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  • How to Find FREE English Classes for Adults in the U.S. (4/13/2021) - First, you must know that English classes are often referred to as ESL classes ESL means English as a Second Language. Many places say ELL classes (English Learner Learner) classes.   Every city or town has free (school) for children Kindergarten-12th grade. Usually, each city/town has its own school district. For example, Boston has the Boston School District. The school districts are usually called, (city/town name) Public Schools. For example, Boston Public Schools   Your local district/ __________ Public Schools most likely offers free Adult Education classes.   You should contact your local public school's main/central office. It is usually in…
  • How to Write an Email (3/30/2021) - It is very important to know how to write an email in English. We always start the email with Dear to be formal. You can say Hi to be informal. Line 1: Dear (name of the person), Make sure you always put a comma after the person's name. Line 2: Your message, what you want to say. On a new line say something like... Thank you. Thank you for your time. Have a good day. Talk soon. I look forward to your response.  On a new line say: Sincerely, (Don't forget the comma) On a new line (the last line)…
  • Pharmacies in the U.S. (3/21/2021) - The pharmacies in the U.S. are big stores. At the pharmacy can get… Prescription medication Over-the-counter medication (medication that doesn’t need a prescription.) Health items Vitamins First aid items (bandages, etc.) Many other things Personal products (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.) Cards Makeup Cleaning products Candy Juice Soda Chips Milk Eggs There are usually seasonal/holiday sections for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas, etc.   Some of the biggest pharmacies in the US are CVS, Rite Aid, & Walgreens.
  • Tax Season (2/25/2021) - Tax season is upon us. Most people pay 4 types of taxes that are listed on their paycheck Federal Tax (tax paid to the government) State tax (tax paid to the state you live in) Social Security Tax Medicare Tax Social Security and Medicare are associated with the federal government.   The most important fact is that American’s have to pay federal and state taxes every year. When you get a job, you fill out (complete) a W-4 tax form. It asks you certain questions. Based on the questions, the state and federal governments withhold (hold) money from your paycheck…
  • Let’s Talk About Age! (2/20/2021) - When we talk about age. We use the verb “to be”. I am 30. He is 19. She is 25. We are 42. They are 51.   Young: Having lived a short time Examples: I am young. He is young. She is young. We are young. They are young.   Old: Having lived many years Examples: I am old. He is old. She is old. We are old. They are old. It is old. Saying that someone is old. Or, calling (telling) someone their old, can be a perceived as rude.   “middle-aged”: A person who is around 50 years…
  • Super Bowl Sunday! (2/6/2021) - Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday! The Super Bowl is the annual championship game for the NFL (National Football League). The game is played on the first Sunday in February. The game typically starts around 6:30 pm.   The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched things on TV. People love to watch the football game. Also, people like the halftime show. Many people watch the Super Bowl just for the halftime show. Lastly, people love to watch the commercials (advertisements) that are shown during the Super Bowl. The commercials can be heartful or funny and they are always talked about…
  • Education in the U.S. (1/24/2021) -  There is a school for children from 3-5 years old. This school is called Preschool. Preschool is very common, even typical. But it is not mandatory. Preschools have half-day or full-day programs. Many parents have to pay for preschool. There are preschools for low-income families, where they might not have to pay any money. After preschool, children go to elementary school to start kindergarten.   K-12 Grade In the U.S., children officially start school at 5 years old. Children go to kindergarten. After kindergarten, the children go to grade 1st grade (grade 1) and continue until 12th grade. Then, they…
  • How to Have a Conversation (1/6/2021) - Want to have more English conversations in 2021? Here are some tips.   Get Yourself in the Right Mindset! (Positive Thoughts!) Be brave! Don’t worry   Be curious = ask questions   Give someone a compliment.   Find something you have in common. Then, talk about it. For example, if you live in the same city. Ask the person questions like… Have you been to __________? What is your favorite place to eat at in __________?   Talk about current events. Talk about what is going on in the world.   Talk about yourself You can talk about yourself, then…
  • Winter Weather (12/14/2020) - Snow: frozen crystallized water that comes down from the sky.  Snow is used as a noun and a verb. Future tense: snow Present tense: snowing Past tense: snowed   Sleet: ice pellets (a mixture of snow and rain) Sleet is used as a noun and a verb. Future tense: sleet Present tense: sleeting Past tense: sleeted     Hail: balls of ice (they can be very small or big) Hail is used as a noun and a verb. Future tense: hail Present tense: hailing Past tense: hailed
  • Idioms: “on the clock” & “off the clock” (11/9/2020) - “On the clock”: to be working/getting paid Example: The police officer stopped to have dinner on his break. The waitress offered him a beer. He said, “No thanks, I’m on the clock.”     “Off the clock”: not at work/off duty/not being paid to work Example: Rebecca works at a grocery store. She had just finished her shift and was leaving for the day. On her way out, a coworker asked for her help. Rebecca said, “Sorry I can’t help, I’m off the clock.”