December 22, 2014 17:05 UTC

American Stories

"Green Martian on His Thoat," an illustration by James Allen St. John, 1920.

Video A Princess of Mars, Part Four

Editor's note: This is the fourth in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Last week, we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle between the green Martians and a race of red, human-like creatures.

Video A Princess of Mars, Part Three

This is the third in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Last week we told how John Carter was captured by a group of warriors on the planet Mars. John Carter continutes to tell about what happens to him... More

Video A Princess of Mars, Part Two

This classic science fiction story by Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired many other writers. We hope you enjoy the second part of our four-part series. Last week, we met John Carter who begins the story. He enters a cave deep in the desert in the state of Arizona. There something happens.... More

 

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Caty and Ashley talk about 'Phrasal Verbs Relating to Law and Order,' and get some happy news on a visitor's improvement in speaking English.

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Monday, December 22, 1800 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins talks about looking back on your year. 

Tuesday, December  23, 1400 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins talks about teaching English to children.  

Wednesday, December 24,  1400 UTC: Anna Mateo talks about healthy snacks on the holidays. 

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The Day in Photos

Javier Yanez stands on his balcony in Old Havana, where he hung a U.S. and Cuban flag.

Javier Yanez stands on his balcony in Old Havana, where he hung a U.S. and Cuban flag.

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 Tips for Applying to US Colleges, Part Three

For the third part of our series “Tips for Applying to US Colleges” we visited Shenandoah University. Shenandoah University is named for the scenic Shenandoah Valley in the US state of Virginia. It is a private institution with about 4,000 students from 55 countries.

Audio Will Chinese Replace English as the Global Language?

Mandarin Chinese already has the most native speakers of any language. And, China may soon pass the United States as the world’s largest economy. Is Chinese the language of the future? Could it replace English as the world’s international language? Not so fast, several experts weigh in. More

Audio Writing the Narrative Essay: How to Find the Words

A narrative essay tells a story from the writer’s experience. It is something the writer has lived through. And this essay usually follows events in the order they happened. Experts from Purdue University offer tips and suggestions for finding the rights words for your own narrative essay. More

 

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Video TALK2US: Law and Order Phrasal Verbs

Caty and Ashley talk about 'Phrasal Verbs Relating to Law and Order,' and get some happy news on a visitor's improvement in speaking English.
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Video TALK2US: Privacy

How much do you value your privacy? Do you think websites like Facebook take away too much of your privacy? Jonathan Evans speaks with callers about their thoughts on privacy.
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Video TALK2US: Standardized Tests

A “standardized test” is any kind of test that requires all test takers to answer the same questions in the same way, like the TOEFL or IELTS. What do you think about standardized tests?
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Video International Students Talk About Studying in the US

Adam Brock talked via Skype with international students at California State University at Los Angeles about studying in the United States.
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Video The Most “Wonder”ful Time of the Year

The Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls and the Grand Canyon. These are some of the world’s natural wonders. Jonathan Evans talks with callers about the great natural wonders on Planet Earth.
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Video Sing2US

Do you have a song that you love to sing? Jonathan and callers to VOA Learning English sing their favorite songs in English and other languages!
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Video TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Eating and Drinking

Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about some phrasal verbs that express ideas like eating too much, eating slowly, eating everything, and eating less.
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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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