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“Then” vs. “than” Posted by on May 31, 2012

‘Then‘ and ‘than‘, these two words in English cause a lot of confusion for a lot of people, myself included!  People often misuse them in writing (myself included!) and so I thought I would go over the difference between the two words today and see if I can’t come up with a good way for…

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Vegetable Words in English Posted by on May 30, 2012

Last week we had a post about fruit vocabulary words. Some of you even told us about your favourite fruits. In this post, we will look at some vegetable vocabulary words. This is handy because quite often the two will go together in conversation. Vegetable Vocabulary Words artichoke asparagus aubergine/egg plant beans broccoli (white) cabbage…

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John F. Kennedy Posted by on May 29, 2012

Today, May 29th, is the birthday of a very famous former American president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who is often referred to as JFK.  JFK was born in 1917, became president in 1961, and died on November 22, 1963.  JFK remains the youngest person to be elected president, he was elected at the age of…

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Memorial Day Posted by on May 28, 2012

Today is Memorial Day in the United States.  Memorial Day is a holiday that is observed every year in the USA on the last Monday of May. This is a major federal holiday, which means that all government workers as well as most other people have the day off from work, leading to all…

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Graduation Traditions Posted by on May 27, 2012

It is college graduation season in the United States.  (High school graduation season will be coming up in June.)  As many of you already know, graduation is the ceremony associated with receiving an academic degree.  In a previous post I spoke about the various college degrees that are conferred* in the United States, which you…

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English Fruit Words: Do You Know These Fruits? Posted by on May 26, 2012

tropical fruit

Happy Saturday everyone!I don’t know what the weather is like where you are but here in the Netherlands it is hot and sunny – the perfect type of weather, in my opinion, to eat some fresh fruit. And since I have fruit on the brain, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to provide…

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What is prom? Posted by on May 25, 2012

In the United States, and parts of Canada, a prom* is a formal dance for high school students held a few weeks before high school graduation (usually around this time of year).  Proms are often a major event among high school students and a cultural even most Americans have experienced in their life.  Proms…

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