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People: Elton John

Spotlight - 2 hours 29 min ago

In our podcast for 5 March 2015, hear about Elton John's marriage and his fund-raising to fight HIV and AIDS.

So and such

Spotlight - 2 hours 29 min ago

This is such a good exercise — you're going to learn so much! Find out when to use so and when to use such in this week's Basics exercise.

At Least 33 Dead in Ukraine Mine Explosion

VOA Special English - 4 March 2015 - 11:19pm
  At least 33 miners are confirmed dead from an explosion Wednesday at a coal mine in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.  Mine officials say excess methane gas likely caused the explosion. They said the incident was not linked to fighting in the area between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces. At least 15 injured miners are being treated at a nearby hospital. Most are suffering from severe burns, smoke inhalation and shock. Justice Department releases...

UK Group Brings Eyeglasses to Rwanda

VOA Special English - 4 March 2015 - 9:01pm
  Most people in developed countries do not have a problem getting prescription eyeglasses. They go to an ophthalmologist -- a trained specialist who treats problems and diseases of the eye. The ophthalmologist can perform tests on the person’s eyesight. The patient may receive a prescription from the doctor at the end of the exam. The prescription gives the patient permission to buy and use eyeglasses. But in poor countries like Rwanda, it may take a lot more time, effort and...

Paris Tent Camp a Sign of Troubles Facing Asylum Seekers

VOA Special English - 4 March 2015 - 9:00pm
  Paris is known as the City of Lights. But it is also home to many refugees. About 40 percent of people seeking asylum in France live in Paris. Many of them live on the streets. Rights activists have sharply criticized the country’s treatment of asylum seekers. The most recent criticism came from the Council of Europe, Europe’s top rights group. French lawmakers are now considering a plan to improve the asylum process. Activists say the asylum issues in France can also be...

China's Aid to South Pacific Rises

VOA Special English - 4 March 2015 - 9:00pm
A new report says China has provided South Pacific countries with financial assistance worth more than a billion dollars in 10 years. The Lowy Institute for International Policy based in Sydney, Australia, did a report on China’s aid program. It is the first comprehensive study of China’s growing aid program for the South Pacific. The report says China is likely to become the region's third-biggest donor after Australia and the United States. The Institute says the aid seems...


Wordsmith.org Today's Word - 4 March 2015 - 2:11pm
In the first place.

English Cafe #492

English As A Second Language Podcast - 4 March 2015 - 9:00am

Topics: Movies – Twelve Angry Men; Washington National Cathedral; cool versus awesome; closure and mental loafer; no biggie

to deliberate
no biggie

sastruga: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.com Word of the Day - 4 March 2015 - 9:00am
sastruga: ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of the wind.


OALD Word Of The Day - 4 March 2015 - 2:00am
retentive: able to store facts...

Israeli PM: Iran Nuclear Talks are a ‘Very Bad Deal’

VOA Special English - 3 March 2015 - 11:35pm
  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to United States lawmakers Tuesday. He told Congress that the negotiations between the U.S. and Iran would “guarantee” that Iran would get nuclear weapons. He called that a threat to the Middle East and the rest of the world. Mr. Netanyahu added that Iran’s government was, in his words, "as radical as ever." He said it could not be trusted. He said the deal being worked out with the United States would not block...

Top Ten Cities With the World's Worst Traffic

VOA Special English - 3 March 2015 - 9:02pm
When you think about it, life is a series of ongoing, connecting trips. Many of us start the day by commuting, or traveling, to work. We drop off our children at school. We may visit the doctor or go to the market to buy food. We rush home to see our families.   Life is more pleasant when these trips are easy and direct. The easier commuting, the higher your quality of life is. Being stuck in traffic is not easy or direct. Traffic delays can be stressful. They bring out...

What Can Help Jakarta's Huge Traffic Problem?

VOA Special English - 3 March 2015 - 9:01pm
The Indonesian capital Jakarta has long been held up as an example of a major city that cannot stop nor support its continuing growth. After years of delays, Jakarta is taking action to deal with perhaps its most pressing problem: traffic gridlock. Jakarta's traffic problems are getting worse. The Jakarta area is home to nearly 30 million people. And the number keeps growing. More than 1,000 additional vehicles crowd onto the city’s streets every day. But now work has begun...

UN Peacekeeping Report Advises Changes

VOA Special English - 3 March 2015 - 9:00pm
Peacekeeping operations are often criticized. In September 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked a group to study all of the UN peacekeeping and political missions. Jair van der Lign is head of peace operations research at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.  His organization held meetings in Addis Ababa earlier this month to discuss African peacekeeping problems and ways to solve them. He wrote a report based on such meetings to give the...

sb. is drawing a blank

Spotlight - 3 March 2015 - 7:55pm

someone can't remember something (jmdm. fällt nichts ein)

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Our ______ family is pretty big. We've got lots of cousins we've never even met.

Spotlight - 3 March 2015 - 7:44pm
* branching * extended * greater

Pons Grammatik in Bildern

Spotlight - 3 March 2015 - 6:30pm
Grammar in pictures? Is that possible? Pons says "Yes!"

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Fashionable words

Spotlight - 3 March 2015 - 5:34pm

The new fashion capital of the world may soon be... Dubai? This city in the United Arab Emirates aims to be the world's number-one fashion destination by 2020. In our exercise, see if you know how to use vocabulary related to the world of fashion.


Wordsmith.org Today's Word - 3 March 2015 - 1:52pm
The abatement of a fever.

variorum: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.com Word of the Day - 3 March 2015 - 9:00am
variorum: containing different versions of the text by various editors.


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