Monthly Archives: February 2012

Idiom of the Week

R & R

Meaning:  rest and relaxation (or recreation, recuperation, recovery); to enjoy time by not doing anything to difficult or tiring.

*R&R might also mean Rock and Roll (a type of music)

For example:

  • I need some R & R. I’ve been working too hard.
  • You look so tired! You can’t keep your eyes open and you smell like you haven’t showered in a week. Take a break, get some R&R.
  • Student: Where were you this weekend?

           Joe: I was home, getting some R & R. Now I’m back and feel great!

  • Poor Tom, he doesn’t enjoy R&R. All he does is focus on work and studies, that’s no way to go through life.
Pop Quiz:

What is the best example of R&R?

  1. Playing computer games
  2. Going to the Caribbean for a week
  3. Babysitting for your cousin

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What Did You Do During the Vacation?

Welcome back to class! Did you have a good vacation? We asked Class 2B what they did during the vacation – watch the video to hear their answers:

How about you? What did you do? To share what you did during the vacation, leave a comment.

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Idiom of the Week

surf the web / surf the net

Meaning:  to look at Web sites on a computer; to browse around in the contents of the Internet

For example:

  • I spend about one hour everyday surfing the net.
  • All she wants to do is surf the web, she never comes out with us.
  • Joe: How did you find out about University Settlement’s Adult Literacy Program?

          Student: I was just surfing the net for information about ESL classes.

  • He had some questions about the country he was going to visit, so he surfed the web for answers.
Pop Quiz:You are surfing the net when you
  1. Send someone an email
  2. Play games with your friends
  3. Read the day’s news headlines

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Khanh Au: Student of the Month

Khanh Au is the Adult Literacy Program’s Student of the Month for February. Khanh is in Class 2A, and he brings a lot of enthusiasm and humor to the class. Congratulations, Khanh!

Here’s a short video of Khanh talking about his life:

Here’s Khanh’s autobiography:

My name is Khanh. When I was young, I worked hard at a textile factory in Vietnam and then, Vietnam went to war. I joined the army, so I was a soldier until the war ended in 1975.

In 1999, I emigrated to the U.S. I have been in New York for over 12 years. I had to work hard for my family for 10 years. In 2009, I retired and now I have a chance to study English in this center. I feel I’m very happy. Now, I enjoy my life in New York. I watch TV every morning and enjoy my music and go swimming. So I feel my retired life is very very good!

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Today is Presidents Day!

Presidents Day is a United States federal holiday that celebrates the birth of George Washington. The holiday is on the third Monday in February. This also celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which is February 12.

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States, from 1789 to 1797. He was also the commander in chief of all American forces during the American Revolutionary War. For his central role in the beginning of the United States, he is often called the father of his country.

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809  – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States. He served as president from 1861 to 1865, during the American Civil War. Lincoln is remembered as the “Great Emancipator” because he worked to end slavery in the United States.

To take a quiz about Abraham Lincoln, click here.

For more information about all of the U.S. presidents, click here.

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Idiom of the week

music to my ears

Meaning: Some good news; a welcome sound to someone; news that someone is pleased to hear; when someone tells you something you wanted to hear

For example:

  • Leanne: Here’s your paycheck for this month.

          Michael: Ah, that’s music to my ears!

  • It was music to my ears when my teacher told me I got an A+ on my test.
  • When I came home to a quiet house it was music to my ears.
Pop Quiz: What would be music to your ears?
  1. Hearing your lotto numbers on the radio.
  2. Your boss telling you that you need to work late.
  3. Going to hear your favorite singer perform.

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