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Reading fun (elementary)

Restroom or bathroom?
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Laura is at the airport. She waits for her flight. Her flight is to Berlin, and it is 4 hours away. Laura walks around the airport and looks at the shops. She has a nice time.

After an hour she wants to visit the bathroom. She searches for it, but she doesn't find it.

"Where is the bathroom?" she asks herself.

She looks and looks but she can't find it. She starts asking people where it is.

Laura: "Excuse me sir, could you please tell me where is the bathroom?"

Man: "You mean the restroom, right?"

Laura: "No, I mean the bathroom."

Man: "Well, the restroom is over there." He says and walks away.

Laura doesn't understand. She asks a lady: "Excuse me madam, could you please tell me where is the bathroom?"

"The restroom is over there," the lady answers and walks away.

Laura is confused. "What's their problem? I need to use the bathroom and they send me to rest?! I don't need a restroom, I need the bathroom!"

After a while Laura gives up. She feels tired of all this walking and asking. She decides that maybe they are all right and she does need to rest.

She walks to the restroom. Now she is surprised. She realizes the restroom is actually the name for a public bathroom!

THE END

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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. 

AMA 
  • 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!” 
Bae 
  • 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!!”
Dafuq 
  • 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!

Cut 
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. 


Cook 
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 
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.


Steam 
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.


Bake 
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.


Grill 
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. 


Mix 
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. 


Fry 
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.

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