Wednesday, December 3, 2014

China Quiet as Hong Kong, Taiwan Challenges Grow



VOAVideo: China Quiet as Hong Kong, Taiwan Challenges Grow

At a meeting in Brussels Wednesday, senior officials from more than 60 countries pledged to continue their fight against the militant Islamic State group for, in the words of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, “as long as it takes.” VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

East Meets West to Treat Alzheimer's Patients

VOA Learning English:  East Meets West to Treat Alzheimer's Patients

But researchers in California say a new way of treating Alzheimer’s disease is showing promise for reversing some of that memory loss. The new treatment combines western medicine with eastern philosophy – ideas rooted in Asian religions.  (listen)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day



uscitizenpod: Veterans Day video for Beginning Level ESL/Citizenship Students http://youtu.be/0wz6ctrnvIY

More Veterans Day Resources:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Online Test Targets English Learners


VOA Learning English: Free Online Test Targets English Learners

A private company has just launched what it calls “the world’s first free standardized English test.” Anyone with an Internet connection can take the test for free. The test can be found at efset.org.(read more) (listen)

Words in this Story
  • launch – v. to offer or sell (something) for the first time
  • prohibitive – adj. so high that people are prevented from using or buying something
  • pilot – v. done as a test to see if a larger program, study, should be done
  • intriguing – adj. extremely interesting
  • game changer – n. an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Camera Captures Hong Kong Police Beating Protester



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VOANews: Camera Captures Hong Kong Police Beating Protester

Human rights groups are criticizing Hong Kong police for beating an unarmed protester. Several police officers were caught on camera kicking and hitting the protester. The man was unable to defend himself because he wore handcuffs. (read more) (listen)

Words in this Story

  • defend – v. to guard or fight against attack; to protect
  • incident – n. an event or something that happens
  • video – n. a method of recording images and sound without a traditional film camera to be shown on a television, computer or other device
  • legal – adj. of or in agreement with the law

Friday, October 10, 2014

HappyTen-Ten Taiwan! We stand with Hong Kong!


VOANews: Young dancers perform during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan. During Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's keynote speech, he gave his support to Hong Kong's student protesters demanding universal suffrage in its 2017 election.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hong Kong Cancels Talks With Protesters



VOAVideo: Hong Kong Cancels Talks With Protesters

Hong Kong authorities have canceled talks with pro-democracy protesters occupying parts of the city after they vowed to step up civil disobedience.  The protest leader said increased pressure was needed ahead of the talks to ensure progress toward direct elections, and urged supporters to continue occupying public spaces (read more)

VOANews: Anonymous Tip Reveals Secret Payments to Hong Kong Leader

Leung received undisclosed payments worth $6.5M from Australian firm UGL in the two years since he took office

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hong Kong Democratic Party Founder Criticizes Beijing



VOAVideo: Hong Kong Democratic Party Founder Criticizes Beijing

As the pro-democracy occupation in Hong Kong stretches into a second week, authorities have agreed to discuss the protesters' basic demands on the constitution, the Basic Law. Democratic Party founder Martin Lee said the government is violating the law under pressure from Beijing. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Hong Kong.
Originally published at http://www.voanews.com/media/video/hong-kong-democratic-party-founder-criticizes-beijing/2475301.html

VOANews: China Declares Cyber-war on Hong Kong Protesters
In an online battle between Beijing and pro-democracy activists, who has the upper hand?

VOANews: Social Media Documenting, Not Driving, Hong Kong Protests

A torrent of tweets and Facebook posts is pouring out of Hong Kong documenting the “Umbrella revolution,” but social media does not appear to be driving the protesters as it did the Arab Spring, also called the Facebook revolution. (read more)

VOANews: Hong Kong Crashes Great Firewall With FireChat

"Less than a week into the protests gripping Hong Kong in a showdown with Beijing over who will ultimately have a voice in the former British colony, that app has burst onto the scene. It’s called “FireChat”, and while not exactly new, it has quickly become the must-have digital assistant for those fighting for democracy in one of the world’s most densely populated cities"

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

91-Year-Old Achieves Dream, Learns To Fly

VOA Learning English: 91-Year-Old Achieves Dream, Learns To Fly

You are never too old to try to make your dreams come true! This could be Mary Moe's motto -- the expression that best captures her spirit. Mary Moe has done a lot during the past 91 years. For much of that time, she wanted to fly, but never had the chance – until now. (listen)

Words in this Story
to put something on the back burner – idiom. not getting or needing immediate attention.

calm – n. a quiet and peaceful state or condition; v. to become or to cause (someone) to become less upset, emotional, excited; adj. not angry, upset or excited

collaboration – n. the action of working with someone to produce or create something. collaborate – v. to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor

excite – v. causing feelings of interest and enthusiasm : causing excitement). excited – adj. very enthusiastic and eager.

proud – adj. very happy and pleased because of something you have done, something you own, someone you know or are related to.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Remove Some Key Barricades



VOANews: Hong Kong Protesters Remove Some Key Barricades

Hong Kong protesters have removed key barricades and begun leaving one of the main protest sites ahead of a government deadline to clear the streets. Pro-democracy demonstrators on Sunday removed some barriers blocking access to the government's downtown headquarters and left the area. But the protesters appeared divided, and some vowed to stay put. (read more)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Influence Vietnam Activists

VOA Learning English: Hong Kong Protesters Influence Vietnam Activists

Many Vietnamese now are using the Internet to support the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Many Vietnamese are changing their Facebook profile pictures to the symbol of a dove (a white bird that represents peace) tied with a yellow ribbon.  (listen)


Words in this Story

  • territorial - adj. relating to the ownership of an area of land or sea
  • symbol - n. a thing that represents or stands for something else.
  • ribbon – n. a long piece of material used for tying something or for decoration
  • avatar - n. an icon or figure representing a person on the Internet or in computer games
  • resolution - n. the action of solving a problem or a dispute​


Saturday, October 4, 2014

As the World Ages, Economies Will Change



VOAVideo: As the World Ages, Economies Will Change

Experts say it is not too late to influence the economic effect of the world’s aging populations.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hong Kong Pro Democracy Supporters Battle With Anti Occupy Workers



VOAVideo: Hong Kong Pro Democracy Supporters Battle With Anti Occupy Workers

Pro democracy activists in Hong Kong Friday clashed with an angry group of people who identified themselves as local residents. They told VOA's Brian Padden -- who was in the middle of the scuffle -- that they want the nearly week-long demonstrations that have shut down parts of the city to end so they can go back to work.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/hong-kong-pro-democracy-supporters-battle-with-anti-occupy-workers/2471917.html

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Threaten to Seize Buildings



VOAVideo: Hong Kong Protesters Threaten to Seize Buildings

The crowds of pro-democracy supporters occupying downtown Hong Kong thinned out significantly during the day on Thursday. As activists try to maintain pressure on the government to give in to their demands, the question becomes whether large numbers of people continue to participate or will public support dwindle over time. VOA's Brian Padden reports.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/hong-kong-protesters-threaten-to-seize-buildings/2469803.html

VOANews: Hong Kong Leader Refuses to Resign

Leung Chun-ying says a top official will hold a meeting with students soon to discuss political reforms, but he gives no time frame for meeting

VOANews: Beijing Warns Hong Kong Protesters, Cracks Down at Home

In suppressing protest news, China reportedly has arrested more than 20 people on the mainland who acted in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday



VOAVideo: Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2468423.html

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Protesters Call for Hong Kong Chief to Step Down

VOALearningEnglish: Protesters Call for Hong Kong Chief to Step Down

On China’s National Day, Wednesday, pro-democracy student demonstrators in Hong Kong warned of much larger protests in the future. The demonstrators said the protests would grow if the territory’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, did not resign today or tomorrow. Their movement is called Occupy Central

Words in the news

boo – v. to show dislike of someone or something by shouting ‘boo’ slowly

escalate – v. to become worse or make (something) worse or more severe

shell – n. a metal container that is fired from a large gun and explodes when it reaches its target.

elevator – n. a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building

Monday, September 29, 2014

Two articles about the Hong Kong Protests


VOA Learning English: Pro-Democracy Protest Grows in Hong Kong

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters have ignored government calls to leave the streets to permit the return of public transport services. Police clashed with the protestors overnight when they tried to end the unrest that had spread over the weekend. (listen)

VOA Learning English: Chinese Media React to Hong Kong Protests

Protesters are demanding that China permit public nominations for the territory’s chief executive. Police used tear gas and pepper spray to force protesters off the streets. But many protesters refused to leave. (listen)
  • clash - n. a battle; v. to fight or oppose
  • dispute – v. to oppose strongly by argument
  • protester (also, protestor) - n. person who speaks against something; objects to something
  • stability - n. the state of being stable; not easily changed or likely to change
  • territory – n. a large area of land

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Making of: ‘@Large, Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz’ | KQED Arts



KQED: ‘@Large, Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz’ | KQED Arts

The installation of international art star Ai Weiwei's Alcatraz exhibition was a labyrinthian affair, coordinated across continents, complicated by multiple layers of jurisdiction and permission and requiring more than 100 volunteers and staffers. KQED visited the site and came back with footage that shows some of the works in process. For more on Ai Weiwei, visit kqed.org/ai

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Smartphone App Gives 'Sight' to the Blind

VOALearningEnglish: Smartphone App Gives 'Sight' to the Blind

A new computer program is being praised as a life-changer for blind people. The new program is known as the KNFB Reader app. It can help users listen to an audio read-back -- the sound -- of printed material.

(read more) (listen)

Friday, September 26, 2014

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Used to Kill Cancer Tumor



VOAVideo: High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Used to Kill Cancer Tumor

There is a new way of killing certain cancer tumors that allows the patient to go home on the same day. Surgeons at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California became the first doctors to use this procedure on a patient with the help of high intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU, and new robotic technology. Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

China Targets Chinese with Dual Citizenship

VOA Learning English: China Targets Chinese with Dual Citizenship

China’s Ministry of Public Security has announced a new policy to support reporting of Chinese dual citizens. A dual citizen is someone who accepts citizenship in another country while keeping his or her first citizenship. The new policy has led to a sharp debate. It is expected to have a major effect on Chinese citizens who live outside of China. (read more) (listen)

For further info, see US State Dept Dual Citizenship

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teens Help Seniors Bridge Technology Gap



VOAVideo: Teens Help Seniors Bridge Technology Gap

When most people imagine a classroom, they think of older people teaching younger ones. But when it comes to learning about high-technology devices, the opposite can often be true. That is what is happening through a program in the eastern American city of Columbia, Maryland. The 50 Plus Center offers free technology classes for adults ages 50 and older. The teachers are often teenagers and even younger children.

(read more) and Listen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How Did You Get so Intelligent?

VOA Learning English: How Did You Get so Intelligent?

You may have heard people say that hard work is more important than the intelligence you are born with. Recently, researchers noted changes in the brains of individuals immediately after they were told this.

Hans Schroder led a study at Michigan State University. Mr. Schroder is a student at the university. As he noted, whether or not what people were told was true, “giving people messages that encourage learning and motivation may promote more efficient performance.”

(read more) (listen)

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Up to You



VOA Learning English in a Minute: It's Up To You

If somebody told you "it's up to you" what would you think? Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sit Less, Live Longer

VOA Leaning News: Sit Less, Live Longer

If you are sitting down listening to this Health Report, stand up. Move your legs. Touch your toes, if you can. Do anything but sit.

If you cut down on the time you spend sitting, you might live longer. New research shows that sitting less than three hours a day might extend your life by two years. (read more)    (listen)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alibaba Shares Soar in First Day of Trading



VOAVideo: Alibaba Shares Soar in First Day of Trading

China's biggest online retailer hit the market Friday -- with its share price soaring on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares were priced at $68, but trading stalled at the opening, as sellers held onto their shares, waiting for buyers to bid up the price. More on the world's biggest initial public offering from VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/alibaba-shares-ipo-first-day-of-trading-stock/2456131.html

Monday, September 15, 2014

Scientists Base a Hearing Aid Design on the Ears of a Fly



VOALearningEnglish: Scientists Base a Hearing Aid Design on the Ears of a Fly
Published 08/25/2014
Scientists at the University of Texas are developing technology based on structures in the tiny ears of an unusual fly.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

While We Sleep, Our Brains Are Hard at Work



VOA Learning English: While We Sleep, Our Brains Are Hard at Work

What happens in the brain when we sleep? The answer may surprise you.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chinese Publisher Profits From Growth of Houston’s Asian Population



VOAVideo: Chinese Publisher Profits From Growth of Houston’s Asian Population

The rapid growth of the Asian population in and around Houston, Texas, has helped make the fourth largest city in the United States one of the country’s most diverse cities. Many Asians come to Houston to fill high-paying jobs in the city’s energy and medical sectors. But many also come to start businesses in a relatively inexpensive city. And, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the Asian influx has helped one Chinese immigrant build an empire. Originally published at http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2437793.html

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Palm Reading


readingesl.ca: Palm Reading

Can you tell something about a person just by looking at their hands? Some people like to think that you can!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, California!

The Star-Spangled Banner is the name of the national anthem.
What is the name of state anthem of California?





I.
I love you, California, you're the greatest state of all.
I love you in the winter, summer, spring and in the fall.
I love your fertile valleys; your dear mountains I adore.
I love your grand old ocean and I love her rugged shore.

Chorus
Where the snow crowned Golden Sierras
Keep their watch o'er the valleys bloom,
It is there I would be in our land by the sea,
Every breeze bearing rich perfume.
It is here nature gives of her rarest. It is Home Sweet Home to me,
And I know when I die I shall breathe my last sigh
For my sunny California.

II.
I love your red-wood forests - love your fields of yellow grain.
I love your summer breezes and I love your winter rain.
I love you, land of flowers; land of honey, fruit and wine.
I love you, California; you have won this heart of mine.

III.
I love your old gray Missions - love your vineyards stretching far.
I love you, California, with your Golden Gate ajar.
I love your purple sun-sets, love your skies of azure blue.
I love you, California; I just can't help loving you.

IV.
I love you, Catalina, you are very dear to me.
I love you, Tamalpais, and I love Yosemite.
I love you, Land of Sunshine, half your beauties are untold.
I loved you in my childhood, and I'll love you when I'm old.

Also see bendstunde49: "I Love You, California" - Prince's Orchestra (1914) California State Song (instrumental--great old pictures)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mooncakes!



NTDTV: "Mooncake Mania" on Chinese Holiday

ANCHOR:
As Chinese around the globe celebrated the Moon Festival this weekend, many found themselves swept up in the search for the perfect mooncake.

STORY:
For Chinese people around the world it's that time of year again...

Every year as the Chinese Moon Festival approaches, from Hong Kong to Shanghai to London--Chinese people around the world are buying boxes of sweet bean paste pastries as gifts for family and friends.

They're called mooncakes. And, like the holiday fruitcake in Western culture, the mooncake in Chinese culture is more important for its symbolism and tradition than for its taste. In fact, many of these cakes are said to go uneaten.

But that may be changing.

As Chinese tastes become more "global," there is an ever-greater variety of mooncake flavors on the market. It's no longer just limited to the traditional lotus seed paste or red bean paste. Now mooncake enthusiasts can enjoy dainty custard-filled cakes, or delicate white sugar powder confections. Flavors like green tea and even shark's fin have come into fashion.

And jumping on the trendy mooncake band wagon, ice cream giant Häagen Dazs has created a line of high-end, ice cream-filled mooncakes for those really seeking to make an impression. In these "cakes," the traditional preserved duck egg yolk is replaced by a sphere of mango sorbet.

Some mooncake purists are, of course, crying foul--commenting that these days anything round can be called a mooncake. But the cornucopia of new mooncake flavors and styles is sure to bring one welcome change: more mooncakes in the belly and less in the bin.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mooncakes and the Moon Festival


readingesl.ca: Mooncakes and the Moon Festival

Mooncakes are special pastries. In the middle of a mooncake is a thick filling made from bean paste or lotus seed paste . . .Mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the Moon Festival in many parts of Asia. (read more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearance



VOANews: Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearance

Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2436463.html

Friday, September 5, 2014

What Americans Think About China

VOANews NEW SERIES: What Americans Think About China by Michael Lipin

VOANews Editor’s Note: Looking through VOA's listener mail, we came across a letter that asked a simple question. "What do Americans think about China?" We all care about the perceptions of others. It helps us better understand who we are. VOA Reporter Michael Lipin begins a series providing some answers to our listener's question. His assignment: present a clearer picture of what Americans think about their chief world rival, and what drives those perceptions.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Technology Gives Surgeons Unprecedented Views of Patients’ Bodies



VOAVideo: New Technology Gives Surgeons Unprecedented Views of Patients’ Bodies

When could a video game possibly save your life? A new imaging technology, now being used at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, has direct links to video games. It can provide detailed views of patients’ bodies -- helping surgeons plan and execute complicated operations with much more confidence. VOA’s George Putic has more. Originally posted at http://www.voanews.com/media/video/new-technology-gives-surgeons-unprecendented-views-of-patients-bodies/2424447.html

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ESL Podcast 1027 – Adding Condiments to Food

ESL Podcast 1027 – Adding Condiments to Food 

What sort of things do you like on your hamburgers and hot dogs? Learn about some delicious (or disgusting) possibilities in this episode. 
Download Podcast 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Living to 90 and beyond (Part two)



CBS News 60 Minutes: Living to 90 and beyond (Part two)

AUGUST 31, 2014, 7:40 PM|The 90+ study is generating some of its most provocative and surprising findings in the areas of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Also, what about romance? Lesley Stahl reports. (read more)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Living to 90 and beyond (Part one)

CBSNews: Living to 90 and beyond (Part one)

What factors determine which of us will make it past age 90? Lesley Stahl reports on a groundbreaking study that has revealed some unexpected findings (read more)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant



VOAVideo: Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/chinese-doctors-use-3-d-spinal-implant/2429917.html

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Investors Return to Vietnam After Anti-China Protests

VOALearningEnglish: Investors Return to Vietnam After Anti-China Protests

Foreign investment in Vietnam has now returned to levels that existed before the protests. The flow of money returned for three main reasons. The government has promised to protect foreign investors. Also, the economy continues to grow. Finally, the cost of manufacturing remains low. (listen)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Aging Will Reduce Economic Growth Worldwide in Coming Decades



VOAVideo: Aging Will Reduce Economic Growth Worldwide in Coming Decades

The world is getting older, fast. And as more people retire each year, fewer working-age people will be there to replace them. Bond rating agency Moody’s says that will lead to a decline in household savings; reducing global investments - which in turn, will lead to slower economic growth around the world. But experts say it’s not too late to mitigate the economic impact of the world’s aging populations. Mil Arcega has more.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2431583.html

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ESL Podcast 1026 – Marrying Young

ESL Podcast 1026 – Marrying Young 

Getting married is a serious step in one’s life. Learn about people who get married young in this episode. 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

English Vocabulary & Slang to talk about AGE: retro, dated, antique, old school



AlexESLvid: English Vocabulary & Slang to talk about AGE: retro, dated, antique, old school

In this useful lesson, learn some synonyms for "old," and some slang as well. If you're not ancient, you'll click on this video! Then take the quiz. Watch more videos at: engvid.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

People Use Too Much Salt

VOALearningEnglish: People Use Too Much Salt

An estimated 1.65 million people die every year from overuse of sodium. The study noted that 40 percent of those deaths happen in people younger than age 70. The great majority of early deaths happened among people from non-wealthy countries.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Electricity Could Ease Some Brain Disorders



VOA Learning English: Electricity Could Ease Some Brain Disorders
Published on Jul 11, 2014

Researchers are using electricity on the brain to reduce the effects of Parkinson's disease.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ESL Podcast 935 – Showing Signs of Age

ESL Podcast 935 – Showing Signs of Age

Julian: It makes them look old. Thank God I don't have a receding hairline – yet. Vera: When you get to be my age, you won't worry so much about graying hair. (download)

  • gray hair
  • thinning
  • salt and pepper hair
  • distinguished
  • receding hairline
  • Showing signs of age
  • lamented
  • maturing
  • character
  • evasive
  • wrinkles
  • age spots
  • deafness
  • memory loss
  • to talk someone off a ledge

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Seventy-year-old College Student Graduates



VOA Learning English: Seventy-year-old College Student Graduates
Published on Jun 27, 2014

Age did not stop Jerry Reid from continuing his education.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Words and Their Stories: Number One (and more)

VOA Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Number One

Let us start with the number one. Numbers can be tricky. On the one hand, they are simply numbers. On the other hand, they have meanings. "I for one" use these expressions a lot. (read more) (listen)

VOA Learning English: Words and Their Stories Numbers Part Two

Expressions using numbers | Words and Their Stories (read more) (listen)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Personal Introductions

EnglishVoices.org: Personal Introductions (multiple accents)

Lesson Objectives: To introduce yourself by discussing where you are from and talking about your hobbies.

Language Tasks and Questions:
Listen carefully to the any number of the comments above and answer these questions for each person:
  • What is the person's name?
    • The man's/woman's name is _____.
  • Where is the person from?
    • He's/She's from _______________.
  • Where does the person currently live now?
    • He/She currently lives in ________.
  • What are the person's hobbies?
    • He/She enjoys/likes ____________

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

English in a Minute: It's Been Ages



VOA Learning English: English in a Minute: It's Been Ages
Published 03/12/2014

Has somebody ever said to you "It's been ages" since we have seen each other? Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello!


General greetings (Formal)
  • Hello!
  • How are you?

General greetings (Informal)
  • Hi.
  • What’s up?
  • Good to see you.
  • How are things (with you)?
  • How’s it going?

Greeting a person you haven’t seen for a long time (Formal)
  • It has been a long time.
  • It’s been too long.
  • What have you been up to all these years?
  • It’s always a pleasure to see you.

Greeting a person you haven’t seen for a long time (Informal)
  • It’s been such a long time.
  • Long time no see.
  • It’s been ages since we last met.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Guided Conversations Give Back Memories to Senior Citizens



VOALearning English: Guided Conversations Give Back Memories to Senior Citizens

Conversations about the past are proving to help senior citizens remember the present. These conversations are also helping them fight depression and feel better about themselves.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Brain Imaging Improves Treatment for Depression

VOA Learning English: Brain Imaging Improves Treatment for Depression

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition. The word “clinical” is added to separate people who are depressed from those who simply feel sad because of life events. (read more) (listen)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Life of Flowers



preserveplanet.org: The Life of Flowers (LA VIDA DE LAS FLORES)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Asians Usher In Lunar New Year




VOAVideo: Asians Usher In Lunar New Year

People in many Asian countries as well as Asian communities elsewhere in the world are marking the start of a new lunar year with family gatherings, fireworks and street parties. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chinese Head Home to Celebrate Lunar New Year



VOAVideo: Chinese Head Home to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Hundreds of millions of Chinese are making their way home this week to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday. VOA's Beijing Bureau talks with some who are choosing to carpool, cramming themselves into cars sometimes with complete strangers and traveling thousands of kilometers across the country.