

This is a true story about Joanne.

Born in England, she liked to tell stories when she was young.

After growing up, Joanne worked in an office. She wasn’t happy because she wanted to write.

One day on a train to London, she had an idea. It was a story about a special boy. When she got home, she started to write. She wrote about it every day.

A few years later, Joanne moved to Portugal. Later, she met a man, got married and had a girl. Joanne continued to write.

There were problems in Portugal, so she returned to England with her girl. Joanne had no job and life was difficult, but she didn’t stop writing.

Five years after starting, her book was finished. Now she wanted to sell it. She sent the book to many book companies. No one wanted it. Then she sent it to a man named Christopher Little. He liked her book and took it to a company called Bloombury. They made the book.

The book was a best seller. Kids around the world loved reading about Harry.

Do you know who she is? She is J.K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter.

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The image used in this lesson is owned by Daniel Ogren. Its use here complies the terms in the Creative Commons license.

3 thoughts on “Mystery Woman”

    • Hi Marie-Danielle,

      Thanks for nice comment. I’m glad you liked the listening lesson.

      If you could understand every word, then it’s time to move up to the next level!

      Warm regards,



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