English Lesson - Holiday Season Greetings ( Learning English Speaking)

source: Learn English with Let's Talk      2015年12月23日
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Season's Greetings -
This is a great expression to use to greet people of any religion during this season. Often this expression is used in writing but can be also used when you meet someone during the festive season.
Happy Holidays / Holiday Greetings -
The holiday season is a time for joy and happiness and this greeting sums it up well. Again, It works fine to write this in a card or to say it aloud. You can use this greeting throughout the month of December.
Happy/Merry Christmas -
In some countries people prefer to say Happy Christmas and in some countries people use Merry Christmas to wish others. This phrase is used to wish people a pleasant Christmas period.
Happy New year -
Most of us celebrate New Year's Eve by staying up late, having a good time with friends and family and waiting for midnight to welcome the new year. Happy New Year is a fun way to greet others when you see them and you can continue to wish them using this phrase for the next 15 days of January.

# Responding to the Greetings above: 
Repeat the greeting
Merry Christmas to you too
Wish you the same.

# Some common questions that you can ask people around this time of the year: 
What are you doing for Christmas / New Year's ?
Are you doing anything special for Christmas / New Year's?
Are you done with your Christmas gifts shopping yet?

Advanced Vocabulary Course: lesson 6

source: MrSkypelessons      2015年12月24日
This advanced vocabulary course is designed to work in tandem with episodes on the US version of Sherlock called 'Elementary', and exercises on my website. You can find more grammar and vocabulary questions here: https://www.skype-lessons.com/advance...

I advise students to do the following: read the exercises, check any unknown vocabulary, watch the show, answer the questions, and then retell it using the target vocabulary and grammar. The retelling is necessary to activate new phrases in an easy to remember context. Please repeat the vocabulary using this video and the questions which accompany the video. Please subscribe for the whole course. Lessons will be released on a weekly basis. And please answer the following questions:

How does your company drum up business?
Do you have any friends who tend to back out of plans at the last minute?
Do you know anyone with an amputated limb? What happened?
Have you ever testified? What happened?
Do you have to run any errands today?
What's the most compelling argument for raising/lowering taxes?


Had he died in the crash, there would have been more blood.
Only later did he find out that the whistle blower had diabetes.
So compelling was the argument that we all agreed.
Holmes warned her that under no circumstances would he show up.
No sooner had he examined the sand than he concluded that it wasn't from that beach.
Rarely do culprits confess to their crimes


Stand someone up / Got stood up 美语怎么说:

source: 美国之音中文网    2012年6月15日
Stand someone up 放某人鴿子
Got stood up 被放鴿子

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Steak! OMG!美语

source: 美国之音中文网      2015年11月16日
# How would you like your steak cooked? 你的牛排要几分熟?
well-done 全熟
medium 五分熟
rare 一分熟
I'm not sure. Could you help me decide? 我不确定。你能不能帮我选一下?
A well-done steak is fully cooked without any pink meat inside.
A medium-rare steak is seared on the outside.
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