Let’s put our heads together to solve this problem! “Let’s put our heads together to think of some good ideas for our new project!” “Putting our heads together” means to “brainstorm” or think of new ideas or solutions with one or more people. Typically, when said in the office, it is a positive way to […]
In an earlier post, I shared idioms about talking. One of the idioms was “shoot the breeze.” “Shooting the breeze” is an idiom that actually means making small talk. Listen to Andrea from Study with Andrea shares her tip on this idiom. Following the video, let’s look at two examples of using this idiom. […]
Understanding idioms used in business discussions is important. Possibly, more important is understanding idioms or phrases used in casual discussions in the break room, in transit, or during lunch. In this series, I’ll share some idiom tutorials by Andrea of Study with Andrea. Today’s idiom is “On The Rocks.” It has two meanings. Take a […]
In today’s post, Matt Wade answers some questions about basketball and March Madness, especially for those who are new to the game and the country. 1. Are there any idioms or phrases people used related to basketball? “Seed” The tournament brackets consist of 4 groupings. The seeding in each bracket is 1 – 16, with […]
If you are looking for basic information on the Thanksgiving holiday, small talk tips for before and after the holiday, and what to expect if you are invited to an American’s home for Thanksgiving, this article is for you! When is Thanksgiving? Every fourth Thursday of November US Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. (Thanksgiving in Canada is […]
I moved from the US to live in India for a second time in early 2011. A few months after moving to Kochi in the southwestern state of Kerala, like any expat, I started feeling homesick. Below I share a few things I missed about my country (and still do).My Family and Friends. Believe it […]
If we were to sit and count possible cultural misunderstandings between the USA and India, we’d understand that there is a vast chasm of diverse mindsets and values between us. In this blog, I’d like to explore a few of the common cultural differences between the US and India. I do have a bit of […]
The fourth Thursday of every November is Thanksgiving in the US. Thanksgiving is a harvest festival (similar to Pongal or Onam in India). It commemorates the day the Native Americans and Pilgrims befriended each other and shared their first feast together near to Plymouth Rock in the state of Massachusetts. Typically most Americans have the […]
In this touching story, which is different than all my other blog posts, I share how covering up in a costume on Halloween helped one special person to uncover the greatness beneath and forge the new and scary path of soul searching. The mask Dave wore on Halloween gave him a new confidence. He […]
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