Learn English Vocabulary: Understand Popular Christmas Carols

Once Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season officially begins, it’s difficult to avoid Christmas carols piping through the speakers of public spaces all over the United States. As a native English speaker, I admittedly sang these songs for years without actually understanding what they meant; many contain idioms and old English terms that are not commonly used in conversational English. This post explains the meaning of four popular Christmas carols.

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Tips for Learning English Vocabulary: Using a Word Web

For those students desiring to improve their mastery of English, I have found that nothing works better than the Word Web. A Word Web is a way to graphically organize facts, ideas and/words and can help you learn and remember new English vocabulary.

Using Word Webs to learn English is an incredibly efficient way to gain new vocabulary and understanding without having to learn the precise definitions to every word (which can, of course, be later gleaned from advanced reading, instruction, etc.).

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Business English Student Profile: Yuka Shirosaka, employee of Japanese food manufacturer

Yuka Shirosaka, a recent graduate of the Bridge Business English program, gave a presentation about the company she works for, Suntory, which is the number one Japanese food and beverage manufacturer. We interviewed her after her presentation to hear how it went and to learn more about her experience as a student in the Bridge Business English course.

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BridgeEnglish Denver is Now Downtown!

Since 1986, BridgeEnglish Denver has been serving thousands of international students at our learning center on South Colorado Boulevard. Over the years, we have grown significantly in this space and have evolved to be at the forefront of the international education industry. To continue to improve our services and to offer more opportunities to our students, we have made the big decision to move to a new location in downtown Denver!

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Learn an American Idiom: “I Lost My Train of Thought!”

Have you ever heard an English speaker say a phrase or expression that just doesn’t make any literal sense to you and seems out of place in the conversation? If so, it was probably an idiom, or popular expression. Idioms are great to learn because they are commonly used in everyday language and knowing them will increase your English fluency! This month’s idiomatic expression is “I lost my train of thought.”

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