September 05, 2015 14:21 UTC

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Three Reasons to Learn Relative Adverbs

    When English speakers want to tell about the place, time, or cause of an action, they use relative adverbs. They are useful in combining two or more ideas in one sentence. Join the Everyday Grammar Team for a fun look at how you can use where, when, and why correctly.


The Making of the US Constitution

The Making of the Constitution is part of the VOA Learning English series “The Making of a Nation.” The series teaches U.S. history by telling the stories of major events and characters from the country’s founding to the present day. More

Audio What Does the US Constitution Say?

It begins with the three powerful words, "We the People." From there onward, the U.S. Constitution made history. It is the oldest written constitution still in use in the world today. In this article, learn what it says and hear a simple explanation of the meaning of each article. More

In the News

Video What Does China Want?

This week, China held a huge military parade to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II. More than 12,000 soldiers took part in the event. It included the first public showing of a new missile that reportedly has the ability to destroy an aircraft carrier. | In The News More


Learning English Videos

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News Words: Confidentiali
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09/04/2015
If you have to keep a secret, you need to keep things confidential. Watch the word used in a news story and our hosts, as always, tell you all about the word.
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Video News Words: Confidential

If you have to keep a secret, you need to keep things confidential. Watch the word used in a news story and our hosts, as always, tell you all about the word.
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Video China’s Money Has Sharpest Single-Day Drop in Value

Experts are calling a sharp drop in the value of China’s money a devaluation. The yuan lost two percent of its value in one day. However, a weaker yuan means Chinese exports will be less cost for other countries, and Chinese exports dropped by eight percent in July compared to a year ago.
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Video African Universities: More Students, Less Money

Academics from around the continent met in Johannesburg for the African Universities Summit. They talked about how to solve some of the issues of higher education in Africa today.
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Video TALK2US: Superheroes!

Jonathan talks with callers about superheroes and tall tales.
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Video Health Agreement Asks Chinese People to Help Strangers

The American Heart Association and the People's Republic of China recently created a first-ever partnership that was years in the making. The benefit of this partnership might save lives in China, the U.S. and beyond. But is the main component of the agreement asking too much?
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Video Economic Growth in Asia Threatens Environment

Conservation group urges countries to work together to save endangered coral reefs, plants and animals in the area. But leaders say it will not be easy for businesses to put off short-term profits for long-term gains.
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Video US Company Develops Space-Based Plane Tracking

In three years, a satellite system is expected to be able to track airplanes making sure that they are never lost again.
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Video English in a Minute: On the Edge of Your Seat

What does it mean if you are 'on the edge of your seat?' Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Chaos

This short word captures a lot of meaning. Watch a news video using the word and our hosts will tell you about chaos.
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Video Western Restrictions Could Cut 9 Percent From Russia’s Economy

The Fund says the immediate effect of sanctions had been to remove between one and 1.5 percent off Russia’s GDP – the value of all its goods and services. It also predicted “weak” economic growth of around 1.5 percent a year over the next few years.
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Video How Poverty Could Limit Learning

Are there biological reasons for poor students’ low test scores? An American study has found that an estimated 20 percent of the difference on school performance tests could be tied to poverty.
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Video Screams Have Special Place in the Brain

No matter where they are from, people all over the world react the same way to screams. Why is that? And why are screams important? Read on to learn some great vocabulary about sounds, screams and fear!
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Video Study Finds Fewer Tigers Than Once Thought

A population count in 2004, found 440 tigers in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest. But, a recent study found only 182.
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Video Futuristic Transportation System Moves Closer to Reality

A company aims to create a high speed transportation system using steel tubes.

World

Video With US Tie, Cubans Have Better Access to Internet

The United States and Cuba officially re-established diplomatic relations two months ago. The re-establishment of ties had led to better access of the Internet across the island nation. Until recently, it has been difficult for Cubans to connect online with the rest of the world. More

Business & Economics

Diana Kuya is a student at the University of Nairobi.  She plans to start her own agribusiness once she graduates.

Video More Kenyans Exploring Agricultural Businesses

Kenya is facing high unemployment rates. Recent college graduates face a difficult time in finding a job. Now, more and more Kenyan university graduates are planning to start pursuing agricultural business -- 'agribusiness'-- as way to have their own business and make money. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Explosions Change Soldiers’ Brains, Study Says

Researchers say powerful explosions can force blood from the chest into the front of the brain. This can lead to conditions that cause some soldiers to become violent or suffer from depression. Improving chest protection may prevent brain injuries, according to a new study. . More

Entertainment

Audio Serena Williams Chasing History at US Open

The U.S. Open tennis tournament begins Monday in New York City. It is the last opportunity for 127 women to win a ‘Grand Slam’ title this year. And it is a chance for one player, Serena Williams, to win a place in history. A victory would give Williams a rare 'calendar-year Grand Slam.' More

America

Audio Obama Hikes Melting Glacier to Highlight Climate Change

President Obama is touring Alaska to send the message that quick action is needed to combat climate change. Those who do not believe in climate change are standing on a "shrinking island," he said. Mr. Obama asked the world to respond quickly to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. More

Science & Technology

Audio Countries Compete for Oil in the Arctic

Russia, the United States and other countries are hurrying to control Earth’s northernmost territory: the Arctic. Environmentalists have denounced U.S. oil company projects in the Arctic. A former Shell Oil Company official says new kinds of energy can be developed without harming nature. More

Education

Audio Cambodia: No-Cheating Exam Rule Is Working

A year ago more than half of the Cambodian last-year high school students failed their final exam. New rules to stop cheating were put in place. This year’s students have studied harder and have teachers who received more training. The Minister of Education thinks his plan is working. More

History

Audio What Does the US Constitution Say?

It begins with the three powerful words, "We the People." From there onward, the U.S. Constitution made history. It is the oldest written constitution still in use in the world today. In this article, learn what it says and hear a simple explanation of the meaning of each article. More

The Day in Photos

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

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