October 20, 2014 09:45 UTC

Local residents shout to a pro-democracy protester at a main street at Mong kok district in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Audio Will Hong Kong Unrest Affect Politics in Taiwan?

Voters in Taiwan are preparing to choose to vote in local elections that may be partly shaped by protests in Hong Kong. As the election gets closer, leaders of both of the country’s main political parties are being pressured to strongly support democracy activists in Hong Kong. More


In the News

A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas staff carries a sign wishing Nina Pham well, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Do You Remember the Week's Top Stories?

​​Editor's Note: To find the correct answers for this news quiz, you can follow the hyperlink to each story or see the answer key at the end of the quiz. Tell us how you did.​​​​ More


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English in a Minute: As the Crow Fliesi
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10/18/2014
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 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 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 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.

The Day in Photos

 A Bangladeshi child stands in an alley as a boy climbs a ladder outside their home at a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Oct. 17 is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

A Bangladeshi child stands in an alley as a boy climbs a ladder outside their home at a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Oct. 17 is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Word of the Day

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Forgive (verb)

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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.

SCHEDULE for TALK2US

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

Tuesday, October 21, 1300 UTC: Ashley Thompson explains conversational "blended words" in American English. "Don't be hangry. Eat a cronut!"

Wednesday, October 22, 1900 UTC: Do you carve vegetables or fruits? Anna Matteo and Dr. Jill Robbins show how to carve a pumpkin

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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