Saturday, February 28, 2009

IRS Announces New Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese Tax Glossaries to Assist Taxpayers

Tai Guey-Lan took a picture of one of her customers in Ranch 99.

The Internal Revenue Service ( has published (11/2007) glossaries of tax terminology that will help meet increased demand for tax-related resources in languages other than English.

The five publications are new versions of Publication 850 for Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Russian and Vietnamese. A Spanish version was previously available.

Friday, February 27, 2009

ESL Podcast 385 – Exercising at the Gym

ESL Podcast 385 – Exercising at the Gym
Jae: Nice to meet you.
Sally: You, too. I think I’ve sweated enough today. I’m off to the locker room.
Jae: Yeah, me too.

ESL Discussions: Exercise
What kind of exercise do you think is best?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

VOANews: Obama Reassures Public on Economic Revival

Obama Reassures Public on Economic Revival
U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States will emerge from uncertain economic times stronger than before. VOA White House Correspondent Paula Wolfson reports in his first speech to a joint session of Congress, the president made the case for his economic policies.

Note: we will also go to the Computer Lab 406 and listen to ESL Podcast 385 – Exercising at the Gym.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ESL Podcast 364 – Filing Taxes

Hmmm... If Mr Tsai can explain Chinese names,
maybe he can explain American taxes...

ESL Podcast 364 – Filing Taxes
This is the first year I haven’t been exempt or filed an EZ tax return.

ESL Discussions: Tax
Would you pay higher taxes if you knew the tax revenue would go towards climate change projects or reducing world poverty, etc?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

ESL Podcast 453 – Making an Emergency Medical Call

Quick! Call an ambulance! Download Podcast

Milpitas Fire Administration Building
777 S. Main St.
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 586-2800

Fire Station #1 - 777 S. Main St (408) 586-2800
Fire Station #2 - 1263 Yosemite (408) 586-2840
Fire Station #3 - 45 Midwick (408) 586-2850
Fire Station #4 - 775 Barber Lane (408) 586-2860

Fire Prevention--City Hall, 455 East Calaveras Boulevard(408) 586-3365
Office of Emergency Services
Phone: (408) 586-2800

Monday, February 23, 2009

VOANews: Scientists Re-Examine a Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

VOANews: Scientists Re-Examine a Treatment for Parkinson's Disease
Recently, researchers in the United States studied the effectiveness of a treatment called deep brain stimulation. It has been used for years to treat patients with Parkinson's disease.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


ESL Discussions: Movies
What’s the best movie you’ve ever seen this year?

ESL Holiday Academy Awards - (Oscars)
The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is an annual presentation held by the U.S. movie industry.
DOWNLOADS: Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

Breaking News English: ‘Slumdog’ children in millionaire world
The two child stars from the hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire” are on their way to Los Angeles to attend the Oscars ceremony.
Downloads: Word Doc PDF Doc Listening

Saturday, February 21, 2009

VOANews: Something a Bone Will Never Say: Give Me a Break

Vintage Medical Charts @ the B & L Rootenberg Books booth

VOANews: Something a Bone Will Never Say: Give Me a Break
The medical term for a broken bone is a fracture. But there are different kinds of fractures.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Chan was born in 1936 in Macao.
As a farmer for 30 years,
Chan grew chrysanthemums and roses.
He joined and led many community organizations.

San Jose's main post office on Lundy Avenue has renamed for pioneering Asian civic activists Gordon and Anita Chan. Gordon Chan, who died in 2001, was a role model for Santa Clara County Asian Americans a quarter century ago. Anita Chan, his widow, who was joined at the ceremony by their three daughters, thanked the crowd: "It means so much to my family."

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Breaking News English: Scientists closer to cure for cold

Best cure for a cold: more Vitamin C!

Breaking News English: Scientists closer to cure for cold
Downloads: Word Doc PDF Doc Listening

ESL Discussions: Medicine
What do you think the next revolution in medicine will be?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

VOAVideo: Springfield, Illinois Celebrates Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln have traditionally shared the spotlight as the most popular presidents in U.S. history. But President Barack Obama's historic election and inauguration came just before the country was to celebrate President Lincoln's 200th birthday [February 12th]. Abraham Lincoln's popularity is at an all-time high as the nation's first African-American president regularly draws on the 16th president's words and deeds for inspiration.

VOA's Kane Farabaugh is in Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, Illinois which is capitalizing on that popularity during a week-long birthday celebration.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Presidents Day 2009!

See more @ US Mint

VOANews: Obama's Financial Rescue Plan
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced new steps to save banks and loosen credit that could total $2 trillion, some from private investors. But many details are still unknown.

NYTimes: Passing the Stimulus Slide Show
Members of Congress spent the week negotiating the terms of the economic stimulus package as President Obama campaigned for his first major legislative victory.

EL Civics Photo Essays:

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Susan B. Anthony Day!

The Susan B. Anthony dollar is a United States coin minted from 1979 to 1981, and again in 1999. It depicts women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony. The reverse depicts an eagle flying above the moon (with the Earth in the background), a design adapted from the Apollo 11 mission insignia that was also present on the previously issued Eisenhower dollar (Source: Wikipedia: SBA).

77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?

  • fought for women’s rights
  • fought for civil rights

Susan B. Anthony was born in Massachusetts on February 15, 1820. She is known for campaigning for the right of women to vote. She spoke out publicly against slavery and for equal treatment of women in the workplace.

In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony died 14 years before the adoption of the 19th Amendment, but it was still widely known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment.

In 1979, she became the first woman whose image appeared on a circulating U.S. coin. The coin is called the Susan B. Anthony dollar and is worth one dollar. (source: USCIS M-638)

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from SeniorESL!

ESL Holiday Lesson Plans: Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is one of the most famous holidays in the world. It falls on February the 14th and is celebrated across the world.
DOWNLOADS: Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

ESL Discussions: Love
Is it more important to love or be loved?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Let's Go to Pacific Buffet!

The SeniorESL Class in front of Pacific Buffet

We are going to Pacific Buffet to celebrate Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Presidents' Week!
39550 Paseo Padre PkwyFremont, CA 94538 (510) 796-8388 Get directions

ESL Podcast 151 - Eating at a Buffet
Last week, I went to a high-end seafood buffet with my friends. We walked in and the hostess seated us at a table.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Lincoln Bicentennial

2009 Lincoln Bicentennial 4 of 4- Lincoln the President
By the time Lincoln was inaugurated on March 4, 1861, seven southern states had already seceded and formed the Confederacy (the rest joined in April). Seeking initially to preserve the Union, then eventually working to end slavery, Lincoln struggled against the Confederacy as well as his own military. He learned the ways of a war leader quickly and was able, after four bloody years, to bring the conflict to a close in 1865. He was not able to enjoy the fruits of victory or lead the effort to reconcile the nation, the victim of assassination on April 14, 1865.

VOANews: The Complex Story of Abraham Lincoln and How He Saved the Union
On THIS IS AMERICA: The 16th president, born 200 years ago this Thursday, opposed slavery and led a civil war that ended it. Yet he originally thought the slave-holding states should be left alone.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Taiwan Lantern Festival

5,000 paper lanterns are released into the sky as part of the Lantern Festival in Pingshi, Taiwan.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Passport Problems


1. New Citizen: Tammy Chen

2. Tammy Chen's New Passport

3. ESL Podcast 417 – Getting Travel Documents

Joyce: We need to apply for our passports now if we want to have them ...
Steven: I have a passport.
Joyce: Yes, but it expired last year. ...

Monday, February 9, 2009

ESLPod 445--Problems with Drugs and Medical Devices

1. Go to

2. Click HEALTH


4. Type in the name of the drug in SEARCH DRUGS A-Z

ESL Podcast 445 – Problems with Drugs and Medical Devices
Learn how to talk about possibly dangerous drugs and medical devices in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The San Jose Tet Festival and Parade

On Feb. 8, another popular local celebration is planned: the Vietnamese Spring Festival & Parade along Market Street. The downtown celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with a colorful procession that includes more than 100 decorated floats, lion and dragon dancers, marching bands and Miss Tet 2009.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The SF Chinese New Year Parade.

Over 100 units will participate in the SF Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it on the street Saturday, February 7, 5:15 pm-8:00 pm or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.
VOANews: THIS IS AMERICA - Health Care in the United States - 2004-01-18The United States has a complex health care system. Government programs provide health insurance to the elderly and poor. Other people depend on private insurance. 18 January 2004

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Having a Best Friend

ESL Podcast 437 – Having a Best Friend We would all like to have a friend to the end, someone we can always rely on. Learn how to talk about your close friends in this episode. Download Podcast

ESLDiscussions: Friends

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hydrocephalus Can Go Undiagnosed In Elderly

VOANews Video: Hydrocephalus Can Go Undiagnosed In Elderly

Hydrocephalus is sometimes known as "water on the brain." Hydrocephalus is the buildup of too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Normally, this fluid cushions your brain.

When you have too much cerebrospinal fluid, it puts harmful pressure on your brain. Hydrocephalus can permanently damage the brain, causing physival and mental problems. If untreated, it is usually fatal. With treatment, many people live normal lives with few limitations.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

NYTimes: Year of the Ox

Lion Dancers performed in London's Chinatown. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Image
Click the picture to a Slide Show of the Year of the Ox global celebrations.