August 31, 2015 13:28 UTC

  • 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.'


The Making of the U.S. 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

Audio Ten Years after Katrina, New Orleans Is a Different City

On the anniversary of storm, President Obama and other officials recognize efforts to remake a city famous for its culture and music. More


Learning English Videos

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US Company Develops Space-Based Plane Trackingi
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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 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.
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Video English in a Minute: Nail-biter

Biting your nails is a bad habit. But, is that what this idiom is really talking about? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Scope

The word scope is more common than you might think, especially when talking about world events. Watch and listen to the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you another possible meaning.
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Video China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July

China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July
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Video More Comparisons Between English Tests

An international student offers her own advice about taking two of the major exams of English language knowledge for foreign speakers.
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Video ‘Highly Effective’ Ebola Vaccine Developed in Guinea

Researchers say they have developed a vaccine that is highly effective at preventing the disease Ebola. The World Health Organization says the vaccine has so far been 100 percent effective in tests in Guinea.
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Video Urgent Move to Freeze DNA Before Creatures Die Off

Urgent Move to Freeze DNA Before Creatures Die Off
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Video Simulation Technology Helps Control and Manage Traffic

Simulation Technology Helps Control and Manage Traffic

World

Audio US Navy Commander Confirms 'Great Angst' Among Allies

The new commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet says the U.S. pivot to East Asia will continue. Some allies in the area are concerned about China's maritime activities in the South China Sea. Defense Department released its maritime security roadmap with key role for Japan and others More

Business & Economics

Audio Is China’s Economic Information Correct?

An American expert on China says the Chinese government is not influencing information about the country’s economic growth. He believes that the economy is changing quickly. And he says the ways of measuring new economic activity is unable to keep up with the changes. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Millions with Mental Illness Get Little or No Treatment

The World Health Organization reports that hundreds of millions of people worldwide have a mental disorder. However, the WHO adds that most get little or no treatment. Learn the vocabulary needed to talk about this important study. More

Entertainment

Audio Nairobi Music Store Sells Vinyl Records Again

Musicians once performed at the store, which used to sell record albums. Cassettes, CDs and MP3s caused lowered sales because they were easily-copied. But the renewed popularity of vinyl records may save the store, and some once-forgotten East African music is being heard again. More

America

Video Idaho's 'Garbologist' Turns Trash Into Treasure

The proverb "one man's trash is another man's treasure" has special meaning for Jaz Malone. Jaz works at a dump, or waste disposal site. She rescues things from the trash and recycles, or finds a new use for them. More

Science & Technology

Video 'Catch Shares' Aim for Sustainable Fishing

Many communities worldwide depend on the ocean for their livelihoods. Now, they are struggling to manage resources. A growing number are adopting programs called "catch shares." These programs try to make fishing more, sustainable but critics say they put many fishermen out of business. More

Education

Audio Betty Azar, 'Rock Star' of English Grammar

It all started with a question from a student. The year was 1965. Betty Azar was teaching her first English as a Second Language class at the University of Iowa. A student from the Middle East asked Ms. Azar, “Why can’t I put a in front of water?’ As in ‘I drank a water.’” 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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Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.

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