November 01, 2014 04:41 UTC

Writing

Audio Writing Groups Can Help Students with Papers

Ms. Ahern-Dodson says that students usually share their writing only when it is completed and ready to give to the teacher. Instead, she suggests that you prepare an early draft version. Then, ask yourself who can give you helpful feedback, or reaction, on what you have written. More


In the News

FILE - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, walks past Chinese President Xi Jinping as they arrive to the Monument to the People's Heroes during a ceremony marking Martyr’s Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, Sept. 30, 2014.

Audio China’s Constitution Receives New Attention

The constitution took effect in the early 1980s, when the Communist Party was opening up the country economically. Now China is at a new crossroads. Observers say it is reaching for a new economic growth model. Chinese officials will promise to defend its rules when they take office. | In The News More


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Video News Words: Irreversible

Our hosts explain the word irreversible. Then, write a comment or ask us a question about usage below.
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Video Chinese Company Buys New York's Waldorf Astoria

The $1.95 billion deal with Anbang Insurance Group is the highest price ever paid for a U.S. hotel.
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Video Talk2US: Anna Matteo and Dr. Jill Robbins Carve a Pumpkin

See how Americans prepare for Halloween by carving a pumpkin to make a Jack-O-Lantern!
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Video Senegal Uses Technology to Teach Reading

Senegal has limited financing for literacy – reading and writing. At-home study programs are easy to operate and not costly.
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Video Is Kale a Superfood?

The vegetable has almost 100 percent of the daily suggested intake of both vitamin A and C. Kale is good for your heart and may help fight against some kinds of cancer.
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Video TALK2US: Baseball Terms in English Idioms

Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about some common baseball terms that have entered everyday conversation in English idioms.
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Video Dry Weather Hurts Farmers in Southwestern US

Parts of Texas and Oklahoma have had little rain for several years; farmers have suffered billions of dollars in losses.
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Video Talk2US: Pretty Little Adjectives!

Adjectives are words that describe something or someone. Jonathan Evans talked with callers about some of their favorite adjectives.
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Video What is Cosplay?

Have you ever wondered about the cultural phenomenon called 'cosplay?' Check it out with Dr. Jill!
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Video World's Rich Get Their Own Facebook

Users must pay thousands of dollars a year; information will be private and there will be no advertising. Also, the site will be supervised to prevent bad behavior.
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Video English in a Minute: Apple of One's Eye

What could the "apple of one's eye" possibly be? Watch this video and found out about the American English phrase.
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Video News Words: Consensus

Our hosts explain the term consensus and how it may be used in the news. Then, write a comment or ask us a question below.
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Video US Economy Shows Sharp Growth From April to June

Some economists say the second quarter growth is a sign that the U.S. economy is finally improving. Others are not so sure.
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Video US Program Aims to Support Girls' Education

The United States Agency for International Development has launched a $231 million program called “Let Girls Learn.” The effort will help girls in Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala, South Sudan and Nigeria.
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Video Are You an Airhead? Slang with Dr. Jill

English has many slang expressions that are insults. Here are some clean ones from Dr. Jill

World

Video Singapore Film Ban Raises Free Speech Issue

The documentary film, “To Singapore, with Love” tells about political dissidents from Singapore. The film has been shown at public events in Britain, India and Malaysia, among other countries. But one place the movie cannot be seen is Singapore. That is because the government there has banned it. More

Business and Economics

Audio Wealth, Poverty Are Issues in Hong Kong Protests

The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are mainly about the right to vote without interference from China’s central government. But there are at least two other less talked-about issues. One is concern about the rising cost of living in Hong Kong. Another is the gap between rich and poor. More

Entertainment

Audio Oscar de la Renta Dressed First Ladies and Movie Stars

Clothing designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at his home in the American state of Connecticut. He was 82 years old. His wife said he died of problems related to cancer. Mr. de la Renta dressed American movie stars and first ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. More

Health

Brain Resource Infographic

Audio Dealing with Distractions and Overreactions

Five million American children and teenagers have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult - if not impossible - to stay with a duty until it is complete. Katherine Ellison knows the problem well. | Health Report More

America

This image released by USCIS shows a sample of the front of the redesigned green card carried by foreign-born residents living permanently in the U.S. The Homeland Security Department is issuing the redesigned "green card" that is stacked with safety feat

Audio US 'Green Card Lottery' Ending November 3

State Department’s Diversity Visa program closes November 3rd. Millions of people have entered the program, hoping to win a visa. But only 50,000 are chosen. 5,000 more are available under the Nicaraguan and Central America Relief Act. The green card lottery closes on Monday. | As It Is More

Science and Technology

Methane oxidizing

Photogallery Small Organisms in Deep Sea Rocks Eat Methane

The gas methane has been linked to rising temperatures on Earth. But methane does not stay in the atmosphere as long as another “greenhouse gas” -- carbon dioxide. Scientists say both gases trap heat from the sun. They prevent heat from escaping into outer space. More

History

Audio Iron Ships Clash at Sea

The American Civil War was fought not only on land, but at sea. In 1862, Confederate and Union forces fought a new kind of navy battle in waters off Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was the first battle between iron ships. On the Confederate side was a ship called the Virginia. | The Making of a Nation More

Education

Students at Montgomery College, a junior college in Maryland.

Video Tips for Applying to US Colleges

Editor's note: Here at VOA Learning English we get a lot of questions from our audience about higher education in the United States. So we visited several universities and spoke with students and administrators about your questions. The first school we visited was American University. More

The Day in Photos

A tourist looks at a Thai woman dressed in a ghost costume for Halloween buying coconut in Bangkok, Thailand.

A tourist looks at a Thai woman dressed in a ghost costume for Halloween buying coconut in Bangkok, Thailand.

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SCHEDULE for TALK2US

Monday, November 3, 1800 UTC: Jonathan Evans will SING2US and asks for your songs.
 
Tuesday, November 4, 1500 UTC: Do you Tweet or Blog? Ashley Thompson talks about Social Media Words.
 
Wednesday, November 5, 1600 UTC: There, they're or their? Adam Brock helps you with Commonly Confused Words.
 
Thursday, November 6, 1500 UTC:
Can you summarize that? Dr. Jill talks about learning Academic English.
 
Friday, November 7, 1600 UTC:
Caty Weaver presents more phrasal verbs.

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