November 23, 2014 10:47 UTC

American Stories

Lady and Tiger

Video The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton

Long ago, in the very olden time, there lived a powerful king. Some of his ideas were progressive. But others caused people to suffer. This story is a classic tale of a tough decision. Which door has the tiger behind it, and which door has the lady? We'll let you decide!

Video One Thousand Dollars by O. Henry

"One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman, in a severe and serious voice. "And here is the money.” What can a man do with $1,000? Learn how one man spends the money he inherits in this classic story by O. Henry, part of our multimedia series American Stories. More

Video A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett

Our story today, "A White Heron," is about a nine-year-old girl named Sylvie who moves from the city to live with her grandmother in the countryside of Vermont. Young Sylvie faces a very important decision when she is asked to choose between money and the freedom of a beautiful wild creature. More

 

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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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Caty and Ashley "bundle up" for some wintry phrasal verbs.

 

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The Day in Photos

 People take part in a rally in central Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of pro-European Union (EU) mass protests which caused a change in the country's leadership and brought Ukraine closer to the EU.

People take part in a rally in central Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of pro-European Union (EU) mass protests which caused a change in the country's leadership and brought Ukraine closer to the EU.

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

Access students in Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Video US Teachers Reach Out to Indonesians in 'Access'

Access provides two years of free English classes to needy young people around the world. One of the largest Access programs is in Indonesia --with about 1,000 students. To find out if there will be an Access class near you, contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country.

In Kenya Prison, Criminals Become Students

In Kenya Prison, Criminals Become Students More

Video Tips for Applying to US Colleges, Part Two

For part two of our tips for applying to American colleges, we visit George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. George Mason University is the largest public research university in the state of Virginia. It has about 33,000 students, and more than 100 different majors and specializations. More

 

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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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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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