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

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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Which Came First — the Chicken or the Egg? – VOA Learning English (Jun 10, 2017)

Now, the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories. In the English language, some animals have come to represent human characteristics. Lions are brave. Foxes are tricky. And elephants are loyal, just to name a few. Then there are … Continue reading

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English Expressions Grow in the Garden – VOA Learning English (Apr 15, 2017)

Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. As the weather turns warmer, many people love to head outdoors to dig in the dirt, plants seeds and watch them grow. Gardening is a very popular hobby. And it … Continue reading

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New ‘Words to the Wise’ from Merriam-Webster – VOA Learning English (Mar 02, 2017)

The American English dictionary Merriam-Webster recently added a lot of new words to its online site. Learning English reporter Bryan Lynn looked into the changes. He’s joined me in the studio to talk about some of the new words. Hi … Continue reading

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Welcome to La La Land – VOA Learning English

Now, the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories. On this program, we tell about common expressions in American English and explain how to use them. Today we talk about expressions involving Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles is the … Continue reading

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How to Win an Election – VOA Learning English (Feb 18, 2017)

And now the VOA Learning English program — Words and Their Stories. On this show, we explore common expressions in American English. Today we talk about expressions related to the biggest contest in the United States – the election of … Continue reading

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