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Amazing Athletes Posted by on Jul 31, 2012

Every four years people all over the globe* turn their eyes to watch the best of the best that the world has to offer in terms of athletes.  Among all of these amazing athletes there are always some world favorites, favorites for both amazing performances but also because of heartbreaking disappointment or good sportsmanship.  We…

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Exploring the Olympics using your English Posted by on Jul 30, 2012

If you can’t attend the Olympics (like most people) there still are many ways to feel like you are there: by watching the Games on TV, reading about the Games, and exploring information online about the 2012 Games.  Today I have an activity for you related to the Olympics and a way to practice…

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How to make Key Lime Pie Posted by on Jul 29, 2012

Key Lime Pie Recipe Pie crust: 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup white granulated sugar 4 tablespoons of butter melted Mix together in a bowl then mold into a pie tin. Pie filling: 3 egg yolks 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup key lime juice Mix together and…

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Olympic Volleyball Posted by on Jul 28, 2012

There are two different types of volleyball played in the Olympics: ‘beach volleyball’ and ‘indoor volleyball’.  Many in the United States are watching the women’s beach volleyball team very closely these Olympic Games because of the women who are playing.  The USA women’s beach volleyball team of Misty May and Kerri Walsh (often just…

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The 2012 Olympic Games Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

Tonight I, like many others around the world, will be watching the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.  The Olympics are such an amazing feat* of world unity and sportsmanship, it is hard to not get excited just thinking about it!  I hope many of you will be able to enjoy these games, rooting for**…

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Turn, turn, turn Posted by on Jul 26, 2012

There is a song in English by the band The Byrds that begins like this… “To everything – turn, turn, turn There is a season – turn, turn, turn” While listening to this song recently I started thinking about how many different ways the word ‘turn’ is used in English.  When I looked up this…

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What is a booby trap? Posted by on Jul 23, 2012

The phrase ‘booby trap’ has been in the news in the United States a lot lately (click here to view a news report where the phrase booby trap is used in context) so I would like to explain what this phrase means and the origin of these words.  First of all this noun phrase is…

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