Summer

Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is […]

Disney’s New Shanghai Park Is Supersized

The red carpet is being rolled out, Woody and Jesse from Toy Story are practicing their moves, and even the trash bins are being polished to bright shine. Amid much fanfare after five years of construction, Disney opens its long-awaited mega-park here Thursday. At a cost of $5.5 billion, it is supersized in many ways, […]

‘ALF’ Actor Meszaros

Michu Meszaros, the actor who played “ALF” in the popular ’80s sitcom, has died, according to longtime friend and manager Dennis Varga. Meszaros, who stood only 33 inches tall, had a stroke last Thursday and had been hospitalized since. Varga says the 76-year-old actor died Sunday night. Meszaros wore a full-body suit to portray the […]

Students Face Up To 7 Years In Prison

Chinese students sitting down to the most important exams of their lives this week needed no reminder of how high stakes were. But they got one — the promise of jail time if they were caught cheating on their tests. It’s the first time that custodial sentences have been stipulated for anyone using underhand tactics […]

Slang and Idioms

Teaching idioms and slang is quite a subjective topic. I believe that it is an integral part of teaching. I agree with the school of thought that says that slang and idioms are an every day part of our language and it is important that foreign students are aware of the most common forms they […]

To Market To Market

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety jig. To market, to market, to buy a fat hog, Home again, home again, jiggety jog. To market, to market, to buy a plum bun, Home again, home again, market is done.

Twenty Froggies

Twenty Froggies was written by Englishman George Cooper in the 19th century as a poem… Twenty froggies went to school Down beside a rushy pool; Twenty little coats of green, Twenty vests all white and clean. “We must be on time,’ said they, “First we study, then we play; That is how we keep the […]