Thursday, January 31, 2013

English USA, Lesson 26, Part 2 - Buying Car Insurance - Conversational English



ListenAndReadAlong: English USA, Lesson 26, Part 2 - Buying Car Insurance - Conversational English

Martin Learner is making some applications related to the purchase of a new car. He applies for a new driver's license, a vehicle license, and insurance. You will learn to answer questions on an application form during an interview and review some of the basic English patterns your have studied.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ESL Podcast 726 – Taking the Driving Test

ESL Podcast 726 – Taking the Driving Test 

Learning to drive can be scary – for you, and the teacher. Learn about taking a driving test in this episode. Download Podcast 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

English USA, Lesson 26, Part 1 - Fun getting a license - Conversational English



ListenAndReadAlong: English USA, Lesson 26, Part 1 - Fun getting a license - Conversational English

Martin Learner is making some applications related to the purchase of a new car. He applies for a new driver's license, a vehicle license, and insurance. You will learn to answer questions on an application form during an interview and you will review some of the basic English patterns.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Road to Lymphoma Cure Could be Paved with Gold

VOAVideo: Road to Lymphoma Cure Could be Paved with Gold

New study shows synthetic HDL nanoparticles with gold at their core can kill B-cell lymphoma in cultured human cells

Sunday, January 27, 2013

China-Hollywood Connection Changes Movie Business



VOAVideo: China-Hollywood Connection Changes Movie Business

China has become the world's second-largest market for films, after North America, and China's box office revenues are growing by 30 percent a year. The country also is expanding its joint ventures in entertainment, and as VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, it is changing the way Hollywood does business.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Lifelong Bilingualism Gives Seniors Mental Edge


VOA Learning English: Lifelong Bilingualism Gives Seniors Mental Edge

A new study adds to evidence suggesting that being bilingual is good for the brain. In the study, older adults who have spoken two languages since childhood showed better mental skills than those who speak just one language. (read more)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Operation Walk Gives Needy Patients New Life



VOAVideo: Operation Walk Gives Needy Patients New Life

People suffering from severe bone and joint problems live with pain and disability every moment of their lives. For some, the only solution is a hip or knee replacement, an an expensive procedure many people cannot afford. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports that an American-based organization called Operation Walk is working to heal people from Tanzania, to Nepal to the United States, who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment.

For more info, visit Operation Walk.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Condolences: I am so sorry!

This post was inspired by the recent "passing" of a fellow teacher's spouse. It originally appeared on MilpitasChat.


A service will be held for Teacher Jennifer's mother, Ellen Haber Lee, 
on January 18, 2 pm at the San Jose Memorial Chapel.  Reception to follow.

What do I say at a funeral or memorial service? 
(downlad pdf)

I am sorry.

I am so sorry.

I'm sorry to hear about your husband.

Sorry for your loss.

May he rest in peace

Your wife is always in your heart.

Your mother is with God.

I am praying for you.

You are in my thoughts.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

My heart goes out to you.

My condolences.

You have my condolences.

My sincerest condolences go out to you and your family.

You have my sympathy.

You have my deepest sympathy.

Let me know if I can help you.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Staying Safe in Freezing Weather



VOA Learning English Videos: Staying Safe in Freezing Weather

Winter and cold weather is a fact of life to many people in the northern part of the world. Freezing weather can mean frostbite and hypothermia unless a person is prepared. Here are some ways to stay warm, dry and safe in cold weather. (read more)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

National Day of Service Honors Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.



VOAVideo: National Day of Service Honors Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in Washington to witness President Barack Obama's second inauguration. The president will be publicly sworn in on Monday, the national holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The inauguration's events begin with a National Day of Service on Saturday January 19 honoring the legacy of the late civil rights leader. President Obama is asking people to participate in projects that serve their communities. VOA's Chris Simkins has the story.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Radio Show Brings Inauguration History to Life



VOAVideo: Radio Show Brings Inauguration History to Life

As the nation looks ahead to another four years of the Obama administration, a group of historians is looking to the past for clues to what's happening now in the United States. VOA's Carolyn Presutti gives us a front row seat to a radio show that uses an irreverent style to explain American presidential inaugurations.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Discover America with American Mosaic!

Inauguration of President Barack
rapper A$AP Rocky
origami paper crane













VOA Learning English: Discover America with American Mosaic!

Learn about the plans for inaugurating President Barack Obama to a second term, rapper A$AP Rocky, and reveal how the Japanese art of origami can help improve mental health.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Longer Lives Not Always Healthier Lives



VOA Learning English video: Longer Lives Not Always Healthier Lives

A new study says people are living longer, but many are living longer in poor health. Researchers found that life expectancy has increased by about five years since 1990. On average, men worldwide can expect to live 67 years. Women can expect to live to age 73. (read more)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

ESL Podcast 858 – Donating an Organ



Some people give part of their bodies to others. Learn more about organ donation in this episode. 
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fake Medicines Pose Global Danger



Fake Medicines Pose Global Danger

The World Bank and other groups say about 40 percent of the drugs in parts of Africa and South America are either counterfeit or of poor quality. Experts say the use of such medicines can lead to treatment failure and even death. Experts working to stop this counterfeit drug traffic met recently in Washington. (read more)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Your Plastic Brain

ESL Podcast Blog: Your Plastic Brain

...Some people believe that you have to start when you’re young if you want to do certain things, like learn a new language or how to play a musical instrument. They believe that the connections in our brains have become permanent by the time we are adults and can’t be changed. If that’s true, you’ll never be able to do these things very well.

Marcus, a psychology professor at New York University, says that scientific evidence for this belief, called the critical-period theory, is far weaker (less strong) than widely supposed (believed). James Old, a neuroscience (brain science) professor at George Mason University, agrees. He says that the adult mind is “very plastic.”

In other words, it can be changed, even when you’re older; old connections can be broken and new ones made. According to Olds, “The brain has the ability to reprogram itself on the fly (while being used), altering (changing) the way it functions (works or operates).” That’s good news, especially for older adults! (read more)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mobile Phones Grow as a Health Care Tool



VOA Learning English: Mobile Phones Grow as a Health Care Tool

Different groups around the world are working to expand the uses for mobile technology in health care. (read more)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

How English Evolved Into a Modern Language Part 2


VOA Learning English: How English Evolved Into a Modern Language

Today we present the second of our two programs about the history of the English Language. Last week, we told how the English language developed as a result of several invasions of Britain. The first involved three tribes called the Angles, the Jutes and the Saxons. A mix of their languages produced a language called Anglo-Saxon, or Old English. It sounded very much like German. Only a few words remained from the Celts who had lived in Britain  (read more)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lesson 3 - Present Progressive - Verb Tenses in English



JenniferESL: Lesson 3 - Present Progressive - Verb Tenses in English

Topic: Forms and uses of the present progressive
Level: Intermediate and advanced

This series is designed for upper level students. We will review how each verb tense is formed and used. We will be comparing and contrasting verb tenses as well.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Where Did the English Language Come From? Part 1


VOA Learning English: Where Did the English Language Come From? Part 1

Today we present the first of two programs about the history of the English Language. More people are trying to learn English than any other language in the world. English is the language of political negotiations and international business. It has become the international language of science and medicine. International treaties say passenger airplane pilots must speak English. (read more)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lesson 2 - Simple Present - Verb Tenses in English



JenniferESL: Lesson 2 - Simple Present - Verb Tenses in English

Topic: Forms and uses of the simple present
Level: Intermediate and advanced

This series is designed for upper level students. We will review how each verb tense is formed and used. We will be comparing and contrasting verb tenses as well.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Ups and Downs of Living Longer


VOA Learning English: The Ups and Downs of Living Longer

A new study says people are living longer, but many are living longer in poor health. Researchers found that life expectancy has increased by about five years since 1990. On average, men worldwide can expect to live 67 and a half years. Women can expect to live to age 73. (read more)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lesson 1 - Verb Tenses in English - Overview



JenniferESL: Lesson 1 - Verb Tenses in English - Overview

This first lesson is an overview of the verb tenses in English designed for upper level students. This series will review how each verb tense is formed and used. We will be comparing and contrasting verb tenses as well.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding in Medicine

ESLPod Blog: Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding in Medicine

n recent months, I’ve come across (seen without looking for it) several stories about how people are using social media (websites that allow people to contact each other and their friends) to help each other with medical issues. (read more)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Three Kings Day Celebration


Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. Western Christians commemorate principally (but not solely) the visitation of the Three Kings to the Baby Jesus, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God.

Three Kings Day CelebrationHudson River HealthCare Comité Latino presents Three Kings Day Celebration
  • Family Partnership Center, Poughkeepsie, Friday, Jan. 5th
  • Peekskill High School, Sat. Jan. 6th, 2007

Saturday, January 5, 2013

ESL Podcast 851 – Finding a House to Buy



Looking for a new house can be pretty stressful. Learn all about it in this episode.Download Podcast 

Friday, January 4, 2013

US Lawmakers Approve Fiscal Cliff Deal



VOAVideo: US Lawmakers Approve Fiscal Cliff Deal

After a dramatic day of unexpected twists and turns, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Senate compromise bill to avert massive tax increases and severe cuts to government spending known as the fiscal cliff. And President Obama said would sign the compromise. Earlier in the day, the outcome seemed in doubt, when House Republicans complained bitterly about the need for more cuts to government spending. VOA congressional correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Capitol Hill.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Clinton Recovering From Blood Clot In Her Head



VOANews: Clinton Recovering From Blood Clot In Her Head

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is starting off the new year in a hospital with a blood clot. Clinton, a former first lady, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. (read more)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

One of the Great Mysteries of Our Universe

VOA Learning English: One of the Great Mysteries of Our Universe

​​If you can read a clock, you can know the time of day. But no one knows what time itself is. We cannot see it. We cannot touch it. We cannot hear it. We know it only by the way we mark its passing. For all our success in measuring the smallest parts of time, time remains one of the great mysteries of the universe. (read more) (LISTEN)