Sunday, March 31, 2013

Christians Worldwide Prepare For Easter



VOAVideo: Christians Worldwide Prepare For Easter

Many Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate Easter this Sunday. It is the central holiday of the Christian faith, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The eyes of the faithful will be turned to the Vatican where the new pope, selected just this month, presides over a series of Holy Week events. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Christians Worldwide Prepare for Easter


VOANews: Christians Worldwide Prepare for Easter

Eyes of the faithful will be turned to the Vatican where a new pope, selected just this month, presides over a series of Holy Week events More

Friday, March 29, 2013

Chinese Pursue Volunteer Opportunities in Africa



Chinese Pursue Volunteer Opportunities in Africa

China's ties with Africa are growing. Media coverage generally focuses on the controversy over Beijing's surging investment and trade, which critics say do not fairly benefit Africans. But VOA's Bill Ide reports there is a small, growing number of Chinese who are putting their careers and studies on hold to do volunteer work on the continent.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Eating Genetically Modified Foods

ESL Podcast 881 – Eating Genetically Modified Foods 

Will eating genetically modified foods 
improve your English? Find out the answer in this episode.  Download Podcast 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Science - Bilingual Seniors - Better Mental Skills



ListenAndReadAlong; Science - Bilingual Seniors - Better Mental Skills

Finally, a new study has added 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)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Improving Quality of Life for Alzheimer's Patients, Caregivers



VOAVideo: Improving Quality of Life for Alzheimer's Patients, Caregivers

As America's elderly population grows, so, too, does the need for specialized care for adults with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. VOA's Faiza Elmasry visited a facility in Fairfax, Virginia, provides that care, and also supports the children and spouses who are the seniors' primary care-givers at home. Faith Lapidus narrates.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Older Volunteers Help Children Learn to Read



VOAVideo: Older Volunteers Help Children Learn to Read

Illiteracy is a problem in many of the world's poorest countries. Even in wealthier nations like the United States, many children struggle with reading and writing. But in 19 cities across the country, the volunteers of Experience Corps are helping youngsters learn to read. The volunteers, all over 50, work with students in low-income areas. VOA's Deborah Block visited a school in Washington where Experience Corps is making a difference.

Experience Corps AARP

Experience Corps SF Bay Area - You Are Needed as a Tutor

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cheering Someone Up


ESL Podcast 877 – Cheering Someone Up 

Forget you troubles, come on! Get happy! Listen to this episode to find out how. Download Podcast 

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Vaccine Shrinks Head and Neck Cancers

VOA Learning English: New Vaccine Shrinks Head and Neck Cancers

The vaccine is said to be most effective as a nasal spray, entering the body through the nose read more listen

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Risks of Language for Health Translators


VOA Learning English: The Risks of Language for Health Translators

They need to know what a culture will accept in finding the right words for things like body parts and sex read more download pdf listen

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Abused Chinese Women Push for Domestic Violence Law



VOAVideo: Abused Chinese Women Push for Domestic Violence Law

Domestic violence is a long-standing problem in China, where an estimated one in four women are subject to physical abuse by their spouse. But without a national law addressing the problem, authorities often are ineffective in stopping the violence. VOA looks at the case of an American woman who spoke up, and the legal waves her case is making.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Shopping at the Supermarket


ESL Podcast 875 – Shopping at the Supermarket 

Do you ever go to the supermarket without finding what you’re looking for? Learn more about it in this episode. Download Podcast 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Doctors Say Most Heart Disease is Preventable



VOAVideo: Doctors Say Most Heart Disease is Preventable

Coronary heart disease is the number one killer, worldwide, of men and women over the age of 60. But people of all ages succumb to heart attacks each year. And while death rates have declined in the U.S. and many western European countries, mortality is on the rise in the developing world. Yet most heart disease is preventable. VOA's Carol Pearson says that's a message doctors and advocacy groups are communicating so people the world over can live longer and healthier lives.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Teen's Cancer Test Could Save Lives



VOAVideo: Teen's Cancer Test Could Save Lives (VOA On Assignment Mar. 8)

On Assignment's Philip Alexiou talks with VOA reporter Julie Taboh about her experience meeting and covering Jack Andraka, a 16-year-old U.S. science prodigy who developed a breakthrough test for pancreatic cancer. The test is designed to detect the disease at its earliest stage -- a potentially major achievement in the field as pancreatic cancer is one of cancer's deadliest forms.

Monday, March 11, 2013

When Collecting Things Becomes a Problem



VOA Learning English: When Collecting Things Becomes a Problem

Compulsive Hoarding Syndrome...is both a mental disorder and an issue of public safety.

Many people in the United States are looking forward to the return of spring. At this time of year, millions of Americans do what is known as spring cleaning. They open windows in their homes to let in fresh air. They use cleaning products that make their homes smell nice. And some organize their belongings.

Many Americans have a strong desire to clean up their homes. This can also be called removing clutter. Clutter can be described as a disorganized collection of things. To remove clutter means to throw away the things you do not want. Then, you organize the things you have decided to keep. (read more) (listen)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Senior Citizens Express Anxiety About US Budget Cuts



VOAVideo: Senior Citizens Express Anxiety About US Budget Cuts

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" VOA's Cindy Saine has the story from Takoma Park, Maryland.   Meals on Wheels. (read more)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

ESL Podcast 873 – Avoiding Giving an Opinion

ESL Podcast 873 – Avoiding Giving an Opinion 

I can’t really tell you what I think of this episode. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it helps you avoid giving opinions in English. Download Podcast 

Friday, March 8, 2013

One Woman: A Song for UN Women



UNWomen: One Woman: A Song for UN Women

From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia, acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are "One Woman".

Launching on International Women's Day, 8 March 2013, the song is a rallying cry that inspires listeners to join the drive for women's rights and gender equality. "One Woman" was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and girls worldwide, to celebrate its mission and work to improve women's lives around the world.

This year, International Women's Day focuses on ending violence against women — a gross human rights violation that affects up to 7 in 10 women and a top priority for UN Women. As commemorations are underway in all corners of the globe, "One Woman" reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination: "We Shall Shine!" Join us to help spread the word and enjoy this musical celebration of women worldwide.

For more information, visit http://song.unwomen.org


Happy International Women’s Day!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Looking Better Helps Cancer Patients Feel Better



VOAvideo: Looking Better Helps Cancer Patients Feel Better

Many cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy not only have to fight the disease but also the side effects of the treatment itself. Research shows that hair loss and skin damage can often negatively affect a cancer survivor's self-esteem and their resolve to fight the disease. A program called "Look Good Feel Better" is changing that, not with drugs and needles, but with a little bit of makeup. Sarah Zaman of VOA's Urdu Service went to the program's workshop in Washington DC to see how it's done.  (Read the full article)

For more info, see "Look Good Feel Better"

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Treatments Emerging for Parkinson's Disease



VOAVideo: New Treatments Emerging for Parkinson's Disease

As people around the world live longer, maladies of old age are becoming more common. And that has doctors searching for ways to treat or prevent diseases like Parkinson's...a degenerative brain condition that usually develops after age 50, and that's known for its disabling physical tremors. As VOA's Carol Pearson reports, medications today can treat the symptoms of Parkinson's, but researchers are hopeful that soon, there will be a way to halt its devastating advance.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

For the Brain, the Benefits of Being Bilingual



VOALearningEnglish: For the Brain, the Benefits of Being Bilingual

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)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Speaking English may make you poorer

Breaking News English: Speaking English may make you poorer (25th February, 2013)

Print
26-page lesson    (40 exercises) 2-page MINI lesson    (PDF)

Listen:
MP3 (UK male)MP3 (USA female)MP3 (20 questions)Listen & spellDictation -    (10 sentences)

Read:

Speed Reading (100 - 300 wpm) Text jumble 15 Text jumble 24 No spaces Sentence jumble QUIZ 


Grammar:

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Words:

See more lessons at Breaking News English

Friday, March 1, 2013

Special Homes Allow Elderly to Live Near Loved Ones



VOAVideo: Special Homes Allow Elderly to Live Near Loved Ones

As the U.S. population grows older, more and more adult children are looking for ways to care for their aging parents. Many turn to assisted living facilities or nursing homes for that care. But now, for some, there may be a better option. VOA's Julie Taboh tells us about an alternative living concept that provides seniors with a safe environment while keeping them close to loved ones.

To learn more, see N2Care MedCottage