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“They” Wins as Linguists’ Word of the Yeari
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Linguists take a look at the names and words from the news. Which one will be used and remembered beyond 2015?
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Video “They” Wins as Linguists’ Word of the Year

Linguists take a look at the names and words from the news. Which one will be used and remembered beyond 2015?
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Video Mucus is Your Friend Against Illnesses

Just hearing the word "mucus" is enough to make some people uneasy. But science tells us that mucus protects us. Researchers recently found that many health benefits can come from mucus and viruses. When you have a cold, mucus is hard at work to make you healthy and keep harmful bacteria away.
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Video Everyday Grammar: Irregular Plurals

To learn more about plurals, read our story Everyday Grammar: Unusual Plurals
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Video Scientists Find Most Ancient Evidence of War

The remains found in northern Kenya included 21 adults and six children. They showed signs of a violent attack. The lead researcher says the findings “raise the question of whether warfare has been part of the human experience for much longer than previously thought."
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Video Has a Ninth Planet Been Discovered in Our Solar System?

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology say they have found evidence of a ninth planet. They are calling it "Planet Nine." The scientists are working to confirm that it is there, and hope to take a picture of it one day.
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Video English in a Minute: Fall Through the Cracks

Falling is no fun. You can get hurt. "Falling through the cracks" sounds even worse. But, what does this expression really mean? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video Introducing Let's Learn English

Let's Learn English is a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks. Each week, there will be a new lesson with video and instruction in speaking, vocabulary and writing.
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Video Russia Faces Pain over Falling Oil Prices

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told an economic gathering that the country’s economy would improve this year. However, low oil prices and inflation of 15 percent have made more Russians poor and hurt the middle class.
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Stand On its Own'

Today's English @ the Movies takes its phrase from a comedy-- the movie "Vacation." Do you know what the phrase "stand on its own" means? Watch and listen to find out.
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Video Copper Metal Prevents the Spread of Respiratory Viruses on Contact

Doctors and hospitals are constantly battling respiratory viruses ranging from pneumonia and the common cold to a host of recently emerged viruses, including those responsible for the deadly illnesses MERS and SARS. Now, doctors have a new way to battle these deadly infections.
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Video World’s Fishing Catch Is Under-Reported

A recent study using UN data finds that the world’s fish catch is under-reported by 30 percent.
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Video Technology Provides New Tools for Blind Students in Kenya

A non-governmental organization is bringing teaching technology to students in Kenya who are blind or visually impaired. Some students say it is much less costly than braille books. But the program manager says students may be challenged if they do not have the technology at their university.
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Video Everyday Grammar: Onomatopoeia

Learn more with Everyday Grammar: Pow! Whizz! What Are Onomatopoeia? in Level Three
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Video English in a Minute: Head Over Heels

Have you ever been "head over heels" for someone? Find out what this dizzying expression means in this week's English in a Minute!

World

Audio Syrian Government Forces Move Northward

The movement of Syrian government forces toward Turkey’s border has made moderate Syrian rebels appear less organized. The Turkish government is worried about Kurdish groups establishing a semi-autonomous stronghold in Northern Syria. More

Everyday Grammar

Improve Your Writing With Contrast and Concession

In order to communicate in English at an academic and professional level, it is important to be able to compare and contrast different ideas. Bring your speaking and writing to a higher level with these helpful adverbs. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Zika Virus Detected in Body Fluids

Brazilian scientists have detected the Zika virus in urine and saliva samples of two infected patients. But, they added, more study is needed to find out whether the virus can infect by exchanging body fluids. More

Entertainment

Audio Trending Today: Egypt Rolls Out Red Carpet

Vehicles carrying Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his aides drove on a red carpet to a housing project outside of Cairo. The carpet stretched a distance of four kilometers! More

America

Audio US Gives Less Foreign Aid than Americans Think

Asked how much foreign aid the United States provides each year, Americans estimated 25 percent, according to a recent poll. The correct answer is 1 percent. Israel, Afghanistan and Egypt get the most. More

Education

Audio US Religious Colleges Test Anti-Discrimination Law

The US government protects the rights of every person to receive equal education. But some religious colleges and universities can choose to ignore this right. These schools can discriminate against some people if the beliefs of the school's religion say the schools cannot accept them. More

Science & Technology

Audio NASA: Big Asteroid Could Pass Near Earth Next Month

A 30-meter wide asteroid will pass close to Earth this March and again in September 2017. The odds of a collision with our planet are like winning a lottery. More

History

Audio Alexander Hamilton: Father of American Banking

Alexander Hamilton was not a president, but he was a famous early U.S. leader. Americans know him as the creator of the national bank, the face (for now) on the $10 bill and as a modern star on Broadway. His death is also one of the most celebrated stories in U.S. history. More

The Day in Photos

A man feeds seagulls on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, February 9, 2016.

A man feeds seagulls on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, February 9, 2016.

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The Making of a Nation

The US Expands West

In 1801, the United States under the Constitution was very young — only about 12 years old. And compared to its size today, the country was very small. The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the U.S. at the time. Even today, the land accounts for about one-third of America’s territory. More

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The western end of Route 66

Video Route 66 California: The End of the Trail

The western end of Route 66 is Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. California's Route 66 passes through the Mojave Desert, bypassed towns, and the urban sprawl of Los Angeles on its way to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and, finally, the Santa Monica Pier. More