Monthly Archives: October 2008

THERE´S NO HURRY !! (B1+)

TRY THE ACTIVITY ON PAGE 100 (STUDENT´S BOOK)

YOU CAN´T HURRY LOVE

WHICH VERSION OF THE SONG DO YOU LIKE BEST?

TALKING ABOUT GIVING UP…… (B1+)

Carmen, the blind 86-year-old trapeze artist who will not give up


Trapeze Artiste, Carmen Sánchez - Photo EFE
Blind since the age of 34, Carmen is convinced that her sight will return one day, and so she still exercises every day.
An 86 year old blind trapeze artiste, who has overcome a brain tumour, is still training every day in the hope that she will regain her sight. Carmen Sánchez carries out gymnastic exercises at her home in Sitges, Barcelona, and says the only thing she fears is getting old.

Trapeze Artiste, Carmen Sánchez – Photo EFE
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She has spent half her life on the road with the circus, with her late husband, the Málaga clown Pepe Ruiz.

Her blindness came at the age of 34 as the result of a medical error, but since then she still exercises every day in case her eyesight returns. She goes dancing every week with her current partner Joaquim, and admits now that she never goes to the doctor.

She also blames television for the decline in the circus, and says that people don’t clap like they did in the past as they have seen it all on TV.

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY (B1+)

COULD YOU MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS PICTURE?

WRITE A SUITABLE HEADING FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST.

ARE YOU A WORKAHOLIC? (B1+)

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS PHOTO AND MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT IT.

THEN YOU CAN TRY THIS VOCABULARY EXERCISE FROM THE BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/youmeus/lingo/lingo_work.shtml

SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY (B1+)

WATCH THIS OLD VIDEO CLIP AND TELL US ABOUT THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURES.

CHORUS

She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you´d  better treat her right  (REPEATED)

 I met her there in the corner stand
And wonders where she is
And it’s strange to her
Some people seem to have everything
9 am on the hour hand
And she’s waiting for the bell
And she’s looking real pretty
She’s waiting for her clientele 
CHORUS

 

Twenty-eight years have come and gone
And she’s seen a lot of tears
Of the ones who come in
They really seem to need her there
It’s a sacrifice working day to day
For little money just tips for pay
But it’s worth it all
To hear them say that they care
CHORUS
[Instrumental Interlude]
CHORUS 

 

REMEMBER IT´S NOT THE SAME : SHE WORKS HARD ” / “SHE HARDLY WORKS”

 

IS THE GOVERNMENT WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING? CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE?

 

TRY THE EXERCISE BELOW

WORKShttp://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/303.html

 

 

 

 

RYANAIR SAYS BYE, BYE!! (B1+)

Ryanair announces the closure of its operations in Valencia

Archive Photo EFE
The break comes following a row over funding from the regional Generalitat government.
Ryanair has announced what it has called the complete closure of its operations at Valencia Airport following a row with the Generalitat regional government over subsidies.

Archive Photo EFE
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Ryanair wanted funding to increase its operations at the airport, but the Generalitat says there is no money, and has, according to Ryanair Deputy Chairman, Michael Cawley, refused to meet with them. Cawley described today as ‘A very black day for Valencia Airport’.

Ryanair operates 70 flights a week from the airport and has Stansted, East Midlands and Liverpool among its destinations. It has 750,000 passengers a year at Valencia where some 750 jobs could now be lost, although the airline says it wants to transfer the workers to its other bases in Spain at Madrid, Reus, Alicante and Girona. The money Ryanair was to invest there will now go elsewhere and details of that will be announced by the company next week.

Flights from ten routes to Bolonia, East Midland, Eindhoven, Liverpool, Maastricht, Malta, Oporto, París Beauvais and Santiago de Compostela will be cancelled from November 4, and passengers will be offered a full refund.

The airline had requested a million €, which would be 80 cents per passenger and note that the Generalitat is funding Air Nostrum to the tune of 12 € per passenger.
If the Generalitat finds the money, the airline says it is prepared to talk.

RISING UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES (B1+)

Unemployment increases to levels last seen at the start of 2004.

The Spanish Government has admitted that unemployment is set to continue to increase given the financial and real estate crisis.
The Ministry of the Economy is now forecasting that it will reach 12.5% next year, following the release of latest numbers today which show it up to 11.3%, the highest rate seen since the start of 2004. Total employment has been destroyed for the first time in 14 years.
The new numbers come from the survey of the active population, and are controlled by the National Statistics Institute, and show 217,200 people joined the dole queues in Spain in the third quarter of the year. Most of the job losses came in the construction sector.
The Partido Popular economy spokesman, Cristóbal Montoro, said that the numbers were ‘terrible and tragic’ and called on Prime Minister Zapatero to apologise for the ‘social drama’ he was causing.

YOU´RE FIRED! (B1+)

Car workers take to the streets of Barcelona

Car workers in the streets of Barcelona yesterday - Photo EFE
The protest comes as Nissan want to lose 1,680 jobs in the Catalan region.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona yesterday in protest at the decision of Nissan to lose 1,680 jobs at their factory in the region.

Car workers in the streets of Barcelona yesterday – Photo EFE
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Most of those to demonstrate, some 10,000 in total according to the unions, are workers at not only Nissan, but also Seat and companies in the supply chain. The Guardia Urbana put the number on the demonstration at 5,000.

Union CCOO warned that if the sackings go ahead they will result in ‘a grand social conflict’ while other union UGT has spoken of ‘business terrorism, and has called on the prosecutor to take action. They say the Government should spend less time defending the banks, and more time helping the citizens.

RELAXED…. OR…. RELAXING? (B1+)

POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES (A1)

Smart Up Your English

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation