August 02, 2014 02:25 UTC

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.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM July 13, 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 06, 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.


3:43 PM - 3:47 PM July 02, 2014

Buckeyes, Sooners, Quakers, Volunteers and Cowboys


3:22 PM - 3:26 PM July 02, 2014

The Garden State, the Granite State, the Empire State and The Land of Enchantment


3:39 PM - 3:43 PM June 30, 2014

The Heart of Dixie, The Last Frontier, The Aloha State and More...


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM June 29, 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 June 22, 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 June 15, 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 June 08, 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 June 01, 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 May 25, 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 May 18, 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 May 11, 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 Buckeyes, Sooners, Quakers, Volunteers and Cowboys

    Come to Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wyoming | Words and Their Stories

    Audio The Garden State, the Granite State, the Empire State and The Land of Enchantment

    Also, the Show Me State, the Land of Enchantment, and even more state nicknames | Words and Their Stories

    Audio The Gem State, the Land of Lincoln and the Crossroads of America...

    America's 50 states have some of the most historically interesting nicknames. In this part two of nicknames of the states, you will learn about the Gem state, the Land of Lincoln and more in the Crossroads of America. | Words and Their Stories

    Audio The Heart of Dixie, The Last Frontier, The Aloha State and More...

    From the "Golden State" of California to the "Sunshine State" of Florida | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Hold Your Horses!

    You'll hear about horse expressions straight from the horses mouth, so stop horsing around! | Words and Their Stories

    Audio 'What a Dog's Life!'

    Americans love their dogs. And dog lends its name to many expressions like "every dog has his day," "dog-eat-dog," "teach an old dog new trick" and many more. | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Numbers Part Two

    Expressions using numbers | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Number One

    Let us start with the number one. Numbers can be tricky. On the one hand, they are simply numbers. On the other hand, they have meanings. "I for one" use these expressions a lot.

    Audio Let's Play Ball!

    Expressions from America's national pastime, baseball.

    Audio All About Eyes

    Expressions that may catch your eye | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Words and Their Stories: Nose and Ear Expressions

    The answer Is as clear as the nose on your face | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Ace in the Hole

    Many expressions that Americans use every day came from the card game of poker. From "ace in the hole," "stack the deck," to "poker face." | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

    We tell the interesting story of how pilots came to use the word “mayday,” and the story of some other French words that Americans use | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Bigwig and Top Banana

    Terms for people who are powerful, at least in their own minds, are abundant in the English language. From "bigwig to "big wheel", we explore where the expressions for these "top banana" come from. | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Jefferson Creates New Word: 'Belittle'

    Thomas Jefferson was the first to use this word to describe Count de Buffon's books on natural history. Efforts to belittle the word "belittle" did not stop people from using the word. | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Hold Up or Held Up?

    Few words can “hold a candle” to “hold” as expressions take on new meanings using the word. “Hold on,” and we will tell you all about it | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Get Your ‘Kick’ with Words

    From the first signs of life until the time they “kick the bucket,” people “kick around” many phrases to use in everyday life | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Chip on Your Shoulder

    A chip is a small piece of something, like a chip of wood. How this chip gets on a person’s shoulder and where it might fall are our topics for today’s program | Words and Their Stories

    Audio What’s a GI Joe?

    “Leatherneck,” “grunt,” “doughboy” and “GI Joe” are words that Americans call their beloved soldiers. Where these words come from is the topic of today’s program | Words and Their Stories

    Audio From Couch Potato to Cabin Fever

    Couch potato is used to describe people who likes to spend time sitting or lying down to watch television. Cabin fever is not really a disease but a term to describe boredom and restlessness. All these and more in | Words and Their Stories

Learn with The News

  • A Palestinian woman reacts upon seeing her destroyed house in Beit Hanoun town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and airstrikes during an Israeli offensive in the northern Gaza Strip, August 1, 2014.

    Audio Is the World a Mess?

    A former top U.S. diplomat blamed the complexity of recent world events on what she called two “game changers.” They are the behavior of Russia’s president and political unrest in the Middle East. | In The News More

  • Travel-Trip-5 Free Things Seattle

    Audio Americans Test Seawater for Fukushima Radiation

    It has been more than three years since the nuclear accident at the Fukushima power station in Japan. Millions of liters of radioactive cooling water from the power center poured into the Pacific Ocean. Experts predicted some of that water would reach the West Coast of North America this year. More

  • Palestinians react following what witnesses said was heavy Israeli shelling, at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 1, 2014.  A Gaza ceasefire crumbled only hours after it began on Friday, with at least 40 Palestinians killed by Israeli

    Audio Gaza Cease-fire Collapses, Israeli Soldier Believed Captured

    The Israeli military says one of its soldiers has been captured by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. That is where a temporary cease-fire collapsed not long after it began on Friday. More

  • Audio American Ebola Victim to be Brought to US

    An American infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa is returning to the United States. The unnamed aid worker will receive treatment at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Doctors have been able to keep some people alive if they get immediate treatment in a hospital. More

  • An African student (C) practices moves as other Shaolin martial arts students look on during the inauguration ceremony of a martial arts training program for African students, at the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Henan province, China, Sept. 25, 2013.

    Audio More Africans Seek Education in China

    Tens of thousands of Africans are studying in China. The country provides students with financial assistance for education to develop skills that Africa needs most. And the system makes friends in Africa for the Chinese. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Artist Turns Plastic Bags Into Art

    Making art with found materials is not a new idea. An artist near Washington, D.C. just had her recycled art on exhibit at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in Maryland. She uses a material found in every American home. Plastic bags. More

  • Many Southerners approved the decision. But northern abolitionists spoke strongly against it.

    Audio Dred Scott Ruling Opens the Whole Country to Slavery

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress had no power to ban slavery in the new territories. The 1857 decision involved a man named Dred Scott. More

  • Medical Marijuana Kids

    Audio Marijuana Helps Children with Epilepsy

    People who support legalization of marijuana say some kinds of the plant offer extraordinary help for human health. For example, one kind of medical marijuana is reported to ease effects of epilepsy, a disease of the nervous system. More

  • Polar Bears Arctic 2006

    Audio From Birds to Bears, Animals Face Danger Around the World

    Hundreds of newly-identified plants and animals in Southeast Asia are in danger. Poachers killed a famous elephants in Kenya. And scientists are working to save polar bears population in Alaska and the Bering Sea. More

  • Audio Ice Cream Sweetens Visits to Maryland Farms

    Maryland’s so-called 'Ice Cream Trail' is 460 kilometers long. The state's agriculture secretary says itl brings valuable attention to the state’s dairy farms | American Mosaic More

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