October 30, 2014 18:12 UTC

American Stories

Miners in the Gold Rush

Video The Californian's Tale by Mark Twain

Our story today is called “The Californian’s Tale." It was written by Mark Twain. Here is Shep O’Neal with the story. When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I never found enough to make me rich. But I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called “the Stanislau.”

Video The Line of Least Resistance

Edith Wharton is the author of this week's American Story, The Line of Least Resistance. This is a weekly multimedia series of American short stories for English language learners. Each story has video, audio, quizzes, and a lesson plan for teachers. More

Video 'Luck' by Mark Twain

This is a weekly multimedia series of American short stories for English language learners. Our story today is from Mark Twain, one of the best-known authors in America. More

 

Talk2US

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See how Americans prepare for Halloween by carving a pumpkin to make a Jack-O-Lantern!

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Monday, October 27, 1700 UTC: Do you carve vegetables or fruit? Anna Mateo and Dr. Jill Robbins show how to carve a pumpkin for Halloween.

Tuesday, October 28, 1330 UTC: Ashley Thompson talks about blended words.

Wednesday, October 29, 1500 UTC: Adam Brock talks about commonly confused words

Thursday, October 30, 1330 UTC: Jonathan Evans will SING2US and asks for your songs.

Friday, October 31, 1500 UTC: Caty Weaver presents more baseball idioms.

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The Day in Photos

Smoke rises after a house was blown up during a military operation by Egyptian security forces in Rafah near the border with southern Gaza Strip.

Smoke rises after a house was blown up during a military operation by Egyptian security forces in Rafah near the border with southern Gaza Strip.

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.

Check out this week's prompt.

Education

Students at Montgomery College, a junior college in Maryland.

Video Tips for Applying to US Colleges

Editor's note: Here at VOA Learning English we get a lot of questions from our audience about higher education in the United States. So we visited several universities and spoke with students and administrators about your questions. The first school we visited was American University.

Audio Free Online Test Targets English Learners

The new exam is called the EFSET, which is short for Education First Standardized English Test. The company, Education First, is known by the letters EF. It operates schools and offices in more than 50 countries. More

Audio Having Problems with a School Paper?

A Duke University expert advises against waiting to write until you’ve done all the research. Instead, write a little even if you are just half finished with the process. She says this way, you may get a better idea of what you want to understand and express. More

 

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Video Talk2US: Anna Mateo 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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Video TALK2US: Baseball Terms in English Idioms

Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about some common baseball terms that have entered everyday conversation in English idioms.
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Video Talk2US: Pretty Little Adjectives!

Adjectives are words that describe something or someone. Jonathan Evans talked with callers about some of their favorite adjectives.
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Video What is Cosplay?

Have you ever wondered about the cultural phenomenon called 'cosplay?' Check it out with Dr. Jill!
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Video Are You an Airhead? Slang with Dr. Jill

English has many slang expressions that are insults. Here are some clean ones from Dr. Jill
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Video Talk2US: Let’s Celebrate!

Holidays are a time to take a break from work and celebrate a special event or person. Listen as we talk about holidays in the United States and around the world.
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Video Talk2US with Anna Mateo and Dr. Jill Robbins: Cooking with Kale

Anna Mateo and Dr. Jill Robbins share some recipes with callers from Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
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Video Jonathan asks, What's your workout?

What's your workout routine? What exercises do you do to keep fit?
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Video TALK2US

Learn slang expressions for compliments with Dr. Jill and callers from Sudan, Iran, Brazil, and Nepal.

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