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Let's Learn English Lesson 20: What Can You Do?
Anna meets her friend Pete in a coffee shop. Pete needs a job. Can Anna help him to find the right job for him? See the whole lesson here: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-20-what-can-you-do/3384429.html
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Let's Learn English - Level 2 - Lesson 2: The Interview
Anna goes to a travel agent to find the Best Vacation Ever! But does she? Dan the Con Man wants to sell her the Most Expensive Vacation Ever. But does he? See the whole lesson at: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-level-2-lesson-5-greatest-vacation/4035571.html
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What Is the Relationship Between Age and Happiness?
This is the VOA Special English Health Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish Are people less happy or more happy the older they get? If you answered more happy, then you were right, based on a study published two years ago. It found that people generally become happier and experience less worry after age fifty. In fact, it found that by the age of eighty-five, people are happier with their life than they were at eighteen. The findings came from a Gallup survey of more than three hundred forty thousand adults in the United States in two thousand eight. At that time, the people were between the ages of eighteen and eighty-five. Arthur Stone in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University in New York led the study. His team found that levels of stress were highest among adults between the ages of twenty-two and twenty-five. Stress levels dropped sharply after people reached their fifties. Happiness was highest among the youngest adults and those in their early seventies. But the people least likely to report feeling negative emotions were those in their seventies and eighties. The survey also found that men and women have similar emotional patterns as they grow older. However, women at all ages reported more sadness, stress and worry than men did. The researchers also considered possible influences like having young children, being unemployed or being single. But they found that influences like these did not affect the levels of happiness and well-being related to age. So why would happiness increase with age? One theory is that, as people get older, they become more thankful for what they have and have better control of their emotions. They also spend less time thinking about bad experiences. The findings appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Happiness is not the only thing that apparently improves with age. In a study published this year, people in their eighties reported the fewest problems with the quality of their sleep. Researchers surveyed more than one hundred fifty thousand American adults. The study, led by Michael Grandner at the University of Pennsylvania, appeared in the journal Sleep. The original goal was to confirm the popular belief that aging is connected with increased sleep problems. The survey did find an increase during middle age, especially in women. But except for that, people reported that they felt their sleep quality improved as they got older. For VOA Special English, I'm Alex Villarreal. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 28May2012)
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Let's Learn English Lesson 8: Are You Busy?
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Let's Learn English Level 2 Lesson 10: Visit to Peru
Anna needs to learn more about Peru. She does not have time to travel, but her friend Bruna says she can learn about Peru in one short visit. Where will she go? See the whole lesson at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-10-visit-to-peru/4079037.html Originally published at - https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-10-visit-to-peru/4089527.html
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Let's Learn English Lesson 17: Are You Free on Friday?
Anna tries to plan to see a movie with a friend. But they are both very busy. Will they find a time to get together? What will they do? See the lesson at http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/are-you-free-on-friday-lets-learn-english/3355785.html
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Let's Learn English Lesson 37: Let's Agree to Disagree
In this lesson, Anna meets a new friend from the country. He feels lost in the city. Anna helps him to make it a friendlier place. See the lesson at http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-37-lets-agree-to-disagree/3574029.html
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The Economics Report: New Clothing Manufacturing Jobs Could Increase in South Asia
A World Bank study says the increasing cost of making clothes in China could help South Asia grow its clothing industry. But workers often make clothes in poor conditions. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/new-clothing-manufacturing-jobs-could-increase-in-south-asia/3338894.html
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Lesson 14: How About This?
Anna is going to the theater with her friends. She does not know what to wear. She looks in a magazine to get help and gets a surprise. See the complete lesson at http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-14-how-about-this/3323771.html
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Lesson 16: Where Are You From?
Anna interviews tourists on the National Mall in Washington, DC. She learns about where they are from and the languages they speak. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-16-where-are-you-from/3359153.html
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Let's Learn English Level 2 Lesson 3: He Said - She Said
Anna and Pete are meeting a director. But they are late! See the whole lesson at: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-level-2-lesson-3/4027340.html Originally published at - https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-level-2-lesson-3/4029298.html
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Let's Learn English Lesson 30: Rolling on the River
In this lesson Anna is getting ready for a dinner party. She wants to buy some seafood. At the seafood market she is surprised by a friend. See the lesson at http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-30-rolling-river/3522798.html
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Let's Learn English Lesson 23: What Do You Want?
Anna and her boss go on a trip around the world. That is, they eat foods from around the world. Where will they find all these foods? See the entire lesson here: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-23-what-do-you-want/3413753.html
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Let's Learn English Lesson 22: Next Summer...
Anna and her producer, Amelia, are planning the new children's show. Anna has lots of ideas for the show. Will Amelia like them and work well with Anna? See the whole lesson here: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-22/3397314.html
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Let's Learn English Lesson 27
Anna does not feel well. She calls her boss and her doctor. What do they tell her to do? And will she follow their advice? See the lesson at http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-27-i-cant-come-in/3457316.html
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Let's Learn English Lesson 1 - Welcome!
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Rice Production Grows, but Not Everywhere
This is the VOA Special English Agriculture Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish A United Nations report predicts that world rice production will be higher this year than last year. The report is from the Food and Agriculture Organization. The FAO says the global rice harvest should be almost two percent higher this year, mainly because of increased production in Asia. Large gains are expected in Bangladesh, Burma, China, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand.Also, the FAO predicts a recovery for rice harvests in Africa. Production increases are expected to be led by Mali, Nigeria and Senegal. In other parts of the world, the report predicts that rice harvests will be lower in the European Union and the United States. Two reasons for this are unusually dry weather and falling rice prices, which have led some farmers to plant other crops. Smaller rice harvests also are expected in Latin America and the Caribbean. Concepcion Calpe is an economist with the FAO. She says good harvests in Asia will lead to reduced demand in the global rice trade this year. Demand in global trade is expected to fall nine hundred thousand tons to about thirty-four million metric tons. Ms. Calpe says one reason is because a lot of the major importers, like Indonesia or the Philippines, or even Bangladesh, have harvested very good crops. Another reason is because some of them, like the Philippines, have set limits on how much they are willing to import. The FAO says prices for rice have stayed high for several reasons. These include higher costs for fuel, fertilizer and, in some areas, labor. One country where prices remain high is China. Concepcion Calpe says the high prices raise questions about official Chinese reports of record harvests.In Thailand, a government price-support program has led rice exports to fall by twenty percent, to less than eight million tons. The program keeps prices for Thai rice exports above market prices. As a result, the FAO says exporters like Australia, India and Vietnam have captured a larger market share.Ms. Calpe notes that Burma could become a major exporter of rice. Many Western governments have eased trade restrictions on Burma recently because of its efforts at political and economic reform. Foreign investment and increased productivity in Cambodia might also help that country export more rice.For VOA Special English, I'm Alex Villarreal.You can read, listen and learn English with more news about agriculture at voaspecialenglish.com. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 15May2012)
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Let's Learn English - Level 2 - Lesson 1: Budget Cuts
We meet Anna's co-workers at The Studio: Anna, Jonathan, Amelia, Kaveh, and Penelope. Rumors of budget cuts travel through the office. But who is going to get fired? See the whole lesson at: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-level-2-lesson1/3960391.html
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Let's Learn English Lesson 15: I Love People-Watching!
Anna and her friends are people-watching during their lunch hour in Washington, DC. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-15-i-love-people-watching/3345675.html
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Comparing American and Chinese Parents
I'm Mario Ritter with the VOA Special English Education Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish Some American parents might think their children need better educations to compete with China and other countries. But how much do the parents themselves need to change? A new book called "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua has caused a debate about cultural differences in parenting. Ms. Chua is a professor at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, and the mother of two daughters. She was raised in the American Midwest by immigrant Chinese parents. In the Chinese culture, the tiger represents strength and power. In her book, Ms. Chua writes about how she demanded excellence from her daughters. For example, she threatened to burn her daughter's stuffed animals unless she played a piece of music perfectly. She would insult her daughters if they failed to meet her expectations. Ms. Chua says she had a clear list of what her daughters, Sophia and Louisa, were not permitted to do. They could not attend a sleepover, have a play date, watch TV or play computer games, be in a school play or get any grade less than an A.Many people have criticized Amy Chua. Some say her parenting methods were abusive. She even admits that her husband, who is not Chinese, sometimes objected to her parenting style. But she says that was the way her parents raised her and her three sisters. Ms. Chua makes fun of her own extreme style of parenting. She says she eased some of the pressure after her younger daughter rebelled and shouted "I hate my life! I hate you!" Ms. Chua says she decided to retreat when it seemed like there was a risk that she might lose her daughter. But she also says American parents often have low expectations of their children's abilities.She says: "One of the biggest differences I see between Western and Chinese parents is that Chinese parents assume strength rather than fragility." Stacy DeBroff has written four books on parenting. She says the debate over Ms. Chua's book has to do with two questions. What does it mean to be a successful parent, and what does it mean to be a successful child?Ms. DeBroff says Amy Chua's parenting style is not limited to Chinese families. She says it represents a traditional way of parenting among immigrants seeking a better future for their children. But she also sees a risk. When children have no time to be social or to follow their own interests, they might not develop other skills that they need to succeed in life. Stacey DeBroff advises parents to develop their own style of parenting and not just repeat the way they were raised. And that's the VOA Special English Education Report. What are your thoughts about parenting styles and cultural differences? Tell us at voaspecialenglish.com or on Facebook at VOA Learning English. For VOA Special English, I'm Mario Ritter. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 17Feb2011)
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Let's Learn English Level 2 Lesson 15: Before and After
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Let's Learn English Lesson 24: Yesterday Was Amazing
Anna discovers a festival - the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. What does she learn there about Basque culture? See all lessons at http://learningenglish.voanews.com/p/5644.html
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Michelle Obama: Last Official Speech as First Lady
First Lady Michele Obama gave her final speech at the White House Friday. It was a ceremony for high school counselors who demonstrated leadership skills. It's part of the First Lady's "Reach Higher" program to promote education. She spoke of the importance of a college education and hope. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/michelle-obama-last-official-speech-as-first-lady/3666360.html
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Check Out the World Digital Library
Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/voalearningenglish\ From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report. Imagine you are a student in Mexico. And your teacher asks you to write a report about the country's ancient Aztec civilization. You now can do your own research on the subject through the World Digital Library, or WDL. One of the 8,000 items listed on this website is the General History of the Things of New Spain. It was written in the 16th century by a member of a Roman Catholic religious order. Friar Bernardino Sahagun lived in what is now Mexico. He liked many qualities of the Aztecs and wrote 13 books about them in Spanish and Nahuatl, the Aztec language. The books are stored in Florence, Italy. But you can read every page and see every picture with the World Digital Library. The library has at least one item from every member country of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. UNESCO and the U.S. Library of Congress launched the WDL in 2009. Since then, more than 25 million people have visited part of the collection. The library provides free access to thousands of objects of cultural and historical importance.The library is looking for information about Arabic and Islamic science, says Musa Murawih. He is a WDL researcher who works on all of the library's documents in Arabic. Arab countries and their libraries are strong supporters of the World Digital Library. Mr. Murawih says the library shows the United States as a partner with Arab countries in an area other than military or security matters.The library also is helping countries make electronic copies of their documents, so that they are available to computer users around the world.For VOA Learning English, I'm Carolyn Presutti.
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Everyday Grammar: Will vs. Be Going to
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Let's Learn English Lesson 21: Can You Come to the Party?
Anna meets her friend Marsha in a coffee shop. Marsha asks Anna to come to a party. But Anna has to take a driving test. Can Anna come to the party? See the lesson here: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-21-can-you-come-to-the-party/3406732.html
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The Health Report: Greenery Linked to Longer Lifespan in Women
We all know that trees and plants are beautiful and help the world around us. But a new study shows that living around more greenery may help women live longer. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/greenery-linked-to-longer-lifespan-in-women/3338891.html
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Let's Learn English Level 2 Lesson 5: Greatest Vacation of All Time
Anna goes to a travel agent to find the Best Vacation Ever! But does she? Dan the Con Man wants to sell her the Most Expensive Vacation Ever. But does he? See the whole lesson at: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-level-2-lesson-5-greatest-vacation/4035571.html Originally published at - https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-5-greatest-vacation/4050063.html
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How an Allowance Helps Children Learn About Money
This is the VOA Special English Economics Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish Many children first learn the value of money by receiving an allowance. The purpose is to let children learn from experience at an age when financial mistakes are not very costly. The amount of money that parents give to their children to spend as they wish differs from family to family. Timing is another consideration. Some children get a weekly allowance. Others get a monthly allowance. In any case, parents should make clear what, if anything, the child is expected to pay for with the money. At first, young children may spend all of their allowance soon after they receive it. If they do this, they will learn the hard way that spending must be done within a budget. Parents are usually advised not to offer more money until the next allowance. The object is to show young people that a budget demands choices between spending and saving. Older children may be responsible enough to save money for larger costs, like clothing or electronics. Many people who have written on the subject of allowances say it is not a good idea to pay your child for work around the home. These jobs are a normal part of family life. Paying children to do extra work around the house, however, can be useful. It can even provide an understanding of how a business works. Allowances give children a chance to experience the things they can do with money. They can share it in the form of gifts or giving to a good cause. They can spend it by buying things they want. Or they can save and maybe even invest it. Saving helps children understand that costly goals require sacrifice: you have to cut costs and plan for the future. Requiring children to save part of their allowance can also open the door to future saving and investing. Many banks offer services to help children and teenagers learn about personal finance. A savings account is an excellent way to learn about the power of compound interest. Compounding works by paying interest on interest. So, for example, one dollar invested at two percent interest for two years will earn two cents in the first year. The second year, the money will earn two percent of one dollar and two cents, and so on. That may not seem like a lot. But over time it adds up.For VOA Special English, I'm Alex Villareal. You can learn more about economics with MP3s and transcripts of our programs at voaspecialenglish.com. And you can find us on Facebook and Twitter at VOA Learning English. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 22Apr2011)
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Let's Learn English Lesson 34: What Will I Do?
In this lesson, Anna wants to go to a Halloween party. But she needs a costume. Will her friend Genie help her find the right one? Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-34-what-will-i-do/3565940.html
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Lesson 6: Where Is the Gym?
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Trump Meets Obama at the White House
President Barack Obama invited President-elect Donald Trump to the White House today. It is part of the process for a peaceful transition of power. Trump will be inaugurated as president on January 20, 2017. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/trump-meets-obama-at-the-white-house/3591349.html
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Are People Who Speak More Than One Language Smarter?
I'm Carolyn Presutti with the VOA Special English Health Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish In the early nineteen fifties, researchers found that people scored lower on intelligence tests if they spoke more than one language. Research in the nineteen sixties found the opposite. So which is it? Researchers presented their newest studies in February at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The latest evidence shows that being bilingual does not necessarily make people smarter. But researcher Ellen Bialystok says it probably does make you better at certain skills. She says: "Imagine driving down the highway. There are many things that could capture your attention and you really need to be able to monitor all of them. Why would bilingualism make you any better at that?"And the answer, she says, is that bilingual people are often better at controlling their attention -- a function called the executive control system. She says it is possibly the most important cognitive system we have. It is where all of our decisions about what to attend to, what to ignore and what to process are made.Ms. Bialystok is a psychology professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. She says the best method to measure the executive control system is called the Stroop Test. A person is shown words in different colors. The person has to ignore the word but say the color. The problem is that the words are all names of colors.She explains: "So you would have the word 'blue' written in red, but you have to say 'red.' But blue is just lighting up all these circuits in your brain, and you really want to say 'blue.' So you need a mechanism to override that so that you can say 'red.' That's the executive control system."Her work shows that bilingual people continually practice this function. They have to, because both languages are active in their brain at the same time. They need to suppress one to be able to speak in the other. This mental exercise might help in other ways, too. Researchers say bilingual children are better able to separate a word from its meaning, and more likely to have friends from different cultures. Bilingual adults are often four to five years later than others in developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Foreign language study has increased in the United States. But linguist Alison Mackey at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. points out that English-speaking countries are still far behind the rest of the world. For VOA Special English I'm Carolyn Presutti. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 09March2011)
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Debating the Best Way to Learn a Language
This is the VOA Special English Education Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish What is the best way to learn a new language? A small study of foreign language learning in adults compared two methods. One is known as the explicit or classroom method. This is the kind of traditional classroom teaching where students are taught a lot of information about grammar rules. The other method is known as the implicit or immersion method. The idea here is to learn much the way children do when they learn a native language. That is, by being with native speakers and absorbing the language that surrounds them, generally without a lot of explanation. Teachers may combine these two methods into what Professor Michael Ullman calls immersion-style classroom teaching. But is that necessarily a better way to learn a language?Mr. Ullman was the senior investigator for the new study. He is a professor of neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington. He says he was surprised to find that combining the two methods might not help the brain in processing the new language. If he had to learn a language, what would he do? One possibility would be to start with classroom and then go to immersion. But he says there is a possibility that classroom could hurt later immersion -- that is one possibility in interpreting the data. The Public Library of Science published the study earlier this year. The twenty-one adults in the experiment learned Brocanto2, a thirteen-word language created for the study. The words and grammar rules relate to a computer game similar to chess that the learners played. For example, "Blom neimo lu neep li praz" means "The square blom-piece switches with the neep-piece." The researchers tested the people three to six months after they had learned the language, to see how well they could remember it. The study found that those who had learned it with the immersion method had brain waves similar to those of native speakers of a language when speaking that language. Professor Ullman says those who trained with the classroom method also became more native-like in their brain processing. But only the immersion group showed full native-like processing of the grammar. Still, he says teachers should not make any curriculum changes based on his findings. He says further research is needed. "And it may be, for example, that a combination of classroom and immersion might be best. But we don't know that." For VOA Special English, I'm Mario Ritter. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 28Jun2012)
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Let's Learn English Lesson 48: Have You Ever...?
Anna meets a tourist and helps her find interesting museums. Then the tourist helps Anna learn more about Washington, D.C. See the whole lesson at: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-48-have-you-ever/3753664.html
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Hillary Clinton Concession Speech
Hillary Clinton publicly admitted losing the presidential election on Wednesday. She spoke of the pain of defeat and hopes for the success of Donald Trump’s presidency. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/hillary-clinton-concession-speech/3589739.html
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Facebook Finds New Friends in the World of Private Finance
I'm Alex Villarreal with the VOA Special English Economics Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish Facebook is the world's biggest social network -- and the subject of the movie "The Social Network."The real Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Harvard University launched the site in two thousand four. Facebook says it reached five hundred million users last July.Now, the American bank Goldman Sachs and the Russian company Digital Sky Technologies have friended Facebook. They are investing a total of five hundred million dollars in the company. The deal values Facebook at fifty billion dollars -- more than many publicly traded Internet companies. Goldman Sachs is expected to raise a billion and a half dollars more by selling shares of ownership in Facebook to rich investors. The plan does not include a public stock offering -- at least not right now. For now, Facebook would remain a private company -- meaning a company that does not sell shares to the public. The plan has brought new attention to the largely secretive world of private financing and the rules for private companies in the United States.The idea is that investors in public companies have protections that investors in private companies do not. The Securities and Exchange Commission says a private company must report financial information if it has more than five hundred shareholders. A new business, a startup company, is usually considered too risky for average investors. But a promising startup may find a small number of private investors, often known as "angels." These investors are willing to lose everything for a chance at big returns.Rikki Tahta has been involved in raising money for startups. He is now chairman of his own investment company, Covestor, with offices in New York and London.Mister Tahta compares the difference between public and private companies to the difference between marriage and dating. When people are dating, he says, there are understandings but few rules. In marriage, the rules are more clear and well-defined.In his opinion, the only real benefit for a private company is lower administrative and record-keeping costs. Yet he tells us Covestor remains a private company after a few years because it is still too risky for most investors.For VOA Special English I'm Alex Villarreal. You can comment on our programs and find transcripts and MP3s at voaspecialenglish.com. We're on Facebook and Twitter at VOA Learning English. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 07Jan2011)
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Let's Learn English Lesson 50: Back to School
Anna has been wanting to go back to school for a long time. In this lesson, we go to class with her at Georgetown University, where she is getting ready to give a report in her class. Did she understand the directions? Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/3799357.html
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Education Project in Rwanda Combines Online Classes, Local Help
Subscribe to the VOA Learning English Channel: http://youtube.com/voalearningenglish | Like us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report. A new experimental program using MOOCs or massive open online courses opened recently in Kigali, Rwanda. The Kepler project is designed for people in the developing world. It uses MOOCs provided by foreign universities. It combines these online classes with help from local instructors and an internship program. A business foundation is helping to finance the first four years of the project. The students in the Kepler project pay no tuition. Fifty students are taking part in the first class in Rwanda. Canadian educational consultant Tony Bates praises the Kepler program for giving students a way to earn college credits. Students can earn academic credit through the Kepler project's agreement with Southern New Hampshire University in the United States. Mr. Bates also praises Kepler for providing local support and tutoring in Rwanda. But he says a lack of technology limits the usefulness of such a system in Africa. He says developing countries lack enough Internet service outside major cities. Students may have mobile phones, but usually with very low bandwidth. Mr. Bates says it costs one American dollar to watch an eight-minute YouTube video on a low-cost handset. That is about the same as many Africans earn in a day. Tony Bates says streaming long video lectures would be too expensive for at least the next five to 10 years. He says using materials designed for mobile devices may be better. He notes examples like math videos from the Khan Academy and courses from the Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative. He says these materials are designed for distance learning and are more interactive. For VOA Learning English, I'm Carolyn Presutti.
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Let's Learn English Level 2 Lesson 4: Run Away With the Circus!
Anna and Pete visit a circus and talk about circus arts. Are the performers artists or athletes? See the whole lesson at: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-englihs-level-2-lesson-4-run-away-with-the-circus/4034187.html Originally published at - https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-level-2-lesson-4-run-away-with-the-circus/4040102.html
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Lesson 11: This Is My Neighborhood
Anna has many things to do. She needs to go to the library, post office, bank, and store. Marsha helps her find these places in their neighborhood. See the lesson at http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-11-this-is-my-neighborhood/3293986.html
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The Economics Report: Market for Illegally Made Goods Reaches $460 Billion
An organization that studies economic and social issues says the international trade in counterfeit goods is rising. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or OECD warns that some of these products can endanger the public and might even finance terrorists or criminal groups. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/illegally-made-goods-market-reaches-460-billion-dollars/3327326.html
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Looking to Robots and Other Technology to Improve Health Care
I'm Alex Villarreal with the VOA Special English Technology Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish An organization called the World Future Society publishes a yearly report about how technology, the economy and society are influencing the world. Tim Mack heads the World Future Society. He says medicine is one area of growth. Mr. Mack says the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology are working together to create new ways to help patients. These include better ways to provide medicine and identify disease without invasive operations. Mr. Mack also says developments in artificial intelligence could lead to a future where disabled patients could be cared for by a voice-activated robot.The World Future Society also publishes The Futurist magazine. Every year it examines developments in technology and other areas to predict the future. The magazine released the top ten predictions from the Outlook 2011 report. Several of the predictions dealt with technology. The report said Internet search engines will soon include both text and spoken results. It said television broadcasts and other recordings could be gathered using programs developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis.Outlook 2011 also examined refuse collection. It said industrial nations will send much more waste to developing countries. This will cause protests in those countries. In about fifteen years, developing countries will stop accepting foreign waste. This will force industrial nations to develop better waste-to-energy programs and recycling technologies.The report also had a prediction about education. It said young people use technologies for socializing as well as working and learning. So they solve problems more as teams instead of competing. In this way, social networking is supporting different kinds of learning outside the classroom. The World Future Society also predicts that robots will be able to carry out mental commands from human beings. Scientists have shown that individuals can type by using their brains without physically touching computer keyboards. In the near future, experts say brain e-mailing and "tweeting" will become more common. For VOA Special English, I'm Alex Villarreal. You can find scripts and audio of our programs at voaspecialenglish.com. We are also on Facebook and Twitter at VOA Learning English. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 03Jan2011)
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Designing a Quake-Resistant Building Starts at the Soil
I'm Alex Villarreal with the VOA Special English Technology Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish Builders in developing countries are often not required to build strong buildings. So, when a disaster strikes, the damage is often widespread. Yet Japan is one of the most developed countries in the world. Still, the March eleventh earthquake and tsunami waves destroyed more than fourteen thousand buildings. Brady Cox is an assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Arkansas. He is also an earthquake expert with an organization called Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance, or GEER. The group studies major disasters. Professor Cox says Japan has one of the best building-code systems in the world. However, he says, this earthquake was huge, one of the top five earthquakes in recorded history. So anytime there is an earthquake that large, there is going to be damage. The quake measured magnitude nine. He says one thing many people don't understand is that building codes are meant to prevent loss of life in earthquakes. That doesn't mean that the buildings won't have major damage. Mr. Cox says Japan has invested a lot in seismic research and design since a magnitude seven point five earthquake in Niigata in nineteen sixty-four. That same year a nine point two quake shook the American state of Alaska. He says those two earthquakes opened up a lot of new research on something called soil liquefaction. Soil liquefaction is the process by which the strength or stiffness of soil is weakened by an event like the shaking of an earthquake. The soil begins to move like liquid. Professor Cox says the first step to designing an earthquake-resistant building is to study the soil. Then the structural engineers take that information and decide the details of the construction such as, is this going to be a steel structure? Is it going to be reinforced concrete? How will the framing of the building be designed?A team from Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance is going to Japan to examine the destruction. Mr. Cox says they will also be working on rebuilding efforts. They want to make sure that schools, hospitals, police and fire stations and government buildings are rebuilt well. Mr. Cox and other members of GEER went to Haiti after the powerful earthquake last year, and continue to work with Haitian officials.For VOA Special English, I'm Alex Villarreal. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 28Mar2011)
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Business English Speakers Can Still Be Divided by a Common Language
I'm Alex Villarreal with the VOA Special English Economics Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com | http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish Business is the most popular subject for international students in the United States. At last count, twenty-one percent of foreign students at American colleges and universities were studying business and management. The Institute of International Education in New York says engineering is the second most popular field, in case you were wondering.Thomas Cosse is a professor of marketing and business at the University of Richmond in Virginia. He says international students who want to study business need to have good English skills -- and not just to study at his school.But the world has more non-native speakers of English than native speakers. As a result, Americans working with foreign companies may need to learn some new English skills themselves. At the University of Richmond, teams of graduate students work with companies seeking to enter the American market. The students learn about writing market entry studies. The reports are written in English. But Professor Cosse tells his students to consider who will read them.He said his students have to write the report so that it can be understood by someone who is an English speaker but not a native English speaker. For example, he tells his students to avoid jargon and other specialized terms that people might not know in their own language. This can be good advice even when writing for other native speakers. But effective communication involves more than just words. Kay Westerfield is director of the international business communication program at the University of Oregon. She says you must have the language skills as well as cultural intelligence. Cultural intelligence means the need to consider local behaviors in everything from simple handshakes to speaking to large groups. Still, Kay Westerfield says the ability of foreign workers to speak English is becoming more important to companies looking to move operations to other countries. Or, as she puts it, to "off-source." Also, she says English skills often provide a competitive edge for business students when they seek jobs. She said: "As one business student in West Africa put it, 'English is a lifeline.'"For VOA Special English I'm Alex Villarreal. You can read and listen to our programs and find activities for English learners at voaspecialenglish.com. We're also on Facebook and Twitter at VOA Learning English. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 21Jan2011)
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Let's Learn English Lesson 9: Is It Cold?
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Let's Learn English Lesson 13: Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!
It's a Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Anna is bored. She finds something interesting to do when she hears music playing. See the lesson at: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-13-happy-birthday-william-shakespeare/3312239.html
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English in a Minute: Wake-Up Call
Have you ever gotten a wake-up call? This expression can be used in many situations. Find out more about this idiom in this week's English in a Minute. Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/media/video/english-in-a-minute-wake-up-call/2777234.html
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Let's Learn English Level 2 Lesson 14: Made for Each Other
Pete and Ashley have found perfect partners. Anna says she has a new boyfriend but Pete and Ashley don't believe her. Is he real or not? See the whole lesson at: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-level-2-lesson-14-made-for-each-other/4159000.html Originally published at - https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-14-made-for-each-other/4160851.html
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Let's Learn English Lesson 40: The Woods Are Alive
Anna wants to try something new in the new year. She wants to be an actor on the stage. How will she do in her audition? See the whole lesson at http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-40-the-woods-are-alive/3630341.html Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-40-the-woods-are-alive/3656890.html
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