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  • Audio US Preparing Sanctions Against China

    The United States is preparing to act against Chinese who steal trade secrets using the Internet. The actions could freeze accounts and block the transfer of money. They would target thieves who use the Internet to steal U.S. trade secrets.


The Making of the US Constitution

The Making of the Constitution is part of the VOA Learning English series “The Making of a Nation.” The series teaches U.S. history by telling the stories of major events and characters from the country’s founding to the present day. More

Audio What Does the US Constitution Say?

It begins with the three powerful words, "We the People." From there onward, the U.S. Constitution made history. It is the oldest written constitution still in use in the world today. In this article, learn what it says and hear a simple explanation of the meaning of each article. More

In the News

Audio Thai Officials: More Arrest Orders for Bombing Suspects

Also, US Reportedly Preparing Restrictions on Chinese Individuals, Companies; European minister call for meeting on the “exceptional” migrant crisis in Europe; And Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai visits Washington. More


Learning English Videos

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Economic Growth in Asia Threatens Environmenti
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08/31/2015
Conservation group urges countries to work together to save endangered coral reefs, plants and animals in the area. But leaders say it will not be easy for businesses to put off short-term profits for long-term gains.
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Video Economic Growth in Asia Threatens Environment

Conservation group urges countries to work together to save endangered coral reefs, plants and animals in the area. But leaders say it will not be easy for businesses to put off short-term profits for long-term gains.
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Video US Company Develops Space-Based Plane Tracking

In three years, a satellite system is expected to be able to track airplanes making sure that they are never lost again.
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Video English in a Minute: On the Edge of Your Seat

What does it mean if you are 'on the edge of your seat?' Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Chaos

This short word captures a lot of meaning. Watch a news video using the word and our hosts will tell you about chaos.
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Video Western Restrictions Could Cut 9 Percent From Russia’s Economy

The Fund says the immediate effect of sanctions had been to remove between one and 1.5 percent off Russia’s GDP – the value of all its goods and services. It also predicted “weak” economic growth of around 1.5 percent a year over the next few years.
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Video How Poverty Could Limit Learning

Are there biological reasons for poor students’ low test scores? An American study has found that an estimated 20 percent of the difference on school performance tests could be tied to poverty.
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Video Screams Have Special Place in the Brain

No matter where they are from, people all over the world react the same way to screams. Why is that? And why are screams important? Read on to learn some great vocabulary about sounds, screams and fear!
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Video Study Finds Fewer Tigers Than Once Thought

A population count in 2004, found 440 tigers in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest. But, a recent study found only 182.
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Video Futuristic Transportation System Moves Closer to Reality

A company aims to create a high speed transportation system using steel tubes.
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Video English in a Minute: Nail-biter

Biting your nails is a bad habit. But, is that what this idiom is really talking about? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Scope

The word scope is more common than you might think, especially when talking about world events. Watch and listen to the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you another possible meaning.
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Video China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July

China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July
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Video More Comparisons Between English Tests

An international student offers her own advice about taking two of the major exams of English language knowledge for foreign speakers.
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Video ‘Highly Effective’ Ebola Vaccine Developed in Guinea

Researchers say they have developed a vaccine that is highly effective at preventing the disease Ebola. The World Health Organization says the vaccine has so far been 100 percent effective in tests in Guinea.
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Video Urgent Move to Freeze DNA Before Creatures Die Off

Urgent Move to Freeze DNA Before Creatures Die Off

World

Audio EU Officials to Hold Talks on Migrant Crisis

The talks will involve home and justice ministers from EU member countries. Luxembourg, the EU’s current president, says the meeting will take place on September 14 in Brussels. The International Organization for Migration says more than 322,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea. More

Business & Economics

Audio Is China’s Economic Information Correct?

An American expert on China says the Chinese government is not influencing information about the country’s economic growth. He believes that the economy is changing quickly. And he says the ways of measuring new economic activity is unable to keep up with the changes. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Millions with Mental Illness Get Little or No Treatment

The World Health Organization reports that hundreds of millions of people worldwide have a mental disorder. However, the WHO adds that most get little or no treatment. Learn the vocabulary needed to talk about this important study. More

Entertainment

Audio Nairobi Music Store Sells Vinyl Records Again

Musicians once performed at the store, which used to sell record albums. Cassettes, CDs and MP3s caused lowered sales because they were easily-copied. But the renewed popularity of vinyl records may save the store, and some once-forgotten East African music is being heard again. More

America

Video Idaho's 'Garbologist' Turns Trash Into Treasure

The proverb "one man's trash is another man's treasure" has special meaning for Jaz Malone. Jaz works at a dump, or waste disposal site. She rescues things from the trash and recycles, or finds a new use for them. More

Science & Technology

The north dome of the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru is seen in this handout photo from Ohio State University taken in 2003.

Video Andean Glaciers Reveal Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps, very large sheets of ice, do not only exist at the earth’s poles. There are tropical ice caps in mountain ranges, too. The largest, the Quelccaya Ice Cap, is on top of the Andes Mountains in Peru. But the Quelccaya Ice Cap is melting quickly. More

Education

Audio Betty Azar, 'Rock Star' of English Grammar

It all started with a question from a student. The year was 1965. Betty Azar was teaching her first English as a Second Language class at the University of Iowa. A student from the Middle East asked Ms. Azar, “Why can’t I put a in front of water?’ As in ‘I drank a water.’” More

History

Audio What Does the US Constitution Say?

It begins with the three powerful words, "We the People." From there onward, the U.S. Constitution made history. It is the oldest written constitution still in use in the world today. In this article, learn what it says and hear a simple explanation of the meaning of each article. More

The Day in Photos

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

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