Saturday, April 30, 2011

Changing Royal Souvenirs Reflect the Changing Times



VOAVideo: Changing Royal Souvenirs Reflect the Changing Times

What can a cookie tin, a Rubik's Cube, and a novel tell us about Britain's royal family? According to Selah Hennessy in London, quite a lot. In this report for VOA she tells us how the changing nature of royal souvenirs reflects a family that's changing too.

Friday, April 29, 2011

English Mini Lesson - Sneezing



JenniferESL #4 English Mini Lesson - Sneezing
Topic: Sneezing. (No, I'm not joking!) This lesson focuses on culture and etiquette. A full transcript is provided so that ALL LEVELS can benefit. The lesson will also help viewers practice their listening skills, and it can be used as a pronunciation model.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The White House Releases Obama's Birth Certificate



VOAVideo: The White House Releases Obama's Birth Certificate

The White House has released the long-form birth certificate of President Barack Obama, to again refute claims that he was not born in the United States. Administration officials on Wednesday released the certificate that says he was born August 4, 1961, in the Pacific U.S. state of Hawaii.

Also watch: wh.gov: President Obama on His Birth Certificate & the Real Issues Facing America

President Obama discusses the release of his long form birth certificate, having long ago released his standard birth certificate, and says that "We've got big problems to solve. And I'm confident we can solve them, but we're going to have to focus on them -- not on this."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ESL Podcast 679 – Getting a Makeover

ESL Podcast 679 – Getting a Makeover

Are you feeling like you need a new look? Then you need a makeover! Learn how to get one on this episode. Download Podcast

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy 226th Birthday John James Audubon!



TwtTwt 2011-0426 John James Audubon Bird Paintings on Stamps


John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and an artist.

In 1803, Audubon immigrated to America to study American birds with the goal of painting them in a more realistic style and natural setting. Audubon married, had two children, and became a US Citizen in 1812. In 1826, he published his masterwork, THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, and added more painting to each edition.

Audubon's love for America shines through his art and life, representing the new American people of the United States.

This video was inspired by the Audubon Google Doodle in honor of Audubon's 226th birthday--see http://www.google.com/logos/ Apr 26, 2011. Dedicated to Every Bird (especially Parakeets!).

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter!



JenniferESL: English Mini Lesson - Easter

A short lesson on Easter. (It's just a little over a minute!) Find out how some Americans celebrate this holiday, and learn one proverb related to a key symbol of Easter: the egg. All levels can learn something from this video.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Privilege and Pressure: A Profile of the Royal Romance



VOAVideo: Privilege and Pressure: A Profile of the Royal Romance

There are just days to go until British Royal Prince William weds his fiancée Catherine Middleton on April 29th, in a ceremony that is expected to be watched by billions around the world. Observers have praised the future princess as a glamorous new face for the Royal Family. While Catherine's journey to the palace has not always been smooth, she now faces a life of extraordinary privilege played out in the world's spotlight. Henry Ridgwell takes a look at the Royal Family's latest romance.

Friday, April 22, 2011

GO GREEN with USPS stamps!



uscitizenpod: GO GREEN with USPS Stamps on YouTube

uscitizenpod: GO GREEN with USPS stamps on Flickr In honor of Earth Day 2011 and in celebration of the new USPS GO GREEN Forever stamp series, US Citizenship Podcast presents a collection of stamps reflecting America's ongoing commitment to make EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY!

ESL Holiday Lessons.com: Earth Day Earth Day is an annual event that aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for our environment. It was founded in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell. He introduced the idea of a global holiday called "Earth Day" at a UN conference on the environment in 1969. DOWNLOADS:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Obama Administration Says Prescription Drug Abuse Fastest Growing Drug



VOAVideo: Obama Administration Says Prescription Drug Abuse Fastest Growing Drug

Government health officials say the abuse of prescribed medications causes more accidental deaths in the United States than anything else except automobile crashes, which kill more than 30,000 Americans every year. Representatives of five federal agencies on Tuesday presented the Obama administration's new plan for reducing prescription drug abuse and saving lives. Carol Pearson reports.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Better Computer Mouse Cursor for the Disabled

VOA Special English Technology Report: A Better Computer Mouse Cursor for the Disabled

Using a computer mouse or trackball can be a little tricky. You choose the object you want and move it to where you want it, only to have it end up in a different position. This happens to all of us sometimes, and we think little of it. But for people who have a difficult time controlling their movements, this little navigational issue can be a really big problem.

Now, researchers at the University of Washington have developed new cursors that make activating objects easier for people with motor disabilities. (download mp3)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Think You Know All About the Common Cold? Think Again



VOAVideo: Think You Know All About the Common Cold? Think Again

Do you believe cold temperatures can cause cold? Do you think it's a bad idea to give milk to a child who has a cold? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then this report is for you. Ayesha Khalid takes a look at some of the most prevalent myths about the common cold and what the medical community has to say about them.

Monday, April 18, 2011

ESL Podcast 677 – Feeding a Picky Eater

ESL Podcast 677 – Feeding a Picky Eater

Are you difficult to please when it comes to food? Don’t come to my house! Instead, listen to this episode to learn how to talk about yourself as an eater. Download Podcast

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Brain Surgeon Finds Inspiration in Ceramic Art



VOAVideo: Brain Surgeon Finds Inspiration in Ceramic Art

Cliff Lee came to the United States from Taiwan in 1968. He spent the early days of his career as a neurosurgeon but gave it up five years later after discovering the joys of clay. (read more)

Cliff Lee's ceramics at the Smithsonian Museum

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Gold Keeps Shining, 30 Years After Nixon Ended Gold Standard

VOA Learning English: Gold Keeps Shining, 30 Years After Nixon Ended Gold Standard

Prices have been hitting record highs for the metal, which used to be the basis for international trade | ECONOMICS REPORT (download mp3)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Are People Who Speak More Than One Language Smarter?



VOA Leaning English: Are People Who Speak More Than One Language Smarter?

In the early nineteen fifties, researchers found that people scored lower on intelligence tests if they spoke more than one language. Research in the nineteen sixties found the opposite. So which is it?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

ESL Podcast 676 – Selecting a Health Insurance Plan

ESL Podcast 676 – Selecting a Health Insurance Plan

Most Americans have the opportunity to change their health insurance plans once a year. Learn more in this episode. Download Podcast

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

For Many People, First the Doctor's Office, Then the Web



VOA Learning English Video: For Many People, First the Doctor's Office, Then the Web

"A new survey finds that more than eighty percent of Internet users in the United States search for health information online...Susannah Fox from the Pew Internet Project says doctors are still the main source of health information. But the survey found that searching online is one of the leading ways that people look for a second opinion. She said people are fact-checking what they have heard from a doctor. However, people are still very likely to turn to a health professional when they are planning a treatment.Forty-four percent of people are actually looking for doctors or other providers when they search for health information online..."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Meditation Better Than Pain-Killers

Breaking News English: Meditation Better Than Pain-Killers Meditation can be better at relieving pain than the best pain-relieving drugs, according to a new report published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

After Brain Study, New Questions About Mobile Phones



VOA Learning English video: After Brain Study, New Questions About Mobile Phones
"How important is your mobile phone, better known to Americans as a cellphone? Many people say they use the device all the time. So far, no studies have proven beyond question that the radio signals from cellphones cause brain cancer or other health problems. But a new study by government scientists in the United States has some people wondering what to think. The scientists found that holding a cellphone to your ear for at least fifty minutes increases brain cell activity."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How the heart works



How the heart works

Animation to show how the heart works.

For more information visit our health information site http://www.bupa.co.uk/health

Friday, April 1, 2011

ESL Podcast 673 – Walking or Running as Exercise

Every year, Teacher Judy convinces Teacher Jennifer to walk 5k in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
ESL Podcast 673 – Walking or Running as Exercise

Exercise does the body good. Learn all about walking and running in this episode. Download Podcast