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Archive for September, 2015

Sorry, can you repeat that? Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

Have you ever had to ask someone to repeat him or herself because you didn’t understand them? Of course you have! We all have had to do this at times, but it is particularly common for ESL speakers, particularly while you are still a beginner at speaking English. Needing to ask a speaker to repeat…

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Fare thee Well: GD50 Highlights Posted by on Sep 24, 2015

Over the 4th of July weekend, 70,000+ fans descended on the city of Chicago to bid “Fare thee Well” to the Grateful Dead, one of the most famous bands in rock & roll history. Check out some highlights from the lot and the show in this short video.

The Oxford Comma Posted by on Sep 22, 2015

Commas are used in a number of different ways in written English; one of those ways is separating items in a list or series. For example: I have two cats, three fish, and one dog. When a common is used in this way it is called a serial comma. The last comma in this sentence…

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50 Years of the Grateful Dead Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Grateful Dead, one of the most famous bands in rock & roll history. Beyond their music, the band has also had a huge cultural impact over the half century since they formed. Over the 4th of July weekend, over 70,000 fans gathered in Chicago…

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English for going to the library Posted by on Sep 17, 2015

A library is a building or room that contains a collection of books, magazines (which are also called periodicals), films, music, and other materials that people can look at or borrow for free. In fact, libraries are great places to go to practice learning a language – there are so many free materials for you…

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Catching the school bus Posted by on Sep 8, 2015

It is the time of year in the United States when children, adolescents, and some adults are headed back to school.  In honor of this ‘back to school’ time of year we are going to take a look at an iconic part of going to school as an American – riding a big yellow school…

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Hurricane Katrina Retrospective Posted by on Sep 1, 2015

In the United States, the city of New Orleans is commemorating (both celebrating and mourning) the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; a natural disaster that devastated this city and the surrounding towns of the American Gulf Coast. The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has been in the news a lot in the United States. Over…

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