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Archive for March, 2012

Language Learning: You Can Always Learn Something New Posted by on Mar 31, 2012

Just when you think you have gotten a language straight in your mind, it goes and throws you a curve ball. This is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago. Despite being a native English speaker and even having studied and taught the language, I am still learning things on a regular basis…

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Everglades National Park Posted by on Mar 30, 2012

Everglades National Park is located in the state of Florida. This park was established in 1934 to protect the quickly vanishing Everglades region.  This national park protects much of what is left of the subtropical wetlands, the Everglades, that are left in Florida.  Everglades National Park is the third-largest national park in the contiguous  48…

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Foreign Words in English (Part II) Posted by on Mar 29, 2012

Earlier this month I started a series of posts that will look at a number of different foreign words that are commonly used in English.  Here is a funny quote that speaks to how the English language is often borrowing or taking words and grammar from other languages. “English doesn’t borrow from other languages. English…

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Child’s Play: Mud Pies and Rock Sandwiches Posted by on Mar 28, 2012

One of my favourite childhood memories is sitting outside our house on the steps with a pile of rocks, a bottle of bubbles and a handful of leaves. I don’t remember quite how old I was but I do remember that I was on a mission and a very important one at that. I was…

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New York City Has Five Boroughs Posted by on Mar 27, 2012

To round out* the previous two posts I have written this week about New York City I thought today I would introduce you to the five neighborhoods, called boroughs, that make up New York City.  Each of these neighborhoods has it’s own flavor and character.  Often New Yorkers are very proud of which borough they…

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How to Talk (I Mean “Tawlk”) Like a New Yorker Posted by on Mar 26, 2012

In yesterday’s post I presented a video on how to take a cab in New York City.  In writing that post I started to think about the New York City accent and so today I’m going to give you some pointers on how to pronounce this accent, but hopefully these pointers will also help you…

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How to Take a Cab in New York City Posted by on Mar 25, 2012

New York City is a favorite tourist destination for Americans and foreign tourists alike.  In fact around 47 million tourists visit this city each year!  If you plan on visiting New York City (NYC) you will likely be taking a cab (or taxi) at least a few times during your stay in the city.  Most…

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