Sunday, January 30, 2011

Senior New Year Party



Senior New Year Party

The Milpitas Adult School Seniors celebrated New Year at Milpitas Buffet. Gung Hay Fat Choy! Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Gong Xi Fa Chi! You can download the photos.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Researchers Develop Interactive Therapies



VOAVideo: Researchers Develop Interactive Therapies

Computers are changing our daily lives. They are even finding their way into medicine, where they are used to train medical providers and even offer therapy to patients. Mike O'Sullivan reports on research at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, where scientists are creating high tech programs for the U.S. military that will also help civilians.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Milpitas Buffet 11am

Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Join Milpitas Adut School Senior ESL class at Milpitas Buffet, Friday, January 28, 11am for a pre-New Year celebration.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Tests Provide Hope for Alzheimer's Early Detection



VOAVideo: New Tests Provide Hope for Alzheimer's Early Detection

For the past 10 years, researchers have been looking for ways to slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative neurological illness that ultimately wipes away a person's ability to recognize family members and perform simple functions such as getting dressed or even swallowing. But now, there's hope that doctors will be able to catch the disease earlier and even stop its progression. VOA's Carol Pearson has more. (read full article)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

US President Addresses the Nation with Call for More Jobs, Cooperation



VOAVideo: US President Addresses the Nation with Call for More Jobs, Cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to what he called Americans' creativity and imagination in urging the nation toward innovation and competitiveness. In his annual State of the Union address, Mr. Obama proposed new government investment even as the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives pushes to cut government spending. VOA's Carolyn Presutti summarizes the speech and the Republican response.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Obama to Deliver Second State of the Union Address



VOANews: Obama to Deliver Second State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama delivers his second State of the Union Address to the nation on Tuesday, before a joint session of the U.S. Congress. VOA Senior White House Correspondent Dan Robinson tells us what to expect. (read more)

Broadcast times:

  • 9 pm EST
  • 8 pm CST
  • 7 pm MST
  • 6 pm PST

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Chinese Leader Wraps Up US Visit


VOANews: Chinese Leader Wraps Up US Visit

Hu Jintao visits students, business leaders in central US city, wrapping up four-day visit

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Zhou Brothers: A Painting In Honor Of President Hu Jintao's State Visit



WH.gov: The Zhou Brothers: A Painting In Honor Of President Hu Jintao's State Visit

A behind-the-scenes look at The Zhou Brothers original multi-textural oil painting that President Obama gifted to President Hu Jintao of China in honor of the State Visit. Featuring the last eight Presidents of the United States and the Great Wall of China, watch as renowned Chinese American contemporary artists, DaHuang and Shan Zuo Zhou, explain the significance and creation of the painting.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Hu Calls for Closer Ties with US



VOAVideo: Hu Calls for Closer Ties with US

After receiving the red carpet treatment at the White House, a state dinner and private meetings with Capitol Hill lawmakers, Chinese President Hu Jintao capped his two day visit to Washington with a speech before a receptive crowd of political and business leaders. Mil Arcega reports.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Obama Hosts Hu in State Visit



VOAVideo: Obama Hosts Hu in State Visit

Military bands and a 21-gun salute were part of the welcome for China's President Hu Jintao as he began the first White House state visit by a Chinese leader in 13 years.

WH.gov: China State Visit Arrival Ceremony (full video approx. 30 min)

President Obama welcomes President Hu Jintao to the White House for a state visit in an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn. January 19, 2011.

wh.gov: Presidents Obama, Hu Meet with Business Leaders (video 10 min)

President Obama and President Hu of China meet with American and Chinese business leaders at a roundtable meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. January 19, 2011.

WH.gov: President Obama and President Hu Press Conference (video 70 min)

President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House. January 19, 2011.

WH.gov: State Visit Working Lunch at the State Department (video 21 min)

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcome President Hu Jintao of China to the State Department for a lunch during President Hu's state visit. January 19, 2011.

WH.gov: State Dinner with President Hu of China (video 16 min)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host President Chu of China at a State Dinner at the White House. January 19, 2011.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

China State Visit Arrival Ceremony

The Senior ESL students were thrilled to watch this video and scrutinized the accent and translation of the interpreters.



WH.gov: China State Visit Arrival Ceremony

President Obama welcomes President Hu Jintao to the White House for a state visit in an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn. January 19, 2011.

VOANews: Obama, Hu Vow Increased Cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, on Wednesday stressed the need to cooperate - even while acknowledging differences on trade, China's currency, and human rights.
President Obama's speech:

At a time when some doubt the benefits of cooperation between the United States and China, this visit is also a chance to demonstrate a simple truth. We have an enormous stake in each other’s success. In an interconnected world, in a global economy, nations -- including our own -- will be more prosperous and more secure when we work together.

The United States welcomes China’s rise as a strong, prosperous and successful member of the community of nations. Indeed, China’s success has brought with it economic benefits for our people as well as yours, and our cooperation on a range of issues has helped advance stability in the Asia Pacific and in the
world.

We also know this: History shows that societies are more harmonious, nations are more successful, and the world is more just, when the rights and responsibilities of all nations and all people are upheld, including the universal rights of every human being.

Mr. President, we can learn from our people. Chinese and American students and educators, business people, tourists, researchers and scientists, including Chinese Americans who are here today —- they work together and make progress together every single day. They know that even as our nations compete in some areas, we can cooperate in so many others, in a spirit of mutual respect, for our mutual benefit.

What Deng Xiaoping said long ago remains true today. There are still great possibilities for cooperation between our countries. President Hu, members of the Chinese delegation, let us seize these possibilities together. Welcome to the United States of America. Hwan-ying. (Applause.)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mobile Phones May Soon Test for STIs and Blood Pressure



VOA Learning English Video: Mobile Phones May Soon Test for STIs and Blood Pressure

Mobile phone technology is quickly changing the way the world operates. Today, we tell about two new projects involving mobile health, also known as m-health.

Monday, January 17, 2011

For Martin Luther King, a Memorial in Washington Designed by a Chinese Artist



VOA Learning English Video: For Martin Luther King, a Memorial in Washington Designed by a Chinese Artist

From http://voaspecialenglish.com/ http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish

MARTIN LUTHER KING: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, and live out the true meaning of its creed."

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior helped to change American history. He led protests against racial separation. And he taught non-violence, even when threatened with violence. His efforts helped lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

MARTIN LUTHER KING: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!"

Four years later, King was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee. Now, a memorial on the National Mall in Washington will honor him. The memorial is set to open in August

USCIS 100: 85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*

  • fought for civil rights
  • worked for equality for all Americans

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Chinese President's US Visit to Underscore Improved Ties



VOAVideo: Chinese President's US Visit to Underscore Improved Ties

The growing importance of the U.S.-China economic relationship will be front and center next week when President Barack Obama welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao for an official state visit. Business leaders are hoping the visit leads to improved cooperation between the two countries. Economics correspondent Mil Arcega takes a look at the upcoming visit.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Congresswoman May Owe Life to Luck and 'Battlefield Lessons'

VOA Learning English: Congresswoman May Owe Life to Luck and 'Battlefield Lessons'

An emergency medicine expert discusses what can happen with bullet wounds to the head HEALTH REPORT download MP3

Friday, January 14, 2011

Doctors Encouraged By Congresswoman's Progress



VOAVideo: Doctors Encouraged By Congresswoman's Progress

Gabrielle Giffords, the U.S. congresswoman shot in the head last Saturday (January 8), is now opening her eyes and breathing on her own with little assistance from a breathing tube. She can move both legs, both arms and has indicated she can see with both eyes. Giffords is being treated in a Tuscon, Arizona hospital. Her doctors say she has made major progress, but still remains in critical condition. VOA's Carol Perason spoke with a Washington neurosurgeon about what might lie ahead for Giffords in her recovery.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

ESL Podcast 651 – Psychological Disorders

ESL Podcast 651 – Psychological Disorders

No one needs therapy more than a psychologist...I mean, a psychologist's patient. Learn how to talk about common psychological disorders in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

President Obama Speaks at Arizona Shooting Victims Memorial



VOAVideo: President Obama Speaks at Arizona Shooting Victims Memorial

President Barack Obama called for unity as he tried to console Americans Wednesday night, just days after six people died in an assassination attempt on a U.S. lawmaker. The shooter's target, Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, suffered wounds to her head in the encounter. VOA's Carolyn Presutti brings us the president's words of comfort on the situation.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Congratulations SF Mayor Edwin Lee!

Photo Brant Ward / SF Chronicle

San Francisco welcomed its first Asian-American mayor Tuesday afternoon, as City Administrator Edwin Lee was sworn in as interim mayor.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Lee to fill the remainder of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s term. Newsom was sworn in Monday as California’s lieutenant governor.

For more info, see SFGate: SF Mayor Ed Lee pledges new political era

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Moment of Silence for Arizona Shooting Victims



WH.gov: A Moment of Silence for Arizona Shooting Victims

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are joined by White House staff on the South Lawn as they observe a moment of silence to honor the victims of the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona. January 10, 2011.

Today the Milpitas Adult School Senior ESL class observed a moment of silence at 11 am. Then the students added their prayers in English and their native language: Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Bulgarian, Farsi, and Serbian. Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, and non-religious students prayed for peace and health for Congresswoman Giffords, the victims of the Tuscon shooting, the people of Arizona, the United States, our home countries, and the whole world--

"We are all brothers and sisters!"

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Looking to Robots and Other Technology to Improve Health Care

VOA Learning English: Looking to Robots and Other Technology to Improve Health Care

The World Future Society also predicts that developing countries will stop accepting foreign waste by 2025 TECHNOLOGY REPORT (download the MP3)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

China Protects its Language from English

Breaking News English: China Protects its Language from English

Chinese authorities have taken steps to protect its language from the increasing use of English and other languages.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

ESL Podcast 390 – Dietary Restrictions and Preferences

ESL Podcast 390 – Dietary Restrictions and Preferences

Sung is lactose intolerant and his doctor put him on a low-salt diet. (downlad mp3)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blood Test May Revolutionize Cancer Treatment



VOAVideo: Blood Test May Revolutionize Cancer Treatment

One of the most exciting developments in cancer research in the past decade involves trials going on right now at four cancer treatment centers in the United States. The centers are using a highly sensitive, new blood test developed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The test may revolutionize the way cancer is treated.