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What you need to know about Thanksgiving, plus 3 turkey related expressions to add to your English vocabulary

What you need to know about Thanksgiving, plus 3 turkey related expressions to add to your English vocabulary

Once the costumes and scary decorations have been put away it’s time to prepare for the big feast at the end of November. Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It dates back to 1621 when it was first celebrated at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts by the Pilgrims and Native Americans. They gave thanks for a good…

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Trick-or Treat! All you need to know if you are spending Halloween in the U.S

Trick-or Treat! All you need to know if you are spending Halloween in the U.S

As October begins you’ll notice orange everywhere, along with witches, skeletons, jack-o’lanterns, spider webs and ghosts as most people decorate for Halloween. It isn’t until October 31st but that means we have all month to stock up on candy for the kids and choose costumes to dress up in for the big day. Throughout the country towns and cities plan…

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Autumn is here! Let’s celebrate with these 7 “fall” related expressions

Autumn is here! Let’s celebrate with these 7 “fall” related expressions

Labor Day at the beginning of September brought the unofficial end of summer and introduced Autumn. Though the weather differs from region to region, for many it’s a time to put away their tee-shirts and take out their sweatshirts. Fall is the kick-off to not only football season, but four months filled with fun, food and festivities. New England, a…

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Eleven Baseball expressions to “hit a home run” with your English like a pro

Eleven Baseball expressions to “hit a home run” with your English like a pro

Throughout the summer months Americans watch and play Baseball, known by many as the country’s national pastime. The chorus of the famous song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” describes much of what you need to know about going to the ballpark to watch a game. Though it was written in 1908, it is still played at games today. While…

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Cultural Awareness: Get ready for summer in the US

Cultural Awareness: Get ready for summer in the US

It’s finally summer – the time for going to the beach, having barbecues, watching baseball and relaxing under the sun. June is the month when schools let out for summer vacation and high school graduations take place. Graduates walk into their ceremony as “Pomp and Circumstance”, the unofficial anthem of graduation, plays.  Most students wear a cap, also known as…

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Primera Presents – 6 Terms to Know to be “In the Know”

Primera Presents – 6 Terms to Know to be “In the Know”

Gig Economy You may have been hearing more and more about the “gig economy”. The word gig refers to a short term working assignment. Musicians have often referred to their performances as “gigs”. The term has expanded to include any kind of freelance work that is not a permanent position. In recent years more and more people are using different…

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Primera Pop Culture: 5 Terms to Know for Daily Life in the United States

Primera Pop Culture: 5 Terms to Know for Daily Life in the United States

1.Dibs English speakers like to “call dibs” on something they have their eye on. You can call “dibs” on anything from the best seat in the house to a parking spot. In fact, in cities such as Chicago and Boston, drivers can call dibs on a parking spot in the winter after they have shoveled the snow out from it.…

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Cultural training: 4 American expressions that you want to learn before this Sunday

Cultural training: 4 American expressions that you want to learn before this Sunday

It’s Derby Day this weekend! The 144th Kentucky Derby is taking place on May 5th at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky as 150,000 people come to watch. The Derby is a famous horse race that has become an American tradition, whether you follow racing or not. The 20-horse race lasts about 2 minutes and awards the winner 2 million dollars.…

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Travel Spotlight on Philadelphia

Travel Spotlight on Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known as the City of Brotherly Love. It’s a great east coast city full of museums, history, interesting architecture and great food. You might say Philadelphia is the spot of the official beginning of the United States of America since the Declaration of Independence was signed there and the Constitution was written there. You can visit Independence Hall,…

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