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  • Sweets Around the World


    Written by Miranda González   It’s not officially Halloween until you groan, “Ohhhh, I think I ate too much candy.” Sure, we normally attribute candy-induced stomachaches to children, but adults are certainly not immune. Americans LOVE candy. According to Business Insider, we spend $29 billion a year on it. But we are certainly not alone….  read more

  • 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

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  • Learning with the Livemocha Community

    The Livemocha community is made up of language enthusiasts: teachers, language experts, other language learners, and native speakers proud of their language and heritage.  Community members help each other learn in a myriad of ways: they leave comments in response to practice exercises, build mini-lessons within exercise feedback,  have practice conversations via text, video or audio chat,  provide language practice and culture tips, and give much-needed encouragement.

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