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Archives for May 14th, 2014

English Vocabulary: The Golden Rule

Everyone knows what gold is, what it looks like, and how financially rewarding it would be to have a lot of gold among one’s possessions. Yet, what does “The Golden Rule” mean? How can a rule be made of gold? Or, should we say, how can a rule be similar to the meaning behind gold? […]

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English Vocabulary: Heard it through the grapevine

What does it mean to “hear” or learn something “through the grapevine?” What is “the grapevine” in the first place. Surely we can’t hear or learn through grape vines, can we? Phrases like this are hard to comprehend and use when English learners resort only to a basic English dictionary or translator. Here’s a program […]

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English Vocabulary: Are you a couch potato? Do you suffer from cabin fever?

Are you a couch potato? Do you suffer from cabin fever? If you are having trouble understanding the previous questions, the program that follows should help you comprehend and use the terms “couch potato” and “cabin fever” on an ongoing basis. From Couch Potato to Cabin Fever Now, the VOA Special English program Words and […]

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English Vocabulary: Ace in the Hole

If you enjoy playing cards or watching card games on television, you’re likely to have heard the phrase “Ace in the Hole”. The following program from our friends at VOA Special English explains the meaning and background of this phrase in the English language. Do you play cards? Do you use this term a lot? […]

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English Vocabulary: GI Joe

Many associate the term GI Joe with an action-packed movie or toy soldiers many children still play with. But what does the term “GI Joe” mean and where does it come from? Here’s a news program from our friends at VOA Special English. You’re welcome to share your constructive notes and summary via our comments […]

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