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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.

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: 3.8 (45 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.

10 useful acronyms and abbreviations

Average: 3.6 (337 votes)

What's the difference between an acronym and an abbreviation?

Many people feel they have the same meaning, but traditionally there is a difference:

Culture Lesson: New Year's Eve

Average: 3.1 (7 votes)

 

Culture Lesson: Boxing Day

Average: 3.4 (12 votes)

Read the folling information about Boxing Day and choose the correct form for each missing word: