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Written by Miranda González Many who have learned English as a second language find it daunting (or at least annoying) due to the never-ending list of exceptions to grammar and pronunciation rules. You want to use a verb in the simple past tense? Simply add -ed to the ending of verb: walked, cleaned, played,… read more
Most English professors frown on using the passive voice in formal essays. However, there are times when it is actually preferable to the active voice. I’ll discuss when and why in a minute, but first, in order to appropriately use the passive voice, you have to know what it is! So we’ll start with a… read more
Written by Miranda González Language research has shown that immersion is the best way to learn a new language. And what is immersion? It means being totally surrounded by your target language. You listen to music, watch TV and films, read articles, browse foreign language websites, and more—all in the language you want to… read more
When the new year starts and you vow to lose weight, stop smoking, or get more organized, you’re making a New Year’s resolution. A resolution is a decision to do or not do something. To help you get your list of resolutions started, here are some idioms about becoming a better you. To start… read more
Most Christmas songs are pretty straightforward. It’s fairly clear what songs like “Silver Bells,” “Let It Snow,” and “O Christmas Tree” are all about. But there is one traditional song that perplexes even native speakers with its unusual vocabulary, and that’s “Deck the Halls.” Let’s take a look at the lyrics and make some sense… read more
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