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English Vocabulary from News Programs: LEGISLATION

News coverage on laws often includes the term legislation. Legislation is a law passed by a legislative body like the U.S. Congress.

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English Vocabulary From News Programs: MAINSTREAM

News programs that refer to popular culture often use the term mainstream. Thoughts, beliefs and choices accepted by the largest amount of people are commonly referred to as “mainstream.”

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English Vocabulary From News Programs: STARTUP

Here’s a word you’re likely to hear often in business or economics news programs. Startup means to set something in motion. This news word is often used in business story to describe a new company.

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English Vocabulary From News Programs: REGIME

When you watch or listen to political news programs you may hear this word: REGIME. Regime is another word for government. It usually has a negative meaning

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English Vocabulary From News Programs: SECTARIAN

Here’s a word that you often hear on news programs on radio or television: Sectarian means having something to do with groups or sects. Sectarian violence is the term commonly used to describe fighting among groups or sects.

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English Vocabulary: The Golden Rule

Everyone knows what gold is, what it looks like, and how financially rewarding it would be to have a lot of gold among one’s possessions. Yet, what does “The Golden Rule” mean? How can a rule be made of gold? Or, should we say, how can a rule be similar to the meaning behind gold? […]

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English Vocabulary: Heard it through the grapevine

What does it mean to “hear” or learn something “through the grapevine?” What is “the grapevine” in the first place. Surely we can’t hear or learn through grape vines, can we? Phrases like this are hard to comprehend and use when English learners resort only to a basic English dictionary or translator. Here’s a program […]

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English Vocabulary: Are you a couch potato? Do you suffer from cabin fever?

Are you a couch potato? Do you suffer from cabin fever? If you are having trouble understanding the previous questions, the program that follows should help you comprehend and use the terms “couch potato” and “cabin fever” on an ongoing basis. From Couch Potato to Cabin Fever Now, the VOA Special English program Words and […]

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English Vocabulary: Ace in the Hole

If you enjoy playing cards or watching card games on television, you’re likely to have heard the phrase “Ace in the Hole”. The following program from our friends at VOA Special English explains the meaning and background of this phrase in the English language. Do you play cards? Do you use this term a lot? […]

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English Vocabulary: GI Joe

Many associate the term GI Joe with an action-packed movie or toy soldiers many children still play with. But what does the term “GI Joe” mean and where does it come from? Here’s a news program from our friends at VOA Special English. You’re welcome to share your constructive notes and summary via our comments […]

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