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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The 7 Social Media Slang Terms in English You Need to Know

Do you use any social media? You probably have an account on more than one platform. That isn’t surprising since nowadays, this is one of the ways we often choose to meet new people and stay connected with our friends and family. In the era of continuous migration, social media has become the lifeline that connects us to the world.

The fact that you’re reading this article on the internet already makes you part of this world without borders. But do you know how to speak the language of this international house? Do you really know the slang used on social media? Have you mastered the English acronyms used along with their meanings?

English Vocabulary for the Internet and Social Media

Not long ago, studying English in an academy was all that you needed to achieve a level that was good enough to communicate with the world without problems. But all that is changing by leaps and bounds. Nowadays, thanks to the contributions of the thousands of people who use English every day on social media – especially the youngest users – new words and abbreviations are constantly being born. To really be connected in this medium, you also need to know the slang. In this article, we want to tell you the abbreviations, the words, and all the internet vocabulary in English that you’ll need to navigate the cyber ocean. After reading, you’ll know exactly what to say as well as what others are talking about.

Abbreviations in English and Their Meaning 

Of everything that happens with English social media slang, keeping up with the acronyms is probably the most difficult. When you find a series of capital letters, it isn’t only necessary to know English, you also need to know the English used on social media networks. We’re going to explore some of the most used and fundamental acronyms so that you won’t miss anything that’s happening around you. 

  • Meaning: Ask Me Anything 
  • Source: Began as a series on Reddit. When an authority on a subject opens up the possibility of asking questions, they begin with that abbreviation: AMA. 
  • Where to find it: In forums or in conversations with experts 
  • How to use it: “Hi, I’m Sam and I came to tell you everything you want to know about phishing. AMA!” 
  • Meaning: Before Anyone Else 
  • Source: While Urban Dictionary considers this word to be a Danish term referring to faecal matter, it’s used across social media as an expression of love in English. It’s a replacement for “babe” (baby, love, sweetie, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.). 
  • Where to find it: In countless memes and posts 
  • How to use it: “I’m meeting bae tonight. I’ve missed him all week!!”
  • Meaning: (What) the f***? 
  • Source: Created as an alternative to the existing WTF acronym. 
  • Where to find it: In memes and posts that show surprise or astonishment 
How to use it: -Wanna go for a picnic in the graveyard? –No, man! Dafuq is wrong with you?

English Social Media Vocabulary 
Now that we’ve cleared up your doubts about the most commonly used English abbreviations, let’s see some of the slang that you’ll have to know when browsing the social media networks. This vocabulary will also be very helpful when you post since it will improve the reach of your posts and help increase your followers.

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Main Cooking Verbs

If you’re here, you probably like to cook, try new recipes, and search for exotic dishes on the internet to surprise your family or friends with. Or not. Maybe eating is what motivates you and you’d prefer to leave the experts with the onions that make you cry and the risk of burning themselves with oil when frying eggs. It’s okay, we don’t all have the same talents or interests. Anyway, today we want you to learn the main verbs related to cooking in English so that you can have a “taste” of learning English with ABA English. Are you ready to enjoy a delicious and simple vocabulary recipe full of practical examples? Mmmm, our mouths are already watering!

On TV, chefs cut onions, radishes, and tomatoes with amazing dexterity. Be careful not to injure yourself with the blade of the knife. If you do so, you can use the same verb to describe what you’ve done. 

Edna cut the onions into small pieces. 
I cut myself with the knife and it hurts a lot. 

Have you heard of chef Gordon Ramsay? You’ve probably seen him on the reality show Hell’s Kitchen, scolding the contestants and giving them a hard time. The fact is that cooking in a restaurant can be quite stressful. At the same time, though, it can be a satisfying job when the guests are pleased. 

Cook is used for the action of making food, but it’s also the person who does the cooking. 
Gordon Ramsay is a great cook; he is one of the greatest chefs in the world. 
I love cooking but I hate doing the dishes. 

Chop means to cut into small pieces. If you find it in a recipe, this word suggests that you cut things into equal-sized bits, like the vegetables or meat for a goulash. Chop implies a powerful, quick movement with a large tool. You can also use it to describe cutting a piece of wood with an axe. Cut is a more general expression. You can use it when you are using scissors or a razor. 

Please chop the meat in small portions. 
If you’re chopping an onion, make sure to peel it first.

Specialists say that boiled or “steamed” food is much healthier. That’s why it’s often recommended to eat this kind of food when you want to lose weight. Use the word steam when you’re talking about cooking something with water vapour. 

I have been steaming my vegetables lately. I want to lose some weight. 
Steamed food retains its minerals and vitamins.

Pastries are one of the most delicious and tempting creations that human beings have ever invented. Which is your favourite? Bake means cooking something in the oven. 

She baked a wonderful cake for Mike’s birthday. 
Baking powder is used to increase the volume.

Hamburgers, steaks, kebabs, sausages, the smell of smoke and live coals… Does that sound familiar? What a treat it is to have a BBQ with your friends! Grilling is one of the best cooking techniques, there’s no doubt about it. Grill means cooking on a wire grid over a flame. Roast is another term used for cooking using flames, but it’s usually a much slower process. Nowadays, it has become fashionable to use the expression roast when a person is in the hot seat and everyone makes fun of them, with the victim’s prior permission, of course. 

I’d like a grilled burger with fries, please. 
Roast chicken is one of my favourite dishes. 

If you are not an expert in the kitchen, salads are an excellent option since they’re healthy and easy to prepare. To make them, you need to use the verb mix. Remember that the more colours your salad has, the greater variety of nutrients you’ll receive. You can also use mix when using an electronic device such as a whisk, blender, or mixer. 

Mix all the ingredients and then add some olive oil. 

Frying is the most common way to prepare food. All you have to do is put some oil in the pan, turn on the stove, and cook whatever you like: some eggs, a piece of meat, or sauté some vegetables. In everyday language, the expression brain fried is often used when a person is very stressed, overworked, or worried, which keeps them from thinking clearly. 

Fried Green Tomatoes is a famous film from the ‘90s. 
My mom was frying some eggs with bacon.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

How celebrities learn English

Antonio Banderas: 

“I knew… yes, no, woman, man.” The famous Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, currently nominated for an Oscar for his role as Salvador Mallo in Pain and Glory, is a clear example showing that to learn English, you need a lot of determination. But above all, you have simply got to believe in yourself. When Banderas took part in the production of The Mambo Kings (1992), he found learning English to be an uphill battle. He used to study English for eight hours a day in an academy and felt that he wasn’t progressing enough. According to Banderas himself, he had to recite his lines phonetically from memory (without understanding exactly what he was saying). To communicate with the director, he had to use a simultaneous interpreter. Banderas remembers that to participate in this film, his agent sent him to London for an interview, and, of course, it was entirely in English. Banderas learned only three sentences: Yes, of course, and I can do that. While the other person spoke fluently, Banderas only nodded and repeated the expressions. Even though it was clear that Banderas didn’t speak a word of English, nothing prevented him from travelling to New York and joining the team of this famous film, which would open the doors of Hollywood to him.

Penélope Cruz:

The Spanish star Penélope Cruz has been very successful in recent years thanks to roles in which she has had to use English, but she hasn’t always had it so easy. Originally from a small town near Madrid, Spain, the idea of success in Hollywood wasn’t a realistic goal, especially without knowing English. Penélope has admitted in several interviews that since she studied French in secondary school, English came later and she struggled to learn it. After getting her first English role in the 1998 film Hi-Lo Country, Penélope still couldn’t speak much English and memorised her scripts word for word even without knowing what they meant. Obviously, as her career progressed, she received more help to perfect her English. This is how she managed to become the first Spanish actress to win an Oscar in 2004 for the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona and to have her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When asked the secret of her success when it comes to learning English, Penelope replied that learning phonetics was fundamental for reading the scripts.

Rodrigo Santoro:

The most recognised Brazilian actor in Hollywood has participated in films such as 300, Ben Hur, and Pelé: Birth of a Legend. He didn’t learn to speak English until he was 27 years old. Santoro admits that in the beginning, he barely knew how to say basic expressions like “The book is on the table” or “Where is the restroom?” That’s clearly insufficient for the film industry. Faced with the challenge of participating in different productions in the United States, Santoro decided to live in North America for some time to study and really improve his English. Santoro said, “I didn’t grow up speaking in English or Spanish… Working in another language makes me think and does exactly what you don’t want when you are acting.” Although his native language is Portuguese, English has been the key that opened the door to Hollywood; an experience that has transformed his life forever.

Mila Kunis:

Actress Mila Kunis has such perfect English that few know that she was actually born in Ukraine. In 1991, when she was just seven years old, her parents decided to move to the United States with her and her brother Michael. They wanted to escape what they thought was anti-Semitism in Ukraine and seek a better future for their children. Kunis will always remember that her first day of school in a foreign country, saying it was like being blind and deaf at the same time since she didn’t understand either the language or the culture. After two years in the United States, Kunis’s father enrolled her in acting classes at the Beverly Hills Studio. Soon after, she got small roles in some ads that led to her adventures in the world of acting. Mila had to work tirelessly on her English even though she spoke Russian at home with her family. Today, she’s a very successful actress and has appeared in television series such as That ‘70s Show and films like Black Swan. In the difficult world of Hollywood, speaking English was necessary for Mila, and it was certainly worth it.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Adverbs of Quantity

Imagine that adverbs of quantity didn’t exist. You’d have to go around everywhere saying an exact number if you wanted to make the person you were talking to understand the quantity you were talking about. It’s much more comfortable (and quicker) to say “I have a lot of pages left to read for class today” than “I have 367 pages left to read for class today!” Not to mention the fact that you’ll spend a lot less time counting.

The list of adverbs of quantity in English is quite long. But there are some that are more used than others. In this article, we’ll explain what adverbs of quantity are and how to use them. To make this grammar review even more complete, we’ll also give you some examples, tips, and practice exercises.

What Are Adverbs of Quantity? 

As their name implies, adverbs of quantity tell how much or how many of something there is. We’ll get more into the difference between those ideas soon. It’s important to remember that adverbs are used to describe verbs, adjectives, adverbs, or sentences. Also, adverbs generally end in -ly. 

Adverbs of quantity give the degree of something. Let’s look at an example. 

He ate chocolate cake. 

With that sentence, we just know that he ate cake. We don’t know to what degree he studied. That’s where the adverbs of quantity come in. 

He ate a lot of chocolate cake. 

He ate a little chocolate cake.

Countable and Uncountable Nouns 

Do you remember what countable and uncountable nouns are? Countable nouns are the names of objects, people, ideas, and so on that can be counted and, therefore, used with a number. These nouns have a plural form. 

For example: One computer, two computers, three computers 

Uncountable nouns are the names of materials, liquids, and other things that we see as a whole and not as separate objects. They have no plural form and, therefore, we can’t use them with numbers. 

For example: water, milk, work 

Knowing the difference between countable and uncountable nouns is very important when using adverbs of quantity because the adverb you choose will depend on if the noun is countable or uncountable.

How Much vs. How Many 

If you want to ask a question about the quantity of something, you need to use either how much or how many to start the sentence. The difference is easy, though! How much is only used with uncountable nouns while how many is only used with countable nouns. 

For example: 

How much money do you have? 

How much juice is in the fridge? 

How many apples do you want? 

How many CDs do you have?

Many is used with countable nouns to indicate a big number. In general, it’s also used in negative and interrogative sentences. 

For example: 

Do you have many international friends? 

There are not many movies I enjoy. 

Are there many people working at your company?

A Little vs. A Few 

Yet again, the choice between these adverbs is left to whether the noun is countable or uncountable. If you still have doubts, an online English course could clear up all of your doubts really quickly. In this case, a little is used with uncountable nouns to indicate small quantities. It’s used in both affirmative and negative sentences but not usually in questions. 

For example: 

There is a little milk in the coffee, but not much. 

Susanne only knows a little French. 

A few is used with countable nouns to indicate a small number. It’s also used in sentences that are both affirmative and negative but it’s not often found in questions.

For example:

I have a few sweets, would you like one?

There are a few problems with this program.

A Lot Of 

This adverb of quantity is in a world of its own. It can be used with countable nouns as well as with uncountable nouns. It’s generally used in affirmative sentences to indicate a big number or quantity. This is an adverb that you will definitely see a lot of! 

For example: 

There’s a lot of snow in the North Pole. 

It costs a lot of money to stay at this resort. 

There are a lot of tourists in the city centre today. 

There is a lot of sugar in this drink

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

People is or people are… is people singular or plural?

English can seem very simple sometimes. When we’re beginning to speak English, we tend to think that we only have to translate what we want to say word for word, in the same order, and all problems will be solved. Even though literal translations are acceptable and are also very useful for learning English, they’re not without their difficulties. In many cases, things are simply not said the same in both languages.

Now we’ve arrived at the point that concerns us today: should you say “people is” or “people are”? Keep the following in mind: in some languages, the word people is a singular, indeterminate group of humans. In English, that simply isn’t true. The word people in English is actually the plural of person. Persons can also be used sometimes.  

When do we say persons? 
To be able to understand the contexts in which you can use the word people and to use it correctly (and whether it’s followed by is or are), let’s start by quickly reviewing the use of person, persons, and people. Person is a singular noun. We use it to refer to any human being. 

Diana is a very emotional person. 

Even though it’s the plural of person, persons is rarely used. It’s considered very formal and is used mainly in legal contexts. 

Persons with a foreign passport must hold a visa. 

People is also the plural of person. It’s the word that most often used when referring to a group of people. 

The manager interviewed several people for the position.

So, how do I refer to a group of people? 
Well, don’t stress! If you’re translating from your native language, you can use the word people to signify a group of people. The important thing to remember is that the conjugation will always be people are. 

Look at these examples: 

People are always happy when Friday comes.

People are usually aware of the rules.

The same rule applies to the past. We say people were (plural) and never people was. 

The people were happy because it was a long weekend. 

Asking questions with people 
Keeping in mind what we’ve learned, you simply have to apply the same rules when forming questions. People is a countable noun. So, for example, if you wanted to ask about the number of people in a certain place, you would use how many. 

How many people are there in the house? 

There are four people in the house. 

To mention that there’s only one human being, you use person. 

There is one person in the class. 

Let’s look at some more examples: 

People are not visiting the mall lately. 

Were there any people in the swimming pool?

Formal language and nationalities 
As we mentioned, the ideal plural for person is people, since the expression persons is considered archaic. It’s a word that is widely used in legal documentation, though. 

Persons under 21 years of age are not allowed to access this place. 

Similarly, the word individuals is rarely used in spoken English and is restricted to official documents. 

I saw three individuals walking down Main Avenue. 

In the previous example, we might be testifying in court that we saw these individuals as part of a trial. It wouldn’t be something you would say in a casual conversation with friends. If we want to express the nationality of a group of people, we can use their nationality (German, American, Colombian) + people, or their country of origin: 

Italian people are very friendly. 

People from Africa are usually good dancers. 

We use peoples when talking about different ethnic groups or about the human race in general. 

The World Bank aims to promote indigenous peoples’ development.

Have you learned enough? Now, the next time someone asks you this question, you’ll know how to answer. Just remember that “people” and “a group of people” will always be people in English and that you should always conjugate it as a plural: PEOPLE ARE. English grammar poses a lot of challenges. In the end, these are something exciting and fun waiting to be discovered. 

Monday, March 2, 2020

A Plastic Ocean

A Plastic Ocean is a film to make you think. Think, and then act. We need to take action on our dependence on plastic. We've been producing plastic in huge quantities since the 1940s. Drink bottles, shopping bags, toiletries and even clothes are made with plastic. 1) _____. What happens to all the rest? This is the question the film A Plastic Ocean answers. It is a documentary that looks at the impact that plastic waste has on the environment. Spoiler alert: the impact is devastating.
The film begins as a journey to film the largest animal on the planet, the blue whale. But during the journey the filmmakers (journalist Craig Leeson and environmental activist Tanya Streeter) make the shocking discovery of a huge, thick layer of plastic floating in the middle of the Indian Ocean. 2) _____. In total, they visited 20 locations around the world during the four years it took them to make the film. The documentary premiered in 2016, and is now on streaming services such as Netflix.
It's very clear that a lot of research went into the film. There are beautiful shots of the seas and marine life. 3) _____. We see how marine species are being killed by all the plastic we are dumping in the ocean. The message about our use of plastic is painfully obvious.
4) _____. In the second half, the filmmakers look at what we can do to reverse the tide of plastic flowing around the world. They present short-term and long-term solutions. These include avoiding plastic containers and 'single-use' plastic products as much as possible. Reuse your plastic bags and recycle as much as you can. The filmmakers also stress the need for governments to work more on recycling programmes, and look at how technology is developing that can convert plastic into fuel.
We make a staggering amount of plastic. In terms of plastic bags alone, we use five hundred billion worldwide annually. Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, and at least 8 million of those are dumped into the oceans. 5) _____. Once you've seen A Plastic Ocean, you'll realise the time is now and we all have a role to play.

Match the missing sentences with the correct place in the text (1–5).

Friday, February 28, 2020

28 Essential Vocabulary Words for Spring

When the snow starts to melt…

When you can smell the flowers and leaves growing…

…that’s when you know spring is in the air!

Spring is a beautiful season. It brings warmth, growth and of course, new words.

Speaking about the weather is something English speakers do wherever they are—in every season. So knowing how to speak about spring will give you something to chat about with any native English speaker.

Spring is not just a season—it’s a symbol. So many new things grow in spring—from baby animals to sweet-smelling flowers—that the season represents new life and new beginnings.

Let your knowledge grow this spring, too, with these useful spring vocabulary words.

Spring Means Flowers and New Vocabulary

During winter, you need vocabulary words that speak about the cold, the snow and even some idioms and sayings. In spring, the vocabulary words become more flowery and pleasant.
You can use many of these new words in conversation, even if you’re not speaking about the weather. Some words have more than one meaning, like the words “breeze” and “shower.” You can say something is a breezewhen something is very easy, and you can shower someone with gifts when you give them a lot of gifts.

If you learn the different uses of these words, you’ll have words that you can use in conversation any time—not just during spring.
“Spring” and “to Spring”: What’s the Difference?

The word “spring” has two meanings: (1) the noun “spring” is a season, and (2) the verb “to spring” means to jump or leap forward suddenly. There are a number of sayings and idioms that use the verb “spring,” and it can be easy to confuse which “spring” is being used.

Here are a few sayings and phrases that use spring, meaning to leap forward:

  • Spring into action — To quickly jump into doing something.
  • Spring in your step — When you’re very happy, you might walk with a bit of a happy bounce.
  • Spring to life — Have you ever been woken up by cold water on your head? It would make you spring to life, or jump up and be wide awake after being calm and unmoving.
  • Spring a leak — When your boat springs a leak, or starts letting water in through a hole or a crack, you’d better know how to swim!
Now that you know which “spring” sayings and words are not related to the season, now let’s learn some words which are.

28 Fresh ESL Vocabulary Words for Spring

Spring Terms

1. Spring fever

Are you having trouble sitting still? Do you suddenly feel excited and ready to go on an adventure? You might have spring fever.
fever is when your body temperature is higher than normal, usually because of illness. Spring fever is not an actual illness. It’s just a saying people use to describe that feeling of restlessness (or inability to sit still) that you get when spring is near.

2. Spring cleaning

When the cold winter is over, it’s time to put away the warm clothes. Many people use this clothes changing as an excuse to clean the entire house.
The term spring cleaning refers to this full-house clean that happens once a year when you clear the closets so you can fill them with warm clothes.

3. Spring break

In America, schools have vacation in the spring, usually in April, around Easter. It’s usually a week long, and many students take the chance to go out and have a fun time.
There are a number of movies about how wild spring break can get, like the recent “Piranha 3D.”

Let’s Talk About the Weather

4. Breeze

breeze is a soft and gentle wind, usually pleasant and not uncomfortable. Breeze can also be used to mean that something is very easy, as in “passing that test was a breeze because I studied hard.”
If you use it as a verb, to breeze means to casually and easily go through something. For example, “After I finished the easy test, I breezed out of that classroom.”

5. Shower

You probably take a shower every morning, but in weather, a shower is a light rain. It takes a lot of rain to make a lot of things grow, so spring can be a very rainy season.
There’s a saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” which means that the gentle rains which often come in April are what makes the flowers bloom the next month.
You can also shower someone with something, usually something positive. You can shower your friends with presents or praise, meaning you give them a lot of presents or positive words. Imagine presents falling from the sky, like rain!

6. Drizzle

A shower might be a light rain, but a drizzle is even lighter. A drizzle is such a slight rain that you can barely call it rain. You can drizzle something too, like when you pour only a little bit of dressing on your salad.

7. Puddles

Once all that rain is done, you’re left with puddles. Puddles are small pools of water gathered on the ground. Kids love jumping in muddy puddles!

8. Thaw

When spring brings warmth and sunshine with it, the snow from the winter begins to thaw, or melt. Sometimes people use the word to speak specifically about early springtime, when this snow melting happens.
You can also use the word to talk about anything that gets warmed up after being frozen, like meat that’s been in the freezer. For example, “Did you take the chicken out of the freezer? It needs to thaw so I can cook it for dinner.”

9. Sun-kissed

When something was made warm by the sun, you can just say it was sun-kissed—kissed by the sun. It might be a patch of grass, or even someone who has a nice tan. Isn’t that a nice image, to be kissed by the sun?

10. Humid

There’s dry heat, and then there’s humid heat. When the air is very humid, that means there is a lot of water in the air.
Many people say that humid heat is worse than dry heat, since all the moisture makes the air feel thicker.

11. Rainbow

Sometimes you can see a rainbow after the rain—a colorful arc in the sky. Rainbows happen because of the way sunlight reacts with water particles in the air. They’re considered lucky, and you’re even luckier if you ever get to see a double rainbow!

The Birth of New Things

12. Bloom

When buds grow into flowers which open their petals, they are blooming. A flower can bloom (open its petals), and it can be in bloom (when it’s already open). Spring is the time for blooming flowers!

13. Blossom

Another word for a flower is blossomBlossom is used mostly when there is more than one flower, like a group of flowers on a tree that are all blooming at the same time.
Sometimes you can even use blossom to describe something that is developing or growing in a healthy way, like a relationship or a person. For example, “He blossomed from a young boy into a handsome young man.”

14. Nest

nest is a home that birds make, where they can lay eggs and care for their young. You see a lot of nests in the spring, since that’s when birds usually lay eggs. You might say that “Love is in the air!”

15. Hatch

When a baby bird comes out of an egg, that’s called hatching.
Hatch can also be used to describe the creation of a plot or an idea, usually one that is secret. For example, “The bank robbers hatched a new plan that would get them even more money.”

16. Fledgling

When a young bird loses its fluff and gets feathers it can use for flying, it’s called fledgling.
Fledgling is also a term for anything that is inexperienced or recently created, like a “fledgling organization” or a “fledgling career.”

17. Seedling

Just like a fledgling is a young bird, a seedling is a young plant. The suffix (word ending) -ling can sometimes be used to mean something small, although it’s usually used with animals.
For example, a duckling is a baby duck and a gosling is a baby goose. If someone is very weak, you can call them a weakling (but you probably shouldn’t, since that’s not very nice!).

18. Robin

robin is a type of bird with a black back and a bright red chest. In many parts of North America, a robin is one of the first signs of spring. If you see a robin, you can say that spring is officially here.

19. Fragrance

fragrance is a pleasant or sweet smell. Many flowers can create a fragrance, but so can perfume and cologne (perfume for men).

20. Bouquet

Bouquet is a French word that the English language “borrowed.” A bouquet is a group of flowers, arranged to look nice together, and usually given in celebrations or to people.
It’s nice to bring your date a bouquet of flowers! Many spring flowers, like daisies, daffodils and tulips make great bouquets.

Spring Holidays

21. Easter

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection (bringing back to life) of Jesus Christ. Easter happens between March 21st and April 25th, and it’s always on a Sunday—but the celebration of Easter lasts eight days.
During Easter, kids find hidden eggs (brought to them by the Easter Bunny), and often decorate them with bright colors.

22. St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of the protector saint of Ireland. It’s celebrated on March 17 every year. In America, people dress in green on St. Patrick’s Day, drink, party and just have a lot of fun.

23. May Day

On May 1, many countries celebrate May Day, which is a festival of the spring. “Mayday” is also a danger or emergency word used over radios by people like airplane pilots.
Surprisingly, the two phrases are not related. The emergency signal actually comes from the French m’aider, which means “Help me.” Let’s celebrate May Day without any reason to cry “Mayday!”

Feeling Great

24. Fresh

Something fresh is clean and new. Spring brings a fresh start for nature, fresh breezes and a fresh smell in the air. You can put on a pair of freshsocks, or feel fresh after taking a shower.

25. Rejuvenating

The word rejuvenating is used in soaps and creams more than in everyday conversation. It’s used to describe something that makes you feel younger or fresher, like a facial cream that promises to “rejuvenateyour skin.”

26. Vibrant

Something or someone that’s very bright or full or energy is vibrant. A vibrant red coat is a very bright red, and someone with a vibrantpersonality is a very enthusiastic or energetic person.
During spring, people say the environment or landscape is vibrant since it’s so full of life.

27. Thriving

Anything that’s alive can thrive—develop and grow very well. Things that become very successful are also described as thriving, like a “thriving company” or a “thriving relationship.”

28. Hopeful

Hope is one of the most powerful feelings you can have. It’s the belief or desire for something to happen. When you’re hopeful, you are full of hopefor something.

Out with the cold and in with the warm spring! Now you’re ready for anything that spring brings this season, thanks to these essential words.

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(adj): Sacred, divine, blessed.

Holiday: a holy or festive day; a day off, vacation (also sacred)

Expressions: Holy Cow! Literally true in India.

Ex: Holly Mackerel! Delicious, healthy and full of mercury.

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