Happy Easter Everyone!

English: Easter eggs Deutsch: Osterreier im ge...

Easter Fingerplay
Five little Easter eggs, lovely colors wore
Mother ate the blue one, then there were four
Four little Easter eggs, two and two you see
Daddy ate the red one, then there were three
Three little Easter eggs, before I knew
Sister ate the yellow one, then there were two
Two little Easter egg, Oh what fun
Brother ate the purple one, then there was one
One little Easter egg, see me run
I ate the last one, and then there were none

Website with Easter Poems for Kids


Happy Easter!




Top Language: Table Talk

Top Language

This post will be looking at the word TABLE and how we can use it every day.

Let’s start with Table the noun….furniture with 4 legs with a top that we eat on.

Here are a few common collocations:

  • The dinner table: where you have dinner with the family
  • A night table: found next to your bed
  • A coffee table: found in the living room
  • A roundtable: meeting at which people discuss something & have equal say.
  • Table manners: behavior you have when eating at the table

I was talking about chores for kids with a learner this week & three verbs came up. We perform these actions every day & kids can do them too.

  •  To set the table: to place plates, cutlery, glasses & napkins on a table before a meal
  • To clear the table: to remove the dishes from the table after a meal & pop them into the dishwasher or sink.
  • To clean the table: use a rag or paper towel  with detergent to wipe a table of dirt or fingerprints.
A table set for two people.

A table set for two people. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Useful idioms:

  • I will put my cards on the table. I don’t like the way you speak to me. It’s disrespectful. (i.e. to tell someone honestly what you think or what you plan to do. Origin from card games like poker)
  • You should wait before making big changes. Get your feet under the table! (i.e. get used to the new job. Origin related to a new desk)
  • My brother can drink me under the table.  (i.e.  someone that can drink a lot more alcohol than another person).
  • The tables are turned. He’s got control now. (i.e. situation changes and the person at a disadvantage is on top now)
  • The board decided to table the proposal to after Easter. (i.e. decide to postpone a decision to a later date)

Fluency Builder: Discuss the following with a chat buddy or your teacher

  1. If a person has good table manners, how does that person behave at a dinner table?
  2. What do you keep on your night table?
  3. Who sets and clears the table at your house? Do you place your fork on the right or left?
  4. How long did it take to get your feet under the table in your current job?


In These Shoes by Kirsty McColl

This tune is a cross between a jazzy female voice and  a ‘Buenavista Social Club” beat. Having a drink with friends is grand!  Top language to learn is ‘No way, José!” which is refusing  phraseology  that means ‘Absolutely not!’ . I chose this song because it’s quite easy to sing along  to & you can practice a little Spanish as well. Enjoy!


I once met a man with a sense of adventure
He was dressed to thrill wherever he went
He said “Let’s make love on a mountain top
Under the stars on a big hard rock”
I said “In these shoes?
I don’t think so”
I said “Honey, let’s do it here.

“So I’m sitting at a bar in Guadalajara
In walks a guy with a faraway look in his eyes
He said “I’ve got as powerful horse outside
Climb on the back, I’ll take you for a ride
I know a little place, we can get there for the break of day.
I said “In these shoes?
No way, Jose
I said “Honey, let’s stay right here.”

No le gusta caminar. No puede montar a caballo
(She doesn’t like to walk, she can’t ride a horse)
Como se puede bailar? Es un escandolo
(But the way she dances, it’s a scandal)

Then I met an Englishman
“Oh” he said
“Won’t you walk up and down my spine,
It makes me feel strangely alive.”
I said “In these shoes?
I doubt you’d survive.”
I said “Honey, let’s do it.
Let’s stay right here.”

No le gusta caminar. No puede montar a caballo
Como se puede bailar? Es un escandolo


English: Stiletto heels

English: Stiletto heels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vocabulary Boost:

  • Dressed to thrill:: dressed to excite
  • A  faraway look: daydreaming of something else
  • The break of day: dawn, sunrise
  • No way, Jose!: rhyming expression that means absolutely not.
  • My spine: Back bone that supports the body and serves as the channel for nerve passage

Fluency Builder: Learn with your friends by answering these questions in English together.

  1. What do the lyrics mean ? 
  2. Can you describe the video?
  3. Do you like high-heels?
  4. Have you ever been to Mexico on vacation?
  5. Have you ever been horseback or motorbike riding? What’s it like?


p.s. Dedicated to GC and the drive back from  the BPW dinner



What’s your take on the meaning of life?


Can this kid be real? He is 9 years old. He philosophizes on the meaning of life, the universe & our destiny like a big person. Zia Hassan, a multimedia artist, interviewed this little boy to get his take on the meaning of life. I could not have answered half of the questions because my consequential approach to life would have stopped me from answering spontaneously. Great post by Stombo & his team.

Galaxies are so large that stars can be consid...

Galaxies are so large that stars can be considered particles next to them (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fluency Builder:Language is quite simple so here are the questions that you could try to answer with your friends or a teacher.

  • Describe yourself in relation to the universe?
  • Are there life forms on other planets?
  • Are there multiple universes?
  • What is the meaning of our lives?
  • Are the events in life pre-destined?
  • What kind of space do sports and music have in your life?


English Phraseology: An Italian Easter

English: Lindt Golden Bunny (Barcelona), 6 de ...

With Easter being just around the corner, I planned this blog post in honor of this joyous spring feast. I remember wearing my crochet white knee-high socks, floral-printed dress and shiny ballerinas on Easter Sunday. No matter how cold it was in Montreal that spring, this was my outfit.

Reason for Reading:
I found a very interesting article on EASTER in Italy. I thought it would be cool for Italians to learn how to explain their traditions in English & non-Italians could discover what Easter in Italy was like. Here is the article: Pasqua: Easter Lunch In Italy

Flower Lingo:
Here are my top 5 favorite Traditional Easter Flowers. Click on the link and see what they look like. This activity can easily inspire your Easter bouquet.

Easter Idioms:

  • Lorenzo didn’t want to pick on Harry but his friends egged him on. (i.e. to encourage or dare someone to do something that may be unwise or dangerous.)
  • The investor regretted putting all his eggs in one basket. (i.e. Do not risk everything by placing too many hopes on one thing)
  • My boss is really nervous in this period. When we work together, I feel like I’m walking on egg shells.(i.e. to do something cautiously, try hard not to upset someone)
  • Jane didn’t come home last night. Her dad stayed up waiting for her. He’s hopping mad. (i.e. to be really angry)
  • Jerry’s parents started saving up for his college tuition long ago. This nest egg is waiting for him.(i.e. an amount of money that is saved over a usually long period of time to pay for something in the future)
  • I hopped on the bandwagon this spring and switched to a smart phone. (i.e. To become involved in an activity that has gained popularity recently)

Easter Tongue Twisters: Listen and Repeat

Each Easter, Eddie eats eighty eggs.

Baby bunnies bounced bright balls beyond Bunnyland borders

Fluency Builder: Discuss the following questions with your friends or teacher.

  1. What do you like most about Easter?
  2. Have you planned anything special for this Easter?
  3. Do you observe lent? Do you fast on Good Friday?
  4. Have you ever taken part in an Egg Hunt?
  5. What’s your favorite Easter dish?
  6. Do you prefer chocolate bunnies, hard-boiled eggs  or jelly beans?

Hope this special Easter post got you ready to speak about this festivity.

Happy Easter everyone!


Top Language: Snoozeville

Sleepy Thoughts

Sleepy Thoughts (Photo credit: coreycam)


Top Language


Where is Snoozeville exactly? I can get there very quickly if the people I am listening to are boring!


To snooze means to sleep lightly for a short period of time. Snoozeville is used when something is boring and makes you sleep. It’s actually pretty funny . What do you think?


Here are a few examples in context:


  • His presentations get me to Snoozeville faster than my sleeping pills. 
  • Have you seen the latest Paris Hilton flick? Snoooooooozeville!
  • James, are you ok? It seems like your going to Snoozeville.






Stefano Faita’s Pizza Dough Recipe

English: Picture of an authentic Neapolitan Pi...

English: Picture of an authentic Neapolitan Pizza Margherita taken by Valerio Capello on September 6th 2005 in a pizzeria (“I Decumani”) located on the Via dei Tribunali in Naples. Italiano: Fotografia di un’autentica pizza Margherita napoletana scattata da Valerio Capello il 6 settembre 2005 nella pizzeria “I Decumani” situata in Via dei Tribunali a Napoli. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Saturday morning and the weekend is officially here. I have decided to share my brother’s pizza recipe so you can have a little fun in the kitchen this weak-end. My favorite topping on pizza is diced tomatoes,Italian sausage , mozzarella, oregano, a sprinkle of parmesan and olive oil.  Yum!


2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup semolina
1 cup warm water
2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. salt


  • In a bowl combine flour, semolina, and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.
  • Stir the yeast mixture into the flour mixture. Form into a ball. Remove from bowl and knead until smooth and elastic, about 7 to 8 minutes, adding more flour if dough is sticky.
  • Put the ball of dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Store dough in a warm place until it doubles in volume, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Punch down dough. Cut dough in half. Roll each piece out to form a 10-inch round.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Top the pizza dough with tomato sauce, cheeses and/or your choice of toppings.
  • Bake pizza until crust is golden brown and crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Here is the Original Post from In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita.

Vocabulary Boost:

  • Yeast: substance used in baking to make dough rise
  • Set aside: keep on the side for a while
  • Dissolve: to mix with a liquid and become part of that liquid
  • A bowl: a container one places food in
  • To knead: to press and squeeze dough with your hands
  • Dough: mixture of flour, water and other ingredients that is baked & makes bread or cookies
  • Sticky: when a substance attaches to your fingers
  • Preheat: turn on over to reach desired temperature
  • To Top: to place ingredients on top of other ingredients
  • Topping: ingredients that are placed on top in a recipe (i.e. tomatoes & cheese on pizza, chocolate sauce on a sundae, mozzarella on a lasagna)

Fluency Builder: Discuss the following questions with your teacher or a friend.

  1. What’s your favorite pizza topping?
  2. Have you ever made pizza at home?
  3. Describe your local pizzeria.
  4. Do you buy frozen pizza? What’s your favorite brand?


Somebody by Depeche Mode


As a teen, DPM was one of my favorite bands but Somebody was not my favorite song. Over the years, I guess I got older and wiser. It has become one of my all-time favorite pieces of music. The message it conveys is what every human being longs for and tries so very hard to find over the course of a life time. Enjoy the song and I hope you can listen to it with your beloved by your side.


I want somebody to share
Share the rest of my life
Share my innermost thoughts
Know my intimate details
Someone who’ll stand by my side
And give me support
And in return
She’ll get my support
She will listen to me
When I want to speak
About the world we live in
And life in general
Though my views may be wrong
They may even be perverted
She’ll hear me out
And won’t easily be converted
To my way of thinking
In fact she’ll often disagree
But at the end of it all
She will understand me
And I….

I want somebody who cares
For me passionately
With every thought
With every breath
Someone who’ll help me see things
In a different light
All the things I detest
I will almost like
I don’t want to be tied
To anyone’s strings
I’m carefully trying to steer clear of
Those things
But when I’m asleep
I want somebody
Who will put their arms around me
And kiss me tenderly
Though things like this
Make me sick
In a case like this
I’ll get away with it
And in a place like this
I’ll get away with it
And I….

Vocabulary Boost:

  • Innermost: the deepest part of something
  • To hear someone out: to listen to someone
  • In a different light: with a different perspective
  • To detest: to hate
  • To be tied to strings: to be committed
  • To steer clear: to avoid
  • Tenderly: delicate and sweet
  • To get away with it: to avoid blame, punishment or criticism for something

Fluency Builder: Discuss the following questions with your teacher or a friend.

  1. Who is your confidant?
  2. Can you describe the world we live in?
  3. Has a situation ever converted your way of thinking?
  4. Who understands you the most?
  5. What do you detest most in the world?
  6. Do you remember your first kiss?

p.s. this one goes out to the cover sung so long ago by I.A.N.!

Top Language: To Get Cold Feet

Top Language

To get cold feet’ means to suddenly become frightened to do something that’s been planned. Instinctively, I bet the etymology comes from the reaction one gets when entering the sea when the water is cold. One hesitate before going in, right?

Here are a few examples in context:

  • They are getting married next Saturday as long as Tracy doesn’t get cold feet.
  • I quit work to travel for a year. I starting to get cold feet. Was it the right decision?
  • Silvia always gets cold feet before a speech.

A similar expression is ‘to chicken out‘.  This is actually a false friend for many language learners. Italians, for instance,  associate a rabbit to being frightened and not a chicken.

Fluency Builder:

My feet

My feet (Photo credit: Matthew T Rader)

    1. Do you think it’s normal to get cold feet before your wedding?
    2. Do you get cold feet before a presentation?


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Business Class: Come on…Spill The Beans!



When someone spills the beans, they tell a secret to others. We use it when we want someone to tell us a secret but it can also be used when we are speaking about a someone who had a big mouth and told a secret. Remember that when you spill something, you let it out by accident. There is no official explanation for the beans as of yet. They often hypothesis that it stems from the bean count for secret elections in Ancient Greece but this has not been proven. If the imagery helps you remember, more power to you!

English: "Painted Pony" dry bean (Ph...

English: “Painted Pony” dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are a few examples in context:

  1. Are they organizing a party for my birthday? Come on…spill the beans?
  2. Mrs Rose was questioned by the investigator about her relationship with the politician. She spilled the beans and said she had been dating him for 2 years.
  3. You can ask Jerry about the layoff  but he is very reserved. He would never spill the beans.