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French Baguette Gets UNESCO Recognition
Arts & Culture
French Baguette Gets UNESCO Recognition

03:14 December 2, 2022

UNESCO, the cultural organization of the United Nations, voted this week to recognize the importance of the French baguette. The international expert…


Decrease or Reduce?
ASK A TEACHER
Decrease or Reduce?

05:05 December 2, 2022

This week on Ask a Teacher, we will answer a question about the words “reduce” and “decrease.” Question: Dear Teacher, Would you please explain to me…


How to Talk about Music
Everyday Grammar
How to Talk about Music

04:51 December 1, 2022

Imagine that you hear music on the radio or on your phone. Maybe you like the sounds; maybe you do not. But how should you describe the music? What k…


What's Being Served at US State Dinner for French President?
Arts & Culture
What's Being Served at US State Dinner for French President?

03:17 December 1, 2022

France’s President Emmanuel Macron is the special guest at the first state dinner of President Joe Biden’s administration. A state dinner is a high h…


What Is Your Word of the Year?
Words & Their Stories
What Is Your Word of the Year?

07:45 November 29, 2022

And now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. English language dictionary publishers traditionally announce their words of the year as …


Schools Struggle to Meet Students' Mental Health Needs
Education
Schools Struggle to Meet Students' Mental Health Needs

05:16 November 29, 2022

School systems across the United States have struggled to find workers to deal with students’ mental health needs. Mental health problems among stude…


US Defeats Iran in World Cup Soccer, Continues to Next Level of Competition
Arts & Culture
US Defeats Iran in World Cup Soccer, Continues to Next Level of Competition

02:32 November 29, 2022

The United States soccer team defeated Iran and will continue to the elimination stage of the World Cup in Qatar. The team needed a win on Tuesday to…


KPOP Musical Comes to Broadway in New York City
Arts & Culture
KPOP Musical Comes to Broadway in New York City

05:45 November 28, 2022

The storylines are familiar to theatergoers on Broadway: a singer and her guide; a newcomer trying to find his place; and young women chasing their d…


Some Women Denied Abortions Despite Pregnancy Complications
Health & Lifestyle
Some Women Denied Abortions Despite Pregnancy Complications

09:03 November 28, 2022

It has been five months since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The ruling ended a 50-year-old legal right to abortion nationwide. Inste…


Cornucopia: So Much of a Good Thing!
Words & Their Stories
Cornucopia: So Much of a Good Thing!

04:51 November 26, 2022

And now, Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English. On this program, we explore words and expressions in the English language. We give examp…


Universities Study Athletes’ Mental Health after Recent Crises
Education
Universities Study Athletes’ Mental Health after Recent Crises

06:30 November 26, 2022

Late last summer, two football players at Indiana State University were killed in a car crash. Just over one week ago, three football players at the …


'The Murders in the Rue Morgue,' by Edgar Allen Poe, Part Two
American Stories
'The Murders in the Rue Morgue,' by Edgar Allen Poe, Part Two

10:00 November 25, 2022

We present the second of five parts of the short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," by Edgar Allen Poe. The story was originally adapted and rec…


Restrain, Refrain, or Restrict?
ASK A TEACHER
Restrain, Refrain, or Restrict?

05:15 November 25, 2022

Hello! This week on Ask a Teacher, we will answer a question about three verbs, “restrain,” “refrain,” and “restrict.” Question Dear Teacher, I am An…


Thanksgiving and English Grammar
Everyday Grammar
Thanksgiving and English Grammar

08:19 November 23, 2022

Every year around the Thanksgiving holiday, a strange ceremony happens in Washington, DC. The president stands outside the White House, gives a brief…


In America, Some School Boards Have Student Members
Education
In America, Some School Boards Have Student Members

09:07 November 22, 2022

School boards are usually made up of elected members who make policy decisions about local public school districts. In the United States, some school…


Study: Repeat COVID Infection Is Riskier than First
Health & Lifestyle
Study: Repeat COVID Infection Is Riskier than First

03:46 November 21, 2022

A new study has found that the risk of death, hospitalization and serious health issues from COVID-19 increases with reinfection regardless of vaccin…


Have You Felt the 'Walls Are Closing in on You'?
Words & Their Stories
Have You Felt the 'Walls Are Closing in on You'?

05:23 November 19, 2022

And now, Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English. On this program, we explore words and expressions in the English language. We give you e…


Experts Advise Students to Be Cautious on Twitter
Education
Experts Advise Students to Be Cautious on Twitter

05:10 November 19, 2022

Businessman Elon Musk became the owner of Twitter just three weeks ago. And many people have been concerned about the future of the social media comp…


UN Seeks $146 Million to Help Haiti Fight Cholera Crisis
Health & Lifestyle
UN Seeks $146 Million to Help Haiti Fight Cholera Crisis

05:16 November 19, 2022

The United Nations and Haiti are seeking $146 million to help fight a cholera outbreak that has already killed at least 175 people. Health officials …


Scrabble Dictionary Adds 500 New Words
Words & Their Stories
Scrabble Dictionary Adds 500 New Words

05:08 November 18, 2022

Scrabble is a popular word game in which players put letters of the alphabet together to form words. It helps when a player remembers unusual words…


'The Murders in the Rue Morgue,' by Edgar Allan Poe, Part One
American Stories
'The Murders in the Rue Morgue,' by Edgar Allan Poe, Part One

10:00 November 18, 2022

We present the first of five parts of the short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," by Edgar Allen Poe. The story was originally adapted and rec…


Verbing Nouns
ASK A TEACHER
Verbing Nouns

04:58 November 18, 2022

Hello! This week on Ask a Teacher, we will answer a question about if nouns can become verbs. Question: Hello there! Can any nouns be a verb? For exa…


Making Abbreviations: Acronyms, Initialisms
Everyday Grammar
Making Abbreviations: Acronyms, Initialisms

10:09 November 17, 2022

Have you ever seen, heard, or used these words before? “LOL.” “Scuba” “ASAP” If you have, you know they are shortenings of longer expressions called …


Schools, Parents Disagree over Bans on Student Mobile Phones
Education
Schools, Parents Disagree over Bans on Student Mobile Phones

05:13 November 15, 2022

Growing numbers of schools in the United States are limiting how much students can use their mobile phones. Educators say phones are distracting and …


For First Time, Doctors Treat Deadly Disease Before Birth
Health & Lifestyle
For First Time, Doctors Treat Deadly Disease Before Birth

05:36 November 15, 2022

Ayla Bashir, a 16-month-old girl from Ottowa, Canada, is healthy after doctors used a new method to treat her before she was born. She has a rare gen…


Creating Resilience: Is It Nature or Nurture?
Health & Lifestyle
Creating Resilience: Is It Nature or Nurture?

07:52 November 14, 2022

There is a growing debate among scientists about how people face difficulties and recover from them. The word resilience describes the ability to dea…


'To Have a Monkey on Your Back' Is No Laughing Matter
Words & Their Stories
'To Have a Monkey on Your Back' Is No Laughing Matter

04:30 November 12, 2022

And now, Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English. Today we talk about an expression, or idiom, involving an animal – a monkey to be exact.…


Community Colleges Offer More Programs at Low Cost
Education
Community Colleges Offer More Programs at Low Cost

07:38 November 12, 2022

When international students think of college in the United States, they may think of top universities like Harvard, Stanford, and Yale. Or they may h…


'The Romance of a Busy Broker' by O. Henry
American Stories
'The Romance of a Busy Broker' by O. Henry

07:10 November 11, 2022

We present the short story "The Romance of a Busy Broker," by O. Henry. The story was originally adapted and recorded by the U.S. Department of Stat…


Haven v. Sanctuary
ASK A TEACHER
Haven v. Sanctuary

05:20 November 11, 2022

Hello! This week on Ask a Teacher, we will answer a question about the difference between “haven” and “sanctuary.” Question: Hello teacher, I am Ghul…


Grammar and Gossip
Everyday Grammar
Grammar and Gossip

04:32 November 10, 2022

Imagine a time when you heard information about the personal life or behavior of another person – a friend, a neighbor, a classmate, or even a famous…


New English Assessment as Part of PISA Study
Education
New English Assessment as Part of PISA Study

04:38 November 8, 2022

Cambridge University Press and Assessment is partnering with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on a new English langua…


Autumn Is the Best Time to Prepare Garden Soil for New Plants
Health & Lifestyle
Autumn Is the Best Time to Prepare Garden Soil for New Plants

04:12 November 7, 2022

Autumn is a good time to plan for new flowers, groundcovers, or plants for next year’s growing season. The path to success starts with a good base. I…


Antibody Drug Tested as New Tool against Malaria
Health & Lifestyle
Antibody Drug Tested as New Tool against Malaria

04:17 November 6, 2022

A new study carried out in the West African nation of Mali found that an experimental drug protected adults against malaria for at least six months. …


How Dirty Is 'Greasing Someone's Palm'?
Words & Their Stories
How Dirty Is 'Greasing Someone's Palm'?

03:57 November 5, 2022

And now, Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English. On this program we explore words and expressions in the English language. We give exampl…


How to Avoid Plagiarism
Education
How to Avoid Plagiarism

06:59 November 5, 2022

In the digital age, it has become easy for students to find and copy published material. But copying another person’s writing without giving them cre…


'A Retrieved Reformation,' by O. Henry
American Stories
'A Retrieved Reformation,' by O. Henry

15:31 November 4, 2022

We present the short story "A Retrieved Reformation," by O. Henry. The story was originally adapted and recorded by the U.S. Department of State. I…


Still and Yet
ASK A TEACHER
Still and Yet

05:38 November 4, 2022

Hello! This week on Ask a Teacher, we will answer a question about the difference between “still” and “yet.” Question: Dear teacher, I am delighted t…


Unbeknownst and ‘Til in a Taylor Swift Song
Everyday Grammar
Unbeknownst and ‘Til in a Taylor Swift Song

07:59 November 3, 2022

Two popular singers, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey, came out with a song together called Snow on the Beach. The song is about two people falling in l…


A Small US Town Teaches English to Immigrants’ Children
Education
A Small US Town Teaches English to Immigrants’ Children

04:46 November 1, 2022

A community in the southern state of Alabama is experimenting to find a better way to teach students who are learning English as their second languag…


Data Shows RSV Vaccine Given to Pregnant Women Protects Newborns
Health & Lifestyle
Data Shows RSV Vaccine Given to Pregnant Women Protects Newborns

04:36 November 1, 2022

A new study finds that vaccinating pregnant women for RSV was effective in protecting their newborns from the sickness. RSV stands for respiratory sy…


Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
Words & Their Stories
Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

05:07 October 29, 2022

And now, Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English. On this program, we explore words and expressions in the English language. We give examp…


'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' by Washington Irving
American Stories
'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' by Washington Irving

12:21 October 28, 2022

Today's story is called "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It is about something strange that happened long ago in a valley called "Sleepy Hollow". It w…


According to v. As Per
ASK A TEACHER
According to v. As Per

05:24 October 28, 2022

Hello! This week on Ask a Teacher, we will answer a question about the difference between the phrases “as per” and “according to.” Question: This is …


Phrasal Verbs with Fall 
Everyday Grammar
Phrasal Verbs with Fall 

05:43 October 27, 2022

Autumn – the season when temperatures drop and leaves change color – is also known as fall. Fall in the United States is a lively time. Seasonal vege…


'Bury Your Head in the Sand' to Avoid Difficulty
Words & Their Stories
'Bury Your Head in the Sand' to Avoid Difficulty

04:31 October 22, 2022

Hello! And welcome to Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English! On this program we dive into words and expressions in the English language.…


'To Build a Fire,' by Jack London
American Stories
'To Build a Fire,' by Jack London

13:32 October 21, 2022

Our story today is called "To Build a Fire." It was written by Jack London and adapted by Dona de Sanctis. Here is Harry Monroe with the story. **Ed…


Is It Pointless or Futile?
ASK A TEACHER
Is It Pointless or Futile?

03:09 October 21, 2022

Hello! This week on Ask a Teacher, we will answer a question about the difference between “pointless” and “futile.” Question: Dear teacher, I am Aipi…


How to Express Condolences
Everyday Grammar
How to Express Condolences

05:47 October 20, 2022

Recently, my mother, Ellen died. She lived a very good life. She raised three daughters. She loved art, writing, and travel. I miss my mom. So, for t…


What Is the 'Straw That Broke the Camel's Back'?
Words & Their Stories
What Is the 'Straw That Broke the Camel's Back'?

06:13 October 15, 2022

And now Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. In life, things can get tough. Sometimes, it is good not to let things bother us. Letting …

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