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Halloween Costumes Posted by on Oct 31, 2012

Happy Halloween everyone! Dressing up in costumes and going around to from house-to-house asking for treats or playing tricks on people on Halloween was common in Ireland and Scotland as early as the 1800s.  This tradition became popular in the United States in the early 1900s and by 1930 the first mass-produced* Halloween costumes were…

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Pumpkin carving time! (Video) Posted by on Oct 30, 2012

It is the day before Halloween!  This makes today the perfect day to carve* a pumpkin into a jack o’ lanterns (also written jack-o’-lantern).  Here is a video about how to do this.  Remember a jack o’ lantern is just a special name for a carved pumpkin.  Enjoy! *to carve = to cut with a…

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Halloween decorations: A tissue paper ghost (Video) Posted by on Oct 29, 2012

What is Halloween? Posted by on Oct 28, 2012

This coming Wednesday is the holiday of Halloween.  This is a holiday of Western-European origin and American fame, now spread around the world thanks to globalization and commercialism. I bet you have heard of this holiday, but I wonder if you know its origin.  Today I am going to write some about the origin…

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What’s that on your head? Posted by on Oct 25, 2012

There are so many things you can wear on your head – other than just hair!  (Side note: In English we don’t usually say that a person “wears” hair on their head, it is better to say a person “has” hair on their head.)  This post is all about the different types of things people…

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My Hometown (Video) Posted by on Oct 23, 2012

When you learn English, one of the first things you’ll need to talk about is where you come from. Talking about your hometown is good for making small talk, and it’s something you will do many times in your life. To help you in your English studies, here’s a video about my hometown of Detroit…

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Kitchen utensil vocabulary and practice Posted by on Oct 22, 2012

Yesterday I presented a video that showed you my kitchen and introduced you to some kitchen related vocabulary.  Today as a follow-up and vocabulary builder I have a few exercises for you based around kitchen vocabulary .  These exercises focus on kitchen utensils and are at an intermediate to advanced level.  A few of the…

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