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Coffee

Aaahhh, there’s nothing better than that first cup ’o joe in the morning. Wait...cup ’o what?? "Cup ’o joe" is an American slang for cup of coffee. Ask any American why it’s called that, and they won’t be able to tell you. Nor will we, as no one seems to know its origin. However, this lesson is not without want, for today you will learn about the health benefits of this extremely addictive drink!

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:

  • Understand the use of present participle clauses "by helping"
  • Understand different uses of the word "grab"

The First Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving Day...the smell of turkey roasting in the oven, the sound of the football game on TV, and kids complaining to their parents that they're too old to sit at the kids table. Thanksgiving is the most celebrated holiday in the U.S. It's so special because it's a day when friends and family, no matter what their creeds or color, come together to celebrate and give thanks for all that they have. But what about the first Thanksgiving celebration? Who started it? And what were they thankful for? In today's lesson Ashley and Josh fill you in...

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:

  • Understand the use of present participle clauses with prepositions, "in keeping"
  • Have a better understanding of the American holiday, Thanksgiving

Christmas...An Unpopular Holiday?

When thinking of the Christmas season, what emotion comes to mind? Ok, Ok, aside from stress! Joy! Let's face it, once the presents have been bought, the trips to relatives' houses planned, and the Christmas dinner has been cooked, there's nothing better than being with family...and opening presents, of course! But this wasn't the case in Early America. Christmas was so unpopular that it was even banned for some years! Check out this lesson and get the scoop on why.

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:

  • Understand how to use "as a result", "by contrast", and "in contrast" correctly
  • Understand different uses of the word "favor"

Bogus 911

Some people have nothing better to do with their time than to joke around and annoy other people.  But let's face it, a quick prank call every once in a while has never killed anybody...or has it? In this lesson Ashley and Josh talk about calls to an emergency services number, that aren't exactly emergencies.

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:

  • Understand the use of hyphenated compound adjectives
  • Understand the different uses of the word "dispatch"

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