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What would you do with a $1,000 inheritance?

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 4:37 pm (UTC-4)
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Our American Stories episode for this week is the O. Henry story, “One Thousand Dollars.” The main character, Gillian,  (spoiler alert!) gets an inheritance, $1,000.00, from his rich uncle who has died. But he is not too happy, because he knows his uncle was very rich and had “over a half a million,” according to […]

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Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:07 am (UTC-4)
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In this week’s installment of American Stories, we present “The Line of Least Resistance” by Edith Wharton. The main character, ‘Mister Mindon,’ finds out his wife is having an affair with his business partner. He plans to divorce her, but something makes him change his mind (read the story to find out!) A common expression is […]

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The Cask of Amontillado – Is revenge ever justified?

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 5:53 pm (UTC-4)
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We are getting a lot of positive comments on our first Level Three offering in American Stories, The Cask of Amontillado. It’s a classic work of horror by an author who lived not too far from our DC offices; Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore, Maryland. What do you think about the story? Is revenge […]

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What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 4:23 pm (UTC-4)
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Hello, Learning English listeners, readers and writers! I’m Dr. Jill Robbins. I’m new here at VOA, and want to get acquainted with you in my first post on this blog. I’ve taught English in the U.S. and overseas for more than 30 years. I’m very excited to be working with VOA Learning English. My nickname […]

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