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Using cards to negotiate in English Posted by on Jan 31, 2022

Everyone’s got their guilty pleasures and I have to admit that lately I have been super into binging legal dramas like Better Call Saul or Suits. One thing that caught my attention while watching (besides thinking how miserable I would be if I were a lawyer) is the amount of idioms related to playing cards…

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Let’s Talk About a Stick Posted by on Jan 6, 2022

Stick is an English word that can be both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it can be, as the image above implies, a dog’s toy that was once a part of a tree. It can also be another name for a billiard cue, a golf club, a baseball bat, a car’s gear…

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The English Language Blogs of 2021, Part 2 Posted by on Dec 30, 2021

We’re going to continue our wander through memory lane, reviewing the ten most engaging and popular English language blogs of 2021. The list is based on your response to them. These were the blogs that were opened the most, clicked on, and commented upon. Today, we’re counting down the top five. You can find the…

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Looking Back on the Blogs of 2021, Part 1 Posted by on Dec 23, 2021

I’m sure that I don’t have to spend any time describing the past year. We’ve all lived it. Congratulations on that, by the way. Just surviving this year has been an accomplishment, as it was for 2020. But, I’m not here to talk about politics, science, or economics. The purpose of this blog is to…

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English Language Phrases with Straw Posted by on Oct 21, 2021

October always makes me think of scarecrows, those human-shaped figures usually made of straw placed on open fields to discourage birds from feeding on newly sown seeds. They make for popular Halloween costumes, and they often find their way into horror movies. Straw is really the dried remains of harvested crops, like wheat or oats…

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Learning English pays off Posted by on Sep 30, 2021

What’s up, guys?  As I was working on our previous post about money problems, it came to mind how the phrase to pay off has another possible use, not money-related, but which is also equally relevant. Then I was reading on Olympic mascots later this week and the article mentions how those lovely creatures pay…

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The Many Ways to Say, “Let’s Eat!” in English Posted by on Sep 16, 2021

When it’s time to eat, what do you say? Letting family, friends, roommates, and anyone else know that a meal is ready may be one of the most common things we do every day. Granted, many of us eat alone. But, assuming that you want to share a meal with someone, that announcement is pretty…

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