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A Taste of American Culture

Posted July 30th, 2015 at 11:45 am (UTC-4)
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Hi everyone, I am Triwik, a summer intern at VOA Learning English. Living in the United States has been an exciting period of my life. As a student at Ohio University, I have been introduced to many interesting parts of American culture. Here are a few! Halloween Before I arrived in the U.S. in July […]

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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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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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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