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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.


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.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM July 20, 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 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.

    What a Mouth!

    You took the words right out of my mouth | Words and Their Stories

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