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Archive for January, 2014

America’s most (and least) popular names. Posted by on Jan 30, 2014

Learning how to tell someone your name, “Hello. My name is ______________”, is often one of the first lessons people learn in English. This lesson is followed quickly by learning how to ask someone else what their name is, “What is your name?” Obviously names are very important. They are part of who we are…

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Kismet and its synonyms. Posted by on Jan 28, 2014

Kismet is not a word you hear everyday in English, even though it is a great word, and I think once you learn it you will like it as much as I do! I love the way it sounds (take a listen here). If you use this word with a native English speaker (or your…

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Good luck! Posted by on Jan 24, 2014

There are many ways to say ‘good luck’ in English and there are many good luck charms* in the English-speaking world as well. Today we are going to look at both of these good luck sayings and charms. First I’ll review a number of ways to wish someone good luck, then I’ll present some different…

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What do you think American like to eat the most? (Video) Posted by on Jan 23, 2014

Today I have a video for you about some popular American foods. Can you guess what they are? Watch this video to find out and be sure to leave room for dessert!

Why are English words so hard to read and spell? Posted by on Jan 21, 2014

Do you have trouble with your spelling in English, don’t worry you are not alone. Read on to find out more about why spelling is so difficult in English. I have read that English has 1,100 different ways to write the 44 different sounds made by the 26 letters in the English alphabet. That is…

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Netiquette Posted by on Jan 16, 2014

What is netiquette? Netiquette is the etiquette for using technology related to the Internet, which governs what is socially acceptable or not.  This word is a combination of the words net + etiquette = netiquette. There are many aspects of netiquette we could talk about, such as, not sitting too long at a public…

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One word, two meanings: Differences between British and American English Posted by on Jan 14, 2014

If you want to learn about vocabulary differences between British and American English this is the post for you! I have written about differences in British and American English in previous posts, but I recently came across another great review of some vocabulary differences between British and American English I wanted to share with…

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