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Introduction to the United States: Part 1

Audio: 3 hours, 12 minutes
Learning Guide: 51 pages
English Level: Intermediate and up
Type of English: American English

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Do you want to know more about the United States?
Do you want to be able to talk with Americans knowledgeably about the U.S.?
Do you want to know how the U.S. government works?
Do you want to know more about the different parts of the U.S., its history, and its people?

"Introduction to the United States" is a course that answers your questions about the United States in a new and exciting way. This course uses some of the 100 questions from U.S. naturalization test, the test that people take to become a citizen of the United States. It focuses on how the U.S. was formed and how it works, who the important people are in its history and in the current government, and the different parts of this very big and diverse country.

Each question is followed by

  1. A simple answer
  2. A longer explanation

The explanation goes far beyond the simple answer to give in-depth background information, allow you to really understand the topic. Each explanation brings the facts and the history and stories behind them alive, making learning about the U.S. exciting and fun.

Learning about the U.S. has never been easier. After listening to this course, you’ll know what most Americans do about the United States!

What You Get

  • MP3 Audio Files for 25 Questions
  • Learning Guide: This is a written guide with
    1. A full transcript of every word from every question, answer, and explanation
    2. Glossaries with definitions
    3. Sample sentences

How it Works

Each question is divided into three parts. You will first hear the question read, then the short answer, and then a longer explanation of the topic. The longer explanation has built-in definitions of new terms and phrases, so you will understand it just by listening.

You will listen to the question-answer-explanation first at a slow speed, and then again at a normal rate of speech (fast). In this course, you encounter the important key vocabulary several times throughout the course, helping you really understand the meaning of the terms and expressions, and how to use them correctly.

Don’t Just Listen – Read it, too!

Get the most out of "Introduction to the United States" by following along with the Learning Guide, which has a complete written transcript of every word spoken in the lessons. All of the vocabulary and expressions used in the lesson are also listed and defined in the "Glossary" of the Learning Guide, giving you the opportunity to read and review whenever you’d like. Plus, you are provided with an extra sample sentence using the word correctly in context. By listening to and reading each lesson, you’ll have a truly powerful way to increase your skills in English.

These are the 25 questions answered and explained in Part 1 of this course:

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

A: Principles of American Democracy
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What does the Constitution do?
3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
4. What is an amendment?
5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
10. What is freedom of religion?
11. What is the economic system in the United States?
12. What is the "rule of law"?

B: System of Government
13. Name one branch or part of the government.
14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
16. Who makes federal laws?
17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
18. How many U.S. Senators are there?
19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?
21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
23. Name your U.S. Representative.
24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?



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