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Archives for May 10th, 2014

English Vocabulary: Kick

Many people use the word “kick” in the English language on a regular basis.  What does this word mean to you?  How many definitions in English for the term “kick” can you come up with? Our friends at VOA Special English have given us special permission to share their educational program with you via our […]

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English Vocabulary: Hold Up and Held Up

What’d the difference between the English phrases “hold up” and “held up”?  What do each of these signify? Find out for yourself by reviewing the following educational program from our friends at Voice of America Special English: Hold Up or Held Up? Now, Words and Their Stories, a VOA Special English program about American expressions. […]

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English Vocabulary: Belittle

You may be wondering about the history and meaning behind the word “belittle”.  Today’s educational program from VOA Special English helps you understand the meaning and background of the English term “belittle”: Jefferson Creates New Word: ‘Belittle’ Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today’s word is “belittle.” It was first used […]

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English Vocabulary: Bigwig and Top Banana

What do the terms “Bigwig” and “Top Banana” stand for? English vocabulary is difficult for English learners because of the numerous meanings associated with individual vocabulary terms in the English language.  Here are two new terms you can learn more about in just a few minutes. You are invited to review the Voice of America […]

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English Vocabulary: Mayday

How well do you know the term “Mayday”?  When is this term used? What is the history of this term?  Pay attention to this informational radio show from Voice of America Special English to learn more about this word, and then define it in your own words in the comments section at the end of […]

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