Category Archives: Words and Their Stories (VOA Learning English)

Words and Their Stories: Seeing an Eclipse Is Good! Being Eclipsed Is Not – VOA Learning English (Aug 19, 2017)

Hello and welcome to Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program we explore the origin and usage of common expressions in American English. We always give examples or dialogues using the expressions. Sometimes we even use … Continue reading

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Words and Their Stories: When Do We ‘Eat Crow?’ – VOA Learning English (Aug 12, 2017)

Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. On this show, we explore the origins and usage of expressions we use in every day American English Okay, nobody likes to be wrong. But when it turns out that … Continue reading

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Words and Their Stories: Your ‘Dirty Laundry’ Has Nothing to Do With Clothes – VOA Learning English (Aug 05, 2017)

Now, from VOA Learning English, it’s time for Words and Their Stories. On this program you can learn English expressions that Americans use in conversation. Today we are going to talk about the fabric we wear on our bodies. In … Continue reading

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Words and Their Stories: Surprising Origin of ‘To Keep at Bay’ – VOA Learning English (Jul 29, 2017)

Now, it’s time for Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program, we explore everyday expressions that we use in conversation. Americans often use the first saying we will talk about today. But many people likely do … Continue reading

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Words and Their Stories: Why Is ‘Colonel’ Pronounced ‘Ker’nel?’ – VOA Learning English (Jul 22, 2017)

Welcome to Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English. On this program we explore the origin and history of American expressions and teach you how to use them. Today we focus more on history than usage. We are going … Continue reading

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Words and Their Stories: ‘The World Is Your Oyster!’ – VOA Learning English (Jul 15, 2017)

Now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program, we explore common expressions in American English. On another Words and Their Stories, we went to the high seas to learn about expressions with sharks. Today, we go … Continue reading

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Words and Their Stories: What Is Your Body Language Really Saying? – VOA Learning English (Jul 08, 2017)

Now, the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories. On this program we explore words and common expressions in American English. We communicate most commonly, of course, with our words. But we also speak with our bodies. We call … Continue reading

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Words and Their Stories: ‘To Err Is Human …’ – VOA Learning English (Jul 01, 2017)

Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. On this program we explore the origins of common expressions in American English and, more importantly, how to use them. We really want to do an excellent job teaching and … Continue reading

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Words and Their Stories: Where Is the ‘Bone of Contention’ Located? – VOA Learning English (Jun 24, 2017)

Now, the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories. Has there ever been one issue that has caused trouble between you and another person? You know, a troublesome issue in your relationship, one that does not seem to go … Continue reading

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Words and Their Stories: No Guts, No Glory! – VOA Learning English (Jun 17, 2017)

Now, from VOA Learning English, it’s time for Words and Their Stories. This program explores common expressions in American English. Today we explore a word that does not sound very pleasant — gut. In the medical world, guts are the … Continue reading

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