Browsing archives for May, 2010

Going Through Immigration

American Culture 16 May 2010 | 0 Comments

If you come to the US you’ll have to go through Immigration and talk with an immigration officer. There are different lines for people who are not US citizen or green card holders. I know this process well since my husband is Canadian we usually get the 3rd degree (that means they ask us a […]

At the Doctor’s Office

English Vocabulary 15 May 2010 | 6 Comments

If you visit or move to the US, you may need to go to the doctor’s office at some point. Here are some common symptoms that might make you go to the doctors: headache stomach ache/belly ache/tummy ache dizzy/vertigo – This is when you feel like the room is spinning nauseated – This is when […]

Happy Birthday!

American Culture 13 May 2010 | 4 Comments

I guessing most of you know this song? Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear _____. Happy Birthday to you. It’s my birthday (May 14th) and I wanted to celebrate it on my blog! We celebrate birthdays like most of you, I’m sure. A birthday cake, a song, some presents and […]

Money Idioms

English Idioms 11 May 2010 | 2 Comments

Some people think that the world revolves around money, while others feel that money doesn’t buy happiness. Either way, it’s nice to know some Money related idioms and expressions to use in your English. Nest egg – Money you have saved to use later. I have a nest egg of over 1 million dollars for […]

Weather or Whether??

English Vocabulary 10 May 2010 | 2 Comments

This is one mistake that I sometimes see on twitter and I thought it would point it out. Weather – This refers to how it is outside. Is it raining, snowing, sleeting? The weather is beautiful outside. The sun is shining and it’s not too hot. Whether – This word is used to introduce an […]

Spelling differences in US and UK English

American Culture 8 May 2010 | 6 Comments

Have you ever wondered why there are spelling differences between the US and UK? Here’s the reason… Benjamin Franklin was one of the main people who pushed for the change. After the American revolution he and Noah Webster wanted to change the spelling of English to make it more easy to spell and closer to […]

Make or Do?

English Grammar 7 May 2010 | 8 Comments

Do you know the difference between ‘do’ and ‘make’? Here are some pointers that could help you to know which one to use. Do You can use ‘do’ when you are talking about daily activities. Usually these activities do not produce something physical. Today I’m going to do the housework. Ugh, I hate doing homework. […]

Mother’s Day in the USA

American Culture 6 May 2010 | 3 Comments

Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in throughout the world. In the USA it is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May. So, this Sunday, May 9, 2010 is Mother’s Day. On a side note, I was born on Mother’s Day. But, due to dates changing every year, my birthday has only fallen on […]

The differences between Each and Every

English Grammar 6 May 2010 | 3 Comments

Here are 2 words that have almost the same meanings, but you cannot always use either one. Below are some rules for their uses. Each – both (2 or more objects or people) Every – all (3 or more objects or people) Here is an example of when they have almost the same meaning: I […]

Complement and Compliment

English Vocabulary 4 May 2010 | 0 Comments

Here are 2 words that people tend to confuse in English. COMPLEMENT-something that completes and makes it whole A smooth red wine complements a steak. (verb) This red wine is the the perfect complement to this meal. (noun) COMPLIMENT– praise My husband complimented me on my gourmet cooking skills. (verb) He gave me the best […]