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Talking Turkeys

Turkeys not only end up on dining room tables on Thanksgiving but turkeys also show up in the American language as well. In this week’s post we’ll look at the place of the turkey in American history, culture, language, and literature. Turkeys on the ballot As a young nation, America needed not only a flag… 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

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

Making lemonade

Lemons are useful for more than cooking. For example, the juice of a lemon is used in homemade cleaning, health, and beauty products. Although lemon juice adds a sour flavor to food, it can be made into a sweet, refreshing, summertime drink, lemonade, by adding sugar and water. In addition to being a fruit, the… Read More