June 30, 2015 05:13 UTC

American Stories

Video To Build a Fire by Jack London

This story about a man fighting to survive in the cold should help you feel cooler if the weather is hot where you live. It tells about a young man who came to the Yukon and broke the most important rule of the old-timers: never travel alone, especially when it is 60 degrees below!

Video The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

Life in the American West was hard. During the California Gold Rush, it was also very dangerous. This story by Bret Harte tells of a small group of people forced to leave their town. Read about their struggle to survive a journey in the freezing Sierra Nevada mountains. More

Video The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A stranger comes to share a warm fire with a family on a cold night in the mountains. They talk about what is most important to them. Then part of the mountain starts to fall. Rocks and earth fall near the little house. What will become of the family and their visitor? More

 

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SCHEDULE for TALK2US

Monday June 29, 1700 UTC: Jonathan Evans talks about Summer Travel.

 

Tuesday, June 30, 1400 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins and Pete Musto talk about Everyday Grammar: Words Come and Go in English

 

Thursday, July 2, 1500 UTC: Anna Matteo and Marsha James host.

 

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The Day in Photos

A fish eats a dead jellyfish near the surface of the Red Sea in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A fish eats a dead jellyfish near the surface of the Red Sea in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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

Video Everyday Grammar: Words Come and Go in English

Part of the reason that English has grown as a world language is that it adjusts easily to change. Why do some words and phrases stay the same while others change? VOA guest editor David Sullivan shares his ideas on the changes he has seen in today's English.

Audio Training to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault

Universities are looking for ways to reduce the danger of sexual assault by giving special training to students. A recent Canadian study reports success in cutting the number of sex crimes by almost 50 percent among those who attended the training program. More

Audio Everyday Grammar: When Passive Is Better than Active

There are two ways to write many English sentences: active or passive. The choice of active or passive voice is important. It shows what a speaker wants to emphasize - the action or the actor. Often we try to avoid passives, but at times they are exactly what we need. More

 

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Video TALK2US: Confusing Words in English

Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk about some words with opposite meanings.
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Video TALK2US: Happiest Country in the World

Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk with Amanda, a student intern from Denmark, the happiest country in the world. Learn about what interns do and differences between Denmark and the U.S.
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Video TALK2US: Best Places to Visit Around The World

Jonathan talks with callers about interesting places to visit in their home countries.
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Video TALK2US: Natural Disasters

A natural disaster can be a hurricane, a flood, or an earthquake. Jonathan talks with callers about the kinds of natural disasters in their home countries.
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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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