Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Listen A Minute.com: Current Events

Senior ESL watching the inauguration of President Obama

Listen A Minute.com: Current Events

I love the news and current events.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Swine Flu Tops List of 2009 Health Issues



VOAVideo: Swine Flu Tops List of 2009 Health Issues

The H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu, was the top medical story of 2009. In March, the virus caught the attention of health officials in Mexico when cases of a flu-like illness were reported in the state of Veracruz. The transmission of the virus was so rapid that by mid-June the World Health Organization declared the first flu pandemic in more than four decades. VOA's Melinda Smith looks back at the progression of the disease, as well as other major health issues of 2009.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

VOANews: Where Every Day Is Christmas



Profit reinvestment and strong community ties have made family-owned Bronner’s into possibly the world’s biggest Christmas store.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

US Buddhists Join In Christmas Celebration



VOANews: US Buddhists Join In Christmas Celebration

It has long been true that Christmas is not just for Christians any more. Many people, of many different religious persuasions or of no persuasion at all, celebrate the day and the season. Followers of Buddhism in the Washington area are among the groups celebrating the tradition.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

ESL Podcast 539 – Spending Time with Family

ESL Podcast 539 – Spending Time with Family

What’s the most important thing in life? Some say breakfast, but most would choose family. Learn more in this episode. Download Podcast

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus

Mr Kim (not Santa Claus) singing Christmas carols

VOANews: Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus

The story of the man in the red suit who brings gifts to children at Christmas.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

ESL Podcast 537 – Types of Bank Accounts



Don't know where to keep your money? Learn about different types of bank accounts in this episode. Download Podcast

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Listen a Minute: Climate Change


Listen a Minute: Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most worrying things for our planet.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Researchers: "Elderly Adults with Chronic Pain Fall More Often"



VOAVideo: Researchers: "Elderly Adults with Chronic Pain Fall More Often"

A new study in the United States shows that pain is a major factor in causing the elderly to fall. The study follows earlier research that found that falling is the major cause of injury for those over 70 and a primary cause of death for those over the age of 85. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Elderly Americans Learn How to Whack Attackers

VOANews: Elderly Americans Learn How to Whack Attackers

Thousands of elderly Americans are learning a form of self-defense that uses a tool many of them already carry - a walking cane. According to some martial arts instructors, Cane Fu is growing in popularity among retirees. Steve Mort reports from Florida.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

in30.tv: Thanksgiving

in30.tv: Thanksgiving is holiday which is mostly observed in North America.

Friday, November 20, 2009

What Does Swine Flu Have to Do with Neckties?

ESLPod Blog: What Does Swine Flu Have to Do with Neckties?

Dr Jeff McQuillan: "...Today I read in The Wall Street Journal about a new problem related to the swine flu: the necktie that your doctor wears (that is, if your doctor is a man). Some studies have indicated that these ties are in fact dangerous to patients (people who go to see the doctor or who are sick) because they can actually carry germs and viruses. When the doctor leans close (moves close to, moves toward) to your face with a tie on, you have a greater chance of catching (getting) these germs and viruses..." (read more)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fat-Producing Hormone May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes



VOAVideo: Fat-Producing Hormone May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The World Health Organization estimates that at least 180 million people have diabetes. Ninety percent have what's called Type 2 diabetes, caused by the body's ineffective use of insulin. Researchers have focused in recent years on a hormone derived from fat cells, called adiponectin, which is shown to lower the risk of diabetes. VOA's Melinda Smith reports that scientists now hope this could improve the treatment of diabetes or even prevent it altogether.

On the Road to Health Reform, Congress Moves a Step Closer

VOANews: On the Road to Health Reform, Congress Moves a Step Closer

The bill narrowly passed by the House includes a public option, a government-run health insurance plan.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Obama Holds Town Hall in Shanghai



VOAVideo: Obama Holds Town Hall in Shanghai

VOA News Special Report: President Obama in Asia

All VOA News stories and videos related to the President Barack Obama's first Asia trip began November 12, taking him to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. The historic 10-day journey includes bilateral and multilateral meetings, a town hall-style meeting in China and a visit with U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Obama's Town Hall Meeting in Shanghai


Remarks by President Obama at Town Hall Meeting in Shanghai (by question)


VOA News Special Report:

President Obama in Asia

All VOA News stories and videos related to the President Barack Obama's first Asia trip began November 12, taking him to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. The historic 10-day journey includes bilateral and multilateral meetings, a town hall-style meeting in China and a visit with U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

ESL Podcast 529 – Insulting Other People

ESL Podcast 529 – Insulting Other People

Sometimes the best way to deal with rude people is to ignore them. Find out what happens when you don’t in this episode. Download Podcast

Lourdes: Do you see those teenagers over there? They’re making trouble again.

Nick: Those kids are just messing around. When they get bored, they’ll pipe down and go home.

Lourdes: They’re really getting on my nerves, playing loud music and making all that noise. They’re a disgrace . . .

Thursday, November 12, 2009

H1N1 Cases Put Strain on Hospital Emergency Rooms

VOAVideo: H1N1 Cases Put Strain on Hospital Emergency Rooms

Some hospital emergency rooms in the United States are facing severe strains dealing with the H1N1 flu outbreak, while others are handling cases without much difficulty. VOA's Jeff Swicord reports on one small hospital outside of Washington that began planning last April for an influx of flu patients. (read more)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Healthcare Reform Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives



VOAVideo: Healthcare Reform Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives

It's a major victory for President Barack Obama, and his Democratic Party supporters in the House of Representatives. But what took a matter of hours in the House could take weeks in the Senate. VOA's Laurel Bowman takes a look at the hurdles this healthcare legislation faces ahead.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Listen a Minute: Advice


Sean Banville has a new website: Listen A Minute

  • One minute a day is all you need to improve your listening skills
  • Focus on new words, grammar and pronunciation in these short texts.
  • Doing the online activities, discussion, survey and writing will help.
  • Listen many times - enough for you to you understand everything.
Listen a Minute: Advice

I don’t know what I would do without my friends’ advice.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Elderly Not Necessarily Immune From Severe H1N1 Flu



VOAVideo: Elderly Not Necessarily Immune From Severe H1N1 Flu

A new report about the H1N1 flu virus indicates that the elderly are not immune from the disease after all. And another report seems to support the early decision to make pregnant women among the first to receive flu vaccinations. VOA's Laurel Bowman has more in this report by producer Vidushi Sinha.

Monday, November 2, 2009

ESL Podcast 526 – Talking About Age


ESL Podcast 526 – Talking About Age

Getting older means changing your attitude toward life. Learn more about talking about age in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cancer Screening Does Not Always Produce Benefits

VOA Video: Cancer Screening Does Not Always Produce Benefits

For some time, there has been some confusion among doctors about the reliability of cancer screening, particularly for breast and prostate cancers. The latest debate started when the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society said the advantages of screening for breast and prostate cancer are exaggerated. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween from Senior ESL!

Mrs. Song, Mr. Lin, Mrs. Kim, & Mrs. Tai

Mr Lin's Jack o' Lantern

ESL Holiday Lessons: Halloween
Halloween is celebrated on October the 31st every year. It originated from a pagan holiday and the Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Rooftop Gardening is a Growing Trend in New York City



VOAVideo: Rooftop Gardening is a Growing Trend in New York City

New York is a city notoriously short on space, but also one whose residents are big on innovation. In the Big Apple, the latest trend is rooftop farming. Individuals and restaurants are beginning to grow some of their own food in the only space available to them - their roofs. While the practice is currently an environmental rather than a financial trend, some companies hope it can become a money-making business model, providing a cheaper alternative to store-bought produce, especially in low-income neighborhoods where fresh vegetables are expensive and scarce. Paige Kollock reports. (Read the Full Story)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Obama Declares H1N1 National Emergency

Breaking News English: Obama Declares H1N1 National Emergency

President Obama has declared H1N1 influenza a national emergency in the USA. He has given doctors and medical facilities more resources to deal with the pandemic.

PRINT: 13-Page Class Handout
LISTEN: MP3 (2:01 - 948KB)
PLAY: Online Quiz

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

American Workforce Getting Older, Working Longer

VOAVideo: American Workforce Getting Older, Working Longer

The American workforce is getting grayer. And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of workers between 65 and 74 years old will grow by more than 80 percent between 2006 and 2016. As Steve Mort reports from Florida, economic hard-times are causing members of the so-called 'baby-boomer' generation to postpone their retirement plans. (Read the full story)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Constituents of the 15th District of California Speak Out About The Need For Health Care Reform

Rep. Mike Honda: Constituents of the 15th District (San Jose/Milpitas) of California Speak Out About The Need For Health Care Reform

Although resilient and innovative, the 15th District (San Jose/Milpitas) has struggled through successive financial challenges in the past decade that have resulted in growing unemployment and rising numbers of the un- and under-insured. Over the past nine years, Rep. Honda has heard repeated pleas from the Constituents of the 15 th District to fix the system, protect their families financial health, and ensure access to high quality healthcare. This is just an excerpt of the many meetings he has had.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Police to charge Balloon Boy father

Breaking News English: Police to charge Balloon Boy father

Police in Colorado, USA, are to charge a man who started a massive emergency rescue operation for his son. It seems the search may have been nothing more than a publicity stunt...

PRINT: 13-Page Class Handout
LISTEN: MP3 (2:05 - 988KB)
PLAY: Online Quiz

Monday, October 19, 2009

50th Anniversary of VOA Special English

Happy Birthday, VOA Special English!



What is VOA Special English?

On October 19, 1959, the Voice of America broadcast the first Special English program. It was an experiment. The goal was to communicate by radio in clear and simple English with people whose native language was not English. Special English programs quickly became some of the most popular on VOA. They still are. Special English continues to communicate with people who are not fluent in English. Over the years, its role has expanded. It helps people learn American English while they learn about American life and stay informed about world news and developments in science. It provides listeners with information they cannot find elsewhere.

Three Elements Make Special English Unique

  • It has a core vocabulary of 1500 words. Most are simple words that describe objects, actions or emotions. Some words are more difficult. They are used for reporting world events and describing discoveries in medicine and science.
  • Special English writers use short, simple sentences that contain only one idea. They use active voice. They do not use idioms.
  • Special English broadcasters read at a slower pace, about two-thirds the speed of standard English. This helps people learning English hear each word clearly. It also helps people who are fluent English speakers understand complex subjects.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Inventive New Yorkers Develop Bamboo Bicycles

VOAVideo: Inventive New Yorkers Develop Bamboo Bicycles

In major U.S. cities, bicycling is increasingly seen as an environmentally-friendly way to get around. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a campaign to promote bicycling by adding bike lanes and proposing a tax on cars that drive on city streets. In 2008, an estimated 185,000 New Yorkers bicycled to work, an increase of 35 percent over the previous year. Now one New York bike studio is teaching people how to make their own bikes. VOA's Paige Kollock reports.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr. Fu!


Mr. Fu and I share the same birthday--
Happy Birthday, Mr. Fu!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin squashes competition in Calif. weigh-off



Pumpkin squashes competition in Calif. weigh-off

A giant pumpkin from Iowa is the prize of the patch after squashing the competition in a heavyweight championship on California's coast. The gigantic gourd tipped the scales at 1,658 pounds to win the 36th annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay.

At $6 a pound, Des Moines grower Don Young will take home a $9,948 prize. He says he didn't expect to win and is very happy. Read more...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Double Ten!



Double Ten Celebration in Santa Clara, CA.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

More Earthquakes After Samoa Tsunami

USPS American Samoa flag stamp
The flag is blue with a red-edged white triangle.
Inside the white triangle is an American bald eagle
clutching traditional Samoan symbols: a war club and a staff.
Snapshot art depicts palm trees and mountains.

News English Lessons: More Earthquakes After Samoa Tsunami (October 2, 2009)

New earthquakes are continuing to cause panic in Samoa and Tonga.
RED CROSS: DONATE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE TSUNAMIS

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Food of the China's Emperors for Sale to the Public



VOAVideo: Food of the China's Emperors for Sale to the Public

Chinese culture centers around food, and imperial cuisine elevates Chinese food to a rarified art form. In the past, only the emperor and his family could eat imperial food. But now in communist China, anyone can eat imperial food -- that is, anyone who has enough money. Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing. Read more...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Life expectancy in Taiwan increases to 78.57 years



Taiwanese life expectancy at birth averaged 78.57 years last year, up 0.19 years from the 2007 average, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) announced. Over the past 13 years, life expectancy has increased 4.04 years . . . Last year, Taiwanese males and females lived 75.59 years and 81.94 years respectively. (Read more)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Spices of Life: Moon Cakes



The hostess of Spices of Life learned a wonderful version of moon cakes from a Chinese chef years ago in Taiwan and adapted the recipe. Her Five-Treasure Moon Cakes have a buttery-vanilla crust stuffed with a delicious apricot marmalade filling.

Friday, October 2, 2009

MoonCake (月饼)



More than six types of mooncakes are made for the festival which falls in the middle of the eighth lunar calendar month. This is when the Chinese moon is fullest and largest. The mooncakes can be sweet or salty - an oil and molasses-sweetened pastry filled with duck egg yolks (symbolising the full summer moon), red bean, lotus seed paste or a plain molasses and flour filling for children. Each different type is set in a patterned mould before baking.

Legend has it that in the time of the Yuan dynasty in China, an underground group led by Zhu Yuan Zang was determined to rid the country of Mongolian dominance. The moon cake was created to carry a secret message. When the cake was opened and the message read, an uprising was unleashed which successfully routed the Mongolians. It happened at the time of the autumn moon... so that is why moon cakes are eaten at that time even to this day.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

China Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Modern State's Founding


On October 1, China celebrates the founding of the People's Republic with great fanfare. Over the past sixty years, the world's most populous country has transformed itself from a struggling poor civilization to an industrial and military power with few rivals.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Slang Words for Money


English in 30 Seconds: Slang Words for Money In English slang, there are many words for money. (A video for people learning English from http://www.in30.tv/

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Vitamins: D and the Diet

Vitamins: D and the Diet

Studies in recent years have found that vitamin D may do more to keep people healthy than just build strong bones. But how much is enough, and how much is too much? Transcript of radio broadcast: 22 September 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

English Words of Chinese Origin

in30.tv: English Words of Chinese Origin

Some of the words we use in English come from Chinese. Simple English News is featuring videos from English in 30 Seconds (http://www.in30.tv/). You can find more videos at Simple English News, English in 30 Seconds website, or in30's YouTube channel.

ESL Discussions: China

  • Do you think that one day the world will be learning Chinese rather than English?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Korean Families Begin Brief Reunions after Half Century Separation



VOAVideo: Divided Korean Families: Brief, Emotional Reunions

VOANews: Korean Families Begin Brief Reunions after Half Century Separation By Kurt Achin Seoul 26 September 2009

North and South Korean families have begun the process of meeting with long lost relatives separated by the Korean divide. Most are in their 80s or older, and have not seen each other for more than 50 years.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Obama Plan in 4 Minutes



The Obama Plan in 4 Minutes
Learn the basic principles of President Obama's health insurance reform plan as presented to Congress on September 9, 2009.

Monday, September 21, 2009

High Price of Gold Changes Consumer Buying Trends



VOANews: High Price of Gold Changes Consumer Buying Trends

Over the last few years, the price of gold has been steadily increasing and this month, it has been hovering around the one thousand dollar mark for an ounce of gold. This is forcing consumers, who live in cultures that value pure gold, to change their buying habits.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

World’s oldest person dies aged 115

Breaking News English: World’s oldest person dies aged 115

Ms. Baines was born in Georgia in 1894. She grew up in the southern American state during the time of terrible racial discrimination against black people. She saw many changes in her life, including the civil rights movement that brought greater equality. She got married when she was very young and had a child when she was just fifteen . . .

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Patients Struggling to Pay Medical Bills

VOAVideo: Patients Struggling to Pay Medical Bills

About 65 percent of Americans have private health insurance that is supposed to pay for anything from routine doctor visits to serious illnesses. But even people with some of the best policies find out too late that insurers may refuse to pay for needed medical procedures. The family of two-year-old Aram William's struggle with so-called incomplete coverage led them to advocate for health care reform. VOA's Brian Wagner reports from Miami.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Alcohol Linked to One in 25 Deaths Worldwide

VOANews: Alcohol Linked to One in 25 Deaths Worldwide

Also on SCIENCE IN THE NEWS: A new discovery that chimps can get an AIDS-like condition. And better news about overfishing.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Constitution and Citizenship Day!



The NCC: Creating the Constitution via TeacherTube

More games from the National Constitution Center:

Seize the Vote!
Test your knowledge of voting rights and gain the right to participate in the ultimate act of citizenship for your characters!

Interactive Constitution
The U.S. Constitution, including detailed explanations of the text is just a click away.

Citizenship Timeline
This online experience highlights some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of U.S. constitutional history.

Lincoln’s Crossroads
What would you have done in Abraham Lincoln’s shoes?

Bill of Rights Game
Help restore the Bill of Rights!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Studies Show Swine Flu Vaccine Effective For Adults

VOAVideo: Studies Show Swine Flu Vaccine Effective For Adults

When testing of the new vaccine for H1N1 swine flu began, experts believed most adults would need two doses because it is a new virus. But two new studies show most adults are protected after just one dose. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the implications this has for the H1N1 pandemic.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

New: VOA Special English Videos on YouTube!

NEW: VOA Special English news and information service is very popular with English learners and teachers worldwide. Reports are written in VOA Special English and are read one-third slower than regular English programs. VOA Special English now has videos on YouTube!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Japan's century club swells to more than 40,000

Japan's century club swells to more than 40,000
By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press Writer

Sep 10th, 2009 TOKYO -- The number of Japanese centenarians has doubled in the past six years to a record high of more than 40,000, with women dominating the list of those whose lives have spanned more than a century, the government said Friday.

Japan will have 40,399 people aged 100 or older this month, surpassing the previous record of 36,276 last year, the Health and Welfare Ministry said in an annual report marking a Sept. 21 national holiday honoring the elderly. More than 86 percent are women . . .

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I want to speak directly to seniors . . .

On Wednesday, September 10, President Obama spoke on Healthcare Insurance Reform. Below is the section of the speech in which Obama talks about Senior Citizens, Medicare, and Medicade.
  • You can watch a video from VOAVideo that shows a summary from Obama's speech and some of the controversy surrounding Healthcare reform.
  • You can also watch the video from WhiteHouse.gov that shows Obama's entire speech. Obama addresses Senior Citizens at minute 31:05-35:05.
  • You can read the Full Text of Obama’s Health Care Speech to Congress. Comments to the Seniors begins on page 5.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to speak directly to seniors for a moment, because Medicare is another issue that's been subjected to demagoguery and distortion during the course of this debate.

More than four decades ago, this nation stood up for the principle that after a lifetime of hard work, our seniors should not be left to struggle with a pile of medical bills in their later years. That's how Medicare was born. And it remains a sacred trust that must be passed down from one generation to the next. (Applause.) And that is why not a dollar of the Medicare trust fund will be used to pay for this plan. (Applause.)

The only thing this plan would eliminate is the hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud, as well as unwarranted subsidies in Medicare that go to insurance companies -- subsidies that do everything to pad their profits but don't improve the care of seniors. And we will also create an independent commission of doctors and medical experts charged with identifying more waste in the years ahead. (Applause.)

Now, these steps will ensure that you -- America's seniors -- get the benefits you've been promised. They will ensure that Medicare is there for future generations. And we can use some of the savings to fill the gap in coverage that forces too many seniors to pay thousands of dollars a year out of their own pockets for prescription drugs. (Applause.) That's what this plan will do for you. So don't pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut, especially since some of the same folks who are spreading these tall tales have fought against Medicare in the past and just this year supported a budget that would essentially have turned Medicare into a privatized voucher program. That will not happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare. (Applause.)

Now, because Medicare is such a big part of the health care system, making the program more efficient can help usher in changes in the way we deliver health care that can reduce costs for everybody. We have long known that some places -- like the Intermountain Healthcare in Utah or the Geisinger Health System in rural Pennsylvania -- offer high-quality care at costs below average. So the commission can help encourage the adoption of these common-sense best practices by doctors and medical professionals throughout the system -- everything from reducing hospital infection rates to encouraging better coordination between teams of doctors.

Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan. (Applause.) Now, much of the rest would be paid for with revenues from the very same drug and insurance companies that stand to benefit from tens of millions of new customers. And this reform will charge insurance companies a fee for their most expensive policies, which will encourage them to provide greater value for the money -- an idea which has the support of Democratic and Republican experts. And according to these same experts, this modest change could help hold down the cost of health care for all of us in the long run.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Health Concerns After 8 Years Since Terrorist Attack



VOAVideo: Health Concerns After 8 Years Since Terrorist Attack

It's eight years this week, since the 9-11 attacks on the United States. But there is still controversy over the pace at which the New York site is being rebuilt and whether a huge number of people are sick because of the attack. VOA's Martin Phillips spoke to people who worked and lived in the area that became known as Ground Zero.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

President Obama Speaks on Health Insurance Reform

This post has two videos.



VOAVideo: Obama Addresses Nation on Health Care Debate
U.S. President Barack Obama went before Congress and the nation Wednesday night to urge action on his top domestic priority: health care reform. VOA's Paula Wolfson reports his nationally broadcast address followed a month a setbacks for the reform effort.



WhiteHouse.gov: President Obama: Address to Congress on Health Insurance Reform

The President delivers an address to a joint session of Congress, explaining just how he wants to bring peace of mind to Americans who have insurance, and affordable coverage to those who don't. September 9, 2009. (Public Domain)

Defibrillator Vest Worn by Thousands



VOAVideo: Defibrillator Vest Worn by Thousands

In the United states, an estimated 300,000 people die every year of sudden cardiac arrest although internationally, it's unclear how many are at risk. Many patients have a device called a defibrillator implanted that delivers a shock to restart the heart. Now, some doctors are prescribing the device in a vest worn outside the body. And the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is testing the effectiveness of "The LifeVest." Thousands wear the device and the Pittsburgh-based manufacturer says it expects the number of patients using the technology to double this year. Steve Mort reports.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Students Get Encouragement from Obama



VOAVideo: Students Get Encouragement from Obama

When the White House revealed President Obama's plan to give a welcome-back speech to returning school children, along with lesson plans on how students could help the President, some Republicans were irate. They attacked the President for what they said was an attempt trying to indoctrinate children. But Tueday's speech at a high school near Washington, DC stayed clear of politics. VOA's Laurel Bowman has more.

Watch Obama's full speech: President Obama's Message for America's Students

Happy California Admissions Day

EL Civics.com: Sacramento One Minute Tour

California became the 31st state of the United States on September 9, 1850. In honor of California Admissions Day, here is a quick tour of California's state capital, Sacramento. Also see EL Civics.com's excellent lessons on the State of California.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mobile Device Could Detect Brain Injuries



VOANews: Mobile Device Could Detect Brain Injuries

If you sustain a head injury today, even a mild one, you only have one choice: a trip to the hospital to determine the severity of your injury. But now, the development of a new mobile brain scan device could change all that. The device, under development, scans brain waves and will be able to, its developers say, prevent death in many cases. VOA's Laurel Bowman has more.

Monday, September 7, 2009

ESLPod: English Cafe 49--Labor Day!

English Cafe 49 Download Podcast

Topics: Labor Day, charitable organizations in the U.S., safety vs. security, clutch vs. grip vs. grab

Words:
  • labor
  • to barbecue
  • muscular (dystrophy)
  • telethon (see The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon)
  • to raise money
  • to pledge money
  • poster child
  • charity
  • tax exempt
  • raffle
  • rummage sale
  • safety
  • security
  • to clutch
  • to grip
  • to grab

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Goats for Rent



VOAVideo: Goats for Rent

With their four-chambered stomachs and insatiable desire to nibble on anything even resembling a plant, goats are gaining credibility as land clearers. As a result, the U.S. environmental movement has come up with a novel way to destroy large extensions of invasive weeds and grasses: Rent a Goat. So far, the results look like a win-win situation for all. Producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Mil Arcega narrates.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

ESL Podcast 509 – Going on a Cruise

ESL Podcast 509 – Going on a Cruise

Learn how to talk about taking a vacation trip on a cruise ship in this episode. Download Podcast

ESL Discussions: Oceans

What would you do if you owned a whole ocean?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Garbage Dump Philanthropist Helps Thousands in Philippines Escape Poverty

VOAVideo: Garbage Dump Philanthropist Helps Thousands in Philippines Escape Poverty

When Briton Jane Walker first saw children rummaging through trash heaps while on a trip to the Philippines in 1996, she decided to do something about it. Employing about 100 people, Walker helps improve the lives of thousands of children and their families who otherwise would be forced to eke out a living, picking through Manila's garbage dumps. Jennifer Glasse reports.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Japan's Next Leader, Promising Change, Gets Ready to Take Office

VOANews: Japan's Next Leader, Promising Change, Gets Ready to Take Office

On IN THE NEWS: Yukio Hatoyama is expected to become prime minister on September 16. But some see the historic election as more a rejection of the Liberal Democrats than an acceptance of his party.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Leadership Gets Ready After Japan Election



Japan's prime minister is clearing the way for a new party, and a new leader, to set the nation's political agenda. The center-left opposition party that swept a nationwide legislative vote is now planning how to use its commanding majority to reshape politics in Japan. VOA's Kurt Achin reports from Tokyo.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cutting Calories: Monkeys That Eat Less Live Longer

VOANews: Cutting Calories: Monkeys That Eat Less Live Longer

Also on SCIENCE IN THE NEWS: How aspirin may help colon cancer patients. And the truth about Tyrannosaurus rex.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Words and Their Stories: More Expressions That Are Old and True

VOANews: Words and Their Stories: More Expressions That Are Old and True
Proverbs are popular around the world. Transcript of radio broadcast:
28 August 2009

Today we explain more proverbs. A proverb is a short, well-known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Proverbs are popular around the world. Many proverbs give advice about how to live. Some proverbs are hundreds of years old, but they are still used today.

  • the apple does not fall far from the tree.
  • good things come in small packages.
  • all that glitters is not gold.
  • do not judge a book by its cover.
  • do not bite off more than you can chew.
  • two heads are better than one.
  • too many cooks spoil the broth.
  • two wrongs do not make a right.
  • every cloud has a silver lining.
  • hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
  • do not cross that bridge until you come to it.
  • an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Housing Market Shows Improvement



VOAVideo: Housing Market Shows Improvement

Major stock indexes are at their highest levels for the year following the Federal Reserve's improved economic outlook last week and a national report showing a big bump in home sales. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes surged seven percent in July - the biggest monthly increase in more than ten years. The good news has helped stoke hopes for an economic recovery. But as VOA's Mil Arcega reports, the picture is not as rosy as it seems.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Researchers Link Gene to Need for Less Sleep

VOANews: Researchers Link Gene to Need for Less Sleep

YING-HUI FU: "We do not know why some humans need more sleep; why some humans need less sleep; why, when we do not sleep, we do not function well. We just do not know much about sleep at all."

But here is something that scientists now know: A team led by Professor Fu has reported the first genetic link to how much sleep we need.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Senator Edward Kennedy Dies From Brain Cancer


VOAVideo: Senator Edward Kennedy Dies From Brain Cancer

Senator Edward Kennedy, a legendary political figure in the United States, died on Tuesday after a year long battle with malignant glioma, the most common type of brain cancer among adults. Although he had the most up to date treatments -- surgery at Duke University Medical Center, chemotherapy and radiation -- he was not able to survive the disease. Doctors still don't know what causes brain tumors and the National Cancer Institute says the outlook for patients with malignant gliomas is poor. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Senator Edward Kennedy, Dead at Age 77

VOAVideo: Senator Edward Kennedy, Dead at Age 77

Senator Edward Kennedy was the last of the Kennedy sons born to Rose and Joseph Kennedy. He followed the trail blazed by his brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General and Senator Robert Kennedy, both assassinated in the 1960s. Ted Kennedy was known as the Lion of the Senate and was respected for his long-term commitment to health care for all Americans. On Tuesday night, at his home in Massachusetts, he lost his hard fought battle with brain cancer. VOA's Jim Bertel has more on the career of this Democratic icon.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ESL Podcast 506 – Being Generous and Stingy

ESL Podcast 506 – Being Generous and Stingy
Need a little extra money? Learn how to describe people who are generous and those who are not in this episode. Download Podcast

ESL Discussions.com: Money
Who and why might someone ask, “Do you think I’m made of money?” Have you ever asked this?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Diet and Exercise: Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?


VOAVideo: Diet and Exercise: Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

Scientists are trying to find out whether exercise and diet can preserve memory in old age. Experts predict more than 106 million people will suffer from Alzheimer's disease by 2050. Many will need nursing care. VOA's Carol Pearson tells us about the latest research.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

ESL Teachers at Milpitas (Daytime)

  • ESL 1 Angelica
  • ESL 1-2 Thao
  • ESL 2 Hongyan
  • ESL 3 Eiko
  • ESL 3 Reva
  • ESL 4 Ann
  • ESL 5 Jennifer
  • ESL 6 & ASE Judy
  • GED Laura

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Battling a Stroke, and the Clock

Milpitas Adult School Class

Registration for Returning Students

  • Aug 3 - 14 Monday - Thursday
  • 9 am - 12 noon and 1 - 4 pm
  • CLOSED FRIDAY

Class Registration and Testing for NEW Students

  • Tuesday, August 18 1pm and 6pm.

VOANews: Battling a Stroke, and the Clock
Recent findings suggest that doctors may have a little more time to treat strokes caused by a blockage in blood flow to the brain.