Woman walking down a boardwalk toward a pavilion (Nathan Siemers via Flickr)

Everyday conversations: Going to the Jersey shore [audio]

Learn English while touring the U.S. Today's conversation is about going down the Jersey shore to enjoy a picnic on the beach and visit a historic town.
Illustration of hand holding tag with drawing of arm and leg (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Learning English won’t cost you an arm and a leg [video]

If something “costs an arm and a leg,” that doesn’t mean you have to give up a limb to buy it. Learn six money-related phrases you can use every day.
Trees, buildings, bridge and river (Courtesy of Michael Buchanan)

Everyday conversations: A revolt against slavery [audio]

In this conversation, the family visits Harpers Ferry, the site of a famous revolt against slavery. Learn English terms related to the fight to end slavery.

Everyday conversations for English learners: Starting a business [audio]

Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Today's dialogue is on starting a business.

You know English, but will your vocabulary get you through a...

The language used by people doing business has many expressions that can be confusing. Here are six expressions common in American corporate culture.

Get your feet wet with these ocean-inspired phrases

“Getting your feet wet” doesn’t have to involve water. Americans use the phrase to say they’re trying something new. Here are other ocean-inspired idioms.
Two young men carrying surfboards to the beach (© AP Images)

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

In this series of Everyday Conversations, a family travels to all 50 states in the U.S. Today, they learn about the history of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
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.

Everyday conversations: The college interview [audio]

Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Here, two students discuss tips on college interviews.