Saffle Says --- Lessons for English Learners

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

In London's Chinatown

In London's Chinatown, originally uploaded by Michael Saffle.

Have you ever been to the UK? This is my first trip and I am having fun. Where should I visit while I'm here?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Let's Shoot the Breeze!

It's March and I could not be happier to have a new podcast for you all. Tonight I had the chance to chat with GEC member Steve Yang who lives in China. If anyone else would like to find me search for GenkiEnglishClub on You can also email me at if you have any comments or questions.

Today's Idioms:

Don't count your chickens until (before) they hatch (they've hatched).: Don't assume that something will happen until it has happened.

"Hey Johnny, are you going to the game tonight? I'm sure the Capitols will win!"
"Don't count your chickens before they hatch, man. The Capitols haven't won a game in a long time."

rain or shine: (describing something scheduled) no matter what the weather is.
"Are we going out for dinner next week?"
"Yeah, come rain or shine I'll be there."

shoot the breeze: make relaxed, casual conversation.
"What were you and Risa talking about at lunch today? It looked really important."
"Oh, that was nothing. We were just shooting the breeze."

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Fulbright Students visit Washington D.C.

I had a bunch of visitors come to my friend's apartment in Washington D.C. Fulbright is a wonderful program that sends Americans abroad and students and teachers around the world to America. Internationalization!