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Everyday English

Pumpkin Spice and Other Fads

Sometimes there is a sudden popular thing or style that everybody knows about and follows. Today, I'm talking about pumpkin spice, which is a seasonal trend in the United States. 

Here are some natural expressions you can use to talk about this kind of situation in English.

Watch the video about pumpkin spice and try to catch how the following expressions are used.

[embed]https://youtu.be/ni_UagGX9No[/embed] (more…)

By Laura, ago
United States Culture

Holidays!

People in the United States just finished celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the New Year. December and the end of November are so full of different holidays and celebrations that the time period is simply referred to as "the holidays." Now that the holidays are all over, let's take a minute to look forward to what's next.

Examples of "the holidays":holiday pumpkins
  • What are you doing for the holidays?
  • I am spending the holidays with my family.
  • Happy holidays!
Just for fun, I have put together a list of five other traditions that we celebrate in the United States that are holidays, but are not part of "the holidays". (more…)

By Laura, ago