Category Archives: Life in the United States

Football, American (English) Style

The American football season (time of year) started a few weeks ago. Americans don’t call it “American football,” of course – it’s just football. That other sport the rest of the world calls “football” is known as “soccer” in the … Continue reading

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Absentee Ballots and Voting By Mail

This is an important year in the U.S., an election year. An election is an event that allows people of a country, state, or city to officially choose their government officials. This year is especially important because it is a … Continue reading

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Labor Day

Yesterday was Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day is a federal (national) holiday that honors (shows respect to or celebrates) workers. “Labor” is another word for work, especially hard, physical work. How did Labor Day get started in … Continue reading

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What Do Bears and Bulls Have to Do with the Stock Market?

Many Americans are invested in (have money in) the stock market, especially for their retirement (when they stop working). A stock is part-ownership in a company. A stock market is a place where you can buy and sell stocks. Companies … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday, Women’s Suffrage!

August 26 is the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. Don’t be confused by the term “suffrage.” It has nothing to do with “suffering.” Suffrage means the right to vote in a public election. On August 26, … Continue reading

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In the Line of Duty

Like many of you, I’ve mostly been staying home over the past few months, and I’ve been catching up on (doing what others have already done) some TV series. One I’ve enjoyed is a British series called Line of Duty. … Continue reading

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How Some Americans Cheat to Get Into College

Getting into (being admitted as a student) to the best American universities can be difficult. Your application (information about you) is very important, and often includes one or more essays (short pieces of writing) in addition to test scores and … Continue reading

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Are You Working Hard or Hardly Working?

There is an old joke that people at work sometimes say to each other: Are you working hard or hardly working? To work hard means to work with seriousness, to work a great deal, to work a lot. To hardly … Continue reading

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What Are the Most Popular Last Names in the US?

Many students of English choose an “English” name for themselves when they begin to study English. These names are often used in professional settings as well. As far as I know, no one has actually studied how people go about … Continue reading

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A Day for the Flag

This Sunday, June 14th, is a national holiday (celebration) that even many Americans forget about: Flag Day. Unlike holidays such as the Fourth of July (Independence Day), Thanksgiving, or Christmas, on which most Americans get the day off of work, … Continue reading

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