September 18, 2014 01:35 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.


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.


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.

    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

Learn with The News

  • Audio Sea Dispute Tests Philippines’ Ties with China

    This week a huge trade show in China aims to publicize good relations between Southeast Asian countries and China. But the Philippine president is not attending, after a tense year in the South China Sea. More

  • Botanist Steve Perlman collects seeds from of the few remaining Platanthera holochila, a native orchid species which is on the Plant Extinction Prevention program’s target list. (Photo by ©Hank Oppenheimer)

    Audio Botanist Works to Save Hawaii's Rare Plants

    Hawaii is home to many native plants. They include 1,200 species, 90 percent of which are not found anywhere else in the world. But Hawaii also has become the endangered species capital of the United States. Nearly 40 percent of the plants on that endangered list grow in Hawaii. More

  • Maryland, where a technology workshop for seniors is taught by teens and even younger instructors, who've grown up in the digital

    Video Teens Help Seniors Bridge Technology Gap

    A center in the American city of Columbia, Maryland offers free technology classes for adults ages 50 and older. The teachers are often teenagers and even younger children. More

  • Obama

    Audio Obama: No Ground War in Iraq

    The US leader spoke a day after top general said combat force deployment possible. President says airstrikes would be the base of US efforts. U.S. proposed talk with North Korean on three detained American. India and China signed trade agreements. Scotland to vote on independence. | In the News More

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    Audio Is the Party over for Uzbekistan's 'Party Girl?'

    Gulnara Karimova is the most famous party girl in Central Asia. She has organized fashion shows, designed jewelry, and bought some of the most famous nightclubs in the capital city of Uzbekistan, Tashkent. More

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