Saffle Says --- Lessons for English Learners

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Monday, February 19, 2007


SAKURA_MS, originally uploaded by Michael Saffle.

I'm looking forward to the spring so much. It's very cold right now in D.C. It's been below freezing almost all month! I need to visit Hawaii.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year!

I went to a Chinese New Year party last night and had a great time. We were told to wear red for good luck. Did you do anything to celebrate the lunar new year? Let me know! Gong Xi Fa Cai!


My New TV! WOW!

My New TV! WOW!, originally uploaded by Michael Saffle.

Happy Chinese New Year!

It's the year of the Pig and I went to a Chinese New Year party in Washington D.C. last night. I was told to wear red so I put on my favorite ice hockey jersey. Did anyone else celebrate the new year? Let me know! Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Monday, February 12, 2007

Idiom Lesson

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Enjoy today's lesson!


Run that by me again?

This is another way to ask someone to repeat something. For example,
"I'm sorry, I didn't hear that. Could you please run that by me again?"

The whole nine yards

everything that is relevant; the whole thing.
"She took everything with her when she left him. Her clothes, her book, even her cat, the whole nine yards!"

Junk Mail

The unsolicited advertisements and flyers you get in the mail, both at home and in your email account.
"I'm sick of junk mail! I get a hand full from the post office and then 100 spam emails in my inbox. When will it end?"