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
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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