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Future Tense Expressed in the Present?

The future tense is most often expressed using two constructions, “going to” and “will”. For example, “I am going to go to a movie tonight,” or “I will visit my mother this weekend.”  Both structures express a future meaning.  There are some instances, however, when the present tense can also be used to express a… Read More

English Proverbs at Home

The English proverb, “a man’s home is his castle,” says a lot about English and American culture. This very old English proverb refers to the privacy and security of a home, a strong value on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Historical and political connections to the English proverb The idea connected to this proverb… Read More

ESL Online Magazine: Bird Proverbs

This issue of ESL Online Magazine is dedicated to birds. Although birds don’t speak English. they certainly show up in the language we use. They feature in several well-known proverbs and expressions in English. Here are just some of them: Bird Phrases and Proverbs  If we say “a little bird” told me something, we mean… Read More

Animal Similes for ESL Students

Animal Similes for ESL

Animal similes are often used in English to describe people. For example, a smart person could be described as “wise as an owl,” or if you are starving, you could say you are as “hungry as a horse.” What is a simile? A simile is a comparison between two unlike things in order to make a… Read More

ESL Online Magazine on Cultural Adjustment

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ESL Online Magazine devotes this post to all the new international students who are busy unpacking their suitcases and getting settled into their new life in America. Although the initial excitement can help new students through the first days or weeks, loneliness and homesickness soon take over. This editor of ESL Online Magazine knows.Having lived… Read More

More on making bread

In the last installment of ESL Online Magazine, we introduced many ways that bread has found its way into the English language. If you missed it, you can read it here. In today’s post, I’d like to share my favorite bread recipe and a poem that you can use to improve your pronunciation, though not… Read More

The language of bread

Bread is not only a staple of the American diet but a common feature Money and bread have a long-held relationship so much so that bread (or dough) have become slang terms for money. Similarly, a “breadwinner” is the person who makes the  money for the family. If I asked you, how you make your… Read More

Learning English in the Garden

Gardens don’t just happen. They take work by people who find pleasure in them. I can relate to the gardener in the following classic poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. However, the child who is speaking in the poem cannot understand him at all. As you read this poem, imagine a child speaking as he watches… Read More

Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed is a legendary person in American history. He isn’t famous for being a politician, academic, or businessman. His real name was John Chapman; however, he became known as Johnny Appleseed because he crossed the frontier of America during the 1800s, planting apple trees wherever he went. Johnny Appleseed was born in 1794 in Massachusetts. When… Read More