October 10, 2015 10:49 UTC


Everyday Grammar: When Nouns Act Like Adjectives

English speakers usually modify a noun with an adjective. Today the Everyday Grammar team looks at the times English speakers modify a noun with another noun. Learn how to say and write them correctly in this episode. More

Audio Children Targeted for Better Learning in Cambodia

The Liger Learning Center says it wants to transform education in Cambodia with technology and a modern approach to teaching and learning.

Audio Everyday Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives

When we want to compare things we use comparative and superlative forms. Find out some of rules and exceptions of these important forms in Everyday Grammar for this week.

Audio Terror in Cameroon Targets School Children

Children and teachers cannot go to school safely in the area along Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria. Security forces, parents, and the government are doing all they can to keep school campuses safe.

Audio Kenyan Education Ministry Orders Schools to Close

The government ordered all schools to close because of a strike by Kenyan teachers. The teachers’ union head says teachers suffer from a history of unfair treatment by the government. A move to impeach President Kenyatta over the strike has begun in the Kenyan parliament.

Audio Students Love Grammar! So Why Do Teachers Hate It?

There has been a trend against teaching grammar to native speakers as well as English learners. Now the experts say it should be taught along with communication, and students need to know grammar to communicate well. And when it’s taught in a fun way, they love it!

Audio Everyday Grammar: Unusual Plurals

Like every rule in English, there are exceptions to the rule about how to make a noun plural. Usually you can simply add an “s” to the end of the word. But we cannot apply that to every noun. Join the Everyday Grammar Team for a visit with some unusual plurals.

Audio Kenya Teachers’ Strike Continues for Third Week

The Supreme Court of Kenya ruled that the government should give teachers a pay raise of 50 to 60 percent more salary. But the government says it does not have the money to obey the court order. So the Kenya National Union of Teachers called for teachers to stay home from school.

Video Everyday Grammar: Tag Questions Are Easy, Aren’t They?

English speakers like to add, or tag, a little question at the end of a statement. The Everyday Grammar team is here to explain what these “tag questions” mean and how to use them.

Audio Calais School Offers Migrants Help in Time of Crisis

Europe is facing increased criticism about how it has reacted to the flow of migrants. Not all Europeans think that walls or laws are the answer. In the French city of Calais, one school is opening doors and bringing migrants of different nationalities together.

Audio Everyday Grammar: Three Reasons to Learn Relative Adverbs

When English speakers want to tell about the place, time, or cause of an action, they use relative adverbs. They are useful in combining two or more ideas in one sentence. Join the Everyday Grammar Team for a fun look at how you can use where, when, and why correctly.

Audio Cambodia: No-Cheating Exam Rule Is Working

A year ago more than half of the Cambodian last-year high school students failed their final exam. New rules to stop cheating were put in place. This year’s students have studied harder and have teachers who received more training. The Minister of Education thinks his plan is working.

Audio Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses

English has several ways to talk about the future. It's one of the most flexible tenses in English. We visit some popular songs for examples of the future forms. Read and listen as the Everyday Grammar team shows you six ways to express an event in the future. You will not regret it!

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.’”

Audio Everyday Grammar: We Suggest That You Learn the Subjunctive

How can we be polite and stress urgency at the same time? The subjunctive offers speakers a polite and diplomatic way to give a command or express that something is very important. Learn how to use it in noun clauses from the Everyday Grammar experts.

Video Peshawar School Attack Survivors Learn Nanotechnology in US

Survivors of the Taliban attack on Pakistan’s Army Public School are on a visit to the United States. During their study tour, they are meeting American students and learning more about science and American society.

Audio Everyday Grammar: The Sounds of Grammar with Betty Azar

Grammar "rock star" and best-selling author Betty Azar explains why English learners have difficulty hearing important grammar words. She gives advice on listening for the little words that make a big difference in understanding spoken English.

Audio Police and Children Connect at Summer Camp

Recent killings by police officers have raised tensions in American communities. The Maryland–National Capital Park Police is reaching out to young people with a program called Cops Camp for Kids. The program started as a way to bring police and the community together in a positive environment.

Audio Are American College Entrance Exams Unfair?

A growing number of American universities are dropping the entrance exam requirement. More than 800 universities now allow students to apply without an SAT or ACT test score. The SAT and ACT are the two major college entrance tests in the United States.

Video Everyday Grammar: Are Causatives Making You Crazy?

It is always better to have someone else do work so you do not have to do it. The grammar term for that is causatives. In this episode, you can learn the correct grammar for using "make," "have," and "get." You'll also learn which is stronger and how to choose the right infinitive for them.

Learn with The News

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    Jasmine Taylor pours sake at the Grand Sake Tasting in Washington, D.C. Japanese music played while people drank rice wine and ate traditional food. This celebration raised money for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More

  • Audio China Warns About ‘Provocative’ Moves in South China Sea

    Recent reports said that the U.S. was planning sea patrols close to man-made islands in the South China Sea. When asked about these reports, China’s Foreign Ministry warned against “provocative behavior” in the area where many countries have conflicting territorial claims. More

  • Audio US Arrests Former UN Official

    John Ashe was arrested on Tuesday at his home outside New York City. The 61-year-old served as United Nations General Assembly president. US officials say he charged with taking bribes and violating US tax law. Five other people also are charged in connection with the case. More

  • A child injured in a bombing in Syria is rushed to medical help.

    Audio Syrian Bombings Have a Human Cost

    The Syrian Network for Human Rights says the Syrian government has dropped more than 1,700 barrel bombs from helicopters. The group says at least 103 people have died as a result. More

  • Audio Tunisian Group Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

    National Dialogue Quartet supported democracy during the “Jasmine Revolution” of 2011, when the country was close to civil war. | As It Is More

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