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Culture Lesson: Boston Chinatown

Average: 3.6 (11 votes)

Experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Asia right here in downtown Boston's very own Chinatown. It is one of the largest Chinese neighborhoods in America. Chinatown is a mixture of Asian cultures such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Cambodian, and Vietnamese.

Can you answer the puzzle?

Average: 3.2 (13 votes)

Read the following riddle (puzzle) and guess the answer. Click on 'Show Answer' to solve the riddle:

What is at?:
The beginning of eternity
The end of time and space
The beginning of every end
And the end of every place

Top 10 passwords

Average: 3 (7 votes)

Cultural Lesson: New York

Average: 3.6 (9 votes)

English nicknames for places

Average: 3.8 (9 votes)

Most counties and places have nicknames. A nickname is a second, unofficial name. For example, the nickname for New York is 'The Big Apple'.

Below you will can see seven nicknames; all you have to do is match them up to the correct places.

Does you hometown or country have a nickname? What is it?

Link: Puzzle - Can you read this?

10 Food idioms

Average: 3.9 (47 votes)

'The test was a piece of cake.'

A lemon

A lemon is something that you buy which turns out to have problems - it is defective / it doesn't work well.

'That second-hand car I bought was a real lemon. It broke down a week after I bought it.'

Upper Int: nouns from adjectives

Average: 3.7 (7 votes)

 

'Free is the adjective; freedom is the noun'

Let's build up your vocabulary.  Complete each of the following sentences with the noun form of each adjective in brackets. For example:

British English slang!

Average: 3.2 (34 votes)

Here are five British English words which are used in casual British English. They are all slang words that you will hear British people use in spoken English. Do not use them when you are writing and only use them when you are in an informal situation.

Phrasal Verb - 'Hold Up'

Average: 3.5 (14 votes)

Here we take a look at the phrasal verb hold up. Like most phrasal verbs it has more than one meaning. Here's how we can use hold up:

to hold up- to hold something / someone up in the air.

'When we landed in the airport our driver was waiting for us; he was holding up a sign with our names on it.'

to hold up - to stop / delay someone for a moment.

Danny's Junk Mail

Average: 3.3 (6 votes)

“What are you doing up there, sweetheart, darling and love of my life?” my wife calls up the stairs... “not to mention, possibly the greatest man alive on the entire planet today?”

Okay... so I may have taken some poetic liberty with the direct speech there, but you get the gist...

“I’m just writing the October ‘What I Mean Is’ section for ‘English In Your Inbox’” I call down.