Black Sheep VS Dark Horse

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s compare the idioms “black sheep” and “dark horse”. They are both about animals but their meanings are totally different and they are not to be confused. Black Sheep: What does “black sheep” mean? When you say someone is a black sheep of his/her group or family, you mean that the person: is considered …

Over the Moon

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “over the moon”. What does “over the moon” mean? This idiom is used todescribe one’s mood: very pleased extremely happy ecstatic in high spirits How to use it? Add “about” or “with”: be over the moon about/with something Examples: Her daughter just gave birth to a healthy …

Simple Past VS Present Perfect

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In the past two weeks, we learned how to change regular and irregular verbs into the simple past tense. In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we take a look at the differences between the simple past tense and the present perfect tense. Many English learners confuse these two tenses. We summarize the differences between the two in this table …

Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs

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Some words take on double duty by serving as more than just one part of speech. In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at words that are both nouns and verbs! Nouns vs. Verbs Noun: a word that represents a person, place, thing or idea. Verb: a word that presents an action, state or occurrence. Words …

Extensive Reading Activities

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Extensive reading is an important approach to language learning that is often overlooked as a classroom activity. In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s take a look at what extensive reading is, its benefits, and reading activities you can try by yourself. What is extensive reading? Extensive reading is when you: read enjoyable and level-appropriate materials develop general reading skills by …

Wordfest Calgary Sep – Dec 2020

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Last Thursday, we explored the importance of reading in one of our “English Learning Tips” articles. In this article, let’s take a look at this event happening in Calgary right now, which is perfect for kindling (or rekindling) your passion for reading. Wordfest is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization that produces one of Canada’s largest international literary festivals, taking place …

How to Identify and Avoid Fraud and Scam

  How to Identify and Avoid Scams and Fraud Useful Resources Vocabulary List Knowledge Check Useful Downloads Actors and References Video Transcript   This video is available in simple English, with subtitles translated into the following languages عربى 中文 فارسی Français हिंदी Español ትግርኛ     Useful Resources Fraud Prevention The Alberta government has a page on fraud prevention: https://www.alberta.ca/fraud-prevention.aspx …