April 26, 2015 06:19 UTC

American Stories

Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Three

Today we complete the story of Benito Cereno, written by Herman Melville. As we told you in earlier parts of our story, rebel slaves seized the ship San Dominick off the coast of Chile. They killed many of its officers and crew. The captain, Benito Cereno, was ordered to sail to Senegal. But...

Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Two

Last week, we told how African slaves on a Spanish ship rebelled in seventeen ninety-nine. They killed most of the Spanish sailors. Only the captain, Benito Cereno and a few others survived. The story continues - what happened on Captain Cereno's ship? Read the second of three part More

Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part One

This week we begin our version of a classic American Story by Herman Melville. It takes place on a sailing ship with a mystery. What happened to the sailors and the captain? Is it a mutiny? Or a revolt by enslaved people? Listen and read along to find out. More

 

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Monday, April 20, 1700 UTC: Jonathan Evans talks about natural disasters.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 1400 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins talks about Earth Day.

 

Thursday, April 23, 1500 UTC: Marsha James and Anna Mateo talk about Earth Day.

 

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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.

Confessions of an English Learner
Confessions of an English Learner is a place for you to practice your writing and share the joys and pains of learning the language. We will post a regular promt, to give you a chance to practice your writing and to comment on other people’s writing.

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Education

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.

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

Audio April 23 Is English Language Day

Happy English Language Day! English Language Day is celebrated each year on April 23 – the date when tradition says William Shakespeare was born. Shakespeare has been called the greatest writer in the English language. His plays continue to be published, performed in theaters and movies. More

 

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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 TALK2US: Words to Live By

Has a friend or older family member ever given you advice about something? Jonathan Evans talks with callers about good advice they have heard from others.
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Video TALK2US: Spring Break

Jonathan talks with callers about Spring Break, a period of time during a school year that many students in the US look forward to every Spring.
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Video TALK2US: Spontaneous Idioms

Marsha and Anna decide to "go with the flow" when they teach the idioms we use when we don't plan ahead.
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Video TALK2US: Animal Idioms

Caty and Ashley teach you how to use "cat's pajamas," "bee's knees," and other English idioms that refer to animals.
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Video TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Money

Ashley and Sahar talk about the expressions we use for spending and saving money.
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Video TALK2US: Expressions in Song Lyrics

Learn some new expressions with Caty and Ashley as they talk about idioms in popular songs.
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Video TALK2US: Would You Go to Mars?

Marsha James and Anna Matteo talk about whether or not folks would take a one-way ticket to Mars.
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Video TALK2US: Time Adverbs

Learn About Time Adverbs with Marsha James and Anna Matteo.

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