Streets, Beats & Eats – Milwaukee

Posted on 26. May, 2016 by in Culture, Travel

Lakefront Brewery

Lakefront Brewery

Known as America’s Brew Town, Milwaukee is a beer city if there ever was one. Tour Lakefront Brewery, hit a German biergarten, rock out at the Riverside, munch on mac & cheese pizza late-night, and wind down with the most epic Bloody Mary ever.

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“Milwaukee is very much a beer city, and that’s where our journey begins. Take a tour of one of the city’s many breweries, such as Lakefront. Weekend tours tend to sell out, so be sure to book your spot early to avoid disappointment. Sample a few of their beers, and maybe a tasty bowl of chili as well, and then learn all about the brewery and its beer with the help of an energetic guide. For just 10 bucks, the tour is a great bargain, as you get four 6 oz samples, a souvenir pint glass, and a coupon for a free beer in a local establishment.

The famous beer scene of Milwaukee goes back to the 1850s and the German population living there. Head to the Estabrook Park biergarten to experience a little bit of Germany in Wisconsin.

Back in the city, the party continues at Bar Louie. Grab a table, to watch some sports, munch on tacos, and drink your free beer from Lakefront.

One of the best places to rock out in Milwaukee is the Riverside, especially when the boys from Umphrey’s McGee are in town for a 3-night run…

After all that drinking and rocking, you’ll need something to soak it up. A late-night favorite is Ian’s pizza, where you can sample their many specialty pizzas by the slice. Try the mac and cheese or gyro – delicious!

You can’t leave town without one more stop. Head to Sobelman’s, a great spot for a hungover Sunday. The burgers are great, but the main draw here is their epic Bloody Mary. With around 15 garnishes, including a “bacon-ado,” this thing is a meal on its own.”

English interjections

Posted on 24. May, 2016 by in English Grammar, English Vocabulary

Image by marabuchi on licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Image by marabuchi on licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Interjections are short words or sounds that are used to express feelings or emotion. What interjection do you think this baby would make if it could? I think he is about to say “Yikes!”

Interjections are words that convey emotion. They do not have a grammatical relationship to other parts of a sentence. They stand alone in a way. Interjections are a part of speech, like verbs or nouns, but because they do not convey grammatical information some people think they are the least important parts of speech. To that I say, ‘No way!’. Interjects are just as important as any other word.

Often interjections are used at the beginning of a sentence. They are also often, but not always, accompanied by an exclamation mark (!), which is a punctuation mark that also expresses emotion. Here are some examples of interjections at the beginning of sentences.

Help, I need help!”
Oh no, I forgot to bring my wallet with me.”

Interjections can also be found in the middle or at the end of sentences – remember these are just words that insert emotion or feelings into a sentence. When we speak we frequently insert interjections into what we say, at the beginning, middle, and end of sentences. When we write though interjections are most commonly found at the beginning or end of a sentence. Here are examples with interjections in the middle and at the end of sentences.

“That is what you are going to wear, huh?”
“It is so exciting, oh my gosh, I just can’t believe it.

Sometimes interjections stand alone as a one-word sentence too.

No way!

See if you can find the interjections in these sentences, then read below for more on what each of the interjections in these sentences mean.
1.    Wow! That was a great meal.
2.    Oh my! I can’t believe I forgot your birthday again.
3.    Well, gee, that is a generous gift.
4.    Yikes!
5.    Whoops, I almost dropped my plate.
6.    You are really going to believe that, huh?
7.    Yay! I am all done. Let’s go celebrate.
8.    I guess I didn’t make the team, oh well.
9.    Uh-oh, I lost my house key.
10.     Oh my goodness, that is the most amazing dress I’ve ever seen.

What these interjections mean:

wow – This is used to express that you are very impressed.

oh my  or oh – This can mean any number of emotions from surprise, anger, disappointment, or joy; it all depends on the circumstances.

gee – This is an expression of mild enthusiasm, sometimes it is used to express sympathy, but not in the example above.

yikes – This is an expression of shock or alarm.

whoops – This is an expression of mild embarrassment and is often used as a casual apology.

huh – This is generally an expression of disbelief, it is often used in a questioning manner.

yay – This interjection expresses triumph and encouragement.

oh well – This is an expression of resignation or reluctant acceptance.

uh-oh – This is an expression used when you realize something is wrong.


1. wow, 2. oh my, 3. gee, 4. yikes, 5. woops, 6. huh, 7. yay, 8. oh well, 9 uh-oh, 10. oh my goodness

Standard and Imperial measurements

Posted on 17. May, 2016 by in Culture, English Vocabulary

Image by Sean MacEntee on licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Image by Sean MacEntee on licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Most of the world uses the metric system for measuring, but the British and Americans have their own systems of measurement (just to make things complicated). These systems are called the ‘standard’ or ‘Imperial’ systems.

Let’s take a look at the names for measuring things that are used in the United States and Great Britain and see if we can makes sense of these.

Here are some different things we can measure:
height and length
land and space
liquids and drinks

Height and lengths:
To measure height (like how tall you are) or to measure short distances (like how long a board is) you will use the smallest standard measurements: inches and feet. For items or distances that are longer you will need to use yards and miles.

There are 12 inches in 1 foot. (1 foot = 0.3 meters)
There are 3 feet in 1 yard. (1 yard = 0.9 meters)
There are 1760 yards in 1 mile. (1 mile = 1609 meters)

These are the most common terms used in measuring height and distances.  Here are some examples of how these terms might be used, if someone were to ask me how tall I am, I would say: “I’m 5 foot 9 inches tall.” If someone were to ask me how far I live from work I would say, “I live 7.5 miles from my work.”

Weight in the Imperial and standard systems are measured in ounces, pounds, and tons.

There are 16 ounces in 1 pound. (1 pound = 0.45 kilos)
There are 2000 pounds in 1 US ton. (1 ton = 907 kilos)

In America it is considered rude to ask someone how much they weigh, so it isn’t very often that I would say: “I weigh 140 pounds.” to someone, but people commonly ask how much a baby weighed when s/he was born, so it is common to hear people say something like “He weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces at birth.” Large items are usually weighed in tons, for example:“Our car weighs 2 tons.”

You have probably at least heard of Fahrenheit as a measurement for temperature. Often thermometers have both Fahrenheit and Celsius on them. The unit of measurement for temperature (in either Fahrenheit or Celsius) is the ‘degree.’

0 degree Celsius = 32 degrees Fahrenheit

If you are talking about the weather you might say: “It was a bitter 20 degrees today.” Remember 20 degrees is cold in the Fahrenheit system.

Land and space:
The measurement for large areas of land in Britain and America is the acre.
For smaller measurements of space, including indoor spaces, the unit of measurement is the square foot, abbreviated as ‘sq ft.’

A square foot is a 1 foot x 1 foot in size.
There are 43560 sq ft in 1 acre. (1 acre = 0.404686 hectare)

It is common for people to talk about the size of their house in square feet, for example: “Our home is 10,000 sq ft.” People also talk about how big the lot of land they live on is by using the term acre, for example: “We live on 1.5 acres.”

Liquids and drinks:
Liquid are usually measured differently than items that are solid (weight is usually used to measure solid items). A lot of food items are sold as liquids, which is where you will most commonly see these measurements.

Just to make things extra tricky, the US and Great Britain use different amounts for measurements with the same names! There are ‘US pints’ and ‘Imperial pints’ for example and these two are not the same amount. Here I give the US measurements.

There are 16 fluid ounces in 1 cup. (1 cup = 0.24 liters)
There are 2 cups in 1 pint. (1 pint = 0.4 liters)
There are 2 pints in 1 quart. (1 quart = 0.94 liters)
There are 4 quarts in 1 gallon. (1 gallon = 3.7 liters)

As I mentioned before these measurements most commonly come up when talking about food and drinks. For example, you might order “a pint of beer” at the bar or buy “a gallon of milk” at the grocery store.

I hope this look into the British and American ways of measuring was helpful. If you have any questions please post them below as a comment.