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Rain, Rain, go away.

Actually, rain doesn’t bother me. I’m a cat and I stay indoors. It rains often in Seattle. Seattle has a humid climate. However, in English, when we’re talking about colder weather and humidity, we’ll tend to use the word “damp” to describe the environment. “Hot and Humid”, tend to go together, but if it’s not…

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In a bad mood…..

‘I’m down in the dumps” “I’m feeling blue” “I’m out of sorts” These are a few ways to express that you’re sad or in a bad mood. Do I look down in the dumps in this picture? I’m not really. The guy who lives with me went away and I miss him.

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Reading practice from our friends in Japan.

This is a long article but you can read it in three parts if you want to. Some vocabulary words: Abound, Abundance, Incantation. It’s not a hard article and it is very interesting. https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-topics/g01054/waneko-studies-a-journey-into-japan%E2%80%99s-cat-lore.html?fbclid=IwAR2Id9dmHD7gRTT0d2v8iuTidKX6ZroBt3vGTktrXV52VnX1ldStGW7XLKw

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I’m back.

Look what happened while I was on my break: A Flash sale! It actually has nothing to do with me. If something happens “in a flash” it means it happened quickly, or didn’t last long.

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American and British English.

Cats always understand each other. Humans don’t, even when they speak the same language. Here are a few examples of things people in the US and UK call by different names: US: Elevator UK: Lift US: Sneakers UK: Trainers US: Fries UK: Chips US: Stove (kitchen) UK: Cooker US: Closet UK: Wardrobe US: Cabinet UK:…

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Off the cuff.

There are many english expressions using the word “off”. “Off the cuff” means doing something without a plan. If you do something “on and off” it means you do something for some time, then stop, then resume it. Lots of people go to the gym “on and off”. If you’re “better off” it means you’re…

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An odd human expression…there are many.

“Curiosity Killed the Cat”. That’s what people say. It means that if you look too closely at something unfamiliar, you might get into trouble. I think this is a very strange expression for two reasons: Cats really don’t care about what humans do. We sleep too much to get into trouble once we a no…

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It’s hot.

We’re having a heat wave here in Seattle. That means the weather is hotter than normal. The temperature today was about 100 degress Fahrenheit, that’s 37 degrees Celsius. I don’t know why humans need so many ways to tell themselves it’s hot. Remember, in English we always say “it’s x degrees”. Sometimes you’ll here people…

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Yes.

English has many ways to say “yes” or to permit somebody to do something. Have a look at these. “Can I use your phone”? “Sure”. “Can I have a piece of chocolate?” “By all means!” “Would you like to join me at the game?” “Absolutely”. “Another drink?” “You bet!” “More food?” “Definitely”. Some times you’ll…