Sunday, May 31, 2009

ESL Podcast 482 – Talking About Architecture

San Francisco City Hall


Learn how to talk about how buildings in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Heart to Heart: Some Heartfelt Expressions


VOANews: Heart to Heart: Some Heartfelt Expressions

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

Doctors' Prescriptions for Exercise

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

Skype!

Skype is asoftware program that uses the internet to make telephone calls.

Simple English News: Skype for Long Distance

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

ESL Podcast 479 – Using Frequent Flyer Miles

Mr & Mrs Lin are currently in Taiwan--thanks to Frequent Flyer Miles!

ESL Podcast 479 – Using Frequent Flyer Miles

Get more free trips by participating in an airline’s frequent flier program in this episode. Download Podcast

Saturday, May 23, 2009

VOANews: Hands-Only CPR Is a Simpler Way to Save Lives

VOANews: Hands-Only CPR Is a Simpler Way to Save Lives
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

VOANews: Sleep Science: The Mystery of Dreams and Dreaming

VOANews: Sleep Science: The Mystery of Dreams and Dreaming
Everyone dreams. But only some people remember their dreams. Transcript of radio broadcast: 19 May 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Obama Seeks Health Reform With New Industry Support

VOANews: Obama Seeks Health Reform With New Industry Support
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

Grow It Yourself: Strawberries


VOANews: Grow It Yourself: Strawberries
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

Artist Lists Student Victims of China's Quake Last Year


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

Looking for New Uses for Spices -- in the Medical Lab


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Source: Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online: Spices

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

US Restaurant Chains Criticized For Unhealthy Salt Content



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

Alcohol, the 'Asian Flush' and the Risk of Cancer

VOANews: Alcohol, the 'Asian Flush' and the Risk of Cancer
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

US Housing Inventory Declines in April


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

Acupuncture good for a bad back


Breaking News English: Acupuncture good for a bad back

A new study into this ancient Chinese therapy shows it is better than usual hospital treatments at relieving back pain. The research team found acupuncture is “better” for a bad back than the care given in the West.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Let Us Plant Lettuce…

Renee's Garden: Lettuce

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

ESL Podcast 476 – Taking Chances in Business

ESL Podcast 476 – Taking Chances in Business

Business can be a risky game to play. Learn some common vocabulary related to taking risks in this episode. Download Podcast

Monday, May 11, 2009

Growing Chili Peppers

Renee's Garden: Chili Peppers

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

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Berryessa Art-Wine Festival

Kansen Chu @ the Berryessa Art and Wine Festival

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

Governments Prepare for H1N1 Pandemic



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

ESL Podcast 474 - Having Trouble Sleeping

ESL Podcast 474 - Having Trouble Sleeping
If you’re listening to this episode at 3:00 in the morning, then you’ll understand all about having trouble sleeping. Download Podcast

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 6 VTA Focus Group at Milpitas Adult School

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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 (gagliajn@yahoo.com). Thanks!

Read: Milpitas Community Based Transportation Plan Focus Group Questions

VOAVideo: National Kite Festival on National Mall Announces Spring in Washignton, DC



V OAVideo: National Kite Festival on National Mall Announces Spring in Washignton, DC

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

Cinco de Mayo

Although Cinco de Mayo is not national holiday in Mexico, many Mexican-Americans and their friends celebrate Latino culture on this day. On the Sunday before Cinco de Mayo, there is a HUGE parade and fiesta in downtown San Jose, and there also is a school holiday in Milpitas on the first Monday in May.

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

VOAVideo: World Health Organzation Changes Name of Swine Flu Virus To Influenza A (H1N1)



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

VOAVideo: Swine Flu Vaccine Could Take Months to Produce



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

VOAVideo: World Health Organization Raises Swine Flu Pandemic Level



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

Furniture

ESL Podcast 310 – Shopping for Furniture
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