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Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM September 21, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


4:30 PM - 4:35 PM September 19, 2014

Goodbye Dear Readers: This Is My Swan Song! My Last Hurrah!


4:26 PM - 4:31 PM September 19, 2014


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM September 14, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM September 07, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


1:02 PM - 1:07 PM September 05, 2014

Goodbye Dear Readers: This Is My Swan Song! My Last Hurrah!


1:01 PM - 1:06 PM September 05, 2014

Rollin' Stone, The Rolling Stones, Like a Rolling Stone and Rolling Stone


1:00 PM - 1:05 PM September 05, 2014


12:58 PM - 1:03 PM September 05, 2014

A Cup of Joe With Average Joes and Plain Janes


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM August 31, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM August 24, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM August 17, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM August 10, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM August 03, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


2:17 PM - 2:21 PM July 29, 2014

Listen to this story as you read it: Cat Expressions


2:06 PM - 2:11 PM July 29, 2014

Listen to this story as you read it: Monkey Expressions


2:04 PM - 2:09 PM July 29, 2014

Listen to this story as you read it: Insect Expressions


1:58 PM - 2:03 PM July 29, 2014

Listen to this story as you read it: Farm Expressions


1:53 PM - 1:58 PM July 29, 2014


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM July 27, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.

    Audio 'A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss'

    How an old proverb led to two songs, a popular rock and roll band and a magazine | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Are You Losing It?

    Americans seem to have a lot of concern about losing it. At least that is what you would think from hearing them talk. They use the expression when they feel they are losing control.

    Audio A Cup of Joe With Average Joes and Plain Janes

    Jeez Louise, don't be a doubting Thomas -- just sign your John Hancock and make Uncle Sam happy with these Words and Their Stories!

    Audio Go Away! You're Buggin' Me!

    There are many American expressions about insects -- like bees, for example. Bees are known as very hard workers. They always appear to be busy, moving around in their homes, or hives. So you might say you were "as busy as a bee" if you spent your weekend cleaning your house.

    Audio This Story Is 'The Cat's Meow!'

    This is a story about fraidy-cats, scaredy-cats, copycats, fat cats and everything else the cats dragged in.

    Audio Are We Really Just Monkeys?

    Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways -- most have ten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.

    Is it Worth a Hill of Beans?

    Hedging Your Bets or Making Hay While the Sun Shines are American expressions that come from the farms. That and more in today's Worlds and Their Stories.

Learn with The News

  • Hong Kong Student Strike

    Audio Hong Kong Students Protest China's Policy

    Thousands of students in Hong Kong are boycotting classes this week. They are protesting the Chinese government's decision to have a committee approve candidates for the territory's top official. More

  • A screenshot from the Netropolitan website, providing information about the service and how prospective members might join.

    Audio Rich People Get Their Own Facebook

    A new social media site, Netropolitan, promises to be more exclusive by only permitting people who are rich to join. Users must pay $9,000 to join. This includes a $6,000 entry fee plus $3,000 for the yearly membership fee. More

  • Workers shout slogans during a protest in front of an residential project, where an accident occurred in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 8, 2014.

    Audio Safety Is a Concern in Turkey's Construction Boom

    Istanbul is suddenly the skyscraper capital of Europe, thanks to a national construction boom. But recent construction accidents in the country have many people angry about worker safety. More

  • Newly arrived Syrian Kurdish refugees carry their belongings after crossing into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Sept. 22, 2014.

    Audio US Launches Airstrikes Against IS Militants in Syria

    Also, Islamic State group urges followers to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries; And three missing Afghan soldiers found in U.S. near border with Canada | In the News More

  • Police Shooting Ferguson Meeting

    Audio Reducing Clashes between Police and Black Youths

    The shooting of an unarmed teenager fueled racial anger between police and Ferguson’s African American community. Now, some African-American parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. More

Featured Stories

  • Cigarette Tax

    Audio Turning Cigarette Butts to Batteries

    Scientists in South Korea find that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Read on to learn about this idiom and many other expressions. More

  • Neural map of a typical male brain. (Photo courtesy of National Academy of Sciences)

    Audio How Did You Get so Intelligent?

    Researchers saw immediate changes in brains of people when they were told hard work is more important than their genes | Science in the News More

  • lincoln

    Audio Virginia Leaves Union, Lincoln Puts Maryland Under Military Rule

    President Abraham Lincoln asked the states for 75,000 soldiers to stop the South's rebellion. But border states -- those between the North and South -- refused to send any troops. And some prepared to leave the Union and join the Confederacy. More

  • Michelle Baxter suffers from chronic pain in her muscles and joints. She now spends her work day standing at her desk.

    Audio Sit Less, Live Longer

    These days, we all know that exercise is good for our health. But did you know that something as common as sitting too much could be bad for our health? Read on to find out more about the importance of moving. | HEALTH More

  • This undated image provided by NASA shows the ozone layer over the years, Sept. 17, 1979, top left, Oct. 7, 1989, top right, Oct. 9, 2006, lower left, and Oct. 1, 2010, lower right.

    Audio Earth's Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery

    The new report says the Earth’s ozone layer is showing signs of recovery. Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is found in the air we breathe and in Earth's atmosphere. More

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