Monthly Archives: November 2009

Giving Thanks

Thursday is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. We’ve already talked a lot about Thanksgiving in the podcast and on the blog.  Listen to ESL Podcast #91 and English Cafe #60 for more details about how Americans celebrate this … Continue reading

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What Does Swine Flu Have to Do with Neckties?

You probably already know about the H1N1 virus, also called the swine flu virus. The word swine refers to pigs, which scientists believe are the origin of this particular influenza or flu virus. Although pharmaceutical (drug-making) companies have developed a … Continue reading

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Mexican Coke

As some of you may already know, I spent some time in Mexico during the late 1980s (it’s scary (frightening, surprising) for me to think that that was more than 20 years ago!). As a young man in my 20s, … Continue reading

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50 Questions

A teacher, Robert, just sent me a link to something called 50 Questions, which is a website where you are asked to answer 50 questions about yourself and what you are doing (or have done recently).  I’m not sure what … Continue reading

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Poll: How Do You Get Your News?

It wasn’t long ago that the main sources of news were the daily newspaper and the daily television news broadcast (show).  Things have changed, and both newspapers and television news continue to lose readers and viewers as more and more … Continue reading

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