Saffle Says --- Lessons for English Learners

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Summer Vacation Starts Tomorrow!

Hello from Washington D.C. I am getting ready for my summer vacation and will leave for Colombia tomorrow. I have never been to South America before so this is very exciting for me. I will try to post pictures to this website while I am there.

I have a few new expressions that I would like to share.

Preaching to the choir: When making an argument to someone that already agrees with you. "I was telling Frank why I think Obama should be the next president when he told me I was preaching to the choir. He was going to vote for Obama as well."

Pretty [adjective]: When you add pretty in front of an adjective it means "very." For example. "The tornado was pretty scary", means the same as "The tornado was very scary."

Tunred the page: To go from one stage of life to the next. "Sarah looked like she has finally turned the page and gotten on with her life after the divorce."

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

IIE Softball (Aaron Mitich at bat)

Let's Play Ball! You will hear that more and more as spring turns into summer. I know that a lot of countries enjoy "America's Past Time" and I wonder who else likes to play baseball. In this video my colleague and friend Aaron is up to bat. We both play on our companies official softball team. This was our second game of the season. We lost in extra innings that day but it was a heck of a lot of fun.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Bad Hair Day

Originally uploaded by Michael Saffle
I was having a bad hair day this weekend. On Saturday I decided to do something about it! I went to my favorite barber shop in Northern Virginia. This reminds me of the expression, "Shave and a hair cut, two bits." Have you ever heard of that? Next podcast I will go over that one. It requires me to sing a little.