Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
VOAVideo: China Attracts People from Africa
China's continuing economic boom has attracted a growing number of immigrants from around the world, who mostly come to do business. Africans are no exception. Stephanie Ho recently visited the southern commercial city of Guangzhou and reports on the African immigrants who live there.
Friday, June 26, 2009
VOAVideo: Korean Changgo Drum Solo
Sul-changgo is a musical composition that integrates farmers' band rhythms from different areas in Korea. The piece starts with the slow rhythm of Da-Seu-Rim, and eventually leads to the fast, high-energy rhythm of Hwi-Mori. Sul-Changgo is a great example of the broad rhythmic range and varying rhythms of the changgo used in a traditional farmers band. Sebastian Wang is the Director of the Korean Percussion Ensemble at the University of Maryland. This clip is from the May 6, 2009 celebration of VOA's Diversity Day.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
VOANews: Do-It-Yourself: Compost for the Garden
A natural way to improve soil and reduce pollution.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
WhiteHouse.gov: Closing the "Doughnut Hole" and Lowering Drug Costs for Seniors
The President announces a deal with pharmaceutical companies to close the infamous "doughnut hole" in Medicare coverage and reduce costs by $80 billion over 10 years. June 22, 2009.
Monday, June 22, 2009
VOAVideo: No Fasting Required
The World Health Organization estimates that at least 180 million people around the globe have diabetes. It says the number could double in 20 years. The most commonly used test for diabetes is a blood test given after hours of fasting, and then more testing after a patient drinks a sweet tasting liquid. Now, however, diabetes experts are calling for wider use of a different blood test that may be more convenient and reliable. VOA's Melinda Smith has details.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
ESL Discussions: Fathers
- What are the biggest differences between fathers and grandfathers?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Burma's famous opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, spent her 64th birthday Friday at a high-security prison outside Rangoon. The pro-democracy leader has spent 13 of the last 19 years under house arrest by the military junta and is currently awaiting the re-opening of her trial on charges of violating her house arrest. Yet for all the government's attempts to silence Aung San Suu Kyii, her resilience has become the symbol of the movement to bring democracy to Burma. VOA's Julia Ritchey reports
Friday, June 19, 2009
Dan retired on June 19 after 30+ years as a teacher & administrator.
We will miss you, Dan!
ESL Podcast 444 – Planning for Retirement
If I keep working at this rate for the next 20 years, between Social Security and my savings, I should be sitting pretty for retirement. ...Download Podcast
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Last year, I knew that I would be out of town on their anniversary, so I wanted to do something extra special. I filled-out a simple online application at WhiteHouse.gov, and six weeks later my parents were thrilled to receive anniversary greetings from President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Instead of applying online, the Obama administration requests that people interested in receiving Golden Anniversary, Wedding, Birth greetings, etc submit their request in writing six weeks before the event to:
The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
Washington, DC 20502-0039
More Practice: ESL Discussions: Marriage
- What is the secret to a happy marriage?
Monday, June 15, 2009
ESL Podcast 485 – Being Clumsy
Shall we dance? Learn about how to talk about clumsiness in English in this episode. Download Podcast
Sunday, June 14, 2009
ESL Holiday Lessons.com English Lesson Plan on Flag Day
Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14. It commemorates the birth of the country’s flag on June 14, 1777.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Swine Flu Virus Spreads, US Prepares
The new A-H1N1 swine flu virus continues to spread worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the virus has sickened nearly 28,000 people in 74 countries and has killed at least 141. Most of the deaths have been in Mexico, but the United States is reporting more than half of all cases worldwide. Meanwhile, U.S. health officials are trying to calibrate their response to swine flu. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Washington, D.C. where government workers are closely watching and planning for a potential pandemic.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
VOAVideo: US Hospital Starts Genetic Testing For All Cancer Patients
Gene testing is becoming a significant tool in standard medical care and perhaps most importantly in the search for the perfect drug to target a particular type of cancer. VOA's Melinda Smith has the story of one U.S. hospital that has introduced gene testing for all new cancer patients
Monday, June 8, 2009
VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. (Transcript of radio broadcast: 05 June 2009)
Every people has its own way of saying things, its own special expressions. Some of these expressions are easy to understand. The words create a picture in your mind. “As easy as falling off a log” is one such expression. It describes a job that does not take much effort.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
A preview of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, Midsummer Mozart Festival in California and more. Transcript of radio broadcast: 07 June 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
For the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square events of June 4, 1989 upwards of 200,000people gathered in Hong Kong's Victoria Park for a candlelight vigil, honoring the many pro-democracy protestors who were killed 20 years ago. VOA reporters Heda Bayron and Pros Laput prepared this poetic look of this solemn event.
The music and dance of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, India, Uyghur and other stops along the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road were recently on display at a cultural festival in California. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from San Jose, the Festival of the Silk Road (May 2) brought together immigrants and others to celebrate the cultures of the Eurasian trade route.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Millions of people use glasses to correct their vision. Others turn to a surgical procedure called LASIK that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear part of the eye over the iris. But now there is another choice for people who are nearsighted. VOA's Carol Pearson explains.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama says it is time for a new beginning in relations between America and the world's Muslims. VOA White House correspondent Paula Wolfson reports in a speech in Cairo, the president said Muslims and Americans should unite to confront violent extremism and promote the cause of peace.For more information, see: http://www.voanews.com/english/Obama_Cairo_Speech.cfm
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
When Chinese troops brutally suppressed demonstrations that had been growing on Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, hundreds of people were killed. As the 20th anniversary of the June Fourth demonstration approaches, one mother still clearly remembers her son's death and is calling on the Chinese government to reassess its officially upheld verdict, that the demonstrations were counter-revolutionary. Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
An American grandmother thought she was moving to Africa in order to homeschool her daughter's five children. As it turns out, Viola Vaughan is helping thousands of Senegalese girls with their school work, in a place where girls can often be left behind. VOA West Africa Correspondent Scott Stearns has this week's installment of our series "Making a Difference."