What is Blue Morpho Butterfly?

Blue Morpho Butterfly

Blue Morpho Butterfly

Amazing insect in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica! It has amazing and beautiful blue wings that can reflect light.

What is Blue Morpho Butterfly?

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, regarded as the first day of the traditional Christmas shopping season, on which retailers offer special reduced prices.

Black Friday Deals

It was originally called Black Friday because so many people went out to shop that it caused traffic accidents and sometimes even violence.
Most Black Friday Sales go online when their Black Friday store sales start.
Many stores offer their Black Friday Sale online – before Black Friday.
However, Some in-store only Black Friday deals from few stores, may not be available online.
Shop The Best Deals All Season Long at!

NASA Astronomy Picture Of The Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Brought you by NASA APOD!

Free EBooks posted or updated in the last 24 hours

Free EBooks

Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

Historic US newspapers from the Library of Congress

Chronicling America provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages.

From the Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers site

Inspirational Quotes (Вдохновляющие цитаты)

Мысли великих людей о жизненных ценностях, успехе и человеческих способностях.
Can YOU translate those inspirational quotes to English?

Demography of the United States

Demography of the United States

As of May 27, 2017, the United States has a total resident population of 325,120,392, making it the third most populous country in the world.

Although a high proportion of the population is known to have multiple ancestries, in the 2000 census, the first with the option to choose more than one, most people still identified with one racial category.[citation needed] In the 2000 census, self-identified German Americans made up 17.1% of the U.S. population, followed by Irish Americans at 12%, as reported in the 2000 U.S. Census. This makes German and Irish the largest and second-largest self-reported ancestry groups in the United States.

Russian American population is estimated at approximately 2.9 million people. Second largest ethnic market representing 10.3% (2.9 Million people) of the total foreign-born population of 28.4 million.

From the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000
Internet release data: February 25, 2003
Detailed List of Languages Spoken at Home for
the Population 5 Years and Over by State

Russian 706,242
Alabama 1,220
Alaska 2,952
Arizona 4,073
Arkansas 571
California 118,382
Colorado 10,737
Connecticut 8,807
Delaware 542
Dist. of Columbia 1,110
Florida 19,729
Georgia 7,175
Hawaii 432
Idaho 1,113
Illinois 38,053
Indiana 3,736
Iowa 2,233
Kansas 1,994
Kentucky 2,162
Louisiana 936
Maine 896
Maryland 17,584
Massachusetts 32,580
Michigan 11,701
Minnesota 9,629
Mississippi 567
Missouri 5,469
Montana 610
Nebraska 1,559
Nevada 1,883
New Hampshire 1,009
New Jersey 38,566
New Mexico 722
New York 218,765
North Carolina 4,109
North Dakota 331
Ohio 16,030
Oklahoma 1,251
Oregon 16,344
Pennsylvania 32,189
Rhode Island 1,922
South Carolina 1,618
South Dakota 411
Tennessee 2,928
Texas 11,574
Utah 3,093
Vermont 554
Virginia 9,147
Washington 31,339
West Virginia 371
Wisconsin 5,362
Wyoming 172

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000, Summary File 3, Table PCT10.
Internet release data: February 25, 2003

How to prepare for TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL /ˈtoʊfəl/ TOH-fəl) is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities.

TOEFL test scores are accepted by 9,000+ colleges and universities in 130 countries. If the first language you learned as a child was something other than English, taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL, will be an unavoidable step in the process of getting into a U.S. college or university.

Here are some ways students can improve their chances of a good TOEFL score:

First, start with TOEFL Test Prep Planner.

Get to Know the Format of the TOEFL Test


Check out the official TOEFL website to find information on the test format, find answers to your questions and to locate your testing centers.

Go to Magoosh. This site offers a complete TOEFL course, including video lessons, hundreds of practice questions (with video explanations on how to answer them), study schedules and support from teachers. It’s an amazing resource for learning how the TOEFL exam works—and how to get a high score on it.

The test involves all aspects of the language – speaking, writing, reading and listening.

TOEFL involves all aspects of the language

Listening: To practice listening, watch movies and TV shows without subtitles, or download and listen to podcasts. Before you begin listening, decide what your focus will be. Here are some topics you can listen for:

The main ideas. What is the main topic?
The purpose. Why is the speaker talking? To educate? To give an opinion? To complain? Etc.
Transitions. How does the speaker change from one idea to the next?
Stress and intonation. Where does the speaker place stresses within sentences? When does the pitch of their voice get higher and lower?

Reading: When it comes to reading, the Internet is your best friend. Start reading for 30 minutes each day with clear focus and attention.

Writing: To prepare for the writing section, practice timed writing. Write a journal, emails, shopping lists, to-do lists, letters and even Facebook posts in English. To get used to writing in English for a period of time set your timer for 15-25 minutes when journaling, writing letters or blog posts. Pay attention to your grammar even if you aren’t working on a specific exam topic.

Speaking: Practice Speaking English Alone and with Others. Set up Skype calls to get used to speaking via a headphone. Bring in specific topics to discuss.

Take Practice Tests

Take the practice tests from your study guide to measure your progress. Go over your mistakes and practice the areas you’re struggling with. After a few weeks, take the same test again. Compare your scores and check for improvements.


Angkor Wat

1. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

3. Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain

4. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy

5. Taj Mahal, Agra, India

6. Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

7. Great Wall at Mutianyu, Beijing, China

8. Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Peru

9. Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain

10. Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy

11. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

12. Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, District of Columbia

13. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

14. Parliament, Budapest, Hungary

15. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

16. Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

17. Big Ben, London, United Kingdom

18. Acropolis, Athens, Greece

19. Main Market Square, Krakow, Poland

20. El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina

21. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), Bangkok, Thailand

22. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

23. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

24. Ruinas Mayas de Tulum, Tulum, Mexico

25. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

How to Learn English

How to Learn English

Before you begin, or go back to, studying English, ask yourself one question. Why do I want to study English?

Like every decision in life, studying English must be something you want to do.

Set goals
If you know why you want to study, setting goals is easy. For example, maybe you want to travel to an English-speaking country. Great. Your goal might be to learn “Survival English”.

Make an agenda
How long do you need to study to achieve your goals? This answer is different for every student. The important thing is to be realistic. If you work 60 hours per week, don’t plan on spending another 40 hours a week studying English.

Make a commitment
Learning English requires a lot of motivation. Nobody is going to take your attendance when you aren’t in class. If you are sure you are ready to begin studying, make a commitment.

Study a Balance of the Four Key Skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing
Most students want to communicate better in English. If this is one of your goals, it is important to study a balance of the four major skills. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are the main (macro) skills you need to communicate in any language.

For example you need to be able to read well before you can write well. You also need to be able to listen before you can speak. It helps to think of these communicative skills in two groups.

INput <<< Listening (in through your ears) Reading (in through your eyes) OUTput >>>
Speaking (out through your mouth)
Writing (out through your hand)

It’s simple. Think of it this way. First you have input. Next you have output. First you listen to someone ask you a question. Second you speak and give them your answer. First you read a letter from someone. After that you write back to them. These are examples of communicating.

1. How to learn LISTENING
Listen to the radio
Watch English TV
Watch English-language movies
Use Internet listening resources

2. How to learn SPEAKING and pronunciation
Talk to yourself
Record your own voice
Understand the sounds that your language doesn’t have

3. How to learn READING and vocabulary
Read something every day
Read what interests you.
Read at the appropriate level

4. How to learn WRITING and spelling
Keep a diary/journal
Write emails in English
Rewrite your local news in English

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