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Archive for March, 2013

“What’s up?” and other expressions using the word ‘up’ Posted by on Mar 28, 2013

What’s up? Feel like learning more ways to us the word ‘up’ in English?  Well you have come to the right place!  Today we are going to give it up for this amazing two-letter word that just pops up all over the place in English. You couldn’t ask for a more versatile word than up…

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Formal and Informal Phone Calls Posted by on Mar 27, 2013

People spend a lot of time talking on the phone. Phone calls will be different depending on the situation. For example, a group of friends will use different language on the phone than business associates. Watch two phone conversations to learn how to use both formal and informal English on the phone. Here are the scripts…

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A crock-pot? What kind of pot is that? Posted by on Mar 26, 2013

Have you ever heard of a crock-pot?  How about a slow cooker?  Well, luckily for you they are the same thing so if I tell you what one is you’ll know what both are! Crock-pot is the brand name (or common name) for a device that is called a slow cooker.  A slow cooker is…

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Emphatic expression you really need to know! Posted by on Mar 21, 2013

An emphatic expression is one that is said with emphasis and stress to indicate importance.  This type of expression is used to show you have strong feelings about what you are saying.  Often emphatic expressions that are written have an exclamation point (!) at the end of the sentence. While spoken emphatic phrases have stress…

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Saint Patrick’s Day and Irish sayings Posted by on Mar 17, 2013

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone!  Today is the Irish, Irish-American, and Irish-at-heart holiday that celebrates the patron saint of Ireland: Saint Patrick.  Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, which is why he is the country’s patron or national saint. This holiday, which has its origins in Christianity as a religious holiday…

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Popcorn Lover’s Day is today! Posted by on Mar 14, 2013

Yes, there really is a day of the year that is set aside to celebrate popcorn and the love of this light crunchy snack and that day is today! So, if you are in the mood for something crunchy that is salty or sweet you are in luck because that is what we will be…

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Let’s warm this house with “a housewarming” Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

This past weekend I went to a friend’s housewarming party. In this post I wanted to introduce you to this expression as well as American traditions around housewarmings. First of all, let me define this word for you. housewarming (n): a party celebrating a move to a new home ‘A housewarming’ or ‘a housewarming…

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