August 01, 2015 05:42 UTC

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: May, Might, and Must

    May, Might and Must are modal verbs that cause confusion for some learners. The Everyday Grammar team is on the job, explaining how to use these modals to express how certain, or sure, you are of something. You can also use one of them to tell about your wishes for the future.


The Making of the U.S. 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

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Video: The Making of the U.S. 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

In the News

A health worker prepares to inject a man with an Ebola vaccine in Conakry, Guinea, March 7, 2015.

Audio ‘Highly Effective’ Ebola Vaccine Developed in Guinea

Researchers say they have developed a vaccine that 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. Norway’s foreign minister called it “the silver bullet." More

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News Words: Infrastructurei
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07/31/2015
Infrastructure is a word that can mean a lot of things including roads, bridges and power plants. Our hosts tell you about it after you have heard the word used in a video news story.
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Video News Words: Infrastructure

Infrastructure is a word that can mean a lot of things including roads, bridges and power plants. Our hosts tell you about it after you have heard the word used in a video news story.
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Video TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Sports and Activities

Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.
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Video China Fights Stock Market Drop

The government has tried a number of measures to help support stock prices, which have fallen sharply on Chinese exchanges in the past three weeks. China’s Securities Regulatory Commission blames the losses partly on a “panic sentiment” and “irrational selling.”
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Video Affirmative Action Case Returns to the Supreme Court

Are college admissions policies unfair to whites and Asian-Americans?
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Video Growing Minds Need Greener Spaces

Does being in and around nature help children learn? That is the question researchers around the world want to answer. Two recent studies seem to show a connection between more green spaces and better test scores.
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Video Israel Helps California Deal with Water Shortages

The U.S. state has been suffering from severe drought for the past four years. Israel has dealt with water shortages for many years. It says California must learn to treat water as a resource -- like natural gas and oil.
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Video One-Person Flying Vehicles Close to Reality

Two companies are testing flying machines that can carry one person. The designs are very different. But the result is the same: a personal flying machine.
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Video English in a Minute: Jazz it Up

Jazz is a type of music that started in the United States. But what does it mean to jazz something up? Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Gridlock

What is Gridlock? It is a word you often hear in the news. Listen to the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you about its meaning.
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Video Experts: China May be Facing Economic Problems

The International Monetary Fund predicts China’s economy will grow at a rate of under six percent for the next several years. One expert told Congress that China will stagnate unless new reforms are undertaken.
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Video Bringing the Internet Closer Helps Students

A new project aims to provide millions of off-line digital documents to students, medical workers and researchers in Nigeria.
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Video WHO Warns Against Unnecessary Caesarean Sections

More and more women are asking doctors to perform a C-Section when they are ready to give birth. Until recently, the operations were performed only in emergencies. Now, some doctors look to surgical childbirth as an easy way to do business.
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Video Oysters Return to New York’s Great South Bay

Almost destroyed by a powerful storm, the famous oyster beds again are being harvested by a small group of businesses.
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Video New Technology Fights Graffiti in Australia

Sensors hidden in the walls of trains recognize the paint and markers these “artists” use. The sensors then tell police. The system is now operating in Sydney, Australia and is helping the city save millions of dollars.
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Video English in a Minute: Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch

Is this expression about math, farming, or something else? Find out why you shouldn't count your chickens before they hatch in this episode of English in a Minute!

World

Audio China Holding Military Exercises in South China Sea

China’s state media say the exercises took place Tuesday and more are to begin Saturday. Some U.S. and international security experts think China may be preparing to establish an air defense identification area in the South China Sea. | As It Is More

Business & Economics

Audio Another Sharp Drop on China’s Stock Exchanges

China’s Shanghai Composite index dropped 8.5 percent on Monday: the largest single-day drop in eight years. The price drop comes after weeks of efforts by the government to support prices. One expert says these efforts will not work as some investors reduce their investment borrowings. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Study: Smoking May Increase Risk of Schizophrenia

Researchers reviewed 61 studies from around the world; they discovered cigarette smoking is three times more common among those with schizophrenia who were receiving medical care for the illness for the first time compared to people who did not have the mental disorder. More

Entertainment

Video After Much Delay, Wildlife Park Opens in Jerusalem

Activists fought for the park for almost 20 years against the wishes of developers who wanted to build businesses and homes on the land. The activists wanted to show how wildlife can live in cities. “Just leave some space for nature…and let people in so they can enjoy all this beauty.” | As It Is More

America

Video Bus Brings Meals to Hungry Children

In the United States, millions of students depend on schools for meals during the school day. That means they eat less when schools are closed over the summer. An aid group has found a way to reach out to some of these children with a former school bus. More

Science & Technology

Video Changing Arctic Conditions Threaten Polar Bears

Researchers, following the animals on the Arctic, discovered sea ice is melting faster than predicted, making it harder for polar bears to survive. They are calling on nations to reduce greenhouse gases. If that does not happen, polar bears could one day disappear from our planet. More

Education

A shot from student documentary 'I, too, Am BCC'

Video US Student Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes

Three high school students in Maryland explore the problems that can result from having beliefs about people based only on their race. The film project is based on minority students talking about their thoughts and experiences. The producers show the film in classrooms and hold discussions after. More

History

Audio Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July

Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July. But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK. More

The Day in Photos

A Blue Moon, the second in one month, is seen next to the Statue of Liberty in New York, July 31, 2015.

A Blue Moon, the second in one month, is seen next to the Statue of Liberty in New York, July 31, 2015.

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TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Sports and Activitiesi
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07/30/2015
Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.

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Monday, July 27, 1900 UTC: Jonathan Evans talks about singing Karaoke.

Wednesday, July 29, 1700 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins hosts.

Thursday, July 30, 1500 UTC: Anna Matteo and Marsha James host.

Friday, July 31, 1700 UTC: Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson host

 

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