Friday, December 27, 2013

US Re-balance to Asia Overshadowed by Tensions with China



VOAVideo: US Re-balance to Asia Overshadowed by Tensions with China

The U.S. moved to pivot military, diplomatic and economic resources toward Asia in 2013, but the policy was sidetracked by bickering among allies and an increasingly assertive China. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Seoul.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

China's City of Entrepreneurs Waits for Deeper Reforms



VOAVideo: China's City of Entrepreneurs Waits for Deeper Reforms

Businessmen and women from China's eastern coastal city of Wenzhou have long had a reputation of being financial risk-takers in search of the next big business opportunity. But after the city was hit with an economic crisis two years ago as bad loans ballooned, the government began experimenting with financial reforms. VOA's Bill Ide visited Wenzhou for a look at how the reforms are working.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas is Big Business for Xitan, China's 'Christmas Village'



VOAVideo: Christmas is Big Business for Xitan, China's 'Christmas Village'

holiday, but this year -- no public celebrations. VOA's Bill Ide visited the place where Christmas ornaments remain big business, even though the holiday itself has been a source of controversy.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

ESL Podcast 948 – Listening to Motivational Speakers

ESL Podcast 948 – Listening to Motivational Speakers 

Get motivated to listen to a motivational speaker in this episode about listening to a motivational speaker who motivates people to listen to motivational speakers. 
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Speaking More than One Language Could Delay Dementia



VOA Learning English: Speaking More than One Language Could Delay Dementia

In fact, researchers say speaking two languages appears to be more important than education in defending against several kinds of dementias.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

James Bond: Diamonds and Friends are Forever!

(Teacher Jennifer--Here is another story from the Milpitas Adult Ed Senior ESL Class 11/16/2006.)

Mr. Lee:                Are you still interested in going to see the new James Bond movie?

Mr. Wang             Of course!

Mr. Lee                 Are you interested in going to lunch before the movie?

Mr. Lee                 Maybe.  Can you suggest a good place?

Mr. Wang             The movie is at Century Great Mall Theatres. 
                             We could go to Mayflower or Fresh Choice.

Mr. Lee                 I am on a diet.  Let’s go to Fresh Choice.
                            
Mr. Wang             I am glad you chose Fresh Choice.
                             When I go to a dim sum restaurant, I eat too much and spend too much money.

Mr. Lee                 What time does the restaurant open?

Mr. Wang             It opens at 11:00 am.

Mr. Lee                 What time does the movie start?

Mr. Wang             The first showing is at 11:40.

Mr. Lee                 Forty minutes is not enough time for lunch.

Mr. Wang             The second showing is at 12:40
If we have extra time, we can shop.

Mr. Lee                 Good!  I want to find a good present that my children can buy me for Christmas.

Mr. Wang             Hah!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Huge Display of Lights Brings Out Christmas Spirit in US



VOAVideo: Huge Display of Lights Brings Out Christmas Spirit in US

For many families in the United States, taking a drive to see local light decorations during the Christmas holiday is an annual tradition. One of the most spectacular in the Washington area features more than one million lights. VOA's Deborah Block takes us to dazzling displays at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hernia Operation

(Teacher Jennifer's note--I am going some of my old computer files and found this story from my Senior ESL class 09/20/2006.  My mother passed away in 2011 and the Senior ESL Class has been disbanded.  But I still miss my mother and my Senior students every day!)



I am worried about my mother’s operation because she is so upset.  I decided to ask my Senior ESL class for their advice.

This is what I wrote on the whiteboard:

My mother will have a hernia operation on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
She is very, very sad.
What can I say to her to cheer her up?

This was the class response:

1                   It is a small operation.
2                   Many people have this operation.
3                   After the operation, she will feel much better.
4                   Don’t  worry, be happy!
5                   Pray to God strength.  Ask your friends to pray to God.  We will pray, too.
6                   Talk to a person who had the operation.  What was their experience before and after the operation?
7                   Eat fish or rice soup.
8                   Don’t eat chicken soup—too much fat.
9                   Tell her that her doctor is famous and very skillful.

10              Tell your dad to be brave.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Calls for Reform Increase as China's Economy Slows



VOA Learning English: Calls for Reform Increase as China's Economy Slows

Experts say China has been too dependent on cheap or low-cost labor, cheap exports and cheap resources like coal to fuel its economic growth.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ESL Podcast 947 – Seeing a Circus Performance

ESL Podcast 947 – Seeing a Circus Performance 

Don’t cry out loud when you listen to this episode about the circus coming to town. It’s really not that bad. 
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Monday, December 9, 2013

US Homes Attractive to Foreign Buyers



VOAVideo: US Homes Attractive to Foreign Buyers

The wealthy around the world are always looking for ways to invest their money, and for some people that means buying homes in the United States. While foreign buyers make up just more than six percent of overall home sales in the United States, certain cities are disproportionately affected by foreign buyers, and that includes neighborhoods in southern California, where Elizabeth Lee has this report for VOA.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

ESL Podcast 946 – Designing a Building

ESL Podcast 946 – Designing a Building 

Design the next great building in this episode about a male architect and the woman who hires them. 
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Clinics Provide US Health Care Enrollment Help



VOAVideo: Clinics Provide US Health Care Enrollment Help

The debate over the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, continues. But the White House says improvements to the website have dramatically boosted enrollment. In some places, trained counselors are helping people navigate the website and they also help enrollees understand how such insurance works.

Friday, December 6, 2013

SL Podcast 945 – Using Electronics While Traveling

ESL Podcast 945 – Using Electronics While Traveling 

What’s a vacation without cell phones, smartphones, tablets, computers, cables, batteries, and power strips? Find out in this episode. 
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mandela Through His Own Words



VOAVideo: Mandela Through His Own Words

Inaugural Speech, Pretoria [Nelson Mandela]- 5/10/94

Subject: Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech - Pretoria May 10 From: ancdip@WN.APC.ORG (tim jenkin) Date: Wed, 11 May 1994 13:37:00 -0400
STATEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS,NELSON MANDELA, AT HIS INAUGURATION AS PRESIDENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, UNION BUILDINGS, PRETORIA, MAY 10 1994

Your Majesties, Your Highnesses, Distinguished Guests, Comrades and Friends:

Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world,confer glory and hope to newborn liberty.

Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.

Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.

All this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who are so well represented here today.

To my compatriots, I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld.

Each time one of us touches the soil of this land, we feel a sense of personal renewal. The national mood changes as the seasons change.

We are moved by a sense of joy and exhilaration when the grass turns green and the flowers bloom.

That spiritual and physical oneness we all share with this common homeland explains the depth of the pain we all carried in our hearts as we saw our country tear itself apart in a terrible conflict, and as we saw it spurned, outlawed and isolated by the peoples of the world, precisely because it has become the universal base of the pernicious ideology and practice of racism and racial oppression.

We, the people of South Africa, feel fulfilled that humanity has taken us back into its bosom, that we, who were outlaws not so long ago, have today been given the rare privilege to be host to the nations of the world on our own soil.

We thank all our distinguished international guests for having come to take possession with the people of our country of what is, after all, a common victory for justice, for peace, for human dignity.

We trust that you will continue to stand by us as we tackle the challenges of building peace, prosperity, non-sexism,non-racialism and democracy.

We deeply appreciate the role that the masses of our people and their political mass democratic, religious, women, youth,business, traditional and other leaders have played to bring about this conclusion. Not least among them is my Second Deputy President, the Honourable F.W. de Klerk.

We would also like to pay tribute to our security forces, in all their ranks, for the distinguished role they have played in securing our first democratic elections and the transition to democracy, from blood-thirsty forces which still refuse to see the light.

The time for the healing of the wounds has come.

The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.

The time to build is upon us.

We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.

We succeeded to take our last steps to freedom in conditions of relative peace. We commit ourselves to the construction of a complete, just and lasting peace.

We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity - a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.

As a token of its commitment to the renewal of our country,the new Interim Government of National Unity will, as a matter of urgency, address the issue of amnesty for various categories of our people who are currently serving terms of imprisonment.

We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free.

Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.

We are both humbled and elevated by the honour and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa, to lead our country out of the valley of darkness.

We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom.

We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success.

We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.

Let there be justice for all.

Let there be peace for all.

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.

Let freedom reign.

The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement!

God bless Africa!

Thank you.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chinese Sculptors Bring Their Talent to US Holiday Ice Show



VOAVideo: Chinese Sculptors Bring Their Talent to US Holiday Ice Show

No matter what the thermometer shows about the weather in your neighborhood - this next story will keep you cool. For the Christmas holiday, a huge attraction at the Marriott Gaylord National hotel near Washington DC is made entirely of ICE. Actually, more than 900,000 kilograms of ice! As VOA's Carolyn Presutti shows us, the artwork is done entirely by Chinese ice carvers.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ESL Podcast 943 – Making a Will


ESL Podcast 943 – Making a Will 

The only certain things in life are death and taxes. Learn about avoiding taxes after death in this episode. 
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Monday, December 2, 2013

The Breast Cancer Story Everyone Should See



VOAVideo: The Breast Cancer Story Everyone Should See

Former VOA producer Zulima Palacio discusses her battle with breast cancer with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal and VOA health reporter Carol Pearson. Carol produced a five-part series on Zuli, her diagnosis and her treatments. Both women say they shared Zuli's story to encourage women worldwide to listen to their bodies.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

ESL Podcast 941 – Types of Shopping Areas

ESL Podcast 941 – Types of Shopping Areas 

Shop ‘till you drop in this episode, where one lucky guy gets to go shopping with his girlfriend. 
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving Story - Two Men at Thanksgiving by O. Henry


The text and audio of this story in the Gift of the Magi are about a Thanksgiving "tradition" between an old gentleman and a homeless man: every Thanksgiving, the old gentleman treats the homeless man to a full-course meal.

See more at AmericanEnglish.state.gov: Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Day Quizzes

  1. Thanksgiving Quiz 1 - Thanksgiving in the USA (Charles Kelly) 35 medium to difficult multiple-choice questions
  2. Thanksgiving Quiz 2 - The First Thanksgiving in America (Charles Kelly) 30 medium to difficult multiple-choice questions
  3. Thanksgiving Quiz 3 - How Thanksgiving Becomes a National Holiday in the USA (Charles Kelly) 10 medium to difficult multiple-choice questions

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Features Native American Foods



VOAVideo: Thanksgiving Features Native American Foods

Each year, Americans gather with families and friends in the third week of November to celebrate Thanksgiving. The celebration usually includes a meal of turkey, sweet potatoes, squash, cornbread, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. The first Thanksgiving meal in North America is thought to have taken place in sixteen-twenty-one as European settlers gathered with Native Americans to give thanks for a successful fall harvest. Many Americans believe Thanksgiving was created by the early European settlers. But as Jeff Swicord learns at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., Native Americans also played a major role

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

ESLPodcast 91 - Thanksgiving


I give thanks for the Seniors of Milpitas Adult School---you are in my heart forever!

ESLPodcast 91 - Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful, but for a lot of people, the holiday also means a weekend of eating a lot and watching football. (download mp3)

Monday, November 25, 2013

ESL Podcast 935 – Showing Signs of Age


You’re never too old to learn something new, so learn about getting old in this episode. 
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Africa Invests in Rice



VOA Learning English: Africa Invests in Rice

African scientists and governments develop new methods to increase rice production.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

ESL Podcast 934 – Watching Special Effects

ESL Podcast 934 – Watching Special Effects 

Have you ever wondered how Hollywood can destroy the world? Find out in this episode. 
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Friday, November 22, 2013

JFK Anniversary Recalls the Age of America's Camelot




Friday, November 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, who brought youth and energy to the White House when he became president in 1961. He and First Lady Jackie Kennedy brought a unique sense of style and glamour that Washington had never seen before. It is a time that came to be known as 'The Age of Camelot', a reference to a hit Broadway musical at the time, one of the president's favorites. National Correspondent Jim Malone has more as VOA looks at the Kennedy years 50 years later.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

ESL Podcast 933 – Letting Go of the Past

ESL Podcast 933 – Letting Go of the Past 

Stop living in the past and make plans for your future. Learn why in this episode. 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Amid Turmoil, House Votes to Alter Health Care Law




VOAVideo: Amid Turmoil, House Votes to Alter Health Care Law

Polls show that President Barack Obama's credibility has taken a hit because of promises he made concerning his landmark health care reform act. The president had assured Americans, "if you like your plan, you can keep it." But now, millions of people are seeing their health care insurance plans cancelled because they do not meet the higher standards under the law. Some of the president's Democratic allies in Congress are distancing themselves from him. As VOA's Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine reports, Republicans in Congress are seeking to take advantage of the turmoil.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ESL Podcast 931 – Solving a Mystery

ESL Podcast 931 – Solving a Mystery 

Who’s murdering me now? Find out if it really was Mr. Green with a knife in the library. 
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Brain Scan Database Aims to Accelerate Chronic Pain Research



VOAVideo: Brain Scan Database Aims to Accelerate Chronic Pain Research

Many people around the world suffer from chronic pain - from pain in the joints to migraines to abdominal pain. Many scientists now believe that kind of pain - in whatever part of the body - has a common connection to the brain. The University of California Los Angeles is now developing an international database of brain images of hundreds of chronic pain patients. So far, they include people from North America and Europe. The goal: to accelerate research and develop better ways to treat chronic pain. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles. (read the article)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

English Café 416: Caring for Elderly Parents

ESLPod: English Café 416 

Topics: Ask an American - Caring for elderly parents; come versus came; several; top-down 
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Words:

  • nursing home
  • out of the question
  • safe
  • alternative
  • primary caretaker
  • virtually
  • to celebrate
  • privilege
  • resistance
  • mission
  • richness
  • generation
  • mix
  • household
  • several
  • top-down

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How Stress Affects Mental Bandwidth



VOA Learning English: How Stress Affects Mental Bandwidth

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New research shows how a lack of money, food or even time can affect decision making and the ability to act. In the book, "Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much," Professors Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir examine the mental stress of dealing with a lack of something necessary. (read more in the ABOUT section)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

ESL Podcast 929 – Trying to Locate Someone

ESL Podcast 929 – Trying to Locate Someone 

Catch me if you can by listening to this episode about finding someone who doesn’t want to be found. 
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank You Women Vets!



uscitizenpod: Thank You Women Vets!

Listen to the National Anthem and learn more about American Servicewomen, past and present.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Vietnamese Nurses Go to Germany and Japan to Study Geriatric Care



VOA Learning English: Vietnamese Nurses Go to Germany and Japan to Study Geriatric Care

Japan and Germany have the world's oldest populations, but neither country has enough trained health care workers to meet the needs of older adults. Now, they are turning to Vietnam for help. This month, 100 young Vietnamese are going to Germany as part of a project to train what are called "geriatric" nurses to work in the European country. (read more in the About section)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Find Affordable and Healthy Food in Milpitas and San Jose



Find Affordable and Healthy Food in Milpitas and San Jose (corrected)

Task 1 for EL Civics Objective 46.4: Access for nutrition education and information, Milpitas Adult Education November 2013. Pause the video to study the pictures and information.

Healthy and Affordable Food Resources Questions:

  • What is the name?
  • What is the location?
    • Where is it?
    • What is the street address?
  • What days/hours is it open?
    • When is it open?
    • What is its schedule?
  • Can I pay with SNAP/Food Stamps?
    • Does it accept Food Help?
    • Does is accept Food Assistance?
    • Does it accept WIC?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

American English Becoming More Popular in Former British Colony



VOANews: American English Becoming More Popular in Former British Colony

Hong Kong was a British colony for 156 years before reverting to Chinese control in 1997. In this city where English is still widely spoken and taught, many are now opting to learn American English.

Friday, November 1, 2013

ESL Podcast 927 – Being Tidy and Messy

Messy Room                             Tidy Room

ESL Podcast 927 – Being Tidy and Messy 

Can two men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? Find out about a very odd couple trying to stay organized on this episode. 
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Costume Frenzy Is in Full Force



VOAVideo: Halloween Costume Frenzy Is in Full Force

Halloween is October 31, and every year, millions of Americans dress up in costumes and children go 'trick-or-treating' for candy. VOA's Carla Babb brings us some of this year's hottest ensembles.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ESL Podcast 926 – Getting an Advantage in Sports

ESL Podcast 926 – Getting an Advantage in Sports 


It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose in sports, but winning sure is better. Learn how to win in this episode. Download Podcast 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Virginia's Colorful Autumn Foliage Dazzles Tourists



VOAVideo: Virginia's Colorful Autumn Foliage Dazzles Tourists

Each autumn, a wooded stretch of highway high in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia attracts crowds of tourists who come to admire the colorful fall foliage. Deborah Block takes us for a spin on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

ESL Podcast 925 – Going Through Customs


ESL Podcast 925 – Going Through Customs 

If you’re thinking of flying into Los Angeles and bringing in a couple of bees, think again. Find out about going through customs in this episode. 
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

#GetCovered Because: There Are Four Ways To Sign Up For Health Care



wh.gov #GetCovered Because: There Are Four Ways To Sign Up For Health Care

You can sign up for ObamaCare in four ways. Online at http://healthcare.gov, by mail, in person, or on the phone at 1800-315-2596.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Congress Approves Bill to Reopen Government



VOAVideo: Congress Approves Bill to Reopen Government

U.S. federal workers are to begin returning to work Thursday morning, after Congress approved a bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. President Barack Obama has signed the measure into law, ending a political stalemate and avoiding a potential U.S. debt default. VOA's Richard Green has the details.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Deaf People Find a Friendly Place at Food Market



VOA Learning English: Deaf People Find a Friendly Place at Food Market

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Lunchtime food vendor Thadeus Suggs has no trouble taking an order from deaf customers at this store in Washington's Union Market. (read more in the About Section of the video)

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ESLPod: English Café 113 (listen)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

English Café 113--Gallaudet University, Deaf and Hearing-Impaired People, and ASL

ESLPod: English Café 113 (listen)

Topics: Gallaudet University, U.S. call signs for radio and TV stations, outfit versus gear versus equipment, pronouncing law and low, so versus very

Words:

  • deaf
  • hearing-impaired
  • student body
  • American Sign Language
  • to appoint
  • Board of Trustees
  • faculty
  • to change one’s mind
  • disability
  • to grandfather (someone) in
  • acronym
  • unique
  • outfit
  • gear
  • equipment
Also watch: VOA Learning English: 

Deaf People Find a Friendly Place at Food Market

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Markets Remained Relatively Stable During Political Debate



VOANews: Markets Remained Relatively Stable During Political Debate

Financial markets have remained relatively stable throughout the protracted debate in Washington over extending the $16.7- trillion government borrowing limit. However, now that a last minute agreement has been passed and a disastrous national debt default averted, some investors are still anxious about how this recent crisis will affect America's financial standing in the long term.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ESL Podcast 923 – Having Bad Credit

ESL Podcast 923 – Having Bad Credit 

Love comes and goes, but bad credit can remain with you for a long time. Learn how not to handle your credit cards on this episode. 
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

ESL Podcast 922 – Getting a Second Opinion

ESL Podcast 922 – Getting a Second Opinion 

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again to find a doctor who will tell you what you want to hear. Learn about getting another opinion on this episode. 
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Hospital Prescribes Healing Dose of Nature




VOA Video: Hospital Prescribes Healing Dose of Nature

A growing number of U.S. hospitals and clinics are adding a dose of Mother Nature to their medical kit - planting gardens for their patients and visitors. Faiza Elmasry takes us on a tour of Johns Hopkins Hospital's healing gardens and reports that although they were designed to look like little oases, they are more than just part of a pretty landscape. This report voiced by Faith Lapidus.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!

MADE IN AMERICA--BUILDING A NATION

HAPPY LABOR DAY! The U.S. Postal Service has issued a new series of postage stamps: Made in America: Building a Nation to honor the men and women of the past who set our country’s future in motion.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Welcome Back to School!


2013-2014 ESL/Citz Registration and Testing 

All new and returning students must register and take 1 CASAS Reading/Listening test
  • Mon Aug 19  1 pm---TEST
                                 
First Day of School            
  • Morning: Mon Aug 19 8:45 am  
  • Evening: Tue Aug 20 5:45 pm

Friday, August 2, 2013

Study: Alarming Rise In Peripheral Artery Disease



VOANews: Study: Alarming Rise In Peripheral Artery Disease

The number of people around the world with peripheral artery disease, or PAD ((P-A-D)), has risen dramatically -- by almost 25 percent -- in just 10 years -- according to a new study in the Lancet medical journal. People with PAD have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. They live with irreversible disability. And as VOA's Carol Pearson reports, they are likely to live in low or middle income countries.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

ESL Podcast 917 – Types of Families

ESL Podcast 917 – Types of Families

Modern families can be a little complicated. Learn more in this episode. 
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Billions Have Untreated Tooth Decay



VOALeaningEnglish: Billions Have Untreated Tooth Decay

Nearly 4 billion people around the world have serious, untreated problems with their teeth. That is what a recent report from the World Health Organization says. Health officials say failure to repair cavities can even lead to social and emotional problems. (read more)

Friday, July 26, 2013

ESL Podcast 915 – Learning to Read Music

ESL Podcast 915 – Learning to Read Music 

Doe is a deer, a female deer, and ray is a drop of golden sun. Got that? Good. Now learn how to read music in English by listening to this episode. 
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Style in Old Beijing - Intersection




NYTimes: New Style in Old Beijing - Intersection

In Beijing's Gulou neighborhood, we met Li Xuan, who cites the local architecture as his main source of style inspiration.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

ESL Podcast 914 – Wanting Peace and Quiet

ESL Podcast 914 – Wanting Peace and Quiet 
     Make some noise for today’s episode, which is all about peace and quiet. 
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Britain's William and Kate Present Their Royal Baby



VOANews: Britain's William and Kate Present Their Royal Baby

Britain has a new royal baby. William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, presented their baby boy - as yet unnamed - to the world Tuesday. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

Friday, July 19, 2013

China: Elder Care Law Offers Window Into Struggles of One-Child Families



VOAVideo: China: Elder Care Law Offers Window Into Struggles of One-Child Families

A new law in China requires adults to provide mental and financial support for their elderly parents, or face fines and other penalties. The regulation entered into force earlier this month, adding new burdens on a generation of urban single children who struggle to live up to traditional standards of filial piety.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

ESL Podcast 913 – Experiencing Motion Sickness

ESL Podcast 913 – Experiencing Motion Sickness

If a body in motion stays in motion, as Newton said, what about a body that can’t rest due to motion sickness? Learn the answer to this and other medical mysteries in this episode. Download Podcast 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Using Dragon Boating to Fight Breast Cancer




VOANews: Using Dragon Boating to Fight Breast Cancer

VOA producer June Soh joins On Assignment's Alex Villarreal to talk about June's recent reporting on a Washington dragon boat racing team uniting breast cancer survivors. June says the sport provides the women with both physical and mental benefits. To find out more about the team, check out its website at gopinkdc.com

Friday, July 12, 2013

Identifying a 'STEMI' Heart Attack With an iPhone App



VOA Learning English: Identifying a 'STEMI' Heart Attack With an iPhone App

Researchers have developed an experimental iPhone application, or app, that they say can improve the chances of survival from a heart attack. The iPhone app is designed to identify patients suffering from a kind of heart attack known as a STEMI, or ST-elevation myocardial infarction. In a STEMI, blood flow to the heart is stopped because of a blockage in a coronary artery. Unlike other kinds of heart attacks, STEMIs show up very clearly on an electrocardiogram or ECG. (read more)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Health Care Teams Worldwide Work To Reduce Salt Intake



VOABideo: Health Care Teams Worldwide Work To Reduce Salt Intake

Cardiovascular diseases are a major killer around the world, even in developing countries, and high blood pressure is a risk factor for these diseases. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on some international programs whose goals are to drastically cut the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The oldest person to climb Everest



BBC Learning English: Video Words in the News: The oldest person to climb Everest (29th May 2013)

This week's video is: Oldest Everest climber. Meet the Japanese man who is the oldest person ever to have reached the top of Everest, 60 years after it was first climbed.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013

MERS Virus Worries Public Health Officials



VOA Learning English: MERS Virus Worries Public Health Officials

The World Health Organization is expressing increasing concern about a virus that is similar to the respiratory disease known as SARS. The WHO calls the newly named disease Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV. Most cases of MERS have been reported in the Middle East, mainly in Saudi Arabia. But cases have also been found in other countries, including Italy, Tunisia, Jordan, Britain and France. (read more)

Friday, July 5, 2013

ESL Podcast 907 – Buying Tools at a Hardware Store

ESL Podcast 907 – Buying Tools at a Hardware Store 

When something breaks, someone has to fix it. Learn how to buy the right tools for the job in this episode. 
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Milpitas July 4th Firework Finale



uscitizenpod: Milpitas July 4th Firework Finale

HUGE crowd--everyone was peaceful and proud. I love Milpitas! Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

ESL Podcast 903 – Listening to a Traffic Report

ESL Podcast 903 – Listening to a Traffic Report 

Baby, you can drive my car, but you better check the traffic report before you go. Learn more in this episode. 
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Oral Cancer Caused by HPV Soars in Developed Countries



VOAVideo: Oral Cancer Caused by HPV Soars in Developed Countries

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is commonly associated with sexually transmitted infections and cervical cancer. So, when the well-known actor Michael Douglas implied that his throat cancer was caused by HPV, contracted through oral sex, the news made headlines around the world. As VOA's Carol Pearson reports, HPV-caused oral cancer has been on the rise and mostly affects men.

Monday, July 1, 2013

ESL Podcast 902 – Being Chivalrous and Protective

ESL Podcast 902 – Being Chivalrous and Protective 

That ain’t no way to treat a lady, no way to treat your baby. Learn how to behave like a gentleman in this episode 
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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Treating Lung Infections in Elderly Patients Raises Many Issues



VOAVideo: Treating Lung Infections in Elderly Patients Raises Many Issues

Former South African president Nelson Mandela entered the hospital on June 8 with a lung infection. For a while, his doctors said he was improving. But on Sunday, they said his condition had become critical. VOA's Carol Pearson spoke with a specialist about treating elderly patients who have recurring lung infections.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

ESL Podcast 901 – Participating in a Clinical Trial


Listening to this episode may not cure your illnesses, but it might improve your English. 
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Cataract Surgery Developing World



VOAVideo: Cataract Surgery Developing World

Two eye surgeons, one American and one Nepalese, are united on a quest to end preventable blindness - blindness that leads to poverty and early death for many in the developing world. Over two decades, the efforts of the two doctors have returned sight to an estimated 2 million people in Africa and Asia. VOA's Carolyn Weaver reports.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rx: Why It Means "Take Your Medicine"

VOA Learning English: Rx: Why It Means "Take Your Medicine"

We see this sign on drug stores and whenever we visit a doctor to get an order for medicine. It also appears on bottles of pills and other medicines. The sign is formed by a line across the right foot of the letter “R.” It represents the word “prescription.” It has come to mean “take this medicine.” (read more) (listen)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Obstacles, Perks of Movie Co-productions in China



VOAVideo: Obstacles, Perks of Movie Co-productions in China

China's movie industry is set to surpass Hollywood by revenues in just a handful of years. Much of the progress comes from relying on the world's biggest audiences, as well as on government efforts to spur investment and protect its industry. With China being noticed by many within the American movie business, VOA takes a look at how the country is managing this growing industry, and how easy it is for foreigners to get in.