jueves, 8 de diciembre de 2016

One More Reason Why People Learn English

This is a Polish Christmas commercial released by Allegro, an online auction company. It is the story of an elderly Pole who orders a book called `English for Beginners´and starts learning English (pay attention to the method he uses to learn vocabulary). As you watch the advert, try to find out the reason why he goes through all this trouble

miércoles, 7 de diciembre de 2016

martes, 6 de diciembre de 2016

Lucía´s Choice of Commercial

This is the commercial Lucía chose for her oral exam; the language of the subtitles can be either Spanish or English - I would recommend you to choose English first, you will not find it difficult to follow.

Thanks, Lucía!

domingo, 4 de diciembre de 2016

Adrián´s Choice Of Commercial

To all Kobe Bryant´s fans and opponents, 

This video is called `The Conductor´c can you explain why?  (`Conductor´is a false friend for Spanish learners of English) 

Click on the subtitles and choose either English or Spanish - I would recommend both, one after the other

Thanks, Adrián!

domingo, 27 de noviembre de 2016

Study Tips

Read and listen to these study tips in the video below ( click on the subtitles, but don´t choose the ones automatically generated!):

  • spaced repetition : study regularly with sleeping  breaks in between
  • find your own style
  • good night sleep
  • focus: protect yourself from procastrinating
  • pomodoro technique (small breaks in between studying) 
  • hard stuff first
  • exercise, meditate and converse
  • go places
  • take fun seriously: positive emotions
  • space your studies
  • 30% read, 70% recite
  • instant self test
  • don´t force motivation


viernes, 25 de noviembre de 2016

Manuel´s Choice of Commercial

Manuel chose this video to do his oral exam last week - probably because he has a special relation with his siblings, especially with his twin brother.

He mentioned several examples of subliminal messages in the commercial, can you see them?

The song in the video is Avicii´s `Hey Brother´; here is its official video subtitled in English and Spanish

Manuel, thanks for the link!

martes, 22 de noviembre de 2016

Violence Against Women.2016

Here we are again, trying to make students aware ( and beware) of the violence against women around us ( click here and here  to learn about the different types of violence )

The first two videos below belong to the campaign "One is Too Many" to put an end to sexual assault. These videos were published in 2012.

The video below is part of a campaign by UNICEF against arranged marriages for girls under 18: millions of girls are married as children each year and the video below "aims to put a spotlight on this grim reality"

domingo, 20 de noviembre de 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, which is next Thursday.

Learn about the most popular family meal and celebration in the US from the videos (click to get the subtitles in English) and the infographic below. If you are interested in learning about its origins and history, click here

lunes, 14 de noviembre de 2016

November / Movember?

What is  `Movember´? Read this definition taken from `The Huffpost Lifestyle´: 

Movember: growing a moustache for charity in a bid to raise awareness about men’s health - prostate cancertesticular cancer and mental health issues such as depressionLike breast cancer awareness, it’s a global movement.

Watch the video below and learn about The Movember Foundation - click here if you need extra help to find the answers :
  • where does the word `Movember´come from?
  • what kind of movement is it?
  • what is its purpose?
  • when does the Movember Movement take place and for how long?
  • where are its origins?
  • what is a Mo Bro? (click here to find out) 
  • what is a Mo Sista ( `sister´)? 
  • Match this vocabulary:
  • 1……..
    to raise money
    a.    an event
    to grow a
    b.    a party
    to shave off
    c.    cancer research
    to sponsor someone
    d.    a website
    to register on
    e.    a moustache
    to dress up for
    f.     moustache
    to participate in
    g.    for charity
    to fund
    h.    to do something


  1. Had you ever heard about Movember?
  2. Do you like the idea?
  3. Do you know any other similar events to raise money for charity? 
  4. Have you noticed any teachers at school who have grown a moustache lately?

viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2016

Homage to Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen passed away yesterday. The Nobel Academy has just lost the chance of celebrating his songs and poetry together with Bob Dylan, they should be sorry for that.

Leonard Cohen received the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in 2011; click here to listen to and read his speech.

It is difficult to choose just one of his songs: click here to listen to `Take This Waltz´, based on a poem by the Spanish poet Federico G. Lorca and listen to his song `Suzanne´in the video below.


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