Whenever my cousin goes out of town, we dog-sit (=we look after) her precious dog, Maxine. We’ve been doing this for years so Maxine is like a part of our own family.
Unfortunately, from the moment she arrived we could tell that Maxine was not herself. That is, she was not the happy little playful dog she normally is. So we decided to take her to the emergency hospital. Read on to learn what happened.
It’s that wonderful time of the year! As Algerian–French author and philosopher Albert Cambus said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Perhaps that’s why spring and fall are my favorite seasons. I love the colors of the leaves and flowers and I love the change of weather. How about you? What’s your favorite season?
To learn more about fall (which we can also call “autumn”), click here to read my newsletter article about things we eat, see and do here in the Washington, DC area.
I was just walking along getting some exercise and I noticed something down the road. Was it a flea market? Was someone selling clothes?
Each with a name, age & date
As I got closer, I could see for certain there were lots of t-shirts…but it definitely wasn’t a clothing sale.
Where I live, summer storms are very common in the spring and summer. As you can see in the pictures of my dad’s backyard, they can cause a lot of damage.
A bad thunderstorm often has lightning, heavy rain, strong winds and even hail. We also call these storms electrical storms. Let’s look at what these words mean:
It’s been very cold and rainy here lately but I’m not going to complain because if it were any colder Washington would be covered with snow. I’m not ready for snowy weather.
I decided to pop into a cafe for something warm to drink and I was really pleasantly surprised to see how the barista jazzed up my cocoa with a cute spider web. It was delicious too. The drink was served with a small pot of extra hot chocolate. Mmmmm! I will definitely go back in the coming weeks for another.
Spring has definitely sprung!
Spring (noun)- a season between winter and summer when plants and flowers begin to grow.
Sprung (verb: spring; the past tense of this verb is irregular – we don’t say
springed): to suddenly jump or move forward.
Spring is definitely here because my allergies are killing me. That means that my allergies are really bad. Continue reading
Is “beauty only skin deep?”
The English idiomatic expression, “beauty is only skin deep” means that a person’s inner beauty—not their outward physical appearance—is what’s most important.
In English, when we say something is “deep” we are often using the word as a metaphor to say something is important and significant. It is not just something one on the surface (superficial); it’s deeper down below.
English lesson: Click here for a guided English lesson that includes an excellent video of Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o discussing her personal struggle with feeling beautiful when she was growing up.
To learn many more idioms, click here to go to the main idioms page.
Ever had one of those days? Sometimes Fridays can be difficult because it is the end of the week. Here are a few idioms that have the word “hour” in the. They are all related to time.
Fill-in the correct words:
Do you understand each of these idioms? If not, here are the definitions: Continue reading
Writing in the snow
Is this the last snow of the winter? It was very warm all weekend and then I woke up to this. It’s the 17th… I thought March was supposed to go out like a lamb!
English proverb: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. Since the first time this occasion was celebrated (in 1911), the rights of women have improved significantly in many parts of the world. Unfortunately, equality among men and women is still a big problem. In many places in the world, women have very few rights.
What is it like in your corner of the world?
Google has created an interesting Doodle to celebrate this occasion. There are 100 women in the video and some of them are saying “Happy International Women’s Day.” Do you know any of these women? What does this day mean for you?
If you would like to see the list of all of the women in this video, please click here for the list on Google’s website.