Wednesday, December 3, 2014

China Quiet as Hong Kong, Taiwan Challenges Grow

VOAVideo: China Quiet as Hong Kong, Taiwan Challenges Grow

At a meeting in Brussels Wednesday, senior officials from more than 60 countries pledged to continue their fight against the militant Islamic State group for, in the words of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, “as long as it takes.” VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

East Meets West to Treat Alzheimer's Patients

VOA Learning English:  East Meets West to Treat Alzheimer's Patients

But researchers in California say a new way of treating Alzheimer’s disease is showing promise for reversing some of that memory loss. The new treatment combines western medicine with eastern philosophy – ideas rooted in Asian religions.  (listen)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

uscitizenpod: Veterans Day video for Beginning Level ESL/Citizenship Students

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Online Test Targets English Learners

VOA Learning English: Free Online Test Targets English Learners

A private company has just launched what it calls “the world’s first free standardized English test.” Anyone with an Internet connection can take the test for free. The test can be found at more) (listen)

Words in this Story
  • launch – v. to offer or sell (something) for the first time
  • prohibitive – adj. so high that people are prevented from using or buying something
  • pilot – v. done as a test to see if a larger program, study, should be done
  • intriguing – adj. extremely interesting
  • game changer – n. an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Camera Captures Hong Kong Police Beating Protester

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VOANews: Camera Captures Hong Kong Police Beating Protester

Human rights groups are criticizing Hong Kong police for beating an unarmed protester. Several police officers were caught on camera kicking and hitting the protester. The man was unable to defend himself because he wore handcuffs. (read more) (listen)

Words in this Story

  • defend – v. to guard or fight against attack; to protect
  • incident – n. an event or something that happens
  • video – n. a method of recording images and sound without a traditional film camera to be shown on a television, computer or other device
  • legal – adj. of or in agreement with the law

Friday, October 10, 2014

HappyTen-Ten Taiwan! We stand with Hong Kong!

VOANews: Young dancers perform during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan. During Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's keynote speech, he gave his support to Hong Kong's student protesters demanding universal suffrage in its 2017 election.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hong Kong Cancels Talks With Protesters

VOAVideo: Hong Kong Cancels Talks With Protesters

Hong Kong authorities have canceled talks with pro-democracy protesters occupying parts of the city after they vowed to step up civil disobedience.  The protest leader said increased pressure was needed ahead of the talks to ensure progress toward direct elections, and urged supporters to continue occupying public spaces (read more)

VOANews: Anonymous Tip Reveals Secret Payments to Hong Kong Leader

Leung received undisclosed payments worth $6.5M from Australian firm UGL in the two years since he took office