Category Archives: Language & Terms

How to Cross the Street (in English)

Yes, you already know how to cross the street. You don’t need an English lesson for that. But what about understanding the language on a crosswalk sign? Watch the short video explanation below. It could save your life someday! Jeff … Continue reading

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Thick as Thieves

When I was growing up, my best friend was Marlene. We became friends in the third grade when we were about 10 years old. We hung around (spent free time) with each other all the time. In fact, we were practically … Continue reading

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You Think You’re a Genius? Ditto.

You will sometimes hear Americans use the word “ditto” in a conversation. Ditto is used as a response to what someone else has said to mean “That is true for me, too” or “The same with me,” as in: Edmund: … Continue reading

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Are You a Pig, Owl, Beaver, or Clam?

Animals and people have a lot in common, if language is any indicator (something that shows the current state or level of something). We compare people to animals all the time, whether it’s because of their appearance (how they look), … Continue reading

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A Rock versus a Stone: A One-Minute Video Lesson

Here’s a one-minute video lesson on the difference between a rock and a stone in English. Enjoy! -Jeff  

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Color or Colour? Spelling as a Political Act

If you’re an English learner, you may be annoyed  at (bothered by) the differences in spelling in American English and British English. We Americans use “color” and the British use “colour.” We write “realize” and they write “realise.” You might think … Continue reading

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Things That Stick Out

“Stick out” is an interesting little expression. It describes something that is easy to see, or is noticeable, because it comes out farther than the rest. For example, “He’s so tall that he sticks out in a crowd (large group … Continue reading

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English is a Four-Letter Word

When someone in the U.S. uses the term “four-letter word,” they are referring to those words in English that are considered “obscene” or “vulgar”  – that is, bad language that you would not say in front of your mother, your teacher, or … Continue reading

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It’s All About “I”

Have you ever wondered why some words in English are capitalized (in big letters; type of letters at the beginning of sentences) and some words are not? Lucy has written about this topic before (see a couple of interesting posts here … Continue reading

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The Word Of The Year Is . . .

. . . is surreal. In the early 1800s, Noah Webster wrote the first American dictionary to show how American English is different than British English. His dictionary, now called Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is probably the most-used American English dictionary. Most … Continue reading

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