Browsing archives for April, 2010

Outer Space Idioms

English Idioms 12 April 2010 | 12 Comments

For some reason I kept thinking about outer space today. So, I thought I’d write out a few of my favorite space related idioms and expressions in English: Out of this world – Something that is exceptional Wow, your cooking is out of this world! Reach for the stars – Work towards a goal If […]

Talking about Newspapers in English

American Culture,English Vocabulary 10 April 2010 | 0 Comments

Many people might feel that newspapers are “a thing of the past“; however, to many others it is the “here and now.” Newspapers are made up of many different sections. My favorite section of the newspapers are the comics or comic strips. It’s always fun to read about Garfield and Peanuts. Then, there are the […]

The 3 longest words in English

American Culture 10 April 2010 | 4 Comments

The longest word in English is the word “smiles” because it has a ‘mile’ between the 2 s’s. Okay, okay that was a bad joke. The 3rd longest word in English has 189,819 letters and it is the name of a type of protein. Here is a snippet of the word: Methionylthreonylthreonyl…isoleucine The 2nd longest […]

Talking about TV – Part 2

American Culture,English Vocabulary 9 April 2010 | 0 Comments

Here are some more TV related words and phrases… couch potato – Someone who watches too much TV. You are such a couch potato! Get up and go get some exercise! episode – This is one particular show of a TV series. I really loved watching last night’s episode of Lost! pilot – This is […]

Talking about TV in English – Part 1

American Culture,English Vocabulary 8 April 2010 | 5 Comments

I’m on a “media” role with my “Talking about” series, so I thought I’d write a post about TV! Television has many names: TV, Telly (British English), idiot box, small screen, TV set, the tube & the boob tube. Soap Operas is one type of TV program. Soap Operas usually are shown from 10:00am in […]

6 words that have the same plural and singular forms

English Grammar 7 April 2010 | 0 Comments

Is the plural of moose, meese? No. Moose is the same in its singular and plural forms. Here are 6 words I wanted to mention today, where the singular and the plural forms are the same: deer – I see 1 deer. There are 20 deer grazing in that pasture. moose – There are lots […]

6 verbs that have 2 past tenses

English Grammar 7 April 2010 | 0 Comments

Here are 6 verbs that have 2 past tenses which are both accepted as correct in English. learned/learnt burned/burnt smelled/smelt spelled/spelt spilled/spilt spoiled/spoilt Does it matter if you use one word over another? It doesn’t matter as they are both correct; however, the ‘ed’ form is used in American English and the ‘t’ form is […]

Fish or Fishes???

English Grammar 6 April 2010 | 10 Comments

Do you know what the plural of fish is? Is it fish or fishes? The answer is, it is both. We usually use “fish” as the plural of fish when we are talking about 1 kind of fish. I saw many spotted fish today in the lake. (They were all the same kind of fish.) […]

Talking about Books in English

English Vocabulary 6 April 2010 | 10 Comments

Here are some useful phrases you can use when discussing books: That book was a great read! (or an easy read.) It was a page-turner. I couldn’t put the book down. I had to read it to the end. The characters in the book were so real. I felt like I really knew them! This […]

Cheesy Pick Up Lines

American Culture 5 April 2010 | 0 Comments

A pick up line is a “come on” that a guy may use to try to get a girl interested in him. They usually don’t work, but they are very funny and cheesy. Cheesy means that someone or something is corny or unsubtle. There are so many pick up lines, that I decided to pick […]