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Speaking of Walls Posted by on Jan 9, 2019

We’re hearing a lot about walls these days. The President of the US wants one built along the southern border with Mexico, Congress doesn’t. Some days they substitute the word fence, but the meaning doesn’t change very much.  It may be the single most controversial topic in the English-speaking world right now. Walls have also…

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English Superlatives Posted by on Jan 3, 2019

Pictured: The Grand Canyon. But, really, it’s the grandest canyon, don’t you think? In English, if you want to describe something, you use an adjective. There essentially are three types of adjectives – simple, comparative, and superlative. The most basic examples would be big, bigger, biggest. I ate a big sandwich, my sister ate a…

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End of the year vocab Posted by on Dec 31, 2018

Good evening, dear readers! How was everybody’s Christmas? And what about you plans for New Year’s Eve? With all of these December festivities, how about we cover some end-of-the-year related words so you can practice while you celebrate? december Christmas is celebrated on December 25th january People say that January 1rst is international hangover day!…

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Top English Blog Posts of 2018 Posted by on Dec 27, 2018

We have arrived at the end of another year. It is traditional to look back and reflect on what was on our minds over the preceding 12 months and to see which blogs got your attention. After all, we write these pieces for you, to help you understand our language and the culture in which…

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An Appalachian Christmas Posted by on Dec 20, 2018

One of the most distinctive and interesting cultural regions of the United States is Appalachia. It stretches southwest from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the Smoky Mountains which border Tennessee and North Carolina. This snow-capped, evergreen-filled area is the living embodiment of an American Christmas card. Because Appalachia is overwhelmingly Christian in its…

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