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Archive for July, 2014

American city names. Posted by on Jul 31, 2014

Most cities in the United States have nicknames, you are probably familiar with a few of these already, like New York City’s nickname, ‘The Big Apple.’  Nicknames are a familiar and sometimes funny way of referring to something (or someone). Below I have listed 12 American cities and their nicknames.  For fun, you have to…

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Rocky Mountain National Park Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

Name:  Rocky Mountain National Park Year Established: 1915 Location: Colorado, USA Season: Open year-round. Visitor Center hours vary by season. Cost: $20 for private vehicle, $10 for motorcycles, cyclists and hikers (good for 7 days) Accommodation:  There are only a few campgrounds inside the park. Nearby communities offer guest houses and hotels. Brief Description: Rocky Mountain National Park has elevations…

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English vocabulary for time, history, and eras. Posted by on Jul 28, 2014

We divide time up in many ways, for example: seconds minutes (60 seconds = 1 minute) hours (60 minutes = 1 hour) days months (28-31 days = 1 month) years (12 months = 1 year) decades (1 decade = 10 years) centuries (1 century = 100 years) This type of vocabulary for talking about…

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Doctor, doctor give the news in English. Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

There is a song in English that goes like this: “Doctor, doctor give me the news I’ve got a bad case of lovin’ you No pill’s gonna cure my ill I’ve got a bad case of lovin’ you” I think this song about doctors is a good introduction for us to look at the different…

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Redundant words in English – time to cut them out. Posted by on Jul 22, 2014

Redundant words are words that are extra, not needed, and/or repetitive. Sometimes people use redundant words to emphasize a point or to try and make what they are saying seem stronger or clearer, but usually redundant words do exactly the opposite. Redundant words often make a person look like they don’t know what they are…

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When to use capital letters in English. Posted by on Jul 17, 2014

Take a look at these rules for capitalizing words in English from Grammer.net. You’ll see here that for most of the rules that are presented, there are also exceptions or additions to the rules. It is good to know not only these general rules, but also how to use them in context, i.e. the exceptions and…

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There are signs everywhere in English! Posted by on Jul 15, 2014

There is song in English with a chorus that goes like this: Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
, Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind, 
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign? This song is very fitting because today’s post is about signs in English, signs that you will see on the…

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