Browsing archives for May, 2010

At the Optometrist (eye doctor)

English Vocabulary 31 May 2010 | 6 Comments

I wear contact lens and I’m sure a lot of you wear them or glasses, so I thought it might be nice to learn a few words and phrases you could use if you need to go to the optometrist. contact lens (contacts) and glasses – used to correct vision far-sighted – You are unable […]

Bottoms up!

American Culture,English Vocabulary 28 May 2010 | 4 Comments

Bottoms up! This is a toast people say when drinking together. Now that you know one toast to say in English, you can learn about the various drinks we drink. Good ol’ cow’s milk. This is the staple for many people, especially kids. In the United States we buy it in plastic jugs. 1 big […]

Memorial Day

American Culture 27 May 2010 | 0 Comments

This coming Monday, May 31, 2010, the United States will celebrate Memorial Day. It takes place on the last Monday of May every year. This day honors and commemorates the male and female soldiers who have died while in military service. It was first created to honor Union soldiers after the US Civil War, but […]

Feeling Idioms

English Idioms 26 May 2010 | 6 Comments

I was thinking about what to write on my blog today and a friend on twitter asked me about the expression “mixed feelings” so I thought I’d write about that and some other idioms that use the word “feeling” in them. mixed feelings – This is when you think both good and bad things about […]

At a DVD rental store

American Culture,English Fun 24 May 2010 | 4 Comments

Want to learn about how to talk to a clerk at a DVD/video rental store? Keep on reading! Clerk – Hi, may I help you? You – Yes, I’m looking for a movie… Clerk – Which one? You – I think it’s called, “The Razor’s Edge?” Clerk – Oh yes, I know that movie. It’s […]

Who vs. Whom

English Grammar 23 May 2010 | 2 Comments

Who and whom are 2 words that many native English speakers confuse. Where I live it doesn’t matter if you say ‘whom’ when you are supposed to say it. People of all backgrounds use ‘who’ many (if not all) of the times when you should use ‘whom’. But, it is still useful to know when […]

Useful Rhymes

English Fun 21 May 2010 | 4 Comments

There are a few rhymes/poems that English speakers say often to help remember simple things. Here are a few of them that I use often. Do you need to unscrew a lid or turn a faucet, remember this saying: Righty tighty, lefty loosey Can’t remember how to spell certain ‘ie’ words, here’s a good one […]

Happy Idioms

English Idioms 19 May 2010 | 4 Comments

Being happy is a great way to live! Today, I thought I’d write about a few idioms that have the word ‘happy’ in them. I hope they will be useful to you! happy hour – This usually starts at 5pm during the work week. This is when friends get together after work and have a […]

Near vs. Nearby

English Grammar 18 May 2010 | 7 Comments

Someone from twitter recently asked me what the difference between near and nearby is. I thought I would post my answer in case others had the same question. Near adverb –in close relationship, within a short distance. Christmas is drawing near. adjective – close in time, space or position, short and direction, barely avoided, close […]

Going through Customs

American Culture 17 May 2010 | 0 Comments

Customs used to be very easy to go through. You would just walk through hand them a piece of paper you filled out and say you had nothing to claim. Today, it’s much more difficult. The last time I went through customs in the US, it actually took longer than going through immigration. They will […]