Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Transcript of radio broadcast: 29 May 2009
VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES: Each week, this program explains the many meanings of English expressions. Today’s expressions include a very important word – heart.
Friday, May 29, 2009
VOAVideo: Doctors' Prescriptions for Exercise
Many people do not exercise enough, even though they know they should. One incentive might just come from the doctor. Recent studies show that a written prescription for exercise helps motivate people to get moving. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.Video courtesy of the Journal of the American Medical Association
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Simple English News: Skype for Long Distance
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
VOANews: Buff: Are You a Buff About Something?
Do you have a strong, special interest? Transcript of radio broadcast: 16 May 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The American Heart Association updated its guidelines in 2008 for what to do when a person's heart stops. Transcript of radio broadcast: 19 May 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Everyone dreams. But only some people remember their dreams. Transcript of radio broadcast: 19 May 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Congress still needs to agree on details and financing. But leaders in the House promise to have legislation ready for a vote by the end of July.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
On AGRICULTURE REPORT: Renovation -- which includes removing a lot of old plants to let newer ones replace them -- is an important part of the process.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
VOANews: Artist Lists Student Victims of China's Quake Last Year
Chinese authorities have released the first official student death toll from last year's huge earthquake in Sichuan province. The move came as private citizens continue to press the Chinese government for more transparency in releasing information about the deaths of school children in last year's quake. Artist Ai Weiwei, son of famous Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-designer of Beijing's Bird's Nest national stadium, has become part of this transparency effort by publishing a list of names of children killed in the quake on his blog: 艾未未 Ai Weiwei
Monday, May 18, 2009
VOANews: Looking for New Uses for Spices -- in the Medical Lab
On SCIENCE IN THE NEWS: Researchers learn that spices may be good for more than cooking.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
VOAVideo: US Restaurant Chains Criticized For Unhealthy Salt Content
Americans like to eat out. It's been estimated they go out for a meal or take out food from a restaurant at least five times a week. But there is growing concern about the quality of the food they consume. One health group is warning that some restaurants put dangerously high amounts of salt in the food they serve.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Many East Asians get a red face when they drink alcohol. This is the result of a genetic condition that also increases drinkers' risk of esophageal cancer.
Friday, May 15, 2009
VOAVideo: US Housing Inventory Declines in April
New housing numbers suggest the U.S. housing crisis has already reached bottom and may be on the verge of recovery. The latest data from online broker ZipRealty shows housing inventory, or the number of homes for sale, declined last month in most U.S. markets, and helped stabilize prices. Financial experts say this is encouraging news and another sign that economic recovery may not be far away.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
VOANews: Let Us Plant Lettuce…
Experts say the green vegetable is one of the easiest to grow in your garden. Even in ancient times, people liked to eat lettuce. Egyptians and Romans served the green, leafy vegetable at the end of dinner.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
VOANews: Growing Chili Peppers: A Heated Subject
Brighten up your salsa, soups and salads with homegrown chilies. Some people who like to eat very hot chili peppers say that they can help you breathe better if you have a cold.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Some examples of how the mothers created by Hollywood have become more independent
ESL Holiday Lessons.com: Mothers Day
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Berryessa Art-Wine Festival
The 34th annual Berryessa Art and Wine Festival, San Jose's oldest neighborhood festival, will take place on Saturday, May 9, at Penitencia Creek Park, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose. The free, one-day event, will go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 8, 2009
VOAVideo: Governments Prepare for H1N1 Pandemic
The World Health Organization reported Wednesday (May 6) that 22 countries have officially reported a total of more than 1500 cases of Influenza A H1N1 infection. Mexico continues to report the greatest number of cases (822), with more than 400 confirmed in the United States. The WHO has so far refrained from calling this a level six global pandemic, but one U.S. health official said he would not be surprised if that does not happen eventually. VOA's Melinda Smith has an update on efforts to prepare for the months ahead.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
VTA is coming May 6 9:00-10:30am to talk about about the proposed public transortation, bus, pedestrian, and bike improvements to Milpitas. Are you interested in attending this meeting? Contact Teacher Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks!
Read: Milpitas Community Based Transportation Plan Focus Group Questions
Among the annual traditions which mark the arrival of spring in Washington is the Smithsonian Kite Festival. On a Saturday in early spring, kites fly over The National Mall in a place close to the Washington Monument. VOA's Ernest Leong reports on the festival, where imagination soared as high as the kites.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
ESL Holiday Lessons: Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration that remembers a military victory against the French on May 5, 1862.
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Monday, May 4, 2009
Mexico is suspending all non-essential government and economic activities for five days in an effort to contain a deadly new flu virus. As VOA's Carol Pearson reports, the World Health Organization has changed the official name of this virus to avoid confusion.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The World Health Organization says several laboratories around the world are developing a vaccination against swine influenza A-H1N1. The organization has raised its alert to level five, just below declaring the flu virus outbreak to be a pandemic. The process of vaccine development can take months, as VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports after talking with a number of U.S. scientists.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The World Health Organization late Wednesday raised the pandemic alert on swine influenza from a level four to five. The WHO says the declaration of phase five is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time is short to finalize preparations. WHO health officials also did not rule out raising the level to the highest, six, defined as a global pandemic.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Tobias: I really don’t understand why we need new furniture. After we’re married, we’ll just take the things from each of our two apartments ...
ESL Podcast 469 – Rearranging Living Room Furniture
Learn how to describe living room furniture in English in this episode. Download Podcast