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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Healing Power of Honey

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.


Simple English News: The Healing Power of Honey

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Learning First Aid: What to Do Until Help Arrives

VOANews: Learning First Aid: What to Do Until Help Arrives

On SCIENCE IN THE NEWS: A guide to handling cases of choking, heart attack, accidental poisoning & other emergencies.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Typhoon Morakot Lashes Taiwan, Surges Toward China

VOANews: Typhoon Morakot Lashes Taiwan, Surges Toward China

Taiwan officials and media reports say Typhoon Morakot has left at least six people dead or missing as it passed over the island and surged toward China's eastern coast. Already, more than 20,000 have been evacuated from coastal areas in China

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

San Jose Jazz Festival Aug 7-9



San Jose Jazz Festival is a 22 year old music festival of Jazz, Blues, Salsa, and more. Come listen and dance in downtown San Jose, August 7-9.
When: Friday-Sunday.
Where: Various venues throughout downtown San Jose
Tickets: One-day tickets: $10 Friday, $15 Saturday and Sunday; two-day tickets, $20; three-day tickets, $30.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Journalists Return to US from North Korea

Journalists Return to US from North Korea

Two U.S. journalists, held for nearly five months in North Korea, are back in the United States, after former President Bill Clinton secured their release. VOA's Carolyn Presutti brings us their joyous homecoming.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Register for the New School Year!

I ran into Mr. and Mrs. Xu at the Milpitas Library

You can go to the Milpitas Adult School Office and register early for the new School Year. Bring

  1. a picture ID
  2. $20
  3. and the "registration ticket" that you received on the last day of school.
No Ticket? No Problem!

If you didn't receive your ticket, or LOST your ticket, the office staff will look up your information, and help you to register.

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

Monday, August 3, 2009

How a Housing Bubble Burst Into a Global Financial Crisis

VOANews: How a Housing Bubble Burst Into a Global Financial Crisis

Revisiting the causes of the economic meltdown that led to worries of a second Great Depression. Transcript of radio broadcast: 03 August 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Taiwan bans find-a-foreign-bride firms

Breaking News English: Taiwan bans find-a-foreign-bride firms

Taiwan is getting tough on mail order brides. Starting from August 1, 2009, there is a ban on companies that arrange international marriages.