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  • 6 Seemingly Spooky Idioms


    Written by Miranda González You know, idioms are a funny thing. By definition, you can’t figure out an idiom’s meaning simply by looking up individual words. At first glance, these idioms might look a little ghoulish with bats and blood and skeletons and all, but if you look a little closer, you’ll realize that they…  read more

  • Try This On for Size – Helpful English Words for Halloween


      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

  • Vocabulary Lesson – Cool-Weather Gear


    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

  • Free English Lesson: Over vs. Under


    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

  • Time For Some Idioms With the Word “Fall”


    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

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