Category Archives: Life in the United States

You, Too, Can Sound Like Shakespeare (Part 1)

If you speak English, you know Shakespeare. That’s because many of the most well-known sayings in English come from Shakespeare’s plays. Here are a few very common phrases Americans use: 1. Good riddance – From Troilus and Cressida, Act II, … Continue reading

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Columbus Day Controversies

Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post! The United States celebrates (recognizes and honors) Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, … Continue reading

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“Housekeeping!”

If you stay at a hotel in the United States, you may be sitting in your room and hear someone knock on your door. The person will say, in a loud voice, “Housekeeping!” If you don’t answer the “housekeeping” announcement … Continue reading

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Bird-Brained Ideas

Los Angeles is a big, sprawling (covering a wide area) city. That’s why people have a hard time (difficulty) getting around without cars. Our public transportation system—buses, subways, trains, etc.—just doesn’t reach enough parts of the city. About a year … Continue reading

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Flu Shot Season is Here Again

A few years ago, I thought I was dying. My body ached (hurt). I couldn’t breathe. I had a high fever (body temperature). I had “the flu.” The flu, short for influenza, is a highly contagious (easy to pass from … Continue reading

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Why No One Talks to Anyone Anymore

I was back in my home state of Minnesota recently visiting my family there. One day I went into a diner located in a small town just outside Minneapolis. A diner is a restaurant that usually has breakfast food served … Continue reading

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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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