Monthly Archives: December 2011

SPANISH LUCKY GRAPES TURN 100 (B1)

Spanish lucky grapes turn 100 years old

By h.b. – Dec 28, 2008 – 1:13 PM

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Bags of a dozen already prepared grapes are sold in supermarkets – Photo EFE

The Spanish custom of eating 12 grapes at midnight New Year’s Eve, in time with the clock strikes, has only been followed for the past 100 years.

Already adopted also in many Latin American countries, managing to swallow the grapes in time is said to bring you fortune in the New Year.

It’s thought the tradition dates back to 1909 when there was a remarkably good grape harvest, and farmers shared out their fortune, but of course not everyone agrees. Some say those were days of hunger in Spain and the grape harvest would have been small compared to today. Also without today’s refrigeration, getting to the end of the year with so many fresh grapes would be difficult.

It could be that those few remaining grapes were kept as a special last dish of the New Year’s Eve dinner, and that would have taken them close to midnight.

It was not until 1962 when TVE, the Spanish state television started broadcasting the new year chimes from the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, complete with grapes. The chimes which now give you 36.7 seconds to eat your twelve grapes. An error in the mechanism in 1997 saw many Spaniards choking as they tried to complete the task in just 17 seconds.

Nowadays the tradition means that in the last week of the year in Spain between a million and a half and two million kilos of grapes are eaten.
Rich in antitoxins, phosphorus, potassium, iron and vitamins, the grapes are the healthy part of a night generally known for other excesses.

Other New Year eve customs in Spain have lost prominence but there are records of having to eat lentils to ensure riches in the following year, putting money in your shoes to obtain fortune, wearing red or yellow underwear, breaking eggs into a glass of water, all said to bring good luck, and even going for a walk with suitcases to ensure that you travel the following year.

ARE YOU SUPERSTITIOUS? WHAT DO YOU DO TO HAVE A LUCKY YEAR?

NEW YORK!! (A2) by Isabel Morales

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HOW DO THE BRITISH CELEBRATE XMAS? (A2)

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS?

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU (B1)

  

 

 

 

 

 

1.Listen to the song and fill in the blanks with the “Christmas words”:

I don’t want _____ _____ for Christmas
There’s just one thing I need
I don’t care about _____ __________
Underneath the Christmas __________
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever __________
Make my wish __________ __________…
All I want for Christmas
Is you…

I don’t want _____ _____ for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about _____ __________
Underneath the Christmas __________
I don’t need to hang my __________
There upon the __________
Santa Claus won’t make me __________
With a __________ on Christmas day
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever __________
Make my wish __________ __________
All I want for Christmas is you…
You baby

I won’t ask for much this Christmas
I won’t even wish for __________
I’m just gonna __________ _____ waiting
Underneath the __________
I won’t __________ _____ __________ and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won’t even stay __________ to
Hear those __________ __________ click
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever __________
Make my wish __________ __________
All I want for Christmas is you…
You

All the __________ are __________
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of __________’s
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is __________
I hear those __________ __________ ringing
Santa won’t you bring me the one I really need
Won’t you please bring my baby to me

Oh I don’t want _____ _____ for Christmas
This is all I’m __________ __________
I just want to see baby
Standing right outside my door
Oh I just want him for my own
More than you could ever __________
Make my wish ___________
Baby all I want for Christmas is…
You
And you and you and you and you

All I want for Christmas is you baby

2. Now  check your answers with the lyrics below:

3. Enjoy the video …

MERRY CHRISTMAS BÁSICO 2 (9-11)

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS HILARIOUS GREETING FROM MY STUDENTS IN BÁSICO 2

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

CHRISTMAS WOULDN´T BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT… (B1)

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY?

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CHRISTMAS? ARE YOU FULL OF THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS?

WATCH THE ADVERT AND SEE HOW YOU´D FINISH THE SENTENCE FOR YOURSELF:

“XMAS WOULDN´T BE XMAS WITHOUT……….”

EVERYDAY SIGNS AND NOTICES (B1)

Everyday signs Royalty Free Stock Photo

Unscramble the words and write the signs and notices correctly:

1.         on skomnig                ________________________________________

2.         etner                           ________________________________________

3.         on dgos awellod        ________________________________________

4.         dnaegr                        ________________________________________

5.         frie eixt                        ________________________________________

6.         cosled                         ________________________________________

7.         tuo fo odrer                ________________________________________

8.         plul                              ________________________________________

9.         pvirtae                        ________________________________________

10.       qeuue hree                 ________________________________________

11.       wya uto                       ________________________________________

12.       kpee   otu                   ________________________________________

13.       vicnaceas                   ________________________________________

14.       tlietos                          ________________________________________

15.       yap adn dplsaiy         ________________________________________

16.       psuh                            ________________________________________

17.       oepn                           ________________________________________

18.       wlcemoe                     ________________________________________

19.       pealse ayp hree       ________________________________________

20.      on mbolie pnoehs     ________________________________________

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LOOK AT THIS SIGN IN DETAIL.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  It means that….

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT? It can be found in….

 

STORYTELLING COMPETITION (B1)

WHY DON´T YOU RECORD YOUR “MEMORABLE JOURNEY”? AND WE VOTE FOR THE BEST STORY IN THE CLASS?
YOU JUST HAVE TO USE SOUNDCLOUD:     www.soundcloud.com

I RECORDED THE STORY ON PAGE 33 AS AN EXAMPLE….

MOBILE PHONES!! (B1)


AREN´T SOME RING TONES ANNOYING? OR EVEN ….FUNNY?

ANYWAY, MOBILE PHONES WILL BE  ONE OF THE TOP TEN GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS.

WATCH THIS FUNNY VIDEO.  WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?

WHAT DO YOU USE YOUR MOBILE FOR?

HERE YOU CAN LEARN SOME USEFUL MOBILE PHONE VOCABULARY

A top-up card: tarjeta recargable
Call rate: tarifa de llamada telefónica.
Telemarketing, Telesales: ventas por teléfono.
Personal organiser: agenda personal.
rechargeable batteries: pilas recargables.
Mobile operators: operadoras telefónicas.
Switchboard: centralita.
call waiting: llamada en espera
Contacts / phone book: guía
Contract / pay-as-you-go: de contrato
Desvío de llamada: call forwarding.
Establecimiento de llamada: connection fee.
Flat rate: tarifa plana.
flip phone: móvil que se abre levantando la tapa
Hands-free set / kit: manos libres
Hash key: almohadilla.
Inbox: Buzón de entrada
Keypad: teclado numérico
Keys / buttons: teclas
landline / home phone: teléfono filjo
long-distance call Larga distancia:.
“Long-distance phoning centre”: locutorio
local call :llamada urbana:.
Menu: menú
Missed call: llamada perdida.
Mobile phone / cell phone (handset): móvil.
No tener saldo: to run out of minutes; not to have any minutes on one’s mobile phone; to run out of credit to call.
Outbox: buzón de salida
Phone charger: cargador de batería
ring tone: tono de llamada
Screen: pantalla
Service provider: operadora telefónica; compañía telefónica (Orange, Movistar, etc.)
Silent: silencio
slide phone: móvil que se abre deslizando la tapa.
There’s no signal / reception: no hay cobertura
To be cutting out / breaking up: se va el sonido, la voz; se corta la conversación.
to dial: marcar
to hang up: colgar
to jailbreak / to unlock a mobile phone: liberar un móvil.
To give sby a bell: dar un toque
To top up: recargar el teléfono
Unmetered access: tarifa plana.
voicemail: buzón de voz

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TOP 10 “MUST-HAVE” CHRISTMAS TOYS AND GIFTS 2011 (B1)

 

Hi-tech products, such as computer tablets, digital cameras and sophisticated interactive cuddly toys dominate the ‘dream dozen’ for Santa this year.

WHAT GIFTS ARE GOING TO BE ON EVERYBODY´S WISH LIST THIS YEAR?

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LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

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

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