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Washington DC Video Tour Posted by on Nov 28, 2014

While I’m sure you all enjoyed reading about the capital city of the USA last week, you’d probably like to see a bit more of Washington, D.C. See what you can do on a half-day walking tour of the National Mall in this short video. Featuring the US Capitol, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln…

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Happy Thanksgiving: Let’s give thanks for the American Cranberry Posted by on Nov 27, 2014

robot reating craisins

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Instead of writing specifically about this holiday, I am going to write about a very American fruit that is customarily eaten on this day. I’m talking about the cranberry. If you don’t know what a cranberry is, you need to read this post; if…

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November Numbers: What are ‘empty numbers’ in English? Posted by on Nov 25, 2014

empty numbers

This is the last post in a series of four posts that have looked at numbers in English. So far we have looked at some special numbers (i.e. the number 7), different names for certain numbers, and tips for remembering how to use ordinal numbers and spell some tricky numbers. Now, we are going to…

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Great American Cities – Washington, D.C. Posted by on Nov 21, 2014

As promised, we’re going to start exploring some “Great American Cities” here after finishing up a long series on the national parks. It makes sense to start with the capital, so our journey around America will begin in Washington, D.C. Name: The city was named after the first American president, George Washington. The “D.C” part…

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Let’s go ‘down under’ and learn some Kiwi-English slang Posted by on Nov 20, 2014

A Kiwi bird from New Zealand.

Many English language learners travel to countries like Australia or New Zealand to learn English rather than traveling to England or America and so I thought it was time we looked at some slang from one of these countries from “down under.” First of all let me tell you about the term ‘down under’, this…

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November Numbers: English numbers know-how and tips Posted by on Nov 18, 2014

Today I have some tips for you for tricky aspects of numbers in English. I want to start by looking at English ordinal numbers. Ordinal numbers are the numbers we use to talk about something’s position, such as first place, second place or third place, in a competition. You might have noticed that ordinal numbers…

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Check out some advice on how to learn a new language from trained translators Posted by on Nov 13, 2014

TED conference presentation.

The slogan for the Technology Education and Design (TED) organization is, “Ideas worth spreading.” Well, I have some great ideas for you about language learning from TED – and these ideas are definitely worth spreading! First let me tell you a little bit about the TED organization, which is really a great resource for you…

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