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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