January 30, 2015 04:50 UTC

American Stories

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Video Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Part Two

Today, we complete the story "Rappaccini’s Daughter." It was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Here is Kay Gallant with the second and final part of “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” Many years ago, a young man named Giovanni Guasconti left his home in Naples to study in northern Italy....

Video Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Part One

Doctor Rappaccini grows poisonous plants in his garden. HIs beautiful daughter, Beatrice, helps him. A young medical student fall in love with Beatrice. How will he arrange to meet the young woman in the dangerous garden? Find out in this story by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. More

Video Pecos Bill, an American Folk Tale

Today we tell a traditional American story called a "tall tale." A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life. The descriptions in the story are exaggerated – much greater than in real life. Long ago, the people who settled in undeveloped areas in America first told tall tales. More

 

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With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about movies. Callers mention Titanic and Maleficent as movies they like.

SCHEDULE for TALK2US

Monday, January 26, 1800 UTC: Jonathan Evans talks about traditional desserts. 

Wednesday, January 28, 1800 UTC:  Dr. Jill Robbins talks about public speaking skills.

Thursday, January 29, 1800 UTC: Marsha James and Anna Mateo talk about feeling “under the weather.”

Friday, January 30, 1700 UTC:  Caty Weaver  and Ashley Thompson talk about the Superbowl, and explain some common football expressions/phrasal verbs. 

 

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The Day in Photos

 A winter swimmer does push-ups on the snow-covered shores of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

A winter swimmer does push-ups on the snow-covered shores of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

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

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Video How Do You Develop More Female Engineers?

The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The challenge is making girls feel welcome in this area of study. Parents, educators and toy makers are trying to increase the numbers of girls studying STEM subjects.

Audio Tips for Writing: ‘They Say, I Say’

English learners often think that academic writing is all about spelling, grammar, and organization. Author Cathy Birkenstein says almost anyone can put a sentence together. The difficult part is learning to read and think critically. Listen to these tips from Birkenstein and Gerald Graff. More

Audio Test Scores Drop in South Africa with New Education Plan

Every year, South African 12th grade students take a test to decide their next steps following the completion of high school. Many students were unhappy with the results of their 2014 exam. The scores were released January 5. Universities use the scores to make admissions decisions. More

 

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Video TALK2US: Watching Movies

With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about movies. Callers mention Titanic and Maleficent as movies they like.
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Video TALK2US: Interjections

Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson are joined by a special guest, Anna Mateo, as they sing "The Interjection Song"
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Video TALK2US: Environmental Problems

Jonathan Evans talks with callers about climate change, pollution and what people can do to help the environment.
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Video TALK2US: New Year Resolutions

As we enter into 2015, many people have made resolutions – a personal commitment to do something or make a lifestyle change. What are your New Year Resolutions for 2015?
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Video TALK2US: Healthy Snacks

Marsha James and Anna Matteo talk about healthy snack choices. And they teach an advanced word. What do you call someone who criticizes something that they themselves do? Listen to find out!
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Video TALK2US: Conversation Strategies

What helps you carry on a conversation in English? Dr. Jill shares her advice on strategies that may help you.
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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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