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"The Grand Canyon was formed by the Colorado River."

'Arrogant' Donald Trump Leads Republican Pack

VOA Special English - 29 August 2015 - 10:04pm
  Billionaire businessman Donald Trump increased his lead last week ahead of the crowded Republican field for president. A new national poll, taken by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and released Thursday, shows Mr. Trump leading the Republicans with 28 percent. That is eight points higher than where he was just a month ago. Retired surgeon Ben Carson comes in second with 12 percent. Jeb Bush, the former Republican front-runner, lags behind in third place. Compared...

Idaho's 'Garbologist' Turns Trash Into Treasure

VOA Special English - 29 August 2015 - 10:02pm
There is an expression is English that says, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It means that what is garbage for one person can be useful to someone else. This proverb has special meaning for Jaz Malone. Jaz works at a dump, or waste disposal site, in the state of Idaho. She rescues things from the trash and recycles, or finds a new use for them. She calls herself a “garbologist,” someone who studies and recycles or repurposes trash.   Almost everything in her...

Student Develops Gun Unlocked by Fingerprint

VOA Special English - 29 August 2015 - 10:02pm
  A gunman killed two members of a television news crew in the United States earlier this week. Their TV station broadcast the shooting “live,” in real time. The shooting shocked many Americans and people around the world.  The United States has the highest rate of civilian firearm ownership in the world. A recent study rated the U.S. among the top countries in public mass shooters per person. A mass shooting is an attack in which four or more people were killed or...

Are You Too Smart for Your Own Good?

VOA Special English - 29 August 2015 - 10:00pm
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. Today we take a look at the word “smart.” If someone says you are smart, what do you they mean? Is it a good thing or something bad? The answer is not as easy as you might think. This is because the word smart has many meanings. For example, someone could say you look smart or are dressed smartly. That means they like what you are wearing and your physical appearance. To use a slang expression, they could say,...

argy-bargy: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.com Word of the Day - 29 August 2015 - 9:00am
argy-bargy: a vigorous discussion or dispute.


OALD Word Of The Day - 29 August 2015 - 3:00am
babble: to talk quickly in a way that is difficult to understand�


Spotlight - 29 August 2015 - 12:14am
"Anne wears the most delicate earrings - so unusual and elegant."

Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses

VOA Special English - 28 August 2015 - 10:03pm
  For VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar. This week, we are going to talk about the future tenses. There are several ways to talk about future events in English. Compared to the past and present, future tenses are usually more flexible. Will Let’s start with will.  To form the simple future, use will and then the simple form of the verb. For example, “I will go to the store.” In everyday conversation, will often gets shortened, which can be difficult for...

Is China’s Economic Information Correct?

VOA Special English - 28 August 2015 - 10:01pm
  For over a week, investors have been closely watching sharp changes in share prices on China’s stock market. Some investors say the wild movements have intensified because of concerns about the truthfulness of that nation’s economic reports. Critics say the reports can fool investors by presenting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. An expert on China says the government is not inventing the economic information. But, he believes that the economy is changing...

Ten Years after Katrina, New Orleans Is a Different City

VOA Special English - 28 August 2015 - 10:00pm
  Ten years ago, a very powerful storm struck the southeastern United States. Hurricane Katrina brought destruction and flooding to states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Flood waters covered large parts of New Orleans, Louisiana. Today, much of the city’s housing has been rebuilt. So have roads and other infrastructure. Businesses, trade and visitors have returned to the area. President Barack Obama visited New Orleans on Thursday as the Gulf Coast marks the 10th anniversary...

Volunteers Change Lives, Build Community

VOA Special English - 28 August 2015 - 10:00pm
  In the United States, a group called “Thread” has been helping young people meet their goals for more than 10 years. The non-profit organization is based in the eastern city of Baltimore, Maryland. Its volunteers help high school students with almost anything, like learning how to wash their clothes and how to get a job. Some volunteers drive students to school and help them with difficult classes. They even spend time with the young people on weekends. Thread says it is...


Wordsmith.org Today's Word - 28 August 2015 - 3:55pm
A seducer; a licentious man.

1,133 - Getting Immunizations Required by School

English As A Second Language Podcast - 28 August 2015 - 9:00am

Are vaccines for your children dangerous or necessary? Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:26
Explanations: 3:46
Fast dialog: 17:44

Jonas: Hi, Jenny. Are you getting your kids ready for school, too?

Jenny: Yes, as you can see, we’re buying lots of school supplies.

Jonas: Did you get the school letter reminding parents to submit proof of immunization before the first day of school? I know that your youngest is starting school this year.

Jenny: Yes, she is, but I’m thinking of getting an exemption. I’m not sure vaccines are safe and I don’t want to take a chance with her health.

Jonas: The immunizations required by the school are standard – measles, mumps, chicken pox, polio – all vaccines your other children have had.

Jenny: But when I looked at the list, there were a few I didn’t recognize – diphtheria, hepatitis, and rubella. Who knows what our kids are getting!

Jonas: The ones you mentioned are standard, too. Don’t you remember the outbreak of whooping cough last year? If our kids had been immunized, they wouldn’t have gotten sick.

Jenny: I’ve read somewhere that vaccines might be dangerous. I just don’t want to jeopardize their future.

Jonas: That’s precisely what you’d be doing if you opted out of immunizations.

Jenny: Why’s that?

Jonas: Because your children won’t be getting an education. The school is barring any children who don’t get immunized from attending school.

Jenny: I call that irresponsible!

Jonas: That’s exactly the word that came to my mind.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

opprobrious: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.com Word of the Day - 28 August 2015 - 9:00am
opprobrious: outrageously disgraceful or shameful.


OALD Word Of The Day - 28 August 2015 - 3:00am
fastidious: being careful that every detail of something...


Spotlight - 28 August 2015 - 12:14am
"Thanks for working over the weekend. You're a real trouper!"

As Many as 50 Migrants Found Dead in a Truck in Austria

VOA Special English - 27 August 2015 - 11:59pm
As many as 50 refugees were found dead inside a truck in Austria Thursday. An Austrian official confirmed that a truck had been found on a road near the town of Parndorf. He did not say the exact number of people found inside the truck. The victims reportedly suffocated. The migrants were found on the same day that European leaders met in Vienna to discuss ways to deal with the growing migrant crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is attending the migrant crisis meeting. She called...


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