April 25, 2015 01:51 UTC

Audio Everyday Grammar: In, On and At

Many learners have questions about English grammar rules for using prepositions of place and time. We present a few simple guidelines to help you put your prepositions in the right places. In English, though, there is always an ‘exception to the rule. More


In the News

Migrants Are Dying Trying to Reach Europe

EU leaders met this week to discuss ways to stop criminals from putting the migrants on unsafe boats. Ships carrying migrants have sunk in the Mediterranean, killing hundreds. They are fleeing conflict and hardship in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. More


Learning English Videos

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What happens when a referendum is held? Listen to the word used in this news story and our hosts explain.
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Video News Words: Referendum

What happens when a referendum is held? Listen to the word used in this news story and our hosts explain.
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Video Many Join China’s New Development Bank

China says more than 40 countries have joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The U.S. and Japan have held off, noting the need for strong standards of governance.
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Video Everyday Grammar: Put Prepositions in Their Proper Place

English learners tell us that the toughest thing to learn in English is how to use prepositions. We look at some that are often confused.
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Video Is Secondhand Smoke Child Abuse?

Should people be allowed to smoke in their homes even if children live there? Or is smoking around children a type of child abuse? Secondhand smoke and and its effects on children is one of the latest issues in the smoking debate.
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Video Climate Change Blamed for Disasters in Syria and California

Two new studies have linked rising temperatures on Earth’s surface to the Syrian civil war and California’s dry weather. The two point to the possibility of clear and present dangers from a threat often considered far in the future.
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Video Robot Scientist Helps Design New Drugs

Robots at the University of Manchester are helping researchers learn about biology and test the effectiveness of drugs.
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Video English in a Minute: Off the Cuff

What does it mean to do something "off the cuff?" Ashley, Anna and Jonathan teach you how to use this idiom, as well as where the expression came from!
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Video News Words: Apprehended

When is apprehended the right word to use? Watch how this word used in a news story, and then learn its meaning from our hosts.
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Video TALK2US: Do you have a mentor?

Marsha James and Anna Mateo talk about mentors - people who give help and advice to someone who is less experienced.
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Video Arizona Law to Require High School Students to take Citizenship Exam

A new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question whether civic education and tests will have that effect.
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Video Study: Women More Likely to Go to Female Healthcare Workers

A recent study in Nigeria found that women and children prefer to go to women health care workers.
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Video Environmental Group Opposes Genetically-Engineered Rice

“Golden rice” could help save millions from dying from a lack of Vitamin A. But GMO opponents say the rice might be more dangerous than its supporters admit.
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Video New Metal Recovery Methods Save Energy and the Environment

Millions of tons of metals go into landfills as waste. Researchers now are finding new ways to separate metals from waste for recycling which reduces the amount of trash in landfills and saves energy.
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Video English in a Minute: Not Have a Leg to Stand on

Have you ever been told your argument "does not have a leg to stand on?" Find out what this idiom means in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Ringleader

What does it mean if someone is a ringleader? Listen to this word used to describe someone in an international news story. Our hosts explain the meaning and origin of the word.

World

Audio Sierra Leone Dog Population Rising Because of Ebola Crisis

The Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone has led to growing concern about another disease: rabies from wild dogs. Many owners fear their dogs could infect them with Ebola, so they have freed the animals. As a result, the stray dog population and number of rabies cases are increasing. More

Business & Economics

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Audio African Advertising Agencies Cashing In

Western advertising and public relations agencies are increasingly joining with African advertising companies. They are working together to attract international businesses that want to advertise products or services in Africa. Africa has been considered the last frontier for consumer markets. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio How to Raise a Reader

Experts warn that fewer and fewer children in the US are reading for fun. So, now doctors and reading experts are advising parents on how to raise life-long readers. One way is to start reading to children as soon as they are born. And, continue doing it even after they learn to read themselves. More

Entertainment

Video Longtime, But Unknown, Blues Musicians Release CD

These artists have played in the bands of famous blues singers, but they are not stars. Now, as BB King and other blues legends grow older, members of their bands have recorded and released their own CD. The new group is called Original Legends of the Blues. The CD is “Still Carrying the Flame.” More

America

Women in Combat

Video Women Seek to Join US Army Rangers

Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers. More

Science & Technology

Audio Tuberculosis Found in 18th Century Bodies

TB mostly affects poor people and those infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But the opposite was true 2 ½ centuries ago, when the disease infected wealthy Europeans. Researchers say new findings could change how TB is treated today. More

Education

Video More US Students Learning Korean

More US students are learning Korean. Why the increase? Experts say one reason is the popularity of K-pop music and Korean videos. Another is the number of young Korean-Americans who want to learn about their culture and speak to older family members who do not speak English. 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 relative of a victim cries in front of a monument in memory of the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, as they gather there on its second anniversary in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A relative of a victim cries in front of a monument in memory of the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, as they gather there on its second anniversary in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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