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Written by Miranda González Halloween is only couple of weeks away, so if you haven’t started thinking about a costume yet, you should probably start. (That is, assuming you celebrate Halloween!) Even if you aren’t planning on trick-or-treating or attending a costume party, here are some words and phrases that you might find… read more
Written by Miranda González It’s fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, so things are starting to get a bit chilly. You should probably grab something warm to wear on your way out the door – a sweater, perhaps? A sweatshirt? A cardigan? Should you wear a jacket or a coat? What’s the difference between… read more
Written by Miranda González If you’re an English learner, I think you’ll agree that prepositions are one of the trickiest parts of the language. But with a little explanation and a lot of practice, you’ll see that they are really not so scary after all. Today we’ll discuss the different uses of the… read more
Written by Miranda González Happy first day of fall, everyone! The temperatures will soon begin to drop, and so will the leaves. It’s time to enjoy pumpkin-flavored everything and look forward to the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. Why don’t we get into the spirit of the season with some “fall” idioms? Fall off… read more
Written by Miranda González You would think that dogs would make the same sound in all languages. After all, dogs don’t speak French, or Italian, or Russian. They just speak, well, dog. So if I’m in Belgium and I hear a dog barking, it should sound pretty much the same as a dog barking… read more
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