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Everyday conversations for English learners: Formal greetings

Learning to speak English? Our Everyday Conversations help you practice. Click the audio link to hear a native speaker pronounce each word while you...

Honoring those who give…on this day

In 347 B.C.E., Plato left his farm to a relative, directing that the proceeds be used to support students and teachers at an academy...

Take a Drive on America’s Main Street: Route 66

Today, for most travelers on U.S. Route 66, the goal is the journey itself, not any particular destination. The highway was established in 1926, when...

Seen but not always heard: documenting stories of the deaf

Meet Erin Moriarty Harrelson. A student of anthropology and a Fulbright–National Geographic fellow, she documents the experiences of deaf Cambodians. One in 20 Cambodians...
Tony Hawk skates off a kitchen counter.

Pro skater Tony Hawk empowers young people around the world

If you see skateboarders in your country, it’s likely that legendary athlete Tony Hawk has had something to do with it. Hawk is more than...
Illustration of canary in the coal mine idiom (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Idiom in the news: Canary in the coal mine

Understanding idioms is one of the hardest parts of mastering a language. An idiom is a group of words that together assume a new...
Illustration of a worker pushing gears (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Is your business idea ‘disruptive’? Find out on November 14.

Before Skype there was the long distance call, and before email you had to wait for the postman to arrive. Both innovations not only...
Close-up of Saira Blair (© AP Images)

Teenager becomes America’s youngest state lawmaker

Saira Blair became the youngest state lawmaker in America by winning a seat in West Virginia’s House of Delegates in the November 4 midterm...

Women make history in 2014 midterm elections

This year’s U.S. midterm elections, held November 4, created a number of historic firsts for women. Midterm elections, when U.S. voters decide on candidates...