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New York City Video Tour Posted by on Dec 31, 2014

Check out the “Streets, Beats & Eats” of America’s most famous city – New York – in this short travel video. See famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Central Park, check out some cool artwork on the High Line, munch on New York classics like bagels and pastrami sandwiches, and catch plenty…

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Using the diminutive in English Posted by on Dec 30, 2014

Many languages have a special way to talk about things (usually people) with tenderness, love, endearment, or familiarity – this is usually referred to linguistically  as the “diminutive.” A diminutive form of a word implies that something is small, cute, loved, or special.  It is often used when referring to children, but as I already…

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Recipe for Eggnog in English: A Christmas time tradition. Posted by on Dec 25, 2014

Eggnog for sale.

It is Christmas today – Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates! If you are in the United States around Christmas you are very likely to drink the traditional drink of eggnog this time of year. So today, let’s raise our glasses and enjoy this holiday with a toast to eggnog! Eggnog is a traditional drink…

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Great American Cities – New York Posted by on Dec 24, 2014

From the capital of Washington, D.C., we now head to what is perhaps the most famous city in all of the United States – New York. Name: In 1664, when the Dutch surrendered the area to the English, the city was named New York after the Duke of York. It is officially named New York…

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Christmas decorations in America Posted by on Dec 23, 2014

Christmas stockings.

Christmas time is now upon us! The holiday of Christmas means many different things to many different people, but one thing is sure, if you celebrate Christmas you are likely to have Christmas decorations in your home this time of year. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, if you are in the United States, you…

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Commonly misunderstood words in English Posted by on Dec 18, 2014

Take a look at this great infographic from Gammar.net. This is a wonderful list of 10 very commonly misunderstood words in English. To help you better understand these words I have used all the words from this infographic in sentences below, in order to put them in context. 1. The enormity of the villain in…

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Yosemite National Park: The Granddaddy of all Parks Posted by on Dec 16, 2014

A Yosemite waterfall.

I recently spent some time in Yosemite National Park and I want to share this beautiful place with you! Before I share more pictures with you, let me tell you more about this park. Yosemite National Park is located in the state of California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Yosemite is 747,956 acres (3,026.87 km2) in…

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