lunes, 23 de febrero de 2015

Google Search Tricks

Here are some useful tips for you to search for information in the internet in a more efficient way.

Google Search Tricks Infographic
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jueves, 19 de febrero de 2015


Are you in the mood for a short translation?

Watch this IKEA video; its audio is in English but the subtitles are in Spanish. Here is my suggestion: write the transcript in English

miércoles, 18 de febrero de 2015

British Accent Learning

Watch the video and learn about how to get the basics for an RP accent. Repeat after the dialect coach following her instructions - imitate her accent and exaggerate if it is easier.

Here is the script in case you may need it:

Excuse me. Can I ask you something? I´m looking for a restaurant nearby. Something inexpensive but delicious. A real local find

lunes, 16 de febrero de 2015

Carnival Quiz

Carnival Quiz reblogged from ELT Learning Journeys

ONE Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro
Hands down, hands up, feet stomping, the Brazilian capital takes first prize for the brashest and most famous carnival of them all, that hugely energetic southern summer extravaganza with its dazzling costumes and irresistible samba. Not for nothing is it called ‘the biggest party in the world’. But how many people a day fill the city streets during the five-day long fiesta?
  • a) up to half a million
  • b) up to a million and a half
  • c) up to two whole million
TWO Carnevale di Venezia
This carnival is famous for its elaborate masks and lavish masquerade balls. Think Eyes Wide Shut and Assassin’s Creed. But why did the Venetians take to covering their faces in the first place?
  • a) to hide their social status
  • b) to scare off unwelcome visitors from outside the city
  • c) to pretend to be famous characters from Italian literature
THREE New Orleans Mardis Gras
This well-known celebration was brought to Louisiana by the French around the turn of the 18th century. But which three colours do its music-loving revellers traditionally wear?
  • a) red, green and gold
  • b) purple, green and gold
  • c) purple, green and blue
FOUR Quebec Winter Carnival
One of the biggest winter festivals in the world, this Canadian party not only has both daytime and night-time parades, but also free outdoor public banquets, outdoor sports events such as hockey and snowboarding, and ice-sculpture contests. But who is the festival ambassador?
  • a) Bonhomme – a large snowman sporting a red cap and black buttons
  • b) Caribou – a large bison holding a hot alcoholic beverage
  • c) Abraham Plain – a river pilot with a fishing rod slung over his shoulder
 FIVE Carnival, carnaval, carnevale! 
And finally, friends and fellow fiesteros, which of these is not a genuine theory about the origin of the word ‘carnival’?
  • a) It comes from the Latin carnem levare – ‘to remove the meat’
  • b) It comes from the Latin carnem vale – ‘goodbye to the meat’
  • c) It comes from the Latin carrus navalis – ‘naval wagon’

1 (c) up to two million a day. That’s an awful lot of hips a-shaking!
2 (a) to hide their social status. Venice had one of the most restrictive class systems in Medieval Europe. By donning a mask during the festivities even the poorest citizens could hope to climb the stairs of the Palazzo Ducale and salute the Doge.
3 (b) purple, green and gold (to represent justice, faith and power respectively)
4 (a) Bonhomme – short for bonhomme de neige ‘snowman’ (which is snow much nicer than the English). In fact, this particular one is known as Bonhomme Carnaval. ‘Caribou’ is the name of the hot alcoholic beverage revellers drink to keep warm, while ‘the Plains of Abraham’ – not Abraham Plain – is the name of the Quebec city park where many of the events take place, named after a fisherman and river pilot who once owned the land there.
5 (b) ‘Goodbye to the meat’ is a folk etymology, a kind of linguistic urban legend. Most scholars believe the word derives from carnem levare, as people had to use up all their meat before Lent. Some, however, believe it comes from the Roman religious festival of ‘the Ship of Isis‘, which consisted of a masked parade in which an effigy of the goddess was carried down to the sea-shore atop a wooden boat – the carrus navalis – much like today’s carnival floats.

Optional Homework: Describe the image the boys and girls are holding, and explain the stereotype they represent, then give an explanation for the message written on all of the photos.

sábado, 14 de febrero de 2015

Valentine´s Day 2015

To those of you who celebrate Valentine´s Day

  • here´s an infographic with some quotations you may want to read and agree or disagree with

[Infographic provided by]The Science of Kissing

  • here´s a video which explains the science of kissing - starting from this statement: Kissing is weird. We love doing it, but let’s face it: it’s weird.
The PBS Digital Studios series It’s Okay To Be Smart, hosted by Joe Hanson, explores the science of kissing, why we kiss, and why it feels good in general.


martes, 10 de febrero de 2015

Things Brits Do

One more video, made by British people about weird things British people do and have

Enjoy the accent and try to understand their comments about:

  • talk about the weather
  • Moaning
  • introducing a conversation with "you alright? you okay?"
  • apologising (saying `sorry´) for everything
  • hot and cold taps
  • driving on the left
  • being very polite
  • saying `ta´(= thank you) , `tara´ (= good bye) and `cheers´
  • making tea the British way
  • never say `fanny´- it is a very vulgar word in Britain

lunes, 9 de febrero de 2015

Comma Use Quiz

Read the rules about how and when to use commas 

Now you can take this quiz about the use of the comma, click here (or click on the image) 

domingo, 8 de febrero de 2015

The Power Of Education

Here is one more point of view about how powerful education is.

Lori Pompa, instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Founder and Director of the Inside-Out Exchange Program, explains the impact of this educational programme.

The video has very good subtitles - just a couple of minor mistakes - so it can be good listening practice

Optional homework assignments: 

  • write a 50-word-long summary explaining what the Inside-Out Exchange Program is
  • Explain (120-150 words) why you think this program is / is not a good idea. You may include either Lori´s ideas or your own.

sábado, 7 de febrero de 2015

# 1 Song On The Day You Were Born

Would you like to know what song was number one on the day your were born? Click here

Thanks, Manoli!

jueves, 5 de febrero de 2015

Spelling Quiz

How good are you at spelling in English? Researchers have compiled a list of 50 common words that Britons struggle to spell correctly. Would you like to rate your spelling ability?

Click here to do the quiz.

This quiz and the information related to it was taken from an article published in The Telegraph called "Half of Britons can´t spell common words"

Can you find the spelling mistakes in these images?

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