Monthly Archives: September 2015

Awesome Adjective: Unique

Meaning: Very special.


She has a unique personality. I’ve never met anyone like her.

Your style is so unique! Where do you buy your clothes?

I knew it was him even though I only heard his footsteps. He has a unique way of walking.

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of unique?

A.  Original

B.  Extraordinary

C.  Common

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Rats, the Subway, and Pizza

Here’s a video that’s been very popular on the Internet in the past few days. It has three things that say New York: a rat, the subway, and a slice of pizza!

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Idiom of the Week: Have a Good Head on One’s Shoulders

Meaning: To be reasonable; to be mature; to have common sense.


In order to be president you have to have a good head on your shoulders.

I don’t worry about my daughter because she has a good head on her shoulders.

He used to do crazy stuff but now he has a good head on his shoulders.

Pop Quiz:

A person with a good head on his or her shoulders

A.  is responsible.

B.  thinks before acting.

C.  does foolish things all the time.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Forgetful Revisited

Here’s a classic video from Sesame Street starring Forgetful Jones, whose name uses last week’s Awesome Adjective.

In the video Forgetful Jones can’t remember what his job is. Watch the video, then try to answer the question “What does Forgetful Jones do?” Click on “Continue reading” to see the answer:

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Grammar Review: In, At, & On


We use “in” for cities. states, countries, and rooms:

I live in New York City.

I live in New York State.

I live in the United States.

I’m in the bathroom.

We use “at” for places like work, home, school, or stores – and also for addresses.

I’m at work.

I’m at home.

I study English at University Settlement.

University Settlement is at 184 Eldridge Street.

I’m at Macy’s.

We use on for floors, islands, and streets:

I live on the second floor.

The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island.

University Settlement is on Eldridge Street.

I live on 12th Avenue.

Watch this video to learn more, and afterwards take the quiz to test your understanding:


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The Ropes Revisited

Here are some images from the web using last week’s idiom – just click on any of them for a larger view:

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