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.
You’ve probably seen a similar joke before:
Ha, ha. But for many of my students English texting (or net lingo) is like learning another English language. It can be very frustrating for them.
One reason it’s hard for English learners to understand text speak is that words are abbreviated and shortened. Plus there are a lot of slang and idioms in text speak.
But text lingo is everywhere, especially because of mobile phone messaging, internet commenting, chatting and Twitter. I bet you even use text lingo in your own language!
So how can you learn English text lingo? Here are two important things to know: Continue reading
This gal does amazing animal impressions. What’s an impression? There are several definitions of this word, but in this situation an impression is an imitation of something. Here’s she’s acting like she is different animals.
Check out her video and then take the quiz to see if you can name all of the animals.
Now here’s a quick quiz.
I traveled last night by plane again and decided to do some more safety video lessons so you can practice hearing different accents. Here you will listen to an American accent. You can listen to an Australian accent here.
In this lesson you will also learn some vocabulary related to air travel. Please note that there are different words for the same things. For example, airplane is the same as aircraft. And, life vest is the same as life jacket. Don’t get frustrated; many of the names sound similar. Continue reading
(Note: hover your mouse over the blue words for definitions of those words)
This weekend tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic played an exhibition match against an amazing backdrop: Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park (Patagonia, Argentina).