Browsing archives for February, 2010

Spring is in the air!

English Idioms 28 February 2010 | 6 Comments

“Spring is in the air!” is an expression that means you can tell Spring has arrived (or is coming soon). The sun is shining, the sky is blue and the grass is growing! Another Springtime expression is “April showers, bring May flowers.” This has always made me giggle because it applies to the Northern part […]

A Million ways to say “That’s great!”

English Vocabulary 27 February 2010 | 0 Comments

I think English has a million of ways to say, “That’s great!” Okay, maybe not a million, but definitely a ton! Here are a few: That’s good Awesome Fantastic Wonderful Super Super-duper (It’s a little silly, but it still works.) Fabulous Groovy Woohoo Sensational Terrific Superb Tremendous Beautiful Excellent YAY Yahoo Yeehaw (That’s the Texan […]

Life in Texas!

American Culture 27 February 2010 | 2 Comments

It’s important to learn about some of the cultural aspects of a country when learning their language. Below is a text I wrote about life in Texas. Read it, then answer the questions below to make sure you understood it all. Post a comment if you have any questions! ******* I live in South Carolina […]

The differences between British and American English

American Culture 25 February 2010 | 0 Comments

There are a ton of differences between British English and American English, but I thought I’d highlight some of the ones that stick out in my head that I notice that you may run into. The biggest difference that I hear is the difference between vocabulary: US/British apartment/flattrunk/bootwrench/spannervest/waistcoatjumper/sweaterdiaper/nappy Spelling differences: US/Britishgray/greytheater/theatre (er is switched to […]

A while vs. awhile

English Grammar 25 February 2010 | 0 Comments

I was just having a conversation with a friend on twitter about the difference between ‘awhile’ and ‘a while’. He wanted to know if there was a difference since they seem to mean the same thing. I thought I would post about this because it is interesting. Simple answer = Yes, they are different. Long […]

Tongue Twisters!

English Fun 24 February 2010 | 0 Comments

Today, I wanted to have a little fun. I’m going to write out some English tongue twisters that will help you to practice your pronunciation, while having fun! Try to say each one between 5 and 10 times quickly. Be prepared to laugh, because it is funny. Rubber baby buggy bumpers She sells sea shells […]

A few of my favorite English idioms!

English Idioms 22 February 2010 | 3 Comments

There are lists all over the internet with lots and lots of English idioms. However, as I looked through the lists, I found that so many of the idioms are not widely used. I thought I’d make a list of some of my favorite idioms that are widely used in the United States. Don’t cry […]

Good vs. Well

English Grammar 20 February 2010 | 0 Comments

When do I use good and when do I use well? Lots of people have asked me this question on twitter, so I thought I’d give a little lesson on it. ‘Good’ is used when you are referring to a noun – ‘good book,’ ‘good dog.’ ‘Well’ is used when you are referring to a […]

The School System in the USA

American Culture 18 February 2010 | 0 Comments

Today I wanted to write about the school system in the United States from my view. It may vary a little from state to state, but on the whole, this is how the system works and the options parents have for their children. A lot of mothers are going back to work right after they […]

Driving in the USA part 2

American Culture 17 February 2010 | 0 Comments

Hi there! I hope you are all having a wonderful day learning English! Below is the script to the podcast from yesterday. Please leave a comment if you have any questions at all! I’m always willing to help! ************ Hi, My name is Yvonne and this is The English Guru podcast #5. Today I wanted […]