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Let’s ring in the New Year with idioms using the word ‘new’ Posted by on Dec 31, 2013

Another year is almost upon us, tomorrow is the first day of 2014! To help us ring in the New Year, today I am going to present some English idioms/expressions with the word “new” in them. First though, let me tell you about the expression “ring in the new year.” The expression ‘ring in the…

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Bryce Canyon National Park Posted by on Dec 27, 2013

We’re sticking in Utah for the next couple of posts about national parks in the USA. Check out our post on Zion if you missed it last month. Name:  Bryce Canyon Year Established:  1928 Location:  Southwestern Utah Season:  Open year-round 24 hours a day except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Cost: …

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English word of the year: Selfie Posted by on Dec 26, 2013

The Oxford Dictionaries has announced the English word of the year for 2013. It is ‘selfie’. So, what is a ‘selfie’?  Well this “new” word is a shortened form of the word ‘self-portrait.’  Selfie is a word specific to our time in history when social media, cameras, phones (and camera phones), and sharing everything with…

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Grandma got run over by a reindeer! Posted by on Dec 24, 2013

Today is Christmas Eve, which is the day before Christmas. Christmas is a holiday celebrated around the world by Christians. The last post I wrote was about Santa Claus and some other Christmas characters associated with this holiday in the United States.  Today I have a silly Christmas song about Santa Claus and his reindeer…

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Zion National Park Video (Part One) Posted by on Dec 23, 2013

Located in southwest Utah, Zion National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the USA. In part one of our video tour, check out the scenic drive there from the Grand Canyon, eat in a local saloon, see the campground and lodge, explore the visitor’s center and museum, and hike the Watchman Trail…

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Santa Claus, elves, and reindeer! Posted by on Dec 20, 2013

As the Christmas holiday quickly approaches (Christmas is on December 25th) I thought I’d take some time to write about an iconic figure at Christmas time: Santa Claus. I am also including information about some other characters associated with Santa Claus. Enjoy! Santa Claus – A legendary and historical figure in western cultures, who is…

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The other names for the days of the week Posted by on Dec 19, 2013

I’m sure you learned the names of the days of the week in English very early on in your first English class, so I hope you know them well by now. Today I have a more advanced lesson on the days of the week in English. Today we will look at the days of the…

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