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)