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Educational Blogs
User Profile   March 05, 2018

Awesome (adj) is such a popular slang word in English all over the world and you’ll hear everyone from the young to old saying it. When you use the word awesome, you’re expressing that you think something is wonderful or amazing. It can be used in a sentence or it could be used in a one word reply.

Example 1)

“What did you think of Wolf on Wall Street?”

“It was awesome! I loved it!” (They thought it was a great movie).

Example 2)

“I’ll pick you up at 1 pm, okay?”

Awesome.” (Here it shows you’re cool with the idea and you agree).

Example 3)

“My friend Dave is an awesome single guy. You guys would be perfect for each other!”

“Really? I’d love to meet him.”

Cool (adj) like awesome means ‘great’ or ‘fantastic’. It also shows that you’re okay with an idea. Be careful the normal meaning of cool means a little cold so you have to listen to it in context to understand what’s being said.      

Example 1)

“How’s the weather in Canada these days?”

“It’s getting cooler. Winter’s coming!” (This is the literal meaning a little cold)

Example 2)

“What did you think of my new boyfriend?”

“I liked him. He seemed like a cool guy!” (He seemed like a nice guy). 

Example 3)

“I’m throwing a party next week for my birthday. Do you want to come?”

Cool! Sure, I’d love to!”


User Profile   February 28, 2018

Who has time to study a list of 100’s of words!

How big is your list of words that you ‘should’ be studying regularly? Does it have 500, 600 or even 1000 words?

It is easy to build a big list of words very quickly, but it can be difficult to find the time to study them as often as you need to remember them. Let’s talk about the best way to get better at vocabulary building, and this is to stop reviewing ‘old’ vocabulary in your list.

Context is the Key to Quick Vocabulary Building

It is much easier to understand the meaning of a word when you see it or hear it being used in real life, in context. You can understand what the word means because of the situation it is being used in.

For this reason, I always recommend that you study interesting videos, articles, books or audio tracks so that you can connect the new word to the situation where you first seen it. If possible, use the original sentence where you saw the word being used as an example sentence with the new word. This process helps you connect an ‘unknown’ word to an idea that you remember where the word is being used.

Faster Vocabulary Building

In my experience, it is easier to remember new words when I review them for the first time within 1 day of learning them. When I review the new words 2 or 3 times within 1 week, I usually know them well enough to feel I have learned them successfully.

15 minutes per week should be all the time you need to spend studying to remember the words that are really going to stick in your mind long-term. The key, is to see or hear the words 3 or 4 times within that first week.

The best way to review the new words and successfully do vocabulary building is to watch the video or read the article again where you originally seen the new words. You are getting a review of context and seeing the words at the same time.

Why You Should Stop Studying ‘Old’ Wordsold vs new words for vocabulary building

If a word is used often, you will see it shortly after learning it. Therefore, if you forget a new word, it is probably not used very often. Why should you try to remember a word you are never going to use? The idea of vocabulary building is to find words that will be used often.

Also, once you have learned new words (after reviewing them for a week or so), you will probably recognize it if you hear it in audio or see it in writing for several weeks. At this point, you will either remember it when you need it for speaking or you won’t. Keep studying and exposing yourself to the language, to have the best chance of hearing, reading or experiencing the language and vocabulary as much as possible.

When Your Brain is Ready, You will Remember it.

Sometimes you find words that are difficult to remember because you haven’t learned other words that are similar to it. As your English vocabulary grows, it will become easier to remember more advanced vocabulary and strange words because you will be able to connect them to other words that seem similar in English.

If you can’t remember a word, no matter how hard you try… Stop studying it. You are not ready to learn that new word or phrase yet. If it is an important phrase or word, you will see it used often and it will become more familiar each time.


User Profile   February 26, 2018

Before you disappear
into your misty mountains
and impenetrable forests,
teach us to bear the weight
of our children on our backs
until they grow strong enough
to walk beside us.
Teach us to weave nets
of dreams instead of vines
to cradle our children
and ourselves while we rest
from the dangers and toils
of modern life that threaten
to overwhelm us
with nightmares
of extinction.


User Profile   February 22, 2018

Here, we take a look at what some of the strangest English phrases mean – and reveal their origins…

Bite the bullet

Biting a bullet? What a strange thing to do! This phrase means you’re going to force yourself to do something unpleasant or deal with a difficult situation. It historically derives from the 19th century when a patient or soldier would apparently clench a bullet between their teeth to cope with the extreme pain of surgery without anaesthetic. A similar phrase with a similar meaning, “chew a bullet”, dates to the late 18th century.

Use it: “I don’t really want to exercise today, but I’ll bite the bullet and go for a run.”

Pigs might fly

We all know that pigs can’t fly, which is why people use this expression to describe something that is almost certain never to happen. It is said that this phrase has been in use since the 1600s, but why pigs? An early version of the succinct “pigs might fly” was “pigs fly with their tails forward”, which is first found in a list of proverbs in the 1616 edition of John Withals’s English-Latin dictionary, A Shorte Dictionarie for Yonge Begynners: “Pigs fly in the ayre with their tayles forward.” Other creatures have been previously cited in similar phrases – “snails may fly”, “cows might fly”, etc, but it is pigs that have stood the test of time as the favoured image of an animal that is particularly unsuited to flight! This phrase is also often used as a sarcastic response to mock someone’s credulity.

Use it: “I might clean my bedroom tomorrow.” – “Yes, and pigs might fly.”

Bob’s your uncle

Even if you don’t have an uncle called Bob, you might still hear this idiom! Its origin comes from when Arthur Balfour was unexpectedly promoted to Chief Secretary for Ireland by the Prime Minister of Britain, Lord Salisbury, in 1900. Salisbury was Arthur Balfour’s uncle (possibly his reason for getting the job!) – and his first name was Robert. This phrase that is used when something is accomplished or successful – an alternative to “…and that’s that”.

Use it: “You’re looking for the station? Take a left, then the first right and Bob’s your uncle – you’re there!”

Dead ringer

This phrase is commonly used to refer to something that seems to be a copy of something – mainly if someone looks like another person. The often-repeated story about the origin of this phrase is that many years ago people were sometimes buried alive because they were presumed dead – when actually they were still alive. To prevent deaths by premature burial, a piece of string would supposedly be tied to the finger of someone being buried – and the other end would be attached to a bell above ground. If the person woke up, they would ring the bell – and the “dead” ringer would emerge looking exactly like a person who was buried only a few hours ago! Other stories point to the practice of replacing slower horses with a faster horse – “ringers”. In this case, “dead” is used to mean “exact”.

Use it: “That guy over there is a dead ringer for my ex-boyfriend.”

Off the back of a lorry

This is a way of saying that something was acquired that is probably stolen, or someone is selling something that’s stolen or illegitimate. It can also be used humorously to emphasise that something you bought was so cheap that it must have been stolen! “Lorry” is the British version – in the US, things fall off the back of “trucks”. An early printed version of this saying came surprisingly late in The Times in 1968. However, there are many anecdotal reports of the phrase in the UK from much earlier than that, and it is likely to date back to at least World War II. It’s just the sort of language that those who peddled illegal goods during and after WWII would have used.

Use it: “I can’t believe these shoes were so cheap – they must have fallen off the back of a lorry.”


User Profile   February 06, 2018

Here are 15 common English idioms and phrases that will enrich your English vocabulary and make you sound like a native speaker in no time.

1. ‘The best of both worlds’ – means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.

“By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds.”

2. ‘Speak of the devil’ – this means that the person you’re just talking about actually turns up at that moment.

“Hi Tom, speak of the devil, I was just telling Sara about your new car.”

3. ‘See eye to eye’ – this means agreeing with someone.

“They finally saw eye to eye on the business deal.”

4. ‘Once in a blue moon’ – an event that happens infrequently.

“I only go to the cinema once in a blue moon.”

5. ‘When pigs fly’ – something that will never happen.

“When pigs fly she’ll tidy up her room.”

6. ‘To cost an arm and a leg’– something is very expensive.

“Fuel these days costs and arm and a leg.”

7. ‘A piece of cake’– something is very easy.

“The English test was a piece of cake.”

8. ‘Let the cat out of the bag’ – to accidentally reveal a secret.

“I let the cat out of the bag about their wedding plans.”

9. ‘To feel under the weather’ – to not feel well.

“I’m really feeling under the weather today; I have a terrible cold.”

10. ‘To hit two birds with one stone’ – to solve two problems at once.

“By taking my dad on holiday, I hit two birds with one stone. I got to go away but also spend time with him.”

11. ‘To cut corners’ – to do something badly or cheaply.

“They really cut corners when they built this bathroom; the shower is leaking.”

12. ‘To add salt to injury’ – to make a situation worse.

“To add salt to injury the car drove off without stopping after knocking me off my bike.”

13. ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ – to not judge someone or something based solely on appearance.

“I thought this no-brand bread would be horrible; turns out you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

14. ‘Break a leg’ – means ‘good luck’ (often said to actors before they go on stage).

“Break a leg Sam, I’m sure your performance will be great.”

15. ‘To hit the nail on the head’ – to describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem.

“He hit the nail on the head when he said this company needs more HR support.”


User Profile   February 05, 2018

I’m sure you have seen and maybe heard cowboys in American films and on TV, but did you know that American cowboys have their own dialect or way of speaking? Well, they do. Today I thought I’d teach you some common cowboy phrases and sayings so that you can understand cowboy-speak next time you hear it. So saddle up partner, because here we go!

Cowboy vocabulary:

howdy = hi

howdy partner = hi there friend

ya’ll = all of you
ya = you
giddy up = let’s go (often said while riding to a horse)

Head ’em up, move ’em out. = Let’s go. (Let’s move these cattle.)
a dude = a person who tries to dress like and talk like a cowboy, but really is a city person
wet your whistle = have a drink (usually alcohol)
hoedown = a dance
a half-wit = a stupid person
city-slicker = a person from the city
tenderfoot or greenhorn = a new person
hoosegow or calaboose= jail
namby-pamby = not brave
pony up = hurry up
skedaddle = get out of here
the jig is up = the game is over; the truth has been exposed
He’s a goner. = He’s dead.
by hook or crook = any way possible
in cahoots = doing something in secret
yokel = a person from the country (not the city)
yonder = over there
saloon = bar/restaurant

Now, here is a brief conversation between two cowboys that uses some of this vocabulary from above to help you put these phrases in context.

A: Howdy.
B: Howdy partner.
A: Are you going down to wet your whistle at the saloon tonight?
B: Not me, that saloon over yonder is full of namby-pamby city slickers. I don’t go there anymore. I’m going to the hoedown tonight.
A: By hook or crook I think I’ll join ya! I’m tired of being around all those dudes at the saloon.
B: Well, we better head ’em up and move ’em out and get back to town. Pony up!
A: Giddy up, I’m right behind ya’.


User Profile   February 01, 2018

Thanking someone casually

The checkout clerk rings up your items at the grocery store. Your friend or co-worker hands you a cup of coffee or a sandwich. A random stranger gives you directions for getting to the nearest train station. What do you say?

Below is the simplest and most basic way of saying thanks. You can’t go wrong with this. It’s suitable for both casual and formal situations.

(1) Thank you.

Below is a shorter, more casual form of thank you that you could use with friends, family and peers.

(2) Thanks!

To emphasize (stress) your thanks, you could say:

(3) Thanks so much.

With close friends and family, you could use this even more casual version:

(4) Thanks a million.

When someone has done you a favor

When someone does you a favor (helps you with something), they’re often not only willing to help but sometimes they may even offer to help without you asking. For example, you might request help with your class project from another student, or your neighbor might offer you a ride to the train station if it’s raining or snowing outside.

Here’s how you can thank them for their kindness and help:

(5) That’s very kind of you.

Or, if they made your day a little less unpleasant and more bearable (by keeping you from getting caught in the rain or snow, for example):

(6) You made my day.

Or, if you want to thank them for being such a wonderful and caring person:

(7) You’re awesome!


User Profile   January 10, 2018

Any excuse is good to organize a party, especially during Christmas and the New Year, when people are normally invited to a lot of parties. If you live abroad, you have many friends and acquaintances from all over the world or you just want to organize a themed party in English. In today’s article we are going to give you a few great tips on how to be the perfect host! 

The appropriate invitation

Without an invitation there is no party. The invitation should be as creative as possible. You could use the classic paper or cardboard invitation cards, or you could send an invitation email, if you are planning on inviting many different friends and you can not see them all personally to give them the card. Don’t forget to put RSVP (The abbreviation for répondez s’il vous plait) at the end of your invitation. In English, the French version is usually used much more than the phrase “please reply!”

Greet your guests in English

With the following examples you can welcome your guests when they arrive at your home:

Thanks for coming.

I’m so glad you could make it.

Welcome to my home.

Can I get you a drink?

Can I take your coat?

The perfect outfit for your party

There are many different types of parties, depending on your style. Of course you can decide what the dress code will be for the great evening. Don’t forget to mention it in the invitation.

Maybe our ideas inspire you:


Theme Party

Tacky Sweater Party (tacky sweaters are old sweaters with knitted designs on them that were very popular in the 70s and 80s, have made a comeback)

Costume Party

Pyjama Party

Party guidelines

Of course, there are some unwritten rules that you should keep in mind when you are invited to a party. For example, we all know that you should never arrive too early. As a thank you for the invitation, you should try to take along a bottle of wine or something to snack on. Also, avoid grouping and only speaking to people you know. When you talk to people you don’t know yet, it will surprise you how much you can have in common. And if that is not the case, you are always in time to send a discrete signal to your friends to come along and rescue you!

Food and drinks

If there is something that is rather important for every party, it’s food and drink. Even if there are just light snacks or appetizers, food is a must. In many English-speaking countries the typical food and drinks during Christmas time are turkey, eggnog, or mulled wine (hot wine) which is also very popular in Germany.

Games for parties

Depending on the mood at your party, party games would also be great. It is best to select familiar games whose rules most people know or games that are not too difficult to explain. The most popular sorts of games are role play games, such as, murder mysteries or the classic at any Christmas party: Secret Santa, where random people buy presents for each other. That way no one knows who they are getting a gift from.

Time to make a toast

Toasting is another must at a party.Toasts are used to thank people for coming or to celebrate the evening. Even if your English is not so good, you can simply say a few heartfelt words and toast to the occasion.


Here’s to (a great year …)

I dedicate this toast to…

Happy holidays / Merry Christmas / Happy New Year.

Season’s Greetings to everyone!

Happy holidays to all of you!

With these tips you should be ready to host or attend the party of the year!


User Profile   December 29, 2017
Even during the worst of times
When I feel the years go slipping by
Life seems rife with possibilities
When the New Year arrives.

User Profile   December 28, 2017

It’s the New Year, but I don’t feel any different. Unless you count my new cold.

New years are always strange in that they traditionally start out with a heart full of hope, a head full of optimism and, equally, a decent touch of nostalgia. Conversely, nothing has set this weekend apart from most other weekends in my household, besides the bottle of champagne we shared, or my husband having a three-day weekend, or my oldest daughter being home from school.

I don’t feel different, exactly, but my stuffy nose and slight grumpiness are helping me to appreciate things I normally love and take for granted — like a good workout and breathing through my nose.

I’ve also generally rebelled against the idea of a New Year’s resolution.

There’s something gross about trying to make ourselves into better people only once a year; we mentally cram our already pretty worthwhile selves into some glass-Cinderella-slipper-vision of who we wish we were, rather than taking in the positives of who we already are.

This year though, I don’t think I’ll entirely throw away the concept of New Year’s resolutions, like I usually do. Instead, I think I’ll take a moment to pay more attention to who I am now, and to where I want to go.

I want to remind myself to slow down and enjoy my coffee. I want to remind myself to hug my husband when he leaves for work in the morning, even if we had a spat beforehand. I want to pay better attention to the pathways that I’m carving — to these grooves that my existing habits are creating — on my heart and in my life.


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私は東京で米国企業に技術者として20年間勤務しました。その間、仕事や観光で色々な国を訪問しました。 タガログ語、英語、日本語 と福建語を話します。 温和な性格です。