Category Archives: Life in the United States

Honking in Los Angeles

Every city has particular characteristics that shape (change) the people who live there. It may be the size of the city, the culture of the city, the geography (where things are) of the city, the history of the city – all … Continue reading

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My Life in English: Communicating with My Father

  There’s a special connection – we would call it a special bond – between a young boy and his father, just as there often is between a young girl and her mother. In my family, the bond that my … Continue reading

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I Love Winter. I Hate Winter.

Two things for you today: First, last week, we announced our new Unlimited English Membership. We’ve had a great response and good feedback from our new members. Thank you for your support! If you haven’t already checked it out, get … Continue reading

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The Shadow Wolves are on the Hunt

As in other countries, smuggling and trafficking are both serious problems in the United States. Smuggling is the crime of bringing something into or out of  a country illegally (against the law). Trafficking is the selling or trading of things illegally. … Continue reading

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Welcoming 2018

A new year means new plans and new resolutions (promises to yourself to do better). Here are a few words from Benjamin Franklin to inspire you (make you feel you want to do something). (We talked about him in Cultural English … Continue reading

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Christmas: Outlawed!

Nowadays (Currently; These days), Christmas is celebrated by many Americans, whether they are Christian or not. However, that wasn’t always so (true). The first Europeans to settle (move to and make it their home) in what is the United States … Continue reading

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Californians Speaking Russian Instead of English?

Today, Alaska is the U.S.’s largest state by area (in square miles). But did you know that before 1867, Alaska belonged to Russia? In 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia and it became our 49th state in 1959. But before 1800, Russia … Continue reading

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10 Things On My Music Player

In no particular (special) order, here are 10 songs on the Music app of my phone: On a Sunday Afternoon by Lighter Shade of Brown – A student of mine introduced this rap song to me way back (all the … Continue reading

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My Thanksgiving Dinner, 2017

1. Here’s the turkey I cooked for Thanksgiving – ready to go into the oven! 2. Now you see the turkey 2.5 hours later – ready to go into my mouth! 3. After the turkey, there is of course pumpkin … Continue reading

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…No, It’s a Giant Hello Kitty?!

This Thursday is Thanksgiving, and an American tradition on Thanksgiving is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (see Cultural English 60). Macy’s is a chain (business with many locations) of department stores in the U.S., selling anything from clothing and cosmetics to … Continue reading

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