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Archive for February, 2014

Quick, make a wish! Posted by on Feb 27, 2014

Quick, if you could make one wish, right now, what would it be? We all have wishes we hope come true, but where do you turn to make your wishes? Here are some traditions that Americans have about making wishes. Make a wish… On a shooting star. American’s often make a wish when they see…

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Southerner sayings: American expression you might hear in the South Posted by on Feb 25, 2014

The American South in red. All around the United States, Americans speak in different local dialects, with slightly different pronunciation, accents, with different sayings or idioms. (Check out this other post I have written on American dialects.). A Southern accent or dialect is one of the most common dialects you will come across in…

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First Rule of Learning English… Posted by on Feb 21, 2014

I know many ESL learners get frustrated by English grammar, spelling, and pronunciation rules because it often seems like there are no rules or at least the rules are often broken. If you ever feel this way then the picture above probably sounds about right to you. This picture, and a similar saying, is taken…

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Where can I hear more English online? Posted by on Feb 20, 2014

If you are like most ESL learners you want to hear more English spoken by native English speakers.  The question is where can you go to do this? No need to wonder any longer, I have put together a list of great websites for you to listen to English online from anywhere you are in…

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Musical idioms Posted by on Feb 18, 2014

Take a look at this list of English idioms created by Grammar.net that are all music related.  To help you learn these knew phrases I am going to define all of these idioms below (using a little more information than what is in the definitions in the picture above; keep in mind both definitions –…

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For Valentine’s Day let’s learn some new love words in English. Posted by on Feb 13, 2014

Valentine’s Day, the day of love, is quickly approaching (it is tomorrow), so it is time to get ready! You might want to check out these two previous posts (1 and 2) that I have written about this holiday. Then read on to learn some new words that you can use to refer to the…

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Athletes to watch in the Winter Olympics Posted by on Feb 11, 2014

With the Winter Olympics now underway what athletes are you watching?  Who are you hoping will win gold?  Today I’m going to introduce you to a number of American athletes that have a lot of fans here in the United States.  You may want to keep an eye out for these athletes and see how…

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