May 27, 2015 03:35 UTC

American Stories

Video A Municipal Report by O. Henry

O. Henry was a master of the short story. Some say this is his best short story. It was published in 1904. It tells of a mysterious woman writer who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. See if you can figure out the murder at the end of the story. Why does the storyteller throw away the yellow button?

Video The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Poe created the first detective in fiction in this story. Written in 1844, it tells how a detective named Auguste Dupin solves a robbery. People say that Poe influenced modern detective fiction when he wrote a series of stories about the brilliant mind of Auguste Dupin. More

Video Athenaise by Kate Chopin

Our story today is called "Athenaise" by Kate Chopin. Women in the United States long wanted to be independent. This classic American Story tells about a young married woman in the Bayou of Louisiana who questions her role as a wife. Can she have her personal liberty and stay married to Mr. Cazeau? More

 

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SCHEDULE for TALK2US

Tuesday, May 26, 1700 UTC: Dr. Jill and our new intern Pete talk about conditionals. 

Thursday, May 28, 1500 UTC: Marsha James and Anna Mateo host.

Friday, May 29, 1730 UTC: Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson host.

 

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The Day in Photos

A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

Confessions of an English Learner
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Education

Audio Everyday Grammar - Introducing Conditionals

In everyday conversation, English speakers often talk about things that are not true. Or, they talk about things that only happen if something else happens. Learn how to correctly use these conditional forms in English. If you write to us, we will let you know if it is correct.

Audio Successful Debate for New Learners and Large Classes

Many students of English engage in debate as part of their training. In Part Two of our Successful Debate series, we learn the kinds of debate topics that work well for English learners. An expert shares tips for organizing a debate in a large class and for answering arguments. More

Audio Everyday Grammar: Problems with Pronouns and Gender

The English language is changing to meet the needs of online communities and a quickly changing society. Do we need new pronouns to talk about a person whose gender is unknown? It’s common now to hear that “Everyone has their own opinion” on this issue. More

 

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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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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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