Everyday conversations: Let’s go to the rain forest! [audio]

Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Here, students discuss going to the rain forest during break.
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...

Everyday conversations: Applying to U.S. colleges [audio]

Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Here, students talk about applying to U.S. colleges.

Everyday conversations for English learners: A telephone call

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

Everyday conversations: The importance of global education [audio]

Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Here, three students discuss global education.

Branch out with these tree-inspired phrases

Ready to “branch out” and try something new? Try using one of these tree-inspired phrases to convey ideas creatively and lightheartedly like Americans do.
Two girls smile for a picture. (Creative Commons)

Everyday conversations for English learners: Informal greetings and farewells

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

Everyday conversations for English learners: What’s your favorite sport?

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

Everyday conversations for English learners: Isn’t rain good for the environment?...

Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Today's dialogue is on acid rain and the environment.