How to Talk about Love and Dating in English for Valentine’s Day + 25 helpful verbs and expressions

Did you know that the official day of love and romance is right around the corner? Okay, Valentine’s Day might just be a “Hallmark holiday” (which means it was just created by the largely famous greeting card company called Hallmark to … Continue reading

Why you Should NOT Make an English New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of the year, folks. 2015 is winding down (*coming to an end*), and we are all eagerly (*excitedly*) waiting for 2016 to arrive. What will happen this next year? What will we do? What will we accomplish? … Continue reading

Word of the weekend: Vicarious

Word of the weekend: Vicarious

I’ve been living vicariously through others’ photos and stories during these past few weeks as the summer is ending, and it can be an excellent way to experience adventure!IMG_0561.PNG


















Courtesy of: Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary

Word of the Weekend: productive

Why is it important? This word can be used personally and professionally, and productivity is important for both areas.

I am utilizing my surgery downtime to be extremely productive with several projects. How about you?


Courtesy: Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary

Words 1 & 2 of the Weekend: Independence Day & patriotism

Oh yeah, words of the weekend have come early! Happy 4th of July!

Why are these words useful?

It’s an important holiday here in the States. So whether you’re living here, are interested in American culture, or are just interested in English, it could be helpful for you to know what today is celebrating. Patriotism is something that everyone and anyone can feel, and I want to feel your patriotism!

What is something interesting from your country that you can share?



Courtesy: Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary

Words 1 & 2 of the Weekend: narrow-minded & bigotry

Why are they useful?

These words will be featured in an upcoming blog post for you to practice reading, reflection and writing. They are both ugly words, that can cause harm and reflect hatred…which is something none of us should have in our hearts. Finding ways to open your mind can eliminate any bigoted ideas. Learning to accept other’s differences can make the world much more peaceful. I could go on with peace and love… but I think you get it. 🙂

How do you open your mind?



Courtesy: Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary

Words 1 & 2 of the Weekend: Pack & Rearrange

Why are they useful?

Packing is something you will definitely do in your life, if you haven’t already. You’ll pack for a vacation, when you move to a new place, your child’s lunch, or diaper bag, the list could go on. While you’re doing this, chances are, you’ll need more room because things won’t fit. So, what will you do? You’ll rearrange your luggage/box/bag! This is something I am currently doing, getting ready for our big trip today!

EX: Even though I packed my suitcase early, I forgot about some things I need to bring. I had to rearrange my clothes to create some extra space.

When’s the last time you had to rearrange what you had already packed?




Courtesy: Merriam Webster Learner’s Dictionary

Words 1 & 2 of the Weekend: Anxious & Relieved

Why are they useful? They’re common feelings, especially around the current World Cup events… Or of course, anything you can feel nervous about. 😉 They’re opposite feelings too. So, you feel relieved, when you no longer feel anxious.

EX: Paulo was feeling very anxious before Brazil’s game, but was relieved with their victory.

What are you relieved about that made you anxious before?




Courtesy: Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary


Word 2 of the Weekend: yada yada

Why is it useful? The interjection is quite common and you’ll hear it informally often, especially when talking about routines or day-to-day actions.


Courtesy of: Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary

Word 1 of the Weekend: mesmerize

Why is it useful? Be mesmerized by the beauty around you. Find things to give your full attention and be in the moment.

What was the last thing that mesmerized you?



Courtesy: Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary