Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Fun is Serious Business on US Farms



VOAVideo: Halloween Fun is Serious Business on US Farms

Farmers looking for ways to stay profitable are finding a growing source of income in farm tourists.

Especially near urban centers, welcoming visitors is becoming increasingly lucrative while raising crops and livestock are becoming less so.

Autumn is a particularly popular time for farm tourism. This weekend's Halloween celebration of all things scary draws visitors to scenic farms around Washington, DC, to pick pumpkins to carve into jack-o-lanterns.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

VOTE!



VOTE!

My name is Nadejda Iontcheva and I live in Milpitas.

I need to say why it is so important to vote on November 2, 2010.

There are many reasons.

First, voting is one of the most important rights of American citizens.

It is a democratic way to take into account the will of the majority of the population for changing:the governing persons of the cities and of the country and the system of laws and rules governing the life of American citizens.

Second, the country is still under the effect of the recent deep recession.

It needs to choose the best people that are able to make the best decisions for saving and improving the education system of the country.

Education is the most important factor for success in any area of the business, science, etc.

A country that has a highly educated population is a rich country, because this human factor leads to new discoveries, developments, and the future success of young people. They are our future!

Our leaders must take urgent measures for generating new jobs and improving the health system and any other systems (financial, political, business, transportation, etc) that are not in good shape and are harming the development of country.

If the citizens do not vote, they will depend on decisions made by people who are influenced by special interests and groups that are not working for the success of the whole population but just value their private success.

On November 2, 2010, all people should take the responsibility for the future of America and must vote.

They must do their best to find out which candidates are the best and vote for them.

Thank you.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lesson 2f - Conditionals - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Lesson 2f - Conditionals - English Grammar

This fifth lesson on conditionals is presented in 2 parts. This is the second part, and we review form and use of unreal conditionals in the past. Exercises invite students to practice using this structure. Level: high intermediate - adavanced.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Better for Patients and Caregivers



VOAVideo: Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Better for Patients and Caregivers

Alzheimer's affects more than 35 million people globally, robbing them of their precious memories and, over time, their lives. It is also the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. In a recently published study, experts proposed new guidelines that encourage clinical procedures to secure early diagnosis of the disease. They also want to see new drug trials aimed at eliminating Alzheimer's. VOA's Vidushi Sinha has more.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Political Surrogates Rally Voter Base in the Run-Up to U.S. Elections



VOAVideo: Political Surrogates Rally Voter Base in the Run-Up to U.S. Elections

First Lady Michelle Obama, former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and former President Bill Clinton have been enlisted by their respective parties to campaign for candidates in trouble in November's midterm elections. Why do these people appeal to American voters, while actual party leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama are struggling? VOA's Laurel Bowman explains.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

US Election Campaign Heads Into Final Two Weeks

VOANews: US Election Campaign Heads Into Final Two Weeks

There are less than two weeks left in the U.S. congressional midterm election campaign, and analysts say opposition Republicans appear poised to make significant gains on November 2 (download media)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Secrets of Centenarians


The Secrets of Centenarians by NYTimes

What is it like to live until 100? Eight men and women, 99 to 103, speak about their century of life.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lesson 2e - Conditionals - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Lesson 2e - Conditionals - English Grammar

This is the fifth lesson on conditionals. It will be presented in 2 parts. This first part is mainly explanation of form and use of unreal conditionals in the past. Level: high intermediate - adavanced.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What Is Your Favorite Song About Autumn?

Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme (longer version)!

tiad :The Track "Yumeji's Theme" is taken from the fantastic soundtrack album of the movie "In the mood for love" (2000, Original title: "Fa yeung nin wa", Director: Wong Kar Wai, Photographer: Christopher Doyle, Actors: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung). "Yumeji's Theme", written by Umebayashi Shigeru, was originally used in a Seijun Suzuki film called "Yumeji" (1991) barely seen outside of Asia. It is one of the most dramatatic, emotional and beautiful soundtracks ever written. Listen and enjoy it.Music composed by: Shigeru Umebayashi

VOANews: What Is Your Favorite Song About Autumn?

Here are some favorite songs about autumn. (Download MP3)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Senior ESL Birthday Party



Senior ESL Birthday Party --Thank you so much for a wonderful birthday party!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Miners in Chile Raised to Freedom after More Than Two Months Underground



VOAVideo: Miners in Chile Raised to Freedom after More Than Two Months Underground

Those 33 trapped miners in Chile are being pulled to freedom one by one after being underground since early August. VOA's Elizabeth Lee tells us about the rescue operations and the celebrations at the mine site.








VOANews: Chile Completes Rescue of All 33 Miners

The flawless operation to bring the miners to the surface ended earlier than expected

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

VIVA CHILE!







Rescue of Chilean Miners Advancing Smoothly
Chilean officials say operation to rescue 33 trapped miners moving smoothly

Final Preparations Underway for Miners' Rescue



VOAVideo: Final Preparations Underway for Miners' Rescue

Anticipation is mounting as the rescue of 33 miners in northern Chile approaches. The mission to end the more than two month ordeal for the trapped miners is expected to begin by midnight Tuesday local time. On Monday, workers finished reinforcing the escape shaft and successfully tested the rescue capsule, designed to carry rescue workers to the miners and hoist each miner, one by one, to the surface. VOA's Robert Raffaele has more.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Senem's Journey to a New Beginning



batman7003: Turkish Islamic art of Marbling (Ebru)

The word marbling is in Turkish EBRU (cloud, cloudy) or abru (Water face). EBRU is used for covering some manuscripts and other holy books. EBRU may have come from China, where a document from the T'ang dynasty (618-907) mentions a process of coloring paper on water with five hues. Through the Silk Road this art came first to Iran and picked up the name Ebru. Subsequently this art moved towards Anatolia (Turkey).

In Senem's Journey to a New Beginning (modified), Senem is a Turkish woman living in the United States and taking care of her family—her husband, Tarkan, and their son, Hasan—while adapting to a new language and new customs. Her task becomes even more challenging when Hasan is kidnapped and when she gets word of a natural disaster back home. With the help of her family and her new friends, however, Senem manages to find the strength to thrive in her unfamiliar setting and make new beginnings in her life.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Lesson 2d - Conditionals - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Lesson 2d - Conditionals - English Grammar

This is the fourth lesson on conditionals. In this lesson we turn our attention to unreal conditional statements in the present time. Level: high intermediate - advanced.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

2010 Double Ten Day Fireworks



2010 Double Ten Day Fireworks

AP: 10-10-10: Vegas chapels busy on symmetrical date

Wedding-related businesses said the day was perhaps the most sought-after wedding date since July 7, 2007, when the lucky 07-07-07 marked the calendar. Some 10-10-10 couples even chose to take their vows at 10 a.m.

Double Ten 2010



Double Ten 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chinese Human Rights Campaigner Wins Peace Prize



VOAVideo: Chinese Human Rights Campaigner Wins Peace Prize

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize what the Nobel Committee called "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." The Norwegian committee said it has long believed there is a close connection between human rights and peace. Jennifer Glasse reports on the announcement and the reaction.

VOANews: Relatives: Nobel Winner Liu's Wife to Visit Him Sunday

Relatives say she can tell him he just won Nobel Peace Prize for advocacy of democratic reforms in China

VOANews: Jailed Chinese Activist Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Liu Xiaobo was sentenced last December to 11 years in prison for 'inciting subversion of state power'

VOANews: China Outraged Over Nobel Peace Prize Selection

Statement on Foreign Ministry's website calls award 'obscenity' that goes against aims of award

VOANews: Three Questions: China and the Nobel Peace Prize

Awarding a jailed Chinese dissident the Nobel Peace Prize pressures the Beijing government in a very public way

Friday, October 8, 2010

ESL Podcast 622 – Having Well- and Badly-Behaved Children

ESL Podcast 622 – Having Well- and Badly-Behaved Children

This episode is dedicated to my neighbor’s screaming children. Learn how to describe the little monsters in this episode. Download Podcast

Thursday, October 7, 2010

US Considers First Genetically Modified Animal for Food

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VOANews: US Considers First Genetically Modified Animal for Food

A salmon grows faster with genes from two other fish, but the idea raises debate AGRICULTURE REPORT (download MP3)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In Study, B Vitamins Lessen Brain Shrinkage in Some Older Patients

VOANews: In Study, B Vitamins Lessen Brain Shrinkage in Some Older Patients

Today, we will tell about possible good news for people seeking to prevent Alzheimer's disease. We will also tell about two ancient creatures that scientists believe were close relatives of a famous dinosaur. (download MP3)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lesson 2c - Conditionals - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Lesson 2c - Conditionals - English Grammar

This is the third lesson on conditionals. In this segment we look at conditional statements with "unless." Level: high intermediate.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Diabetes Drug Avandia Faces Stricter Regulation



VOAVideo: Diabetes Drug Avandia Faces Stricter Regulation

The U.S. and European drug regulatory agencies recently issued rulings that restrict the use of the diabetes drug Avandia, which studies show increase the risk of heart attack and stroke as it controls blood sugar levels. VOA's Vidushi Sinha has more.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New Test is 90 Percent Accurate in Detecting Prostate Cancer

VOANews: New Test is 90 Percent Accurate in Detecting Prostate Cancer

Researchers say test could dramatically reduce number of costly and often unnecessary biopsies

Friday, October 1, 2010

China Currency Bill Wins House Vote



VOAVideo: China Currency Bill Wins House Vote

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure to punish China and other countries that allegedly undervalue their currencies. American lawmakers accuse China of keeping the yuan artificially low to give its manufacturers a competitive edge in world markets. Mil Arcega has the latest.