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Survivors of the Ebola virus pose for a picture outside a clinic near Tubmanburg, October 15, 2014. A total of 4,493 people have died from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record as of Oct. 12, statistics released by the World Health Organization showe

Audio Ebola Survivors Speak Out about Their Experience

The number of Ebola cases continues rising. But there is some hope for those who survive the disease. Recently, a conference for Ebola survivors was held for the first time in eastern Sierra Leone. The goal was to offer advice to survivors and increase understanding of the disease. More


In the News

Armed officers approach Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa, Oct. 22, 2014.

Video Deadly Attack Shocks Canada's Capital

Also, Kurdish lawmakers in Iraq vote to send Kurdish forces to the Syrian town of Kobani. China said 43 people tested for possible Ebola infection do not have the virus. Russia and Ukraine are still working to reach an agreement on Ukraine's payments for natural Gas. More


Learning English Videos

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US Program Aims to Support Girls' Educationi
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The United States Agency for International Development has launched a $231 million program called “Let Girls Learn.” The effort will help girls in Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala, South Sudan and Nigeria.
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Video US Program Aims to Support Girls' Education

The United States Agency for International Development has launched a $231 million program called “Let Girls Learn.” The effort will help girls in Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala, South Sudan and Nigeria.
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Video Are You an Airhead? Slang with Dr. Jill

English has many slang expressions that are insults. Here are some clean ones from Dr. Jill
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Video Fit Kids Have Better Test Scores

Being fit is not just good for your body. It may also help you in the classroom. Read more about how being active can help children learn.
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Video Surveillance Software Causes Concern at Internet Meeting

Delegates expressed concern about surveillance software at the United Nations-supported Internet Governance Forum meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Video Building a Windbreak Protects Crops

Barriers of trees and plants work best when they let a little wind pass through. The presence of windbreaks on cropland helps reduce the loss of soil to wind and water.
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Video English in a Minute: As the Crow Flies

Have you ever heard someone use "as the crow flies" in a sentence? Watch this video and find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video News Words: Revision

Sometimes things need to change. Our hosts tell you about the term "revision" on News Words. Then comment or write a sentence using the word. We will answer you.
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Video Talk2US: Let’s Celebrate!

Holidays are a time to take a break from work and celebrate a special event or person. Listen as we talk about holidays in the United States and around the world.
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Video Outbreaks, Like Ebola, Also Hurt Economies

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says the Ebola outbreak threatens West African economies noting other outbreaks that have created high economic losses.
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Video Schools in Cameroon Face Boko Haram Threat

Few students attend the first day of schools along the border with Nigeria.
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Video Talk2US with Anna Mateo and Dr. Jill Robbins: Cooking with Kale

Anna Mateo and Dr. Jill Robbins share some recipes with callers from Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
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Video Taking Notes by Hand Is Better for Understanding

If you want to remember something important, it might be a good idea to skip the computer and write it down instead. Write it with a pencil or pen. On paper.
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Video China's Internet Addiction Camps

Based on the definition, China has over 20 million Internet addicts.
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Video English in a Minute: Burned Out

What does it mean to be "burned out" in American English

World

Men convicted of drug related crimes hear the public announcement for their death sentences in Shenzhen, China, on August 15, 1996.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Audio Activists: China Executed 2,400 People in 2013

The number of executions in China is lower than in earlier years. However, it is more than three times higher than the number of executions in the rest of the world combined. That information comes from Amnesty International. Death penalty numbers are a state secret in China. More

Business and Economics

Hilton Waldorf Astoria Sold

Audio Chinese Firm Pays Record Price for Waldorf Astoria

The $1.95 billion deal with Anbang Insurance Group is the highest price ever paid for a U.S. hotel. Other Chinese buyers have also spent $22 billion on real estate investment in the U.S. for the twelve-month period ending in March 2014. In the 1980s, Japanese companies also bought US properties. More

Entertainment

Video Sting, War, Lou Reed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English. I’m Caty Weaver. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for induction this year. The 15 choices cover more than 50 years in music. They are Britons, Germans and Americans from across the United States. More

Health

Food Healthy Kale Salad

Audio Kale: The 'Super Food'

October 1 was National Kale Day in the United States. For people in Russia, kale is kapusta. In Italy, it is called cavolo. Hindi speakers call it gobhi. Or if you speak Japanese, the name is karu. Read on to learn about this good-for-you vegetable and many cooking words. | Health report More

America

Audio San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

The California baseball team, San Francisco Giants, is playing the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 Major League Baseball championship, the World Series. Two radio stations in San Francisco banned the hit song "Royals." In return, another station in Kansas City chose to play the song once every hour. More

Science and Technology

A neurovascular unit on a chip being developed by Vanderbilt University researchers. (Vanderbilt University Photo/John Wikswo)

Video Scientists Design Chips to Act Like Human Organs

Testing new drugs for safety and effectiveness is a costly process in the United States. It also can take a lot of time. Some scientists are now designing silicon computer chips that act like human organs. The scientists think they have found a way to make the process faster and more economical. More

History

General George McClellan created a strong Union force, but he worried he did not have enough men to defeat the Confederacy.

Audio McClellan Approaches Richmond ... And Waits

The North and South clashed in a series of battles called the Seven Days Campaign. The struggle saved the Confederacy but came at a terrible price. But victory came at a terrible price. Twenty thousand Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded. The Civil War was becoming more costly. More

Education

Tweeting Teachers

Audio Having Problems with a School Paper?

A Duke University expert advises against waiting to write until you’ve done all the research. Instead, write a little even if you are just half finished with the process. She says this way, you may get a better idea of what you want to understand and express. More

The Day in Photos

Police officers take cover near Parliament Hill after a shooting in Ottawa, Canada.

Police officers take cover near Parliament Hill after a shooting in Ottawa, Canada.

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English has many slang expressions that are insults. Here are some clean ones from Dr. Jill

SCHEDULE for TALK2US

Monday, October 20, 1700 UTC - Want to spice up your English? Jonathan Evans talks about colorful adjectives

Tuesday, October 21, 1330 UTC: Ashley Thompson explains conversational "blended words" in American English. "Don't be hangry. Eat a cronut!"

Wednesday, October 22, 1900 UTC: What's your harvest festival? Dr. Jill talks about American harvest festivals.

Thursday, October 23, 1300 UTC: Do you like to 'dress up?' Dr. Jill Robbins explains the cultural phenomenon of "Cosplay."

Friday, October 24, 1500 UTC: Caty Weaver breaks down some more phrasal verbs

 

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