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Introduction to the United States: Part 2

Audio: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Learning Guide: 53 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 2 of this course:


B: System of Government
26. We elect a President for how many years?
27. In what month do we vote for President?*
28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
32. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
33. Who signs bills to become laws?
34. Who vetoes bills?
35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
37. What does the judicial branch do?
38. What is the highest court in the United States?
39. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
40. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
42. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
43. Who is the Governor of your state now?
44. What is the capital of your state?
45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
46. What is the political party of the President now?
47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?

C: Rights and Responsibilities
48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
50. Name one right only for United States citizens.