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Archive for December, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions for English Language Learners

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Deciding on New Year’s Resolutions is a popular tradition in many English-speaking countries. This means that right at the end of the year, you think about the main things you want to change, achieve or start doing in the coming year. Your New Year’s Resolutions could refer to a particular, one-off achievement, like running a …

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Are You Using the Correct Present Tense?

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With under a week until Christmas, hopefully your presents are already piling up under the tree. Today, though, I want to talk to you about a very different type of “present”: the present tense! You may already know that there are three different types of present tense. These are called present simple, present continuous and …

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7 Bizarre Christmas Traditions from Around the World

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Christmas is a BIG deal in almost all of the English-speaking world, and many popular traditions are more or less the same, wherever you are. For example, eating a huge Christmas dinner with roast turkey and vegetables, followed by Christmas Pudding covered in brandy and set on fire. Or giving presents to your loved ones …

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Tips for Making a Good Impression of Your English-Speaking In-Laws

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For many people, the scariest part of a new relationship is meeting your partner’s family for the first time! In English, you might hear people talking about meeting the “in-laws”, which is short for “mother-in-law”, “father-in-law”, “sister-in-law”, “brother-in-law” and so on. Properly speaking, it means the family of your husband or wife, since these people …

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