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Minimum Wage

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.

Where do Americans Travel?

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). There are not all-inclusive resorts in the U.S.

A Bucket List

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?

What is LinkedIn and Why You Should Have It.

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 apply for a job. Many employers will “Google” your name and also check your LinkedIn profile before calling you for an interview. Your LinkedIn profile helps a potential employer learn more about you. Your LinkedIn profile may be the reason you can an interview or not. Visit FYI (For Your Information), I was not paid by LinkedIn to write about them. Nor did I receive anything from them. I honestly believe, people in the U.S. who are looking for a job and/or want to make professional connections will benefit from a having LinkedIn profile.


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 the sun. Example: She always applies sunscreen to prevent sunburn.   Razor burn: redness or pain on the skin caused my friction of a razor. Example: Sometimes people can razor burn after shaving.   Rope burn: redness or pain on the skin caused my friction of a rope. Example: If you are grabbing a rope with bare hands, you may get rope burn.   Rug burn: redness or pain on the skin caused my friction of a carpet/rug. Example: If you are crawling on a carpet/rug with the skin on your knees exposed, you may be rope burn.   Burnt: (an adjective) can be used to describe object that is damaged by heat. Examples:   Last time, the steak was burnt. The fabric was burnt by the candle.     Burn: a cutting insult. Examples: Wow, that was a burn. Seriously, there is on need to burn people.   Burned down: to completely destroy by fire. Example: The building completely burned down.   Another meaning of burn The verb burn and the adjective burnt can be used to describe a person who is exercising; they are converting energy to calories. Examples: You can burn up to 300 calories in an…

Saint Patrick’s Day

 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 of fun. People may decorate their homes, bars, restaurants with green garland, ribbon, shamrocks, the Irish flag, green top hat, pot of gold, etc. Many people wear the color green on Saint Patrick’s Day. Most often a green shirt. People may wear green beads or green top hats for fun. Everything is colored green. Often bakeries and restaurants use green food coloring to dye drinks and food green. For example, many bakeries may have green-colored bagels, cake, and/or cookies. Bars often serve green beer. As for food, Saint Patrick’s Day is associated with a meal of corned beef and cabbage. Many people make corned beef and cabbage at home or go out to eat in a restaurant. Another popular food is Irish soda bread. On Saint Patrick’s Day, many adults go out to a bar to have a drink, often a beer.  

A Six-Figure Salary

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

A Goal

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 of kicking, hitting, or throwing a ball or puck into a goal to Example: She scored the winning goal. The team is ahead by one goal.   The GOAL is to score a GOAL. There are 2 types of players on a football, hockey, and soccer team. Offensive players: Their goal is to score a goal in the other team’s goal. Defensive players: Their goal is to protect their goal, so the other team won’t score a goal.

Levels of Saying Good Job.  

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      

The Winter Solstice

This year, the winter solstice is on December 21st. It is the first day of winter (for the U.S. and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere). It is the year’s shortest day and longest night. It is the day with the shortest amount of daylight/sunlight.   If people get depressed about the cold winter and lack of sunlight. We often think… “We just have to make it until December 20th/21st. Then, each day we will get one more minute of sunlight.”   Until, the summer solstice on June 20th or 21st, when it is the longest day of the year. The summer solstice is the day of the year with the longest amount of daylight/sunlight.   The winter and summer solstice may vary (change) from year to year, but only by a day or two.