Idiom of the Week: Look Like You’ve Seen a Ghost

Meaning: To appear to be very scared or shocked.


Are you okay? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.

She looked like she’d seen a ghost. I later learned she’d been in a car accident.

After he heard the bad news, he looked like he’d seen a ghost.

Pop Quiz:

When might someone look like they’ve seen a ghost?

A.  After seeing an ex-girlfriend on the street.

B.  After finishing work for the day.

C.  After drinking a nice hot cup of coffee.

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NYC Tips and Etiquette

NYC can be an exciting and interesting place to live, but it can be difficult. There are so many different people living so closely together. Sometimes it isn’t easy to get along with or live together with all of these people. This is one of the reasons why we need social etiquette, unspoken rules and ways to act.

Nathan Pyle is an artist. He has made some cartoons illustrating NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette. Click on the picture to read some of them.

Do you agree with Nathan’s cartoons?

Have you experienced any of these situations?

Do you have some tips of your own on how to live in NYC?

Which cartoon is your favorite?

Let us know in the comments section below…

You can buy Nathan’s NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette here and see more of his art work here.

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October 2013 Student of the Month

The Student of the Month for October 2013 is Yue Hong Lin. She’s in class 3A. She was nominated by her teacher this year, Elsie, and her teacher from last year, Regina. She has been in the United States for four years – and this past summer she got her U.S. citizenship! Congratulations, Yue Hong!

You can watch her being interviewed by Class OP in the above video, and you can read some of her writing below. When you finish, take the quiz to test your understanding!  

My Hometown

My hometown is located in Taishan, China. I like my hometown. It’s a nice place to live. You can visit a lot of famous places like the Silver Beach, temple, and see different views. It faces the sea. In the summer, we go to the beach and spend time there.

People in my hometown are very nice and kind. They help each other. Mid-Autumn Festival is a special day for family to reunite. People will come back home and celebrate it. People eat mooncakes and fruits and enjoy the moon.

I love my hometown. I enjoy the time there because the seafood and vegetables are very fresh. People in my hometown work hard and they are lovely!


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Idiom of the Week: Catch Someone Red-Handed

Meaning: To catch someone at the very moment they’re doing something bad.


The store owner caught the thief red-handed and quickly called the police.

The teacher saw the student looking at his classmate’s test, catching him red-handed.

“You caught me red-handed,” I said to my angry roommate as I ate the last of his leftovers.

Pop Quiz:

You’ve been caught red-handed if…

A.  your boyfriend sees you reading a text message from another man.

B.  you drink a lot of coffee in the morning.

C.  you exercise until your face turns red.

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Bill Withers

Bill Withers is an American singer and song writer. He was born on July 4, 1938 in West Virginia. Bill joined the US Navy when he was 18 and served for 9 years. Afterwards, he moved to California and began his music career. Bill Withers has written some of the most well known songs of our time; “Ain’t No Sunshine“, “Grandma’s Hands“, “Just The Two Of Us” and many more. Below you can listen to Bill sing his song, “Lean On Me”. Also below is a video of the song with lyrics you can read.

Let us know what you think about the song in the comments section.

Is it a happy song or a sad song?

What does the phrase ‘lean on me‘ mean?

Do you have someone to ‘lean on‘ or does someone often ‘lean on‘ you?

What does the phrase ‘swallow your pride’ mean?

Have you ever had to ‘swallow your pride‘?

Listen to some of Bill Withers’ other songs and tell us what you’re favorite is.

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All About Fall

Fall, also called autumn, is the months September, October, and November.


In the fall, the leaves change color and fall off the trees.

In the fall, people rake leaves.

In the fall, the weather gets cooler.

Fall comes after summer and before winter.

Halloween is in the fall.

Thanksgiving is in the fall.

A man named Vivaldi wrote a piece of music called “The Four Seasons.” Here’s the autumn part:

Think you know all about fall? Take the quiz to test your knowledge:


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Idiom of the Week: Turn Over a New Leaf

Meaning: To change your behavior for the better.


That’s it – I’m quitting smoking! I’m turning over a new leaf!

A lot of people try to turn over a new leaf when the New Year begins.

She decided to turn over a new leaf and start studying harder.

Pop Quiz:

You might be turning over a new leaf if you…

A.  start exercising more regularly.

B.  totally stop exercising.

C.  continue exercising the same amount you usually do.

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