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Archive for May, 2014

Canyonlands National Park Video Tour Posted by on May 30, 2014

It’s been a while since our last post on American National Parks, but our journey finally continues with an awesome video tour through Canyonlands National Park in SE Utah. This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, and I’d highly recommend you check it out if you have the chance! Enjoy the…

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Take your free English language proficiency test now! Posted by on May 29, 2014

Have you checked out Transparent Language’s FREE English Language proficiency test yet? No. Well, what is stopping you? This free test is based on standard English vocabulary and grammar that is taught to English language learners around the world. So no matter where you are studying English, this is a test that you can access…

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Top English “apple” idioms and phrases Posted by on May 27, 2014

In a post last week, I introduced you to the American legend of Johnny Appleseed. Today I want to piggyback* off that post and introduce you to some great expressions in English that have the word “apple” in them. Apples are not only healthy and delicious, but they are also a culturally important food in…

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Legend and folklore: Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox Posted by on May 22, 2014

Here is another story about an American legend…   Paul Bunyan is America character who is famous in folklore. The character Paul Bunyan, and stories about who he is, were first told among lumberjacks* in the Northeastern part of the United States and Canada. The first printed story about him was published in the state…

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Legend and folklore: Johnny Appleseed one of America’s best Posted by on May 20, 2014

This week (in this post and my next one later this week) I am going to introduce you to a few American legends. Today, I have a story and history lesson for you about, Johnny Appleseed. Johnny Appleseed was a real man who made a difference in America when it was a new country.  The…

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How to be perfect – using the perfect tenses Posted by on May 15, 2014

Time for a grammar lesson! Let’s take a look at the perfect tenses. (If you want to know a little more about the picture above watch this commercial about The Most Interesting Man in the World!) Now back to grammar, the most interesting topic in English! There are three “perfect tenses” in English. No, this…

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Metaphors and similes Posted by on May 13, 2014

Check out this overview of metaphors and similes by Grammar.net. Learning to use metaphors and similes is a great way to make your written and spoken language more interesting, but first you have to know what these are and what the difference is between the two. First you should know; a simile is a metaphor…

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