April 24, 2014 21:21 UTC

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Rescue boats sail around the overturned South Korean passenger ship "Sewol" which sank in the sea off Jindo.

Audio Hopes Decrease in Search for Survivors of South Korean Ferry

Almost 270 people, mostly high school students, are still missing after the South Korean ferry disaster. But hopes of finding more survivors are decreasing. | In the News More

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) shakes hands with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan at Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing April 8, 2014.

Audio China and US Seek Closer Military Ties, But Differences Remain

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to China this week was an example of efforts by the two sides to expand military ties. But the trip also demonstrated some of their sharp differences. | In The News More

People walk along a cracked road in Iquique, northern Chile a day after a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile's Pacific coast.

Audio Two Powerful Earthquakes Strike Chile

The United States Geological Survey says a 7.8 magnitude earthquake was reported late Wednesday in an area near Chile’s northern coast. On Tuesday, a strong 8.2 earthquake hit the area. The quake was felt as far away as Bolivia and Peru. | In The News More

A crew member looks out an observation window from a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean, March 26, 2014.

Audio Search for Malaysian Airplane Ends Third Week

The airplane, its 239 passengers and crew members disappeared on a flight from Malaysia to China. On Friday, Australian officials said new evidence has led them to move the search area about 1,100 kilometers to the northeast in the Indian Ocean. | In The News More

Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to sign a law on ratification of a treaty making Crimea part of Russia, during a ceremony in Moscow's Kremlin in Moscow, March 21, 2014.

Audio Will Sanctions Against Russia Work?

The United States and European nations are considering new ways to punish Russia for supporting the recent referendum in Crimea. Crimean voters chose last weekend to leave Ukraine and join Russia | In The News More


Learning English TV

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US College Entrance Exam Changes Could Hurt Foreign Studentsi
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04/24/2014
The company that administers a widely-used college entrance test recently said it plans to make changes to the exam, called the SAT, in 2016.
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Video US College Entrance Exam Changes Could Hurt Foreign Students

The company that administers a widely-used college entrance test recently said it plans to make changes to the exam, called the SAT, in 2016.
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Video Study Finds Children Eat Better When Mothers Feel Empowered

Researchers found that women in India who joined a job skills training program felt more in control at home and in their families.
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Video Fighting Could Lead to Famine in South Sudan

Many fields remain unplanted because people have fled their homes.
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Video Johannesburg Leads Africa in Tweets

A new study finds the South African city averages one tweet every 13 seconds.
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Video Toyota Agrees to a Record $1.2 Billion Fine

The fine brought to a close a United States criminal investigation into safety problems with some Toyota vehicles.

Words and Their Stories

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Audio Jefferson Creates New Word: 'Belittle'

    Thomas Jefferson was the first to use this word to describe Count de Buffon's books on natural history. Efforts to belittle the word "belittle" did not stop people from using the word. | Words and Their Stories More

  • Cars are stuck in a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, September 2013.

    Audio Hold Up or Held Up?

    Few words can “hold a candle” to “hold” as expressions take on new meanings using the word. “Hold on,” and we will tell you all about it | Words and Their Stories More

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    Audio Get Your ‘Kick’ with Words

    From the first signs of life until the time they “kick the bucket,” people “kick around” many phrases to use in everyday life | Words and Their Stories More

  • Cutting Tree Trunk

    Audio Chip on Your Shoulder

    A chip is a small piece of something, like a chip of wood. How this chip gets on a person’s shoulder and where it might fall are our topics for today’s program | Words and Their Stories More

  • A doughboy statue at a studio in Loveland, Colorado.

    Audio What’s a GI Joe?

    “Leatherneck,” “grunt,” “doughboy” and “GI Joe” are words that Americans call their beloved soldiers. Where these words come from is the topic of today’s program | Words and Their Stories More

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English in a Minute: Cut to the Chasei
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04/02/2014
Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video Cut to the Chase

Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video Break the Bank

What would you think if someone told you not to break the bank? Watch this program and discover the meaning of this phrase in American English.
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Video Treat With Kid Gloves

What does "treat him with kid gloves" mean in American English? Watch this program to find out the meaning of this phrase in American English.
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Video It's Been Ages

Has somebody ever said to you "It's been ages?" Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video Cats and Dogs

Have you ever heard someone say it is raining cats and dogs? Watch this program and find out what this phrase means in American English.

Catching on to American Idioms

EVERYDAY AMERICAN ENGLISH

Word of the Week

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The Day in Photos

A galaxy, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.  The galaxy (NGC 5793) is more than 150 million light years away.

A galaxy, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy (NGC 5793) is more than 150 million light years away.