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Is the Multiple Entry Visa Worth the Risk?: Azadeh’s Story Part 2

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 9:28 am

Azadeh has been in the U.S. for 3 years as a PhD student at the University of Maryland, during which time she hasn’t been able to see her family back in Iran. Up until recently, Iranian students could only receive a single-entry visa, which meant their visa would allow them to enter the country one […]

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The Long Trip and the Long Wait: Azadeh’s Story Part 1

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 9:39 am

As Iranian student Azadeh tells me about the rumors that circulated among her friends about how to get a student visa to the U.S., she sounds like the foreign students I’ve encountered on so many internet forums. “People say that if she takes the, for example, the yellow page it means she’s going to issue […]

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Singaporeans Weigh in on What it’s Like to Study in America

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 9:54 am

There’s a great discussion happening on Quora between a group of Singaporeans discussing what it’s like to study in the U.S. A lot of what they talk about we’ve discussed before, such as trying to fit in but maintain your home culture, or being in a minority ethnic group for the first time.  But these […]

Glossary Addendum: Swamplands

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 9:21 am

Our Glossary of Confusing Words post this week about the words “explain” and “describe” generated another glossary submission: Swamplands, as in “D.C. is built on top of swamplands.” Rather than wait until what I’m now calling #glossaryday (aka Monday, which is when I’ve been posting the new glossary submissions…I know, it’s not that funny or […]

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Picking a Major and Facing Your Parents: Mya’s Questions

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 9:04 am

In response to the post What Made a Zimbabwean Decide to Study Chinese…in China, Mya asked a couple of questions. She said she’s in a similar situation to Senzeni and wanted her advice. Since it’s always good to share, in case any of you can benefit from the answers as well, here are Mya’s questions […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Explain/Describe

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 9:02 am

We previously defined a number of words that you might see used as prompts for essay writing – establish, construct, build and assess – and explained what you’re being asked to do when you see each of them. “Explain” and “describe” are two more words you might encounter on exams (as well as in everyday […]

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It’s Friday (All Over the World)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 11:44 am

Many of you have probably heard of Rebecca Black and her song, “Friday.” Many of you are probably sick of it. But did you know that it’s helping unite the world? People all over the globe have been translating and covering Rebecca Black. Hey, whatever brings people together, right? So here, for your Friday enjoyment, […]

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Annoying, Infuriating, or Facts of Life, You Should Still Know These Americanisms

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Over the past few days, the BBC has been ranting about what writer Matthew Engel called “ugly and pointless” ways American usage differs from British English. They even collected a list of 50 American words and expressions that Brits find annoying, irritating, and even infuriating. It includes things like: “Can I get a … ” […]

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Learning to Feel Lucky to be in College

by Julia Bumke - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I’m currently in the midst of a traditional rite of passage for American college students: the summer internship.  Many of my peers chose to spend their summers doing grunt work at law offices, hospitals, or financial consulting groups. I decided to do my internship as the media manager for a nonprofit called the Action Center […]

Some of Your Funniest English Mistakes

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Last week we shared a post from VOA intern Matthew Kopfer, who talked about common mistakes Russians make when learning English, and why some of them are very funny to Americans. Since then, some of you have shared your own funny mistakes, or ones you’ve heard your friends make. Sure, no one likes to make […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Might/May, Scared/Afraid, Called/Known As

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 11:18 am

Last week’s entry to the Glossary of Confusing Words was all about pairs of words that have similar meanings, but slight distinctions in use. Well, apparently that post inspired many more of you to submit word pairs of your own! So here are three more pairs of words for you! Might/May These words were submitted […]

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Taking Trains to Nowhere, and Other Challenges from the First Year

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 9:47 am

Alex talks about why he chose to come to the U.S. after doing his undergraduate studies in Malaysia, and some of the challenges he dealt with in his first year at American University.

What Americans Think When They Hear Common English Mistakes

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

This guest post was originally written for our Russian sister blog, Альма-матер. The writer is an American student, Matthew Kupfer (who’s also currently a VOA intern!). He talks about some common mistakes made by Russian speakers when they’re learning English – and explains what Americans hear when they hear those mistakes: I’ve spent a few […]

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Top Tips for J-1 Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

The J-1 visa is a temporary exchange visa (more information on the State Department’s J-1 website), and it’s very commonly used for students to come to the U.S. in the summer to work and travel. The Irish Voice put together a list of tips for Irish students taking advantage of these exchanges….but the advice is […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Safety/Security, Further/Farther, Despite/In Spite Of

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 9:29 am

Catching up a little on the queue of words waiting to be defined for our ever-growing Glossary of Confusing Words, here are three word pairs that were submitted. In each pair, the words mean very similar things, but may have slight distinctions in how they’re used. Safety/SecurityBeing protected from threat In a sense, safety is […]

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