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  • Time is Money

    Time is Money

    Posted in in American Culture by Brandie on 28 Apr 2015

    Money: it can be saved, spent, 'blown,' and it can be budgeted. Americans like to do the same thing with their time. We plan our time carefully, giving the majority of our time to those people or things that we think deserve it the most. We hate blowing our time away, just like we hate blowing our money away (to 'blow it away' means to waste it). We never want to waste our time. We also budget (schedule) our time carefully, even for casual social gatherings. Let's say I'm having some friends over for a casual evening at my apartment. As an American, I will have a mental schedule of how the evening should go...

  • High Five

    High Five

    Posted in in American Culture by Patrick on 17 Apr 2015

    Yes, you probably know what a HIGH FIVE is.

  • Can vs May

    Can vs May

    Posted in in English Language by Brandie on 17 Apr 2015

    More often than not, "can" and "may" are used interchangeably in speaking and writing. So today, let's look at how they should be used.

  • Work Out

    Work Out

    Posted in in English Language by Patrick on 17 Apr 2015

    There are several meanings to this phrasal verb.

  • Hump Day

    Hump Day

    Posted in in American Culture by Brandie on 15 Apr 2015

    In the US, Wednesday is informally known as hump day. Why? Well, let's think about a hump. A hump is a curved, raised area on something. Look at the picture of the camels. The two lumps on their back...we call those humps.

  • It's vs Its

    It's vs Its

    Posted in in English Language by Brandie on 14 Apr 2015

    This is a common grammar mistake that even native English speakers will make when writing. When do we use "its" and when do we use "it's"?

  • Cut to the chase

    Cut to the chase

    Posted in in English Language by Patrick on 13 Apr 2015

    When we use this expression, we are usually telling someone else to hurry up and get to the point. We may also use it about ourselves to express that we are going to tell you the most important thing, first.

  • Lose vs Loose

    Lose vs Loose

    Posted in in English Language by Brandie on 10 Apr 2015

    These two words can often be confusing, especially in writing. So let's clarify the difference this morning.

  • Gifts

    Gifts

    Posted in in American Culture by Brandie on 08 Apr 2015

    Let's say that you are invited to the party of an American friend: a birthday party, wedding, baby shower, bar/bat mitzvah, or some other type of special occasion. Unless otherwise stated by the host, it is usually expected that you should bring a gift to the party. So let me offer you some advice on this!

  • The Marshmallow Challenge

    The Marshmallow Challenge

    Posted in in American Culture by Bonnie Miller on 13 Mar 2015

    “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”― Benjamin Franklin