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Improving Your Life – ESL Reference Guide

ESL, or English as a Second Language, is a major area of teaching in countries where English is the primary language spoken, but many do not speak English. Learning English can be difficult. Even with the best teachers, it is a notoriously hard language to learn, with continually shifting rules and sometimes confusing similarities and differences to other languages. That said, ESL is becoming increasingly important with growing immigration and increased dependence on English across the globe. These resources and ideas may be able to help you learn, understand, and use English more easily!

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Black History in the U.S. – Milestones, Quotes, and Famous Figures in Black History

Black Americans have been a part of the country’s history for centuries, most notably starting during the large Atlantic slave trade. The first Africans arrived in the United States on a Dutch ship at Point Comfort near Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. Since then, African-American history has become an intrinsic part of American history, with notable people, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama, making their mark on the country’s culture and shared story.

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Car’s Carbon Footprint

So what exactly is a carbon footprint? In simplest terms, carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced by various human activities within a given time frame. Carbon footprint is usually measured in tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere. Your home has a carbon footprint if you use oil, coal...

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Save Money and be Green at Home: Guide to the Three R’s of the Environment

Saving the environment can save you money as well. There are many ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, both for a healthier planet as well as a fuller wallet. Get the whole family involved and it will become a part of the daily routine in your home. It can even become fun!

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Urban Bicycling Safety – A Complete Guide to Biking Safely in the City

It’s generally faster to ride a bicycle on the street rather than walk, but you must be sure you’re safely sharing the road with vehicles. Depending on your residence, your city may already be making n effort to improve cyclist safety; still, much of your safety depends on your own actions to protect yourself. Ten...

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Financial Literacy for Kids & Teens: Saving, Investing, Budgeting & Beyond

“Money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s what many parents say to their kids when the subject of a new toy or their own smartphone comes up. Sooner or later, every kid should learn where money does come from and how to manage it. Financial literacy is one of the most important skills a young person can learn, and fewer than half of American schools carry requirements for it.

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Ancient Roman Heating: Hypocausts

The hypocaust heating system is the invention of the Romans and was used in public bathing houses as well as public homes. They were especially used by the elite or upper class when they socialized or came together to mingle. The man behind the idea of supplying more efficient heat was Hipparchus, a Roman mathematician and astronomer. With his invention, the hypocaust system could generate and circulate an ample supply of heat, being the first under floor heat system.

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Sick Building Syndrome Information

Homeowners and business owners have to be concerned with the quality of the air that people breathe in the buildings that they own. With many issues facing the owners such as the existence of mold, carbon dioxide, radon and other air related issues, it is important to monitor buildings to ensure that these problems do not exist. One of the more recent discoveries is an illness which has been identified as Sick Building Syndrome. Studies have indicated that as many as 30% of the new and remodeled residential and commercial buildings can be responsible for Sick Building Syndrome.

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Boat Safety: Tips, Quotes and Resources

Getting out onto the open water can be one of the most freeing experiences imaginable, but it also comes along with the responsibility of keeping yourself, boat, and passengers safe. In this article we will go over the basic safety procedures for pre-departure, while on the water, and upon return.

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Weather Central for Kids! – A Guide to Weather Phenomenons

If you've ever sat next to your parents while they were watching the news, then you've probably noticed that there is an entire section of the program dedicated to weather forecasts – and rightly so! Weather is an integral part of life on Earth, and it influences our architecture, daily activities, driving habits and even our agriculture. Some places in the world are more prone to certain types of severe weather, like Tornado Ally in the United States. On the other hand, some places may only experience one or two phenomena on a regular basis. Understanding the dangers that are associated with each type of weather phenomenon is very important because it can help keep your family safe.

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Home Preparedness – What to Do in an Earthquake

An earthquake can strike at any time without warning. Each year, between 70 and 75 earthquakes cause damage around the world. In the United States, a future earthquake could cost up to $200 billion. There are 41 territories and states in the U.S. that fall under moderate to high risk of earthquakes. These territories and states are distributed throughout all of the country.

An earthquake can strike at any time without warning. Each y...

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Tips for Winter Driving Safety – Everything You Need to Know

Every season has its driving challenges, but winter can be the most treacherous and dangerous time of year for motorists. Unpredictable road conditions, changing visibility, poor weather and other motorists can combine to make winter driving dangerous -- or even deadly.

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13 Weird Driving Laws

Weird driving laws abound, and every state has a few that are, shall we say, out of the ordinary. Some laws are outdated, while others have no logic purpose for existing. One thing they all have in common is that they are actually on the books, and can be amusing to read about but frustrating if you are actually stopped. Hopefully, most of these laws are no longer enforced, but just being on the books means they could be. Here is a list of our 13 favorite weird driving laws, along with some related laws in each runner up position.

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9 Worst Foods to Eat While Driving

Trying to do anything else, especially eating, while driving a vehicle is not a display of safe driving skills, but some things you could choose to chow down on are worse ideas than others. If you absolutely, positively MUST eat something and cannot spare a minute or two to pull over, choose something which only requires one hand and never spills, drips, smears or stains. In the meantime, here is a list of the 9 worst foods to eat while driving, and what makes them poor choices for a meal behind the wheel.

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Different Types of Bad Drivers

Bad drivers are everywhere. They live in your neighborhood, drive on the same roads you use, and cause problems without even trying to do so. Here is a short list of common types of bad drivers and what makes them stand out in the crowd. Keep in mind that the descriptions used here are generalized, and actual bad drivers may not be as flagrant about their bad driving habits as they are made to appear in this article.

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