• Memorial Day (5/27/2022) - Memorial Day is to remember all of the fallen soldiers (people who died while serving our country). Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May. Many cemeteries will put a flag on each fallen soldier’s grave. Many towns and cities have parades. Memorial Day is a federal holiday; all banks, federal offices, and public schools are closed. Also, Memorial Day weekend is the considered the office start of the summer season. This is the weekend when beaches and parks start charging for admission, if they do. Many Americans have a barbeque (BBQ) / “cookout” or a picnic and spend… Continue Reading
  • Minimum Wage (5/23/2022) - In the U.S. We have a minimum wage (minimum hourly pay). It is the wage/pay, an employer must pay their employee per an hour. In Connecticut, the current minimum wage is $14 an hour. In Massachusetts, it is $14.25. If you go to the movies at night, the ticket is $12.50. Right now, a gallon of gas is over $4.00. It is very hard to survive on minimum wage in America. Continue Reading
  • Where do Americans Travel? (5/15/2022) - Americans love to visit places all over the world. People say America is a beautiful country with many beautiful places. And, it is. However, most Americans leave the U.S. for vacations/trips.   Why? We do this because to travel in the U.S, it is very expensive. We get “more bang for or buck” (it is cheaper for us) to travel outside of the U.S. Especially, if we want to visit a warm climate and be near the beach. Many Americans enjoy going to an “all-inclusive resort” (a hotel where all of your food and drinks are included in the price).… Continue Reading
  • A Bucket List (5/11/2022) - Bucket List: There is the phrase “kick the bucket” it means to die. In the US we have the term/phrase called a “bucket list” A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket” (die). Some people have a bucket list. Some people have travel bucket list.   Do you have a bucket list? Continue Reading
  • What is LinkedIn and Why You Should Have It. (4/20/2022) - LinkedIn In the U.S. we have a website called LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a website where professionals connect. It is like a Facebook for your career. Mostly all professionals have a LinkedIn profile. You use LinkedIn to connect with people. You can’t request “friends” on LinkedIn. You request a “Connection” You say, “I’m connected with them on LinkedIn.   A recruiter (“re-cru-ter”) is a person who is hired by a company to find that company employees. There are lots of recruiters on LinkedIn that message you, wanting to talk about your skills and offer to find you a job. When you… Continue Reading
  • Burn (4/7/2022) - Verbs Meanings When something/someone is on fire/ producing a flame To destroy, damage and/or injure by fire or heat.   Future tense: burn Present tense: burning Past tense: burned   Examples: Be careful to watch the pan, so the food doesn’t burn. The candle is burning. I smell something burning. He burned the toast.     Noun meanings: An injury cause by fire and/or heat   Example: She has a burn on her hand because she accidently touched a hot pan without an oven mitt.   Types of Burns: Sunburn: redness and pain of the skin due to exposure of… Continue Reading
  • Saint Patrick’s Day (3/15/2022) -  St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. The holiday is to remember Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day was originally a religious feast and has evolved into a day of festivals, parades, special foods, dancing, etc. Saint Patrick is recognized for bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland. It is thought that St. Patrick explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of the Irish Clover; the shamrock. St. Patrick died on March 17th.   Saint Patrick’s Day in the U.S. In the U.S. Saint Patrick’s Day is a day… Continue Reading
  • A Six-Figure Salary (2/11/2022) - What does six-figures mean?   When people talk about salary, you will often hear the term “six figures”. The term six figures means any amount over $100,000 (6 numbers), but under $1,000,000) $99,000 is only 5 figures. Examples: He just started making six-figures. She has a six-figure Continue Reading
  • A Goal (1/20/2022) - There are 3 meanings for the word goal. Personal meaning something that you are trying to do or achieve Example: He has set the goal of exercising 4 days a week. Her goal is to get a Master’s degree. Do you have any goals?   Sports meaning: An area or an object where a ball or puck enters to score points. Example: She kicked the ball into the goal. (Soccer reference)                  He threw the ball and it went straight through the goal. (Football reference) Her shot went straight into the goal. (Hockey reference)   Sports meaning The act… Continue Reading
  • Levels of Saying Good Job.   (1/4/2022) - You can always say “good job”. However, what if the person did better than a good job. You might want to use another word.   Trust me, the words make a difference. Saying "great job" means more than saying "good job". Then, saying "excellent job", means more than saying "great job".   * ** *** good job job well job keep up the good work= continue to do a good job.  great awesome super fantastic fabulous wonderful excellent exceptional perfect       Continue Reading