I will never forget my very first conversation with an American. He was an employee at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. I was a new arrival, highly exhausted after almost 20 hours of flight. Upon landing I found myself overwhelmed by homesickness, and very badly wanted to find a telephone to call my parents. I…

Many of you, including our own blogger Nick, have suggested using American songs as a way to practice English.  Well, the holiday season is filled with classic Christmas carols that are great for just that purpose. Some Christmas carols have been around so long that they use beautiful archaic language like “hither and thither,” which…