August 31, 2015 06:46 UTC

American Stories

Video A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers. More

Video The Return of a Private by Hamlin Garland

A soldier is returning from the American Civil War. As he gets closer to home, his fears begin. He worries about how he will take care of his family and farm. He is tired and weak, and has little money. How will his wife react to this man who has changed so much from the one she knew? More

Video The Story of an Eyewitness by Jack London

It is April 18, 1906. The largest earthquake San Francisco has ever seen hits. Collier's magazine sends the famous American writer, Jack London, to report on the destruction and great loss of life. He describes the panic, a firestorm, and the flight of the city's people to escape. More

 

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Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.

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Monday, Aug 24, 1900 UTC: Jonathan Evans hosts.

 

Wednesday, Aug 26, 1700 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins hosts.

 

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The Day in Photos

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

Confessions of an English Learner
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Education

Audio Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses

English has several ways to talk about the future. It's one of the most flexible tenses in English. We visit some popular songs for examples of the future forms. Read and listen as the Everyday Grammar team shows you six ways to express an event in the future. You will not regret it! More

Audio Betty Azar, 'Rock Star' of English Grammar

It all started with a question from a student. The year was 1965. Betty Azar was teaching her first English as a Second Language class at the University of Iowa. A student from the Middle East asked Ms. Azar, “Why can’t I put a in front of water?’ As in ‘I drank a water.’” More

Audio Everyday Grammar: We Suggest That You Learn the Subjunctive

How can we be polite and stress urgency at the same time? The subjunctive offers speakers a polite and diplomatic way to give a command or express that something is very important. Learn how to use it in noun clauses from the Everyday Grammar experts. More

 

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Video TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Sports and Activities

Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.
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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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