domingo, 25 de enero de 2015

Survey: What Do You Do To Practise English?

Ben Hoyt is an English Language teacher doing his Master´s dissertation in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of Birminghan (UK) and he needs the help of students of English as a foreign language. 

Click here to read more about this survey

Watch the video below and listen to him explain what he wants from you. If you have problems to understand him, read the transcript below the video.

Video transcript: Hi. Thanks for taking the survey. So what I'd like to know is: what do you do when you want to practice English but you don't have a teacher to tell you what to do? Maybe you finished your homework, or your homework is boring, or you're not in a class. But you want to practice some English. What do you do?
Please tell me just the things that you've tried in the past and you would try again. It's OK if you did it a long time ago or maybe just a couple of times. But please don't select anything that you have never done. Just tell me about the things you like doing. Thanks very much!

Start the survey; click here.

The survey will close on 1 February 2015.

viernes, 23 de enero de 2015

Start the Weekend With a Smile

Do you understand the wordplay / puns  in these jokes? 

miércoles, 21 de enero de 2015

Mansur´s Suggestion

The nasty comments about homosexuals on a TV programme last week made some of us really sad but they certainly gave all of us some food for thought.

This video, Hozier´s "Take Me To Church", is Mansur´s suggestion for people to reflect upon the way some people mix with gays.

Mansur also sent me the link to the blog "Inside by the Music", where you can read an explanation of the video; click here

My suggestion: watch the film "Pride" when it comes out; it is a true story about the relationship between two communities in the UK that unite to fight in the 1980s, miners and gays.

martes, 20 de enero de 2015

What Kind of Airplane Passenger Are You?

What kind of passenger are you when you are on a plane? Do you fit into any of the following categories of the most annoying types of airplane passengers?

Before you watch the video, can you imagine what type of people they are just by reading the names of the categories?
  • the chattie Charlie
  • the stinky snacker
  • the seat climber
  • the seat kicker
  • the landing clapper

domingo, 18 de enero de 2015

A Video That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence

This is the message that comes with this video: "Every time you get upset about something small, just remember this" 

sábado, 17 de enero de 2015

Things Only British People Do

According to this video, these are some of these things that British people do all the time: 
  • talking about the weather
  • enjoying the sun - when the sun shines
  • being polite 
  • using the word "sorry" 
  • moaning about everything
  • drinking tea


jueves, 15 de enero de 2015

What Natural Phenomenon Are You?

Click here to do the test

Do you agree with the result of your test? Why (not)?

miércoles, 14 de enero de 2015

A Different Approach to Maths

This post is for all those people who consider themselves bad at maths. 

This post reblogged from BabaMail shows seven different ways to think about math concepts using fingers, lines and illustrations - a different way to learn some vocabulary and and practise your reading comprehension in English

Math Tips You Wish they Taught in School

It’s been a while since we attended school and age hasn’t been kind to our memory either. As time passes, most of us lose most of our mathematical abilities leading us to rely more and more on calculators. If you want to improve your math skills and even be able to help your kids, learn how to use these quick and easy methods.
Easy Math Tricks
1. Calculate multiplications of 6,7,8,9 by using your fingers
Did you ever memorize the classic multiplication table? While calculating multiplications of 1-5 are usually easy, when we go to 6 and higher, many of us start to stutter. This easy method is not taught in most schools, but it’s very quick and intuitive:

  • Assign numbers to every finger, the pinky being number 6 and the thumb being number 10.
Easy Math Tricks
  • If you wish to calculate 7x8 (pictured below), touch the assigned fingers.
Easy Math Tricks
  • The number of fingers below, including the touching fingers, is the tens. (Pictured below, 5 fingers = 5 tens or 50)
Easy Math Tricks
  • Now, multiply the remainder fingers to find the units. (in the example,3 fingers multiplied by 2 fingers = 6)
  • Add the units to the tens, and you have the result – 56.
Easy Math Tricks
2. Quickly calculate multiplications of 9
To calculate the multiplications of nine, you just need to remember that the tens increase and the units decrease, and the sum of the total always equals nine.
Easy Math Tricks
3. Calculating multiplications of eleven with 2-digit numerals
  • This calculation takes two simple steps:
  • In the first step, split the digits, then one becomes the hundreds, the other becomes the units.
  • In the second step, sum the digits and the result becomes the tens.
Easy Math Tricks
4. Quickly calculate fractions
Even though fractions are not something most of us deal with on a daily basis, this method is very useful, especially for school-age children.
  • Turn the multiplication into a “butterfly” by drawing diagonal ellipses, then multiplying the digits in each ellipsis. (In the example below, 3x5and 4x2)
  • Write the results down in the appropriate “feeler”.
Easy Math Tricks
  • Multiply the denominators and write it under the butterfly. (In the example, 4x5=20)
  • You now have the common denominator (20), and by adding the two numbers on the top of the butterfly, you have the numerator. (In our example, 15+8=23)
  • You can now simplify the fraction from  to .
Easy Math Tricks
  • This method also works when you want to subtract fractions, but to do this, you will need to subtract the top numbers instead of adding them.
    (In our example, 15-8=7)
Easy Math Tricks
5. Multiplying double-digit numbers
Multiplication can become harder when the numbers get bigger, but it doesn’t have to be. This method will help you get over this, and you’ll find that the larger the number – the easier it gets:
  • Subtract 100 from each number.
  • Add the results, and then subtract it from 100. The result will become the thousands and hundreds digits.
  • Now multiply the two first results and you’ll get the tens and units.
Easy Math Tricks
6. Multiplying double and triple-digit numbers
Another method to multiply double-digit numbers is the “line method”, which also works on multiplying triple-digit numbers. It is vital that you remember to maintain a left-to-right writing direction, even when drawing the lines:
  • Begin by drawing diagonal lines to represent each digit. The other number will be drawn in a crisscross manner shown in the example below.
Easy Math Tricks
  • Split the drawing into three sections. Each of the three areas represents the hundreds, tens, and units.
Easy Math Tricks
  • Count each cross-point in each section and write them down one after the other. (Left=1, middle=6, right=8)
Easy Math Tricks
  • And your answer is 168.
Easy Math Tricks
To do the same for a triple-digit number, follow the same method, but notice that now you will have 4 sections instead of 3.
Easy Math Tricks
Easy Math Tricks
Easy Math Tricks
7. For kids: How to write “greater than”
  • Think of the sign as a hungry mouth that always wants to eat the bigger number!
Easy Math Tricks

Thanks to Pete MacKay for the link.

martes, 13 de enero de 2015

Poetry Writing

Do you like writing poetry? This is an online version of magnetic poetry: you can explore word order and construct sentences from the selection of offered words. 

Click here to play with the Original Magnetic Poetry Kit

Would you like to share some of your poems with us?

Thanks to Peter MacKay for the tip.

domingo, 11 de enero de 2015

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Optional homework: Have a look at the image below and choose a category that works for you. Let me know about it; explain why you think you are that type of reader and give at least one example that proves it.

Visual from Booklikes

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