Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy May Day!

We don't really celebrate May Day in the U.S. In other countries it is a day for workers.   When I was a little kid, we used to dance around the Maypole, kind of like in the video above (but not as coordinated!)  It goes on for a long time.  You only need to watch it for a minute or so to get the idea!

Here's some vocabulary from this week:

She cleaned all day and the house looked impeccable.
Right back
I’ll be right back.
Settle down (1)
Settle down) (2)
Get married
Calm down
A lot of people settle down in their thirties. (1)
Okay kids, stop jumping and screaming.  Settle down! (2)
Cool down (1)
Cool down (2)
Get less hot
Calm down
It’s really cooled down since yesterday. (1)
You are too upset.  You need to cool down before you talk to him. (2)
Run away
Some unhappy children run away from home.
Set up
Arrange something, especially people
It usually doesn’t work when you set people up on a blind date.
Run out
Disappear, come to an end
Denise always runs out of papers in class.
Enjoy ____ company
She is my best friend.  I really enjoy her company.
Blind date
Be set up on a date with someone you do not know
He set us up on a blind date but it didn’t work out.
It may be for the best
Something bad happened but it might be better this way
My blind date was bad, but it may be for the best because I met someone at school today.
Work out in the end
Something bad happened but it ended well
We’ve had some problems but I’m sure it will work out in the end.
Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched
Don’t be too sure that something good you hope for will really happen. It might not happen after all.
When I told my teacher that I will go to Level 7, she told me not to count my chickens before they’re hatched!


Monday, April 18, 2016


San Francisco street after 1906 earthquake

This past weekend there were terrible earthquakes in Japan and in Ecuador.  We also get earthquakes here in San Francisco.  In fact, today is the anniversary of the biggest earthquake we ever had here.  it was on this day in 1906.

It is important to be prepared for the next earthquake.  Please go to these sites for more information: