February 11, 2016 06:28 UTC

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English in a Minute

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English in a Minute: Fall Through the Cracksi
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Falling is no fun. You can get hurt. "Falling through the cracks" sounds even worse. But, what does this expression really mean? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Fall Through the Cracks

Falling is no fun. You can get hurt. "Falling through the cracks" sounds even worse. But, what does this expression really mean? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Head Over Heels

Have you ever been "head over heels" for someone? Find out what this dizzying expression means in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: In the Spotlight

Some American English expressions like to be at the center of attention! What do you think "in the spotlight" means? Watch this week's English in a Minute to find out!
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Video English in a Minute: Face the Music

Playing music, or just listening to music, is a fun activity. But, "facing the music" can often be unpleasant. Learn how to use this expression in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Branch Out

We have already learned a few tree-related idioms, such as "go out on a limb" and "barking up the wrong tree." Here is another one for you. Find out what it means to "branch out" in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Low-Hanging Fruit

Low-hanging fruit on a tree is the easiest fruit to pick. But this expression actually has nothing to do with fresh fruit. Find out what makes something "low-hanging fruit" in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Don't Hold Your Breath

This expression sounds like a warning of some kind. Find out how to use this idiom in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Burning Bridges

Does this expression really mean that a bridge is on fire? Find out how to use this "fiery" expression in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: MIA

Americans use a lot of abbreviated -- or shortened -- expressions. Find out what 'MIA' stands for in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Wake-Up Call

Have you ever gotten a wake-up call? This expression can be used in many situations. Find out more about this idiom in this week's English in a Minute.
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Video English in a Minute: The Calm Before the Storm

American English has a lot of weather-related idioms. What do you think it means if a situation is "the calm before the storm?" Learn how to use this expression in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Jack of All Trades

Does this expression have anything to do with a man named Jack? This idiom is not what it seems. Learn more by watching this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: To Have Butterflies

Butterflies are beautiful creatures. But, is it a good thing or a bad thing to "have butterflies?" Find out how to use this expression in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Up In The Air

Are your future plans "up in the air?" Find out how to use this expression in this week's English in a Minute!

English @ the Movies

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English @ the Movies: 'Stand On its Own'i
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Today's English @ the Movies takes its phrase from a comedy-- the movie "Vacation." Do you know what the phrase "stand on its own" means? Watch and listen to find out.
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Stand On its Own'

Today's English @ the Movies takes its phrase from a comedy-- the movie "Vacation." Do you know what the phrase "stand on its own" means? Watch and listen to find out.
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Bigger Than They Are'

Today's English @ the Movies phrase is taken from "Concussion." A concussion is a brain injury that can happen when people hit their heads hard. The movie is about a doctor taking on the football industry. What is the phrase? "Bigger than they are." Watch, and listen.
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Put Your Foot Down'

This English @ the Movies phrase is "put your foot down." It comes from the funny movie "Inside Out," about a young girl and the emotions inside her head. At one point, her dad gets so mad, he ends up having to put his foot down. What does that mean? Find out.
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Cooked Up'

Here is a scary thought. What if dinosaurs were brought back to life? They have been gone a long time from our planet, but in the movie "Jurassic World," they are back. Wonder what it means if something is "cooked up?" Listen, and find out.
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Scaredy-cat'

Have you heard the phrase, "scaredy-cat?" It is today's English @ the Movies phrase from the movie "Goosebumps." If you are scared, you are frightened. Do you think scaredy-cat is about cats, or people? Watch, listen, and find out.

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Zika Virus Detected in Body Fluids

Brazilian scientists have detected the Zika virus in urine and saliva samples of two infected patients. But, they added, more study is needed to find out whether the virus can infect by exchanging body fluids. More

Business

Audio Temporary Workers Taking Bigger Role in US Workforce

The “gig economy” has been used to describe the new world of work in the digital age. It refers to freelance, part-time or contract-based jobs that usually do not offer benefits. More employers are using these work arrangements to cut costs. There are supporters and critics of this approach. More

Science & Technology

Audio NASA: Big Asteroid Could Pass Near Earth Next Month

A 30-meter wide asteroid will pass close to Earth this March and again in September 2017. The odds of a collision with our planet are like winning a lottery. More

Entertainment

Audio Trending Today: Egypt Rolls Out Red Carpet

Vehicles carrying Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his aides drove on a red carpet to a housing project outside of Cairo. The carpet stretched a distance of four kilometers! More

The Day in Photos

A man feeds seagulls on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, February 9, 2016.

A man feeds seagulls on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, February 9, 2016.

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