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Let's Learn English

Video Lesson 12: Meet My Family

This is the twelfth lesson of "Let's Learn English" - a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks. This week, Anna is homesick. Marsha tries to help her feel better. More


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The Health Report: Rich Americans Will Live Up to 15 Years Longeri
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A rich 40-year-old man in the United States can expect to live until about 87. A poor 40-year-old man might only live until 73. The difference in length of life as it relates to income is part of a new study.
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Video The Health Report: Rich Americans Will Live Up to 15 Years Longer

A rich 40-year-old man in the United States can expect to live until about 87. A poor 40-year-old man might only live until 73. The difference in length of life as it relates to income is part of a new study.
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Video The Science Report: Search for Life in the Universe

Is there anybody out there? That is among humanity’s oldest questions. Now, scientists and a few billionaires are putting their minds and money together to support a project to answer that question.
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Video The Technology Report: Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against the U.S.

The technology company Microsoft says government agencies are abusing a law that lets them demand to read emails or online files without their owners knowing they are doing so. Microsoft says the agencies are violating the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
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Video English in a Minute: Moving Target

Are Jonathan and Anna talking about shooting a bow and arrow? Find out what "moving target" means in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Come To Your Senses'

"Rock Dog" is a movie about dogs. This funny movie is a cartoon about a Dad dog and his son who wants to be a rock musician. Our English @ the Movies phrase we are talking about is "come to your senses." Come watch it and tell us what you think.
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Video News Words: Birthright Citizenship

Birthright citizenship are a couple of long words. Find out what they mean and why they are important with your News Words hosts.
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Video The Economics Report: There are Many Ways to Save Your Money in the U.S.

There are old sayings about the importance of saving money for your future. Here is a look at some ways to do that in the U.S.
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Video The Education Report: More U.S. Students Choose College in Another Country

The number of students in the United States who seek a college education in a foreign country is increasing. A report from the Institute of International Education explains.
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Video The Health Report: New York's Emergency Crews Learn Mandarin

First responders are the first emergency workers to arrive at a fire or other accident. It is important that they are able to collect information to study the problem. In New York City, some first responders are learning a difficult language so that they can do just that.
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Video The Science Report: Scientists Could be Closer to AIDS Cure

Scientists say they may have found a way to permanently take the virus that causes the AIDS out of a person’s body. AIDS has taken many millions of lives. HIV is the killer virus that causes AIDS.
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Video The Technology Report: Spanish ‘Smart’ City Project Saves Time, Money

A city in Spain uses technology to make life easier for its citizens and visitors. It is an example of a "smart city" that other cities are interested in trying.
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Video English in a Minute: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

A lot of idioms in American English come from sports. "Keep your eye on the ball" comes from baseball, but we can use this expression for many situations.

World

Audio Another Baby Found Alive in Building Ruins in Kenya

Rescue crews have found an almost six-month old baby in the wreckage of an apartment building in Nairobi. She is the second child saved from the wreckage in the past 24 hours. Their discoveries have raised hopes that more survivors might be found. The building collapsed Friday night. More

Everyday Grammar

Audio Commonly Confused Words: Part One

The English language is full of words that English learners - and even native English speakers - often confuse. These words may sound the same but mean different things. Or maybe, they are spelled the same but mean different things. This week, we look at three sets of commonly confused words. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Suicide Rates Increase in US

A new study by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows suicide rates increased 24 percent between 1999 and 2014. The study showed that the number of suicides increased sharply after 2006. Economic conditions in the U.S. began to worsen at that time. More

Entertainment

Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Marlins Park on April 27, 2016, in Miami, Florida.

Video 'Lemonade' Flavors Beyonce's Tour Opening

The pop superstar Beyonce performed in Florida to open her latest concert series. She started the show with songs from her album "Lemonade,'' released just a few days earlier. The album release also came with a special television program starring Beyonce on the cable station HBO. More

America

Audio US Tech Industry Blamed for High Cost of Housing

The San Francisco Bay Area has the highest housing costs of any place in the United States. One reason is the short distance between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, California’s high technology center. Another reason is high demand for hotel and office space. More

Education

Schools in US Don’t Get Same Funding

Every school has one job – to help students learn. But schools in the United States get very different amounts of money to do that job. If you guessed schools in wealthier communities generally get more money for education and other services, you would be right. More

Science & Technology

Audio European Space Agency Plans a ‘Moon Village'

A permanent base could be built on the Moon in 20 years according to the European Space Agency. The Moon base is considered a “stepping stone” to a possible human flight to Mars. More

History

Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Mathematician, Astronomer

Benjamin Banneker was one of the few free black people in the American colonies. The self-taught mathematician helped plan the nation’s capital and wrote a popular book. Today, he is remembered for questioning how Thomas Jefferson could ignore slavery in the Declaration of Independence. More

America's National Parks

Video National Park in New Orleans Celebrates Jazz

Only in New Orleans, Louisiana, will you find a whole national park honoring jazz. Join us as we explore the Jazz National Historical Park in the city that many consider to be the birthplace of jazz music. More

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Two boys smiles after shaving their heads during a service to celebrate Buddha's upcoming 2,560th birthday on May 14, at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, May 2, 2016.

Two boys smiles after shaving their heads during a service to celebrate Buddha's upcoming 2,560th birthday on May 14, at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, May 2, 2016.

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