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“Thanks!”

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Tweet Some people say that Americans say “thanks” or “thank you” too much. It’s true that we say it a lot. (If you don’t, you may sound rude.) Today I went to a cafe for breakfast. I said “thanks” so […] [...]

Practice Listening and More with Music

Tweet Hi! This is just a quick post. I’ve just started a new job, and I’m very busy. (I’ve promised you posts on Facebook and more. Those posts are coming, I promise!) Right now, I want to tell you about a free site called Lyrics Training. At Lyrics Training, you can watch a music video […] [...]

What is Facebook For?

Tweet Readable Blog For me and most of my friends, Facebook is a good way to connect with our real-life friends and family. Unlike Twitter, the people that we are “friends” with on Facebook are usually people that we know well. We also use Facebook to become “fans” (or “like”) the pages of businesses that […] [...]

Cherry Blossom Festival

Tweet I went to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood yesterday. It’s held every year on two weekends in April. Of course, it’s only been 5 weeks since the disaster in Japan. Maybe the organizers were not sure about whether to have this fun event this year. However, it’s really […] [...]

Thanksgiving 2010

Tweet Yesterday was Thanksgiving. A few days ago, my brother-in-law flew up from San Diego to join us. On Wednesday, my brother-in-law and I baked two pies and made cranberry sauce. On Thanksgiving, my husband, brother-in-law, and I cooked everything else: sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, broccoli, stuffing, and turkey. We bought the rolls (bread) and […] [...]

Pitfalls: Air Conditioner

Tweet In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s about time for the weather to become cooler. That’s why I thought about this vocabulary pitfall today… In standard American English, the word “air conditioner” only means “a machine that makes the air cooler and drier.” It’s very surprising to us to see someone say “I turned on the […] [...]

Wedding Anniversary

Tweet Yesterday was my seventh wedding anniversary. My husband and I got married in 2003 in San Francisco. This year, we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on an expensive dinner or expensive presents. However, we had a nice time. We packed a picnic and went to a park near the edge of […] [...]

Langston Hughes

Tweet Many English poems are difficult to read because they are long and full of extremely old-fashioned words. However, you should give Langston Hughes a try. He is an important American poet and writer, who was born in 1902 in the same area that I was born in. He died in 1967, but his poems […] [...]

Now That’s Real English.

Tweet If you’re an adult, you should check out the Real ESL blog. This blog includes video conversations and explanations of normal spoken English (including slang). Kim, the blogger, makes her own videos to explain things to you. Currently, she has videos about everything from pronouncing “th” to ordering coffee at Starbucks. You should be […] [...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tweet Oh no, I haven’t posted since Halloween! I’m sorry. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. You can read about Thanksgiving in the United States at Wikipedia (and also in Simple English). An interesting note in the main article is that many Americans associate the day after Thanksgiving with shopping. It’s the day sometimes called Black Friday. A […] [...]