Browsing archives for April, 2010

Vacations and Holidays in the United States

American Culture 22 April 2010 | 0 Comments

I’m about to take a vacation, so I have vacations on my mind! Here’s a post about the vacation and holiday norms of the United States. Most employees get 2 weeks paid vacation a year. They can take it anytime they want. Some companies (like mine) give you more and also the longer you stay […]

cite, site or sight???

English Vocabulary 21 April 2010 | 0 Comments

These 3 little words all sound the same, but they have different meanings. cite – This is used when you quote an author in a book or paper. You ‘cite’ their work, giving them credit. site – This is a place of something like job site or historic site. Also, it is used in Web […]

At the Airport

American Culture,English Vocabulary 21 April 2010 | 0 Comments

After I taught English in Hungary, I flew back to the United States through Germany. In Germany, the security guards asked us many questions before we boarded. The person who worked there spoke only German and English. I went through without any problems. The guy behind me only spoke Hungarian. The security person said to […]

Number Idioms

English Idioms 20 April 2010 | 4 Comments

I just love using idioms! They sometimes sum things up without you having to say much! Here are some of my favorite idioms that have numbers in them. back to square 1 – This means you have to start something all over again. Oh man, I dropped the sauce on the floor, it’s back to […]

Paper or Plastic?

American Culture,English Vocabulary 19 April 2010 | 3 Comments

Here’s a dialog that takes place at the check-out counter at a grocery store: Speaker A: Hello. How are you? Speaker B: Fine and you? Speaker A: Fine. Paper or Plastic? Speaker B: Plastic, please. Speaker A: Do you have your discount card? Speaker B: Sure, here it is. (Hands card.) Speaker A: That will […]

Getting your Hair Cut

American Culture,English Vocabulary 18 April 2010 | 0 Comments

When I lived in Hungary I needed a hair cut, but I was too scared to go into hair salon. I was so scared that they wouldn’t understand what I wanted cut and I’d end up with a Mohawk. Since I didn’t know any Hungarian at all, I ended up not getting my hair cut […]

Talking about your Cell Phone in English

American Culture,English Vocabulary 17 April 2010 | 0 Comments

I have a cell phone and the thing I use it most of is as a flashlight. I know, it is bizarre. In the middle of the night if I wake up, I can click on my phone and then I can see. The 2nd greatest use of my cell phone for me is to […]

Ordering Ice Cream

American Culture,English Vocabulary 15 April 2010 | 2 Comments

It’s sweltering hot outside and you need some relief. In the distance you see a ice cream parlor. “Perfect,” you think. This is just what I need. You walk into the ice cream shop and you see a gazillion different flavors. Uggghhh, how will you chose? What will you say? You see bubblegum flavored ice […]

How to write a sequence of events…

English Fun 14 April 2010 | 3 Comments

What do you eat for breakfast in the morning? Do you eat the same thing every morning? I eat cereal almost every day. Yes, I know that’s boring. But, I buy different kinds of cereal. Sometimes a rice cereal in the shape of hexagons, sometimes frosted corn flakes, or maybe a peanut butter ball cereal. […]

Ordering at a restaurant

American Culture,English Vocabulary 13 April 2010 | 0 Comments

When my husband and I travel to different countries, we always make sure we know how to say 1 key phrase in the language of that country. The 1 phrase is: Beer, Please. It has come in handy! With that aside, there are other phrases that are useful when ordering food and drinks at a […]