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Archive for January, 2021

Have a perfect future with the future perfect Posted by on Jan 29, 2021

Good morning, dear readers! January is drawing to an end and many of the questions and uncertainties from the previous year still haven’t been answered. My favorite discussion topic for this month, New Year’s Resolutions, ended up falling flat, as none of my friends or students were really eager to make any plans for the…

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English Idioms and Expressions about Art Posted by on Jan 28, 2021

In English, we have many idioms and expressions that reference art.  Perhaps because art is such a personal thing, producing emotional responses, we strive to find ways to express how it makes us feel and how to define it. I’m sure that the very word art means something different to everyone. “Life is sometimes hard…

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The Hill We Climb Posted by on Jan 21, 2021

If you are studying the English language, you could not find a better example of its power than Amanda Gorman’s poem performed at the inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden. The Hill We Climb is filled with rich imagery and figurative allusions from culture, history, and the Bible. Gorman was writing her poem for the…

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The Story of Scrabble Posted by on Jan 18, 2021

Chances are, you’ve played Scrabble. You know the 15×15 square board, with its 225 squares designed to accommodate 100 wooden tile pieces. 98 of the tiles are marked with a letter and the value of that letter in the lower-left corner. The remaining two wooden tiles are blank on both sides. The value of each…

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What is the White House Cabinet? Posted by on Jan 11, 2021

You’ve probably been reading about the White House Cabinet. But, what, exactly, is it? The President of the United States is the head of the Executive Branch of the government. He is therefore often referred to as the country’s Chief Executive. When a new president is elected, the search immediately begins for people to run…

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