Category Archives: Life in the United States

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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The World Series is Here – Play Ball!

Today is the first game of this year’s Major League Baseball World Series. The best two baseball teams of 2017 play to determine the champion (winner) this year. My favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is in the series for … Continue reading

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No Room for a Park? Build a Parklet.

Here I am on Saturday afternoon enjoying my coffee. I’m not sitting outside of a cafe. I’m sitting at a parklet in Santa Monica. You know what a park is: it’s a green space with trees where people can go … Continue reading

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Cocaine for Babies

I feel bad for parents dealing with teething babies (babies with growing teeth). It seems nothing can soothe (calm and quiet) them when they have a toothache (pain in the tooth). But if you were a parent in the U.S. … Continue reading

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