Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Words and Their Stories: Let's Do Business


VOA Special English: Words and Their Stories: Let's Do Business

There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend, and we both made a profit... download MP3

Monday, November 29, 2010

Neediest | A Teacher in Training



N.Y./Region: Neediest | A Teacher in Training - nytimes.com/video

After losing her eyesight, Libin Zhang, alone in a new country, rediscovers an old dream.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

ESL Podcast 223 – A Mistake in the Hotel Bill

ESL Podcast 223 – A Mistake in the Hotel Bill

Hotel clerk: Here’s the bill for your four- night stay. Would you like the incidentals charged to your credit card?
May: Incidentals? I think there’s some mistake. I didn’t order any pay-per-view movies and I never ordered room service. And, I didn’t have any spa services, either.
Hotel clerk: Are you sure? We show three movies and two room service orders.
May: I’m positive. Could I speak to a supervisor, please? Download Podcast

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Shopping Rush Begins in US



VOAVideo: Holiday Shopping Rush Begins in US

Shoppers turned out in large numbers on Friday, looking for bargains as the traditional holiday shopping season kicked off in the United States. Falling the day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., the day is widely known as Black Friday because it is the day when retailers often start moving into the black, the common term for making a profit. American consumers wasted no time, some camping for hours to get the best deals.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Survey Shows US Consumers Plan to Spend More During Holiday Season



VOANews: Survey Shows US Consumers Plan to Spend More During Holiday Season

There are more signs that American consumers are coming back as the key holiday shopping season gets underway. Revised figures show the U.S. economy grew faster than initially reported during the third quarter, thanks in part to an uptick in consumer and government spending. Retailers are hoping consumers will continue spending as the traditional holiday shopping season begins in the U.S. As Mil Arcega reports, a new consumer survey seems to think so.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

ESLPodcast 97 - Checking into a Hotel

ESLPodcast 97 - Checking into a Hotel

Rob: Hi, I'm checking in. The last name is Rama.
Clerk: Yes, here is your reservation . You have a standard room reserved for two nights. Is that right?
Rob: Actually, no. It should be a suite. I had booked a non-smoking king. Download Podcast

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ESL Podcast 382 – Types of Hotels and Accommodations

ESL Podcast 382 – Types of Hotels and Accommodations

Jamal: Have you found a place for us to stay in Chicago?

Erin: I’m still exploring the options. Instead of a run-of-the-mill chain hotel, I thought we could do something different. Download Podcast

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Budget Hotels - Part III

EZSlang: Budget Hotels - Part III

Discussion: Talk with a partner about the best ways to find cheap hotels or accomodations to your city....

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Budget Hotels - Part II

EZSlang: Budget Hotels - Part II

When I graduated from college, I decided to take a trip to Hawaii as a way to celebrate. I first __________ a cheap hotel about a month before I left, and when I arrived, I couldn't believe how __________ the view were of the beach from my hotel window....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Budget Hotels - Part I

EZSlang: Budget Hotels - Part I

Finding cheap hotels with some nice amenities is often important to budget travelers like international students. Youth hostels, traditional inns, and pensions are also possible accommodations that would suit travelers.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hotel Check-In

Randall's ESL Lab: Check-in

Most people look for budget or cheap hotels when they go on vacation, but no matter whether you stay in a cheap hotel or a luxurious one, you can encounter problems when making hotel reservations. Write a list all of the possible problems that could occur with hotel reservations

I. Pre-Listening Exercises
II. Listening Exercises
III. Vocabulary
IV. Post-Listening Exercises

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hotel Reservations Vocabulary

Randall's ESL Lab: Hotel Reservations

When people go on vacations, they often look for affordable hotel accommodations that provide the amenities they need and want. Accommodations might include hotels, youth hostels, inns, and even campgrounds.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

US Hiring Accelerated in October



VOAVideo: US Hiring Accelerated in October

The U.S. job market improved in October with a net gain of more than 150,000 jobs -- more than double what analysts expected. Friday's report from the Labor Department represents the biggest increase since May and marks the 10th month of consecutive growth in the private sector. But as Mil Arcega reports, the gains were not enough to budge the stubbornly high 9.6 percent unemployment rate.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voters Head To Polls in Midterm Elections



VOAVideo: Voters Head To Polls in Midterm Elections

Voters will decide who will occupy all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives, as well as 37 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate. Gubernatorial races are also important, as states redraw Congressional districts following a 10-year census. Democrats are hoping for a good turnout so they can deter what many pundits say might be a Republican landslide. VOA headed to the polls today in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Laurel Bowman has the latest.