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facilitate: to make an action or a process possible...

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What’s in a Name?

VOA Special English - 1 August 2015 - 10:03pm
For VOA Learning English, I’m Anna Matteo. And I’m Mario Ritter. The English writer William Shakespeare was right when he said, “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet …” But when it comes to naming a baby, choosing the right name can be a really big issue. Parents can think about -- and even argue over -- name choices for months. The arguments may sound like this: “We can’t give him your father’s name. I really don’t like...

James Madison, Father of the Constitution

VOA Special English - 1 August 2015 - 10:02pm
The men who created the U.S. Constitution are often called the country’s “founders” or “framers.” But only one framer is known as the Father of the Constitution. He is James Madison. Madison did not have the physical appearance of many politicians. He was a short man with a soft voice who had often been sick as a child and young adult.   He grew up in a wealthy family in Virginia and enjoyed reading and studying. He went to college at the school that later became...

Let’s Go on a Space Trip!

VOA Special English - 1 August 2015 - 10:01pm
  For this Words and Their Stories, we leave Earth and travel deep in space. "... five ... four ... three ... two ... one ..." Let’s join two astronauts who have been stuck in their space ship together for several months. And tensions are running high. Or in other words, they are not getting along. Let’s listen as they use a variety of space expressions. Roger, Mission Control. This is Odyssey 14 logging out. Okay, we are officially done working for the...

Underground Station in Capital to Become Arts Center

VOA Special English - 1 August 2015 - 10:00pm
  The Dupont Circle park in Washington DC is a busy, crowded place. Popular restaurants and businesses around the circle attract many city residents and visitors. But few people know about the old streetcar station below the street. Braulio Agnese is the Managing Director of an organization called Dupont Underground. The group wants to change the old station into a place for the arts. "We see everything from site-specific art work, that fills the space in different...

US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a 'Must Win'

VOA Special English - 1 August 2015 - 10:00pm
  The United States has promised not to give up its fight against human trafficking. The State Department’s 2015 report on human trafficking was released this week. It examines the illegal movement of people for forced labor or sex. The report says human trafficking is a $150 billion a year industry that enslaves some of the world’s more than 230 million migrant workers. At a State Department event Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said fighting human trafficking is...

1,125 - Serving Alcoholic Drinks

English As A Second Language Podcast - 1 August 2015 - 9:00am

Have another round of drinks before you listen to this episode (that is, if you’re old enough to drink).

Slow dialog: 1:30
Explanations: 3:04
Fast dialog: 14:04

Bethany: Where is everybody?

Nathan: While you were in the bathroom, the other guys left.

Bethany: In that case, I should go, too. It’s getting late.

Nathan: The night is young. Let me get you a refill.

Bethany: No, I really shouldn’t have another drink. I had a neat drink after dinner and I’m still feeling the effects. I’m a lightweight and I’m not normally a drinker.

Nathan: What’s the harm? Have one for the road. I’ll serve this one straight up and with a twist of lemon. It’s my specialty. I could also mix you a cocktail, if you prefer. Consider it a nightcap.

Bethany: No, I really shouldn’t.

Nathan: All right, I’ll just top off that drink in your hand.

Bethany: No, it’s late, I’m tired, and I have to go.

Nathan: Don’t rush off. You wouldn’t want to get a reputation for being a spoilsport, would you?

Bethany: I prefer that to the alternative!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

noctambulous: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.com Word of the Day - 1 August 2015 - 9:00am
noctambulous: of, relating to, or given to sleepwalking.


OALD Word Of The Day - 1 August 2015 - 3:00am
bewildering: making you feel confused...

Test your English, Test 2, August 2015

Spotlight - 31 July 2015 - 10:14pm
Why don't you ever __________ the children a story?

Test your English, Test 1, August 2015

Spotlight - 31 July 2015 - 10:14pm
Look! This shop sells fresh lemonade _____ 75 cents a litre!

Everyday Grammar: May, Might, Must - Modals of Certainty and Hope

VOA Special English - 31 July 2015 - 10:03pm
For VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar. This week's Everyday Grammar looks at how to use the modals may, must, and might. Modal verbs (called modals for short) are auxiliary verbs that express a speaker’s attitude and the strength of that attitude. There are about 17 modals in English. They have multiple meanings and sometimes overlap in ways that are confusing to English learners. Today we will look at how we use these modals to express how certain, or sure, you...

China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July

VOA Special English - 31 July 2015 - 10:02pm
From VOA Learning English, this is the Economics Report. The last two months have been difficult for investors in China’s stock markets. Major stock indexes, measures that track share values, all had big decreases during the month. This has many people questioning what China’s stock market problems mean for its economy and the world. On July 27th, the Shanghai Composite index dropped more than eight percent in value, its largest single-day drop in eight years. In recent weeks,...

‘Highly Effective’ Ebola Vaccine Developed in Guinea

VOA Special English - 31 July 2015 - 10:01pm
Researchers say an experimental vaccine has shown to be “highly effective” at preventing the deadly disease Ebola. The World Health Organization said Friday that the vaccine has been 100 percent effective at tests performed in Guinea. The British medical journal Lancet has published early test results and analyses of the findings. Norway’s foreign minister praised the effectiveness of the new vaccine, calling it “the silver bullet” against Ebola. Norway is one of the several...

In Africa, Obama Praises Progress, Calls for Change

VOA Special English - 31 July 2015 - 10:00pm
  President Barack Obama says Africa has made “extraordinary progress.” But he says the continent must change its cultures of corruption and discrimination. He spoke last week during his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia. Mr. Obama visited Kenya in 2006 when he was a United States Senator. But this was his first visit to the place of his father’s birth and death since he became president. Many Kenyans called the trip Mr. Obama’s homecoming. Mr. Obama arrived in Nairobi, the Kenyan...

Solar Activity Can Affect Communication, Power on Earth

VOA Special English - 31 July 2015 - 10:00pm
Scientists who study the sun watch for sunspots -- violent storms that can affect communications, navigation systems and even electric power stations on Earth. One of those scientists is Alex Young of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Crews at Goddard are studying the Earth and our solar system for NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Mr. Young recently told VOA what the space agency is learning about the sun. Sunspots are a product of...


Wordsmith.org Today's Word - 31 July 2015 - 11:13am
1. Hell. 2. Any place of extreme torture or suffering.

saurian: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.com Word of the Day - 31 July 2015 - 9:00am
saurian: resembling a lizard.


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