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  • Happy May Day!

    May Day is an ancient celebration of Spring! It is a tradition that is celebrated in many cultures in many different ways. Let’s take a look at a few of them. In the United States, it isn’t so widely celebrated, but in Europe, for centuries , May Day includes dances, singing, cakes and celebratory parties. The earliest occurrence found of May Day come form the Roman festival honoring the goddess of flowers, Flora, the festival being called Floralia.  Most people have heard of or seen a Maypole in their lives. This comes from old and ancient pagan traditions, which is...

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  • Native Language Guide: French

    This week's Native Language Guide will focus on French. Most native English speakers can agree that the French language is a beautiful, flowing one and many French speakers speak English very well, but with a very distinct French accent. Listen to this video of French speakers trying to pronounce a list of words in English: There are several sounds that are made in North American English that are very difficult for French speakers to get correct due to the nature of the way things are pronounced in their native tongue. Here are some examples and tips on how to better...

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