Sunday, February 27, 2011

This Year's Oscar Choices: From 'True Grit' to True Stories

VOA Special English: This Year's Oscar Choices: From 'True Grit' to True Stories

This Year's Oscar Choices: From 'True Grit' to True Stories
A look at the best picture nominees at the Academy Awards which will be presented next Sunday | THIS IS AMERICA (download mp3)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Newly Discovered Biomarker Predicts Cancer Growth



VOAVideo: Newly Discovered Biomarker Predicts Cancer Growth

One of the most common questions cancer patients ask their doctors is: has the disease been contained or will it spread. A recent study by U.S. and Chinese researchers may help provide clues. The scientists examined genetic material from certain cancerous tumors and found that when high levels of a particular protein were present, there was a strong likelihood that these cancers would spread within two years.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Words and Their Stories: Food Expressions, Part Two


VOANews Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Food Expressions, Part Two
That’s the way the cookie crumbles WORDS AND THEIR STORIES (download mp3)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Seeing Stars: Amateur Astronomers Aim Thousands of Eyes at the Universe



VOA Learning English Video: Seeing Stars: Amateur Astronomers Aim Thousands of Eyes at the Universe

Astronomer Gus Johnson likes the quiet and the dark. But weather conditions are working against him this night near his home in Maryland.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Food Expressions Part 1


VOANews Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Food Expressions Part 1

Are you as cool as a cucumber? | WORDS AND THEIR STORIES (download mp3)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

SeniorESL at Fresh Choice



SeniorESL Goes to Fresh Choice at the Great Mall, Milpitas

During Presidents' Week Break, SeniorESL (and grandchildren) met at Fresh Choice, Great Mall, Milpitas.

After lunch, we saw more of out friends out shopping. Don't miss the picture of Sima's new baby girl--only a month old!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fresh Choice!


Milpitas Adult School is on Presidents' Week Break. Join Senior ESL at Fresh Choice Great Mall, Milpitas on Tuesday 2/22 11:30am.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Comparing American and Chinese Parents

VOA Learning English: Comparing American and Chinese Parents

Amy Chua started a heated debate with her book ''Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother''. Some American parents might think their children need better educations to compete with China and other countries. But how much do the parents themselves need to change? EDUCATION REPORT (download mp3)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Younger Americans Show Sharp Rise in Strokes



VOAVideo: Younger Americans Show Sharp Rise in Strokes

A new nationwide study has found a sharp rise since the mid-1990s in the number of young Americans being hospitalized for strokes, even as the number of elderly Americans admitted for strokes showed a significant decline. VOA's Vidushi Sinha has details.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Study Shows Fast Walking Speed Associated With Longer Life



VOAVideo: New Study Shows Fast Walking Speed Associated With Longer Life

People the world over are living longer, and now a new study shows who is likely to live the longest. The information could help doctors and others, including the elderly, plan goals for treatment and care.

Also see Breaking News English: Walking Fast a Sign of Longer Life (7th January, 2011)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ESLPodcast 30 - Going to the Drugstore


ESLPodcast 30 - Going to the Drugstore

If you're sick, you sometimes need to go to the pharmacy. Learn more about visiting the drugstore in today's podcast. Download Podcast

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Study Shows Less Surgery Better for Breast Cancer Patients



VOAVideo: New Study Shows Less Surgery Better for Breast Cancer Patients

When breast cancer has spread to a patient's lymph system, surgeons traditionally have operated to remove a large number of underarm lymph nodes, to eliminate any trace of the cancer. The procedure is effective, but it can cause permanent complications. Now, a new study shows there is no advantage to taking out so many lymph nodes, and the finding could mean major changes in breast cancer surgery. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Offers a Chance to 'Refocus on What Love Is All About'



We ask three generations of people what the holiday for love and romance means to them. (download mp3)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Struggle for a Dependable Test for Alzheimer's Disease


VOA Learning English: The Struggle for a Dependable Test for Alzheimer's Disease
Scientists have been attempting for years to learn who may get Alzheimer’s disease. If the condition could be identified before its worst signs appear, people might get at least temporary medical help. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, which steals people’s ability to care for themselves. But treatment can slow its progress. (download mp3)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Words and Their Stories: Medical Expressions

VOA Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Medical Expressions

Everyday expressions we use to describe someone's health WORDS AND THEIR STORIES (download mp3)

Friday, February 11, 2011

The AgeLab at M.I.T.



The AgeLab at M.I.T. - nytimes.com/video

The AgeLab at M.I.T. is partnering with businesses to develop new technologies geared toward helping seniors stay healthy, active and independent.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Walking Fast a Sign of Longer Life

Breaking News English: Walking Fast a Sign of Longer Life (7th January, 2011)

A newly-released study reveals that walking fast in your old age is a sign you will live a long life. The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed data from nine studies that involved 34,485 senior citizens.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Largest U.S. Grocer Pledges Healthier Foods



VOAVideo: Largest U.S. Grocer Pledges Healthier Foods

First lady Michelle Obama and retail giant Wal-mart have launched a program aimed at improving the nutritional content of America's foods, and making those items more affordable for millions of Americans. The initiative is part of the first lady's campaign to promote healthier choices for children in the United States VOA's Robert Raffaele has more.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

China to Create City of 42 Million People

New English Lessons: China to Create City of 42 Million People (27th January, 2010)

China is planning to create the world’s largest city. It wants to join nine existing cities around the Pearl River Delta to make a mega-city of 42 million people.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rights Activists Say China's Gender Ratio Contributes to Human Trafficking



VOAVideo: Rights Activists Say China's Gender Ratio Contributes to Human Trafficking

Human rights activists say women and children in China and surrounding countries are bought and sold in China. They are victims of either forced labor or sexual exploitation. Some are also forced into marriages. Human rights activists say China's One-Child Policy has contributed to the uneven gender ratio fueling the problem.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dentist Drill Noise Reducer Invented

Breaking News English: Dentist Drill Noise Reducer Invented (10th January, 2011)

An inventor has come up with a device that blanks out the sound of the dentist’s drill. It allows patients to listen to music on their MP3 player, while filtering out the sound of the drill.

Friday, February 4, 2011

ESL Podcast 503 – Seeing a Dentist

ESL Podcast 503 – Seeing a Dentist

Dr. Chung: Hello, Luis, I’m Dr. Chung. You’re here for a check-up and a cleaning, is that right?

Luis: Yes, that’s right.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lunar New Year!!!



Milpitas Adult School Lunar New Year Party
You can download these pictures from Flickr.

ESL Holiday Lessons: Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays. Many people who live outside China call it the Lunar New Year

DOWNLOADS: Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ESLPodcast 107 - Going to the Dentist

ESLPodcast 107 - Going to the Dentist

I went to the dentist to get a check-up and cleaning. I showed up at the dentist's office a few minutes before 10. I gave the receptionist my name and told her that I had a 10 a.m. appointment (download mp3)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Listen A Minute: Dentists

Listen A Minute: Dentists

I’m afraid of the dentist. Always have been, for as long as I can remember. Even if the dentist is really, really kind and gentle, I’m still afraid.