miércoles, 27 de mayo de 2015

Wednesday= Hump Day

Today is Wednesday, also humorously called "hump day", guess why?  Check the meaning of "hump" first: a rounded protuberance found on the back of a camel or other animal or as an abnormality on a person's back

Now watch the video and see if you can understand the humor in its punch line - find the transcript below the video, if you need it

Transcript "Hump Day Commercial": 

Camel: Uh-oh! Guess what day it is!

Camel: Guess what day it is! Huh...anybody?

Camel: Julie! Hey...guess what day it is! Ah come on, I know you can hear me.

Camel: Mike Mike Mike...Mike what day is it Mike? Ha ha! Leslie, guess what today is?

Leslie: It's Hump Day.

Camel: Whoot Whoot!

Jimmy: Ronny, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to GEICO?

Ronny: I'd say happier than a camel on Wednesday.

Camel: HUMP DAAAAY!!!! YAY!!

Do you need an explanation of the commercial? Read it below:

Explanation:  Wednesday is also known as hump day because it is the middle of the working week, so many workers feel happy on Wednesday because it means the weekend is fast approaching. 
As for the ad, since this day is also called "hump" Wednesday and camels have humps, this camel is twice as happy.

lunes, 25 de mayo de 2015

The Power of Images

A reflection about the power of real images to help you understand the importance of the oral presentation/description of photos you are doing for your oral test

A Visual Manifesto from Whitcher and Donaghy on Vimeo.

jueves, 21 de mayo de 2015

UVA Commencement Speech 2015

Actor and comedian Ed Helms gave this commencement speech at the University of Virginia (UVA) 2015 valedictorian ceremony. He urged students to shine their lights to the tune of the song "This Little Light of Mine" (click here to watch the Soweto Gospel Choir sing it)

Click on the subtitles icon to read along as you watch the video - it will be excellent  listening practice.


martes, 19 de mayo de 2015

Jobs That Disappear: Courtroom Sketch Artist

Before you watch the video, consider these questions:

  • what do you think a "courtroom sketch artist" is?
  • can you think of any jobs that have disappeared recently or you think will disappear soon? which? why?

Courtroom Sketch Artist from The New York Times - Video on Vimeo.

Can you answer these questions about the video: who?, when?, where? what? why? For optional homework, write a summary which includes the answers to all of them.

domingo, 17 de mayo de 2015

Song "Word Crimes"

I bet you have heard this melody before but the lyrics in this song are much more appropriate for an English class than the original ones 

Weird Al is the writer of this version of the song; his real name is Alfred Matthew Yankovic ("Weird Al" is his stage name); he is an American singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director and film producer. 

In this song, he makes fun of people who can´t spell, conjugate or use punctuation correctly.

jueves, 14 de mayo de 2015

Dr. Kanye West´s Speech

A few days ago Kanye West received his honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This is his speech at the ceremony: 

If you want to learn more about Kanye West and his art-related ideas, watch the video below (click here if you want to read the transcript) - it is the video he gave at the school the night before he became Dr. Kanye West

martes, 12 de mayo de 2015

Funny Homophones

Do you get the fun in this video? (wee/Wii)

From the British TV show GPs: Behind Closed Doors on Channel 4: A doctor asks her teenage patient about "Having a wee", gets the proper response. 

lunes, 11 de mayo de 2015

The Importance of Punctuation: The Oxford Comma

If you read "Bob, a DJ and a clown" on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you're for or against the Oxford comma. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? Watch the video and learn about this punctuation mark

Was the video easy to follow? Do this multiple choice listening test and find out whether you got the message or not: click here

miércoles, 6 de mayo de 2015

Marta´s & Yessica´s Suggestion: Ed Sherean´s `The A Team´

Marta and Yessica recommend this song, `The A Team´by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran

This is a song we love because the double meaning of the lyrics reflects a lot the hard, unfair society for some unfortunate people. Also, we think it´s a great occasion to suggest this song because politicians are thinking about changing the law and making prostitution legal and it´s an interesting theme to talk about.

I am not sure if you know this singer. Personally, I have to say he is one of my favorites because he works a lot on the lyrics of his songs and i think they are so deep, sometimes with a double meaning, as this one. It seems to me that he is really feeling what he is singing, and he wants to transmit it. And he also has a great voice to do that. So, if you don´t know him, I recommend you to waste a minute on him.

We hope you like it.

Here is the video with the song´s lyrics for you to sing along:

Here is the video with the lyrics translated into Spanish - try and do the translation into English as you hear the song while reading the lyrics in Spanish. How much can you remember?:

domingo, 3 de mayo de 2015

Mother´s Day 2015

Different perspectives about mothers. Do you identify your mum with any of them?:

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