I don't have time for a big long post, but I am taking a teensy-tinsy break so I will post about a language-nerd detail.
Other languages I have studied are difficult in terms of verb conjugations. English is fairly simple for verb tenses and number of conjugations, but English has the dreaded phrasal verbs or verb-preposition combos that must be so hard for English learners.
Case in point:
Today it was cold and rainy. My husband came home and told me that he had gotten wet earlier but had since "dried up."
I said: "You mean dried out."
Now, how in the dickens would you explain the difference between "dry up" and "dry out"?
Well, I totally made it up on the fly. I said, a lake or a puddle dries up, but your clothes dry out.
So he asks: "So do clothes in the dryer dry out?"
Me: "um, no those clothes just dry, to dry out, they have to get wet kind of unintentionally."
That sounds about right, right?
Man, that's complicated. and we didn't even get into "dry off."
On a totally random note, here are my fav pics of the week: