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If I could go back in time, and give one valuable piece of information to my younger self, what might that be? This is a question prompt from Wyzant's Tutors Blog. I would tell Rachel Jr. to stay focused. In every young mind willing to learn, there is a conscience that one can choose to listen to or ignore for the time being. Never put off today's struggle for tomorrow's hardship. Once you... read more

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I am in China right now from December 13-January 4 visiting my father who lives here in Hangzhou, a city just three hours south of Shanghai. He and his wife have just welcomed a baby boy into the world and are spending a great deal of time caring for him and preparing the house for my visit. My little brother's name is Benjamin, and he was born on November 2, 2012. I am so glad that there is... read more

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There are many resources online to help ESL students learn English on their own time. Many dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster (www.m-w.com) and Larousse (www.larousse.com) offer audio prompts for those struggling with precise pronunciation. No two people pronounce words exactly the same in everyday life, but these sites can recite the words for you in all the acceptable pronunciations. Merriam-Webster... read more

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I recently discovered a podcast that is a great tool for English speakers to learn more about the language they use every day. It is a National Public Radio show called "A Way with Words." People can call in with their language questions, and often learn about their "etymological heritage" through a brief conversation with Grant and Martha, the word gurus. It is not necessary... read more