October 26, 2014 08:28 UTC

Anti-Occupy Central protesters (L) try to remove a barricade from pro-democracy protesters on a main street in Hong Kong's Mongkok shopping district October 4, 2014.

Audio US Group Rejects Claims It Incited Hong Kong Protests

Chinese media have been criticizing the National Endowment for Democracy. They accuse the US-based group of providing money to and advising the “Occupy” street protest movement. The group says it takes part in normal cooperation with civic groups in Hong Kong. But it says it has nothing to hide. More


In the News

President Barack Obama hugs Dallas nurse Nina Pham as her mother Diane looks on, Oval Office, Washington, Oct. 24, 2014.

Audio In US, Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster than Virus

For Americans, Ebola started out as a disease in a far-away continent. But it changed when a Liberian man died in Dallas. US officials said tests show that a New York doctor has the Ebola virus. The doctor recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea working for Doctors Without Borders. More


Learning English Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
English in a Minute: Apple of One's Eyei
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
10/25/2014
What could the "apple of one's eye" possibly be? Watch this video and found out about the American English phrase.
Video

Video English in a Minute: Apple of One's Eye

What could the "apple of one's eye" possibly be? Watch this video and found out about the American English phrase.
Video

Video News Words: Consensus

Our hosts explain the term consensus and how it may be used in the news. Then, write a comment or ask us a question below.
Video

Video US Economy Shows Sharp Growth From April to June

Some economists say the second quarter growth is a sign that the U.S. economy is finally improving. Others are not so sure.
Video

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.
Video

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
Video

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.
Video

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.
Video

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.
Video

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.
Video

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.
Video

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.
Video

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.
Video

Video Schools in Cameroon Face Boko Haram Threat

Few students attend the first day of schools along the border with Nigeria.
Video

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.
Video

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.

World

Freed Vietnamese dissident Nguyen Van Hai (L) is greeted upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport on October  21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  The Vietnamese blogger, also known by his pen name "Dieu Cay," was handed a 12-year prison sentenc

Audio Legality of Vietnamese Blogger’s Release Questioned

Nguyen Van Hai arrived in the United States on Wednesday. Hai is one of Vietnam’s best known political bloggers. He has written about government corruption and the country’s territorial dispute with China. The United States was among several foreign governments to call for his release. More

Business and Economics

General view of the city of Luxembourg in this picture taken on November 20, 2012.

Audio Luxembourg Set to End Bank Secrecy

European Union finance ministers have reached an agreement that will make it more difficult for tax avoiders to hide their money. The new legislation was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. Countries known as tax havens had blocked the bank secrecy laws. More

Entertainment

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

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

Texas Voter ID

Audio US Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law

The United States Supreme Court says the southwestern state of Texas can keep in place a new voting law. The law says voters must show identification documents before they are permitted to mark ballots. A lower court had ruled that the law could keep minorities from voting. 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

EFSET graphic

Audio Free Online Test Targets English Learners

The new exam is called the EFSET, which is short for Education First Standardized English Test. The company, Education First, is known by the letters EF. It operates schools and offices in more than 50 countries. More

The Day in Photos

 A woman sews a protective suit for use in handling people infected with the Ebola virus, in a sewing room of Lakeland Industries Inc., in Anqiu, China.

A woman sews a protective suit for use in handling people infected with the Ebola virus, in a sewing room of Lakeland Industries Inc., in Anqiu, China.

Word of the Day

Question image

Dust (noun)

Follow us

Talk2US

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Are You an Airhead? Slang with Dr. Jilli
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
10/22/2014
English has many slang expressions that are insults. Here are some clean ones from Dr. Jill

SCHEDULE for TALK2US

Monday, October 27, 1700 UTC: Do you carve vegetables or fruit? Anna Mateo and Dr. Jill Robbins show how to carve a pumpkin for Halloween.

Tuesday, October 28, 1330 UTC: Ashley Thompson talks about blended words.

Wednesday, October 29, 1500 UTC: Adam Brock talks about commonly confused words

Thursday, October 30, 1330 UTC: Jonathan Evans will SING2US and asks for your songs.

Friday, October 31, 1500 UTC: Caty Weaver presents more baseball idioms.

To participate, send a Skype contact request to VOALearningEnglish