Monthly Archives: October 2011

ALL SAINTS´ DAY (B1)

The feast day of Todos los Santos on 1st November, a public holiday in Spain, is celebrated as the Roman Catholic and Anglican feast to honour all Saints, known and unknown, and was moved from its original date in May more than ten centuries ago to offset the pagan autumn festivals held at that time of year.
All Saints’ Day in Spain now revolves around remembering all the dead, when relatives visit the graves of their loved ones in the cemetery and decorate the graves with flowers. Extra public transport is generally laid on in the larger towns, and florists more than double their sales compared with any other time of the year.It is a particularly large event in Cádiz province, Andalucía, where it’s known by the shortened form of ‘Tosantos’, where most of the towns and villages of the province enjoy a week of festivities.

As with religious festivals and other festivities in Spain, there are a number of dishes which are typically seen at this time of year. The most traditional are three types of small cake, none of them too complicated to make at home, but all of which are on sale in local bakeries.
The first, ‘huesos de santo,’ literally translates as
‘Saint’s bones’, and is basically a tube of marzipan filled with a cream made
from egg yolks cooked with a sugar syrup.

Then there are ‘buñuelos de
viento,’ or ‘puffs of wind,’ which is rather like a small doughnut, and then
sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon after frying. They are sometimes filled with a
type of custard known in Spain as crema pastelera.

Panellets are typical
of Cataluña and use boniato – the white-fleshed sweet potato – along with ground
almonds and sugar to make a dough which is then formed into balls and rolled in
beaten egg and pine nuts, chopped almonds or powdered chocolate, before being
baked until golden. Other variations use normal potato in the basic mixture, and
may make a sugar syrup rather than adding the sugar directly.

Read
more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_13316.shtml#ixzz1cBtSjgqS

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WE ARE FAMILY (B1)

MANY PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT “FELIPE & LETIZIA” BECAUSE  THERE´S A  RUMOUR GOING AROUND OF  CRISIS IN THEIR MARRIAGE …

THESE ARE HER IN-LAWS….HER NEW FAMILY…

LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE FAMILY TREE.
HOW CAN YOU RELATE LETIZIA TO THE REST OF THE PEOPLE IN HER FAMILY…?
IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR FAMILY VOCABULARY, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://www.saberingles.com.ar/lists/family.html

TRY THESE EXERCISES:

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=453

HALLOWEEN (B1)

BUT…HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HALLOWEEN?

 

 

    

 

HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS 

  • It’s celebrated on October 31st. When the Celts lived in Ireland, Britain and France over 2,000 years ago, they had a pagan agricultural festival on this day. They believed that the dead came back, so they used to light large bonfires to ward off evil spirits. Irish, Scots and other immigrants brought this tradition to North America in the 19th century.
  • The word “Halloween” is a shortened form of “All Hallows’ Eve”, meaning the evening before “All Hallows’ Day” or “All Saints’ Day”, which is November 1st.
    Trick or treat!
  • In the past, poor people went around asking for food in exchange of a prayer for the dead. Nowadays, this tradition was changed. In Ireland and the United States, children dress up and go door-to-door collecting candy. This is called “trick or treat“, meaning that if they don’t receive candy they will make a trick or a spell.
  • The carved pumpkin has become the symbol of Halloween. It’s called “Jack-o-lantern“, from an IrishJack-o-lantern legend about a man called Jack. He was a lazy farmer, who tricked the devil and refused to free him unless he agreed to never let Jack go into hell. So, Jack started to wander the Earth looking for a resting place, carrying a carved turnip with a candle inside.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE SCARIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR ON 31ST OCTOBER?

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HALLOWEEN?

DO YOU CELEBRATE IT ?  IF SO, HOW?

YOU CAN USE THIS LINK TO READ ABOUT HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

GAGA-WEEN (B1)

HAVE YOU HEARD OF “GAGAWEEN”? AS FAR AS I KNOW, IT´S A PARODY OF THE POP STAR “LADY GAGA”. WOULD YOU LIKE TO WATCH THE VIDEO CLIP?

HOW MANY WORDS RELATED TO “HALLOWEEN”  APPEAR?

 

PLAY… DO…or…GO?

Vodpod videos no longer available.
PLAY DO or GO?, posted with vodpod
I HAVE FOUND SEVERAL INTERESTING ACTIVITIES TO PRACTISE SPORTS VOCABULARY AT ESL BLOGGERS WEBSITE.
PLEASE HAVE A GO!!

DO…. PLAY…. or …. GO? (B1)

YOU PLAY TENNIS, GO   BUNGEE JUMPING AND DO MARTIAL ARTS .

TRY TO COMPLETE THESE SENTENCES WITH A SUITABLE VERB.

  • He used to _____ jogging every day when he was at university.
  • I love _____ a good game of chess from time to time.
  • She _____ gymnastics for over five years now.
  • This summer we _____ windsurfing every day on our vacation.
  • He’s quite the athlete. He _____ basketball, baseball and hockey, too.My wife _____ horse riding twice a week.
  • Why don’t we _____ a set of tennis?
  • Some people think that _____ aerobics four times a week is the best possible way of keeping fit.
  • His idea of the perfect summer holiday is to rent a sailboat and _____ sailing between the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
  • He _____ athletics for his local track club.

CHECK THE KEY TO THE EXERCISE http://esl.about.com/od/vocabularyquizzes/a/sporting_vocabulary_quiz_2.htm

THE OLYMPIC GAMES (B1)

WHAT´S THE LINK BETWEEN THE SONG AND THE LOGO?

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE OLYMPIC GAMES?

TRY THIS QUIZ TO FIND OUT!!

SPORTS VOCABULARY (B1)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT BULLFIGHTING? ……SHOULD IT BE CALLED A SPORT?

PARTS OF THE BODY: GAMES (A2)

 

WHAT DO YOU CALL THIS PART OF THE BODY?

TRY THIS MEMORY GAME

NOW PLAY HANGMAN

ARE WE TALKING ABOUT SPORT? (B1)

HAVE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THE PICTURE ..

NOW LISTEN TO THE FANFARE…

WHO ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THEY CALLED?

 

 

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