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The U.S. in Words #9: All Good Things Come to an End

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 10:51 am

The ninth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. All good things come to an end = English idiom I’ve just finished my program at Susquehanna University. Even though my column is called “The U.S. in Words,” there are hardly enough words to explain how I feel. […]

The US in Words #8: Dang It! (The Most Polite Way to Express My GRE Frustration)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 10:53 am

The eighth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. Dang it = Exclamation to express frustration or anger, a more polite version of “damn it” Applying to graduate school is a long and complex process that begins well before you actually send in an application. While some of […]

The US in Words #7: YOLO (Finding a Better Version of Myself)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 10:54 am

The seventh in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. YOLO = You only live once A friend who I had met at a hostel in Philadelphia recommended I get a tattoo with the inscription “YOLO,” which stands for “You Only Live Once.” I hadn’t heard the phrase […]

The U.S. in Words #5: Like Apples and Oranges (Learning to Greet Americans)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Saturday, January 5th, 2013 at 9:00 am

The fifth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. Like apples and oranges = completely different from each other, not comparable One thing I was confident about before I arrived in the U.S. was that I knew how to greet people there.I come from a Latin American country […]

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The US in Words #4: Spreading Myself Too Thin (How I Do Everything… Almost)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at 10:58 am

The fourth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. Spreading oneself too thin – Making more commitments than can be fulfilled As I write these lines I’m thinking about the oral interviews I have to hold for my 60 Spanish students, the novel I have to finish […]

The US in Words #3: Buckle Up (and Other Adventures Driving in America)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at 9:25 am

The third in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. To buckle up = to put on a seat belt Because I teach English as a Foreign Language, and I’ve been constantly improving my language skills for over 20 years, I have always been pretty confident about my […]

The U.S. in Words #2: Dodging the Bullet (How Sandy Affected My Community)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 10:37 am

The second in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. Dodged the bullet (or dodged a bullet) – Got lucky, avoided a bad outcome I remember being horrified by the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, empathizing with the Louisiana inhabitants in Katrina’s aftermath, and being shocked by the images […]

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The U.S. in Words #1: In Hog Heaven (and More Ways to be Excited)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 9:35 am

Editor’s note: Paula is an English as a Foreign Language teacher by training, so she’ll be sharing her experience in the U.S. through the phrases she’s learning, and the valuable words that describe her feelings and experiences.  So check back regularly for Paula’s special series, “The U.S. in Words.”  And don’t forget, if you’re looking […]

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