October 22, 2014 06:24 UTC

Video Hong Kong’s Protests Show Generation Gap

Students are leading pro-democracy protests in the Chinese territory. But many of their parents are more willing to express support for calm and security. The protests have shown what observers are calling a generation gap. More


In the News

Ebola-CDC brief

Audio  WHO: Ebola Vaccine Could Be in Use by January

Also, student leaders in Hong Kong not satisfied with first talks with government officials. North Korea has releases one of three American prisoners. And South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the deadly shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. More


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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
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Video News Words: Stabilize

Keep it steady. Watch and our hosts will explain what it means to "stabilize" on News Words. Then, comment or ask us a question. We will respond

World

FILE - satellite image provided by GeoEye shows the area around the Yongbyon nuclear facility in Yongbyon, North Korea. The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said shows that North Korea has resumed building wor

Audio North Korea Plans to Keep Nuclear Program

A North Korean official says his country plans to keep its nuclear program. He says the North Korean government could re-examine its policy toward the United States if U.S. officials continue raising human rights issues. 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. 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

Postal Worker Protest

Audio US Politicians Target Asian American Voters

Asians are the fastest growing minority in the United States. Political scientists say Asian Americans are starting to have an influence on U.S. politics. There now are more Asian Americans in Congress than ever before. More

Science and Technology

** FILE ** In this photo supplied by the Raytheon Aantarctic Services shows the ice highway stretches as far as the eye can see at the Antartica in this undated file photo. A planned driving trip to Antarctica's South Pole along the ice road built by the

Audio Fiber Optic Cable Measures Antarctic Ice Melt

Antarctica is covered with ice that extends past the land and floats on the sea in thick shelves. But those ice shelves are melting quickly. As they melt, the sea level rises, increasing the risk of damaging floods. More

History

General Ulysses Grant poses with his horse (AP Photo).

Audio Grant Leads Union Troops to Victory at Shiloh, but With a Cost

Ulysses Grant won the greatest Union victory since the start of the Civil War. At first the North celebrated the news of its victory. But the public quickly became angry when they learned of the heavy losses. People blamed General Grant. They demanded President Abraham Lincoln dismiss him. 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

 Customers shop for lanterns at a Diwali market in Mumbai, India.

Customers shop for lanterns at a Diwali market in Mumbai, India.

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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: 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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