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Everyday Grammar - Gerunds and Infinitives

Audio Everyday Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitives

English learners have difficulty with gerunds and infinitives. A gerund is the –ing form of a verb that functions the same as a noun. For example, “Running is fun.” In this sentence, “running” is the gerund. It acts just like a noun. More


In the News

Audio Officials Plan Expanded Search for Missing Malaysian Plane

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March of last year. The Malaysian jet was carrying 239 people on flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Air traffic controllers in both countries say they did not receive any message that the plane may have been in trouble. | In The News More


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News Words: Apprehendedi
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04/17/2015
When is apprehended the right word to use? Watch how this word used in a news story, and then learn its meaning from our hosts.
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Video News Words: Apprehended

When is apprehended the right word to use? Watch how this word used in a news story, and then learn its meaning from our hosts.
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Video Arizona Law to Require High School Students to take Citizenship Exam

A new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question whether civic education and tests will have that effect.
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Video Study: Women More Likely to Go to Female Healthcare Workers

A recent study in Nigeria found that women and children prefer to go to women health care workers.
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Video Environmental Group Opposes Genetically-Engineered Rice

“Golden rice” could help save millions from dying from a lack of Vitamin A. But GMO opponents say the rice might be more dangerous than its supporters admit.
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Video New Metal Recovery Methods Save Energy and the Environment

Millions of tons of metals go into landfills as waste. Researchers now are finding new ways to separate metals from waste for recycling which reduces the amount of trash in landfills and saves energy.
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Video English in a Minute: Not Have a Leg to Stand on

Have you ever been told your argument "does not have a leg to stand on?" Find out what this idiom means in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Ringleader

What does it mean if someone is a ringleader? Listen to this word used to describe someone in an international news story. Our hosts explain the meaning and origin of the word.
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Video Is China Continuing Big Spending to Lift Its Economy?

During the world financial crisis, China spent hundreds of billions of dollars to help its economy. Some experts say those measures may be continuing.
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Video United Nations Representative Pushes for Safe Schools

The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, wants international support for his Safe Schools initiative. The campaign is aimed at finding ways to help children return to school in conflict and crisis areas.
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Video Too Much Gaming Can Be a Pain in the Neck

Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more. But doctors say these children are being harmed by the lack of exercise.
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Video Satellite Will Watch for Sun Storms, Warn Earth

Strong storms on the sun can cause problems for satellites, radio transmissions and even airplane travel. A satellite is now traveling 1.5 million kilometers to enter the sun’s orbit, just in time to observe extreme weather on the sun at its most violent time in the sun’s 11-year cycle.
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Video Graphene Manufacturing Picks Up in US

The carbon-based material is being used more and more in the development of valuable, new technologies.
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Video English in a Minute: Out of Your Mind

Is someone who is "out of their mind" thinking straight? Learn what this expression means, and how to use it in a conversation!
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Video News Words: Sovereign

This word is often used when discussing international relations and responsibilities. You'll see how it is used in a news story, and our hosts also explain other meanings.
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Video TALK2US: Words to Live By

Has a friend or older family member ever given you advice about something? Jonathan Evans talks with callers about good advice they have heard from others.

World

Audio War in Yemen: The Players and the Goals

Yemen is home to more than 20 million people. The UN says hundreds of people have fled the country to escape fighting. The conflict is mainly between the Houthis and Yemen’s internationally-recognized government. But everyone knows the situation is more complex than that. More

Business & Economics

Video Technology Center in Moscow Seeks Western Companies

Russian officials are urging Western companies to open offices in a technology center in Moscow. They hope the center will help the country reduce its economic dependence on energy exports by developing companies that create jobs in Russia. But sanctions may keep many firms from doing so. More

Health & Lifestyle

Women supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement take part in rally titled 'Empowered Women, Strong Pakistan', Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan.

Video Your Body Posture Can Change Your Brain

New research shows that simply changing your body position can change your brain’s chemistry. Read on to find out about “power poses” and how they can make you more confident, more successful and help you in difficult situations. More

Entertainment

Autism book

Video Mother, Son, Co-Write Children’s Book on Autism

‘If You Were Me’ tells the story of 18-year-old Burnie Rollinson’s story. He was diagnosed with Asperger's at age three. He has few friends but he enjoys a full and productive life. He and his mother, Anita Rollinson, created their book together. She wrote the words and Burnie drew the pictures. More

America

New Hampshire Primary 2012

Audio Guide to the US Presidential Campaign, Part One

Every four years Americans go to the polls in November to pick a president. Americans will elect the next president in November of 2016. Although the election is still more than a year away, candidates have been announcing they are running. The candidates will compete in caucuses and primaries. More

Science & Technology

Video Motor-Free Device Reduces Stress from Walking

Devices that help people walk were once thought to be difficult, if not impossible, to design. Until recently, such a device required electricity from an external power supply. Now, American scientists have built a small, wearable addition to normal shoes. More

Education

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015,  refugees that fled their homes due to violence from the Islamic extremists group Boko Haram inside a refugee camp in  Minawao, Cameroon. Cameroon officials say prisons are overcrowded with suspected Islamic extremists whose insurgency has spilled from Nigeria. (AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki)

Audio Cameroon Building Classrooms for Students Fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon has launched an $8 million emergency program to help students displaced by Boko Haram militants. The government last month announced plans to build classrooms and housing for 70,000 students. The children cannot attend their own schools because of attacks along the border with Nigeria. More

History

Audio America Remembers Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

This week, Americans remember an important date in history: 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. Museums and historic organizations all around the country have special exhibits and events.President Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated. More

The Day in Photos

A dancer jumps during a parade celebrating the coming of spring in Tripoli, north Lebanon.

A dancer jumps during a parade celebrating the coming of spring in Tripoli, north Lebanon.

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