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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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  • Happy Spring!

    Happy Spring! Just a few days ago, on March 20th, it was the first full day of Spring, or as it is called in some parts of the world, the Vernal Equinox. Which you may or may not know that all that means is that today is a day where there is an equal amount of light and dark and from here on out the days will be longer than the nights, until that time in the summer when we are sitting outside still at 9pm in the light and every parent is fighting with their child(res) to go to...

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  • Winter Idioms, saying and phrases. Expand your English this Winter!

    The weather has been weird the last few weeks here in Chicago, but make no mistake, we are STILL in the cold grip of winter for the next several months. So, we thought it would be nice to give you something to cozy up to this weekend while you also expand your English vocabulary and comprehension skills. Continually working on vocabulary is a great way to improve your English. Here we will share with you some saying, phrases and idioms commonly used in English that have to do with winter. As most of you know, an idiom is a special...

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  • Why do we celebrate Halloween anyway?

    The history of halloween is a long and complex.  And the ancient beginnings of Halloween are even contested if you ask various groups of people! But let’s go through some of the more widely believed and confirmed details of the fun and meaningful holiday. Besides being a time of much superstition, it is a holiday steeped in tradition. With it’s origins coming from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced: ‘sow-in’), meaning Summers End, in which people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts and spirits as it was believed the veil between the living and the...

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