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Everyday conversations: Asking for help at a hotel [audio]

This Everyday Conversations is about a family's planned trip to the Kentucky Derby, a horse race in Louisville, Kentucky. Learn phrases about the event.

Everyday conversations for English learners: Hobbies

Learning to speak English? Our Everyday Conversations help you practice. Click the audio link to hear a native speaker pronounce each word while you...
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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...
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Want to talk like an American? It’s a slam-dunk with these...

Americans are crazy about sports. So if you want to talk like an American, it's important to learn some of the sports phrases that...

Everyday conversations for English learners: At the movies

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: Weddings

Learning to speak English? Our Everyday Conversations help you practice. Click the audio link to hear a native speaker pronounce each word while you...
Illustration of a foot dipping a toe in water (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Want to improve your English? Test the waters with these handy...

"Test the waters" is one of seven idiomatic phrases in American English that means more than getting wet. Check them out.
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Everyday conversations: Getting a tourist visa [audio]

Interested in learning English and visiting the U.S.? Practice your language skills with these phrases focused on getting a tourist visa.

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