October 24, 2014 08:29 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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English has many slang expressions that are insults. Here are some clean ones from Dr. Jill

SCHEDULE for TALK2US

Monday, October 20, 1700 UTC - Want to spice up your English? Jonathan Evans talks about colorful adjectives

Tuesday, October 21, 1330 UTC: Ashley Thompson explains conversational "blended words" in American English. "Don't be hangry. Eat a cronut!"

Wednesday, October 22, 1900 UTC: What's your harvest festival? Dr. Jill talks about American harvest festivals.

Thursday, October 23, 1300 UTC: Do you like to 'dress up?' Dr. Jill Robbins explains the cultural phenomenon of "Cosplay."

Friday, October 24, 1500 UTC: Caty Weaver breaks down some more phrasal verbs

 

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The Day in Photos

Russian artist Yelena Zelenskaya displays pies she baked that look like North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, U.S. President Barack Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, prepared for the art performance titled, "Sweet Sanctions."

Russian artist Yelena Zelenskaya displays pies she baked that look like North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, U.S. President Barack Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, prepared for the art performance titled, "Sweet Sanctions."

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

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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.

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

Audio Getting Started with TOEFL

If you are interested in studying at an American university, you have probably heard about the Test of English as a Foreign Language. The test is widely known as the TOEFL. It is the most widely used language assessment exam for American universities. More

 

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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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Video Talk2US Jonathan's Open Mic Session

In this TALK2US segment, Skype callers decided the topics to discuss. Let’s learn about how to get over culture shock, accents in English, and workers’ safety.
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Video Phrasal Verbs of Love and Romance

Caty Weaver talks with visitors about the phrasal verbs commonly used to talk about romance, love, and dating.
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Video What’s Your Daily Routine?

How do you get started in the mornings? Let’s learn about the ways people around the world wake up and get to work or school.

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