Thursday, February 28, 2013

Senior Citizens Express Anxiety About US Budget Cuts


VOANews: Senior Citizens Express Anxiety About US Budget Cuts

TAKOMA PARK, MARYLAND — With severe government spending cuts set to go into effect, many Americans are worried about losing their jobs, having their pay reduced or losing social services subsidized by the government. One group of Americans likely to be hard hit are low income elderly citizens, including those who get a hot meal and a sandwich every day from a network of organizations across the country known as Meals on Wheels. (read more)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Brain Researchers Uncover Secrets of Memory



VOAVideo: Brain Researchers Uncover Secrets of Memory

Much research on the human brain is focused on understanding how people form memories, store them and retrieve them. Now, a study by scientists at the University of California-Davis and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston is providing new insight into the process. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports, researchers at the two schools found that separate areas of the brain coordinate much like little radio stations -- to form memories involving time and space.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ESL Podcast 561 – Being Forgetful

ESL Podcast 561 – Being Forgetful 
I would tell you what this episode is about, but I forgot. Learn more about being forgetful in this episode. 
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Monday, February 25, 2013

For the Brain, the Benefits of Being Bilingual



For the Brain, the Benefits of Being Bilingual

From VOA Learning English, welcome to Health in Special English! There is more evidence suggesting that being bilingual is good for your brain. A new study found that older adults who have spoken two languages since childhood showed better mental skills than those who speak just one language. (read more)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ear Care: Do-It-Yourself Wax Removal

VOA Learning English: Ear Care: Do-It-Yourself Wax Removal

Advice from experts about what to do -- and not to do -- when your ear is blocked with wax | HEALTH REPORT (listen)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Nasal Spray Cancer Vaccine Shrinks Head and Neck Tumors

VOANews: Nasal Spray Cancer Vaccine Shrinks Head and Neck Tumors
Vaccine activates and mobilizing a specific type of immune cell, called a CD8+ T-cell More

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

US Approves Method to Give Blind Limited Vision

VOANews: US Approves Method to Give Blind Limited Vision
An implantable electronic device can restore limited vision to people blinded by a rare genetic eye disease More

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pope's Resignation Is First in 600 Years



VOAVideo: Pope's Resignation Is First in 600 Years

Pope Benedict XVI has resigned, effective at the end of the month. It is the first time this has happened in nearly 600 years. VOA's Al Pessin reports from London.

Monday, February 18, 2013

US Celebrates Presidents' Day

President George Washington
President Abraham Lincoln

VOANews: US Celebrates Presidents' Day

Millions of workers across the United States are getting the day off Monday as part of the annual observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

English USA, Lesson 91, Part 2- More Future Talk



ListenAndReadAlong: English USA, Lesson 91, Part 2- More Future Talk

USA English Lesson 91, Part 2 One.

We continue to learn that Part 1, talking about the future, that you understand it. Visiting scholars have studied the trend of the times and people's lifestyle, such as science and technology, Martin heard.

This is English USA, on the Voice of America. Now, Lesson 91, Part 2.

Are you sometimes wrong about the future?

Of course. Sometimes we know the facts, but we don't know people's feelings.

Do you have an example? Forty years ago, some people predicted food would be different today. (read more)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

English USA, Lesson 91, Part 1- Talking about the future



ListenAndReadAlong: English USA, Lesson 91, Part 1- Talking about the future

I can talk about the future learn, that you understand it. Visiting scholars have studied the trend of the times and people's lifestyle, such as science and technology, Martin heard.

Dr. Ramos, will the future be very different?

Yes, in some ways. But in other ways it will be very familiar.

How will it be familiar?

Do you know how your grandparents lived?

Yes. Not in all ways, of course. But I know some things. I remember some things, and they told me other things.

Do you have some of their things? You know, furniture or dishes or books. Things like that.

Yes. My parents had them and now I have them.

So you have some things from the past. We are surrounded by things from the past. Buildings, objects, parks, rivers, and so on.

I see. We have things from the past now, in the present. And we'll have things from the present in the future.

In some ways the future will be very familiar. (read more)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day - English Vocabulary



JenniferESL: Lesson 19 - Valentine's Day - English Vocabulary

Topic: Words related to Valentine's Day presented in different forms.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Korean American Deli Owner Is A Calligrapher



VOAVideo: Korean American Deli Owner Is A Calligrapher

Kwon Myoung-Won from Korea works hard, like many immigrants, running a small business for long hours every day. But he never lost his passion for the calligraphy he began doing as a boy. Although few may know about this art, some of his works are displayed in museums and galleries across the US and around the world. VOA's June Soh visited Kwon's convenience store in the Washington suburbs, where his art flourishes.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln for ESL Students by www.elcivics.com

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He is one of our most famous and important presidents. His picture is on the American penny and on the five dollar bill. Many cities, streets, and schools are named after him. In this lesson, you will see pictures of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. I hope you enjoy learning about this famous American. (3 pages)

VOA Learning English: 'Lincoln Portrait': Music of Copland, Words of a Leader

This week on our program, Rich Kleinfeldt and I tell the story of President Abraham Lincoln. His birthday is February twelfth. Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth American president. He is considered one of the greatest leaders of all time. (read more) (download mp3)

Monday, February 11, 2013

China's "Little Emperors"



ListenAndReadAlong: AS IT IS - China's "Little Emperors" - 1 Child Policy - 1 Feb 2013 - VOA News in Special English

Australian researchers say a new study measures how China's one-child policy has affected generations of people. The study was published in Science Magazine. It has the term "Little Emperors" in its name. Kelly Jean Kelly explains that the name suggests that the one-child family has produced people who demand to get their own way. (read more)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

London Set For Huge Chinese New Year Celebrations



London Set For Huge Chinese New Year Celebrations

The Chinese community in Britain -- the longest established in Europe -- is building up towards its celebrations for Chinese New Year. Henry Ridgwell visited London's Chinatown to see the preparations -- and to discover what the year of the snake has in store.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Chinese New Year's Day


ESL Holiday Lessons.com: Chinese New Year's Day

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

Friday, February 8, 2013

China's 'Chunyun' Spring Migration Kicks into High Gear



VOAVideo: China's 'Chunyun' Spring Migration Kicks into High Gear

A massive migration is underway in China as millions make their way home to celebrate the Lunar New Year with family. The annual commute is unlike any other transportation challenge in the world and a once-in-a-year opportunity for many to see family members and their children. VOA's William Ide reports from Beijing that while technology helps some in the journey, there are still too few tickets.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Eating Colorful Produce May Help Prevent ALS

VOANews: Eating Colorful Produce May Help Prevent ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, is a rare but devastating neuromuscular condition with no known cure which is nearly always fatal.

However, a new study in the Annals of Neurology suggests preventing the paralyzing disease might be as simple as eating a diet of brightly-colored fruits and vegetables. (read more)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Overweight People Found to Have Less Risk of Early Death



VOALearningEnglish: Overweight People Found to Have Less Risk of Early Death

New research shows that overweight or even slightly obese people have a lower risk of early death than people considered to be normal weight. Researchers examined the results of 97 studies. Most of the studies were less than 10 years old. They included almost 3 million adults from around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Brazil, India and Mexico. (read more)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Zodiac signs


Learning Chocolate: Zodiac signs

Learn more vocabulary at Learning Chocolate

Monday, February 4, 2013

ESL Podcast 865 – Believing in Predictions

ESL Podcast 865 – Believing in Predictions 

I predict that if you like astrology, you will listen to this episode. I also predict that if you don’t like astrology, you will listen to this episode. Download Podcast 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

All About Superbowl 2013 - In the News - 2 Feb 2013



ListenAndReadAlong: All About Superbowl 2013 - In the News - 2 Feb 2013 - VOA Special English

This Sunday, people around the world will witness two teams as they battle for the championship of American professional football. The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers are in New Orleans, Louisiana, to prepare for the 47th Super Bowl. Over one hundred million people are expected to watch the game on television, with computers or other devices. (read more)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Groundhog Day



JenniferESL: #10 English Mini Lesson - Groundhog Day (with captions)

NOTE: A version of this video with NO CAPTIONS is available on my playlist "English Mini Lessons": #10 English Mini Lesson - Groundhog Day (no captions)
Topic: Groundhog Day
Learn about U.S. culture. Test your listening comprehension of fast speech.
A popular tongue twister is also included for pronunciation practice.
Enjoy!

Special thanks to Stacy Hagen for her contribution. For Stacy's lessons, please visit her channel http://www.youtube.com/englishwithstacy
NOTE: I'm very sorry to announce as of January 2012 links to EnglishCafe will no longer be active due to the site closing. I was very lucky to be a part of that online community while it lasted. I'm also sorry for the loss of additional materials for learners.

TEACHERS:
Related teaching ideas are available on my WordPress blog.
http://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/groundhog-day-activities/

MUSIC CREDITS:
"Guitar Hiphop Loop" by hasz retrieved from http://www.flashkit.com/loops/Techno-Dance/Hip_Hop/guitar_h-hasz-9222/
"Poppy Clip" by Who Else retrieved rom http://www.flashkit.com/loops/Pop-Rock/Pop/Poppy_cl-Who_Else-8472/