Turkey Idioms
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Turkey Idioms

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we have some turkey-related idioms that are sure to make you laugh! Cold Turkey Stop something immediately. Some people quit smoking by smoking less and less each day until eventually, they do not smoke any cigarettes at all. Not me. I quit cold turkey.  Have you ever quit...

10 Phrasal Verbs for Casual Conversation
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10 Phrasal Verbs for Casual Conversation

Phrasal verbs are a part of everyday conversation for English speakers. The following are commonly used in casual conversation. Understanding them will allow you to confidently have a casual conversation. 10 Phrasal Verbs for Casual Conversation Be up to Definition: Doing something. Example: What have you been up to lately? Example: What are you up...

Grammar Lesson of the Month: Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs
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Grammar Lesson of the Month: Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs

Do you know the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs? Understanding the difference will improve your English speech and writing. Grammar Lesson of the Month: Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs Types of Transitive Verbs Transitive verbs use an object. The object can be a noun, a phrase, or a pronoun. Transitive verb with a noun A...

Why Your English Isn’t Improving
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Why Your English Isn’t Improving

Do you study and study English but feel like your language skills are not improving? Perhaps you are making some of these very common mistakes. Why Your English Isn’t Improving You aren’t getting enough practice speaking Speaking skills can be some of the most difficult to improve, mainly because it requires many hours of speaking...

“SO” + Adverbs and Adjectives (+ Things that are “SO” San Diego)
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“SO” + Adverbs and Adjectives (+ Things that are “SO” San Diego)

In the English language, we use the word “so” in several different ways. Each way allows us to speak with more emphasis; some uses of the word “so”  are more typically “Southern Californian” than others. Learn the most common ways of using the word “so” here! “SO” + Adverbs and Adjectives (and Things that are...

Grammar Lesson of the Month: Latin in English
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Grammar Lesson of the Month: Latin in English

“Omnia mutantur, nihil interit (everything changes, nothing perishes).” ― Ovid, Metamorphoses People often say that English comes from Latin. But how “Latin” is English? According to experts, English is about 29% Latin. Understanding the origins of English (and specifically how Latin works within it) will help you have a better understanding of the English language. Latin...

Paddleboarding in Mission Beach + “Paddle” Idioms
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Paddleboarding in Mission Beach + “Paddle” Idioms

“Always behave like a duck. Keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like hell underwater.” San Diego is a dream for water sports lovers: the warm weather makes it possible to enjoy the water longer than other parts of the U.S., and the city’s many beaches provide the perfect places to surf, bodysurf,...

“Heat” Expressions in English + Water Parks in California
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“Heat” Expressions in English + Water Parks in California

The weather is heating up, but in California there are plenty of places to cool off! In addition to exploring California’s many beautiful beaches, lakes, and rivers, CISL students have the option of enjoying some of the world’s best water parks. Check them out: but first, learn some expressions with “heat!” Expressions with “Heat” In...

San Diego burger joints + burger and toppings idioms
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San Diego burger joints + burger and toppings idioms

American food isn’t all about cheeseburgers and fries, but let’s be honest: the burgers and fries here are absolutely delicious! Sometimes you just need a classic cheeseburger topped with all the “fixings” (melted cheese, ketchup, mustard, crisp lettuce, onions, and tangy pickles) and some warm, crispy, and salty fries . . . and San Diego...

Daily habits to improve your English + Synonyms for “daily”
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Daily habits to improve your English + Synonyms for “daily”

When you are a CISL student in San Diego or San Francisco, you attend class, complete your homework, and speak English inside and outside of class: you therefore have plenty of opportunities to practice English throughout the day! But what else can you do to improve your English skills? Incorporate these daily habits into your life and...