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Tips For College Freshmen

Posted September 9th, 2015 at 11:02 am (UTC-4)
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Hello All! My name is Larry Stansbury and I am a Learning English Summer Intern for VOA. Many of you will be starting your freshmen year in college soon.  You may worry about not fitting in or not making friends. You are moving to a new place where you know no one. You have to […]

Pirates or Freedom Fighters?

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 10:29 am (UTC-4)
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This week’s American Stories features the second part of Herman Melville’s story, “Benito Cereno.” We learned in the first part of the story that the ship Melville called the San Dominick was carrying slaves from Chile to Peru in 1799. This was part of the slave trade that took place in the Spanish colonial empire. […]

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What does it mean to be a citizen?

Posted February 20th, 2015 at 4:34 pm (UTC-4)
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A movement has begun in the United States to require that high school students pass a test on U.S. history and government before they graduate. The test is the same one given to immigrants who want to become naturalized citizens. Our education report this weekend tells about new state laws on the requirement. The laws […]

Who would you want in your lifeboat?

Posted January 2nd, 2015 at 10:09 am (UTC-4)
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Our American Stories episode for this week is Stephen Crane’s ‘The Open Boat.‘ In this story, we learn about the experience Crane had after his ship sank on to way to Cuba.  He was on the ship SS Commodore, a steamship. He left from Jacksonville, Florida, on December 31, 1896. Crane was going to report on the war in […]

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How do Martians Raise Their Children?

Posted December 11th, 2014 at 6:08 pm (UTC-4)
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Dear Readers, Our story in this week’s American Stories is the third part of A Princess of Mars, in which we learn about the Princess Dejah Thoris, a scientist from the city of Helium. She is captured by the green Martians, who will use her in their deadly games. Sola, a green Martian warrior, explains […]

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Part 5 of Special Report: Why He Chose to Leave this Good Land?

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 4:18 pm (UTC-4)
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Our colleagues at VOA have recently produced “Why He Chose To Leave This Good Land?” a  special report on the radicalization of some young Somali-Americans. This week, we have focused on one section of the article each day. Please note that this report is not adapted to the Special English style, so it is more appropriate for advanced learners […]

Part 4 of Special Report: Why He Chose to Leave this Good Land?

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 4:17 pm (UTC-4)
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Our colleagues at VOA have recently produced “Why He Chose To Leave This Good Land?” a  special report on the radicalization of some young Somali-Americans. This week, we are focusing on one section of the article each day. Please note that this report is not adapted to the Special English style, so it is more appropriate for advanced learners […]

Part 3 of Special Report: Why He Chose To Leave This Good Land?

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 4:16 pm (UTC-4)
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Our colleagues at VOA have recently produced “Why He Chose To Leave This Good Land?” a  special report on the radicalization of some young Somali-Americans. This week, we are focusing on one section of the article each day. Please note that this report is not adapted to the Special English style, so it is more appropriate for advanced learners […]

Part 2 of Special Report: Why He Chose to Leave this Good Land?

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 4:14 pm (UTC-4)
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We are following up on the VOA Special Report on the radicalization of Somali refugees in the US.   Our colleagues at VOA have recently produced “Why He Chose To Leave This Good Land?” a  special report on the radicalization of some young Somali-Americans. This week, we are focusing on one section of the article each day. Please […]

Special Report: Why He Chose To Leave This Good Land?

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 5:08 pm (UTC-4)
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Dear Readers, Our colleagues at VOA have recently produced “Why He Chose To Leave This Good Land?” a  special report on the radicalization of some young Somali-Americans. This week, VOA Learning English will post some quotes and ask for your comments on the article. Each day we will focus on one section of the article, to […]

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