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English Joke of the Week

Can I get a second opinion?

THE JOKE Doctor: “You are very sick.” Patient: “Can I get a second opinion?” Doctor: “Yes, you are very ugly too…”     VOCABULARY Second opinion = a diagnosis from another doctor to ensure that the first diagnosis was correct. Literally, it means two opinions. Get in this question means (to) obtain.   Why is […]

Desert the dessert in the desert

Desert the dessert in the desert

Desert the dessert in the desert! Desert can be a verb and a noun though with two completely different meanings. To Desert means to leave without intending to return. It can also mean to abandon. A Desert is a dry place which receives very little rainfall. The verb is pronounced with the stress on ‘sert’- […]

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The foolish man wonders at the unusual

The Quote “The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1801-1892) American essayist, poet and philosopher VOCABULARY Foolish = a person with bad judgment and sense To wonder = to think about or question Wise = to have good judgment based on knowledge and experience […]

Burgers and Sausages

Burgers and Sausages

Burgers and Sausages Many people wonder why a hamburger is called a hamburger when it doesn’t contain any ham – it only contains beef (or it should only contain beef, you never know what is really in it!). But a hamburger doesn’t relate to the meat it contains but rather the place it came from […]

English Idioms and Slang

To spill the beans

To spill the beans = to confess; reveal a secret, to tell the truth, usually accidentally. To Spill (verb) = to cause something to fall out of a container, such as water from a glass Beans (noun) = the kidney-shaped seeds of certain vegetables such as peas To spill the beans is similar to let […]

English Joke of the Week

I was born in California

THE JOKE Man: “I was born in California.” Woman: “Which part?” Man: “All of me.”   Why is it funny? The woman is asking which part (or area) in California the man was born in, such as San Francisco, or another city. Instead the man replies with ‘all of me’ as if the woman had […]

Beautiful Handsome Pretty Ugly

Pretty Beautiful Handsome Ugly

Beautiful Women and Handsome Men Did you know that there are over 170,000 words in the English language and over 25% of them are adjectives? (Adjectives are used for descriptions) A common mistake with adjectives is when describing people. To describe a woman we could call her beautiful or pretty but we don’t call a […]

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Thomas Edison Quote about Genius

The Quote Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. – Thomas Edison in 1903.   VOCABULARY Genius = An extremely intelligent person Inspiration = a good idea, often at the beginning of a difficult process Perspiration = sweat – a liquid which is omitted by the skin to cool the body during times of […]

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