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Audio Everyday Grammar - Introducing Conditionals

In everyday conversation, English speakers often talk about things that are not true. Or, they talk about things that only happen if something else happens. Learn how to correctly use these conditional forms in English. If you write to us, we will let you know if it is correct. More


In the News

Audio Islamic State Militants Capture Two Major Cities

The Islamic State seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The fall of Palmyra reportedly left the militants in control of half of Syria. Last Sunday, the militants took control of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province.| In The News More


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News Words: Agendai
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What is an agenda? Our hosts know and will tell you all about it. Listen to the word used in a news story and use the word yourself in a conversation.
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Video News Words: Agenda

What is an agenda? Our hosts know and will tell you all about it. Listen to the word used in a news story and use the word yourself in a conversation.
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Video US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill

United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress is considering trade promotion authority that would require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on trade agreements.
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Video Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. A team of researchers and teachers believe this early education helps when the children begin learning in English.
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Video Genetically-Engineered Bacteria Could Fight Cancer

A microbiologist at Arizona State University has developed a genetically modified salmonella bacteria that could be used as a weapon against cancer.
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Video Talk2US: Best Places to Visit Around The World

Jonathan talks with callers about interesting places to visit in their home countries.
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Video Hippos: The Life Force of African Rivers

Scientists say the hippopotamus provides important nutrients to Africa's river ecosystems. But the huge animals are disappearing from the wild.
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Video Could Computers Heat Homes?

Companies spend a lot of money cooling computer servers which generate a lot of heat. Now, a company wants to use that heat to warm homes.
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Video English in a Minute: Sleep Like a Rock

How does a rock sleep? And how do you sleep like one? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Delicate

This word has a special meaning when describing discussions and negotiations. Listen for the word in a news story. Our hosts explain other meanings as well!
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Video Motor-Free Device Reduces Stress from Walking

U.S. scientists have built a small, wearable addition to shoes that makes walking easier.
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Video In Ghana, Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. A team of researchers and teachers believe this early education helps when the children begin learning in English.
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Video Work Schedule Changes Could Cure 'Social Jet lag'

If you sometimes feel as if you are sleep-walking through your day, it could be possible that your work and body clocks are fighting each other. Read on to learn great words like metabolism and circadian rhythm.
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Video Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals Is Expected to Grow

As the world demands more meat, milk and eggs, experts worry that heavy use of the medicine in livestock will cause a sharp increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.
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Video US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill

United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress is considering trade promotion authority that would require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on trade agreements.
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Video English in a Minute: Shoot the Breeze

If you're "shooting the breeze" with friends, what exactly are you doing? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!

World

Video Limited Mental Health Services Being Offered in Cambodia

Because few students study psychiatry in the country, experts do not expect that will change anytime soon. Only six students are in the three-year-long psychiatry course, and the government spends just $1 million a year on mental health care services. | As It Is More

Business & Economics

Audio Bugs Are the New Food

Caterpillars in Tanzania, grasshoppers in Mexico, water bugs in Thailand -- the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization says insects are a normal part of the diet of "at least two billion people" around world. Now, Americans are developing an interest in food made from crickets. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio How We Date: Here, There and Everywhere

The website datingcultures.com. uses humor and romance to spread cross-cultural understanding. Reporter Matthew Stein makes videos that ask and answer questions about dating. Other videos cover more serious subjects, such as abuse toward gay and transgender people, and women’s rights in East Africa. More

Entertainment

Audio Chinese-American Nightclub Scene Changed Racial Stereotypes

Chinese American nightclubs were West Coast hotspots in the U.S. during the 1950s and 60s. These popular nightclubs broke down racial barriers and paved the way for Asian actors to enter mainstream U.S. entertainment. This story is full of words and expression for talking about old school glamor. More

America

Audio US Police: Biker Gangs Threaten Public Safety

Nine people were killed in Waco, Texas, last Sunday during a gunfight between competing motorcycle gangs. Now, officials are worried that other gang members could travel to the city and incite more violence. Waco police say they seized more than 100 guns and arrested about 170 people. More

Science & Technology

Video Amazon Receives Patent for Drone Delivery System

Amazon.com has received patent rights to send its products to customers by unmanned drone aircraft. The company is the largest U.S.-based online seller of products. But even with a patent, it does not appear the company will put its new delivery system in place any time soon. More

Education

Discover Debate

Audio Successful Debate for New Learners and Large Classes

Many students of English engage in debate as part of their training. In Part Two of our Successful Debate series, we learn the kinds of debate topics that work well for English learners. An expert shares tips for organizing a debate in a large class and for answering arguments. More

History

Audio America Remembers Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

This week, Americans remember an important date in history: 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. Museums and historic organizations all around the country have special exhibits and events.President Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated. More

The Day in Photos

A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

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