Monthly Archives: November 2012

DON´T GET ME WRONG! (B1+)

WHAT DOES THIS EXPRESSION MEAN?

Don’t get me wrong.  (informal)

The sentence “Don’t get me wrong” is highly idiomatic. It would be unusual to change it. It means “Please don’t  misunderstand me  (when I say what I’m about to say).”
Don’t get me wrong, I like Carol, I just think she has some irritating habits.
WHAT DO WE SAY IN SPANISH?
WHEN WE SPEAK WE OFTEN REFORMULATE WHAT WE SAY TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDINGS; THAT IS TO SAY, WE REPEAT WHAT WE SAID OR HEARD  IN A DIFFERENT WAY TO CHECK THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY.
WHAT OTHER EXPRESSIONS DO YOU KNOW TO REFORMULATE YOUR IDEAS?
Advertisements

BLUE AS YOUR EYES (A2)

THIS IS THE SONG WE DID TODAY IN CLASS.

IDIOMS (B1+)

The English language is full of interesting expressions we call idioms, or idiomatic expressions. As we know, these idioms can be quite hard to get, since many of them can´t be interpreted literally. Take for instance: He was pulling my leg. Do you mean that somebody had actually grabbed your leg and started pulling it, as if to rip it off your body? Of course not.

The thing is, English is such a colourful and varied language that, if we don´t pull up our socks and learn some of these idiomatic expressions, we can find ourselves a bit lost.

What do you feel this idiom means?

THERE ARE SOME MORE FUNNY IDIOMS ON PAGE 150 IF YOU  WANT TO HAVE A LAUGH.

FUTURE PREDICTIONS (B1+)

The Mayan Calendar stops on the date 21st December 2012 which many believe is significant because this assumes that there will be no world after this date.

Nostradamus studied astrology and various “occult” sciences and used those to
predict the future.

WILL THE WORLD END IN 2013?

I DON´T REALLY BELIEVE IN THIS KIND OF PREDICTIONS, BUT CAN YOU MAKE PREDICTIONS FOR NEXT YEAR?

  •  China will overtake the USA in scientific research….
  • 3D technology will be widespread in homes in developed countries…
  • Uradangarín won´t go to prison….
  • Spanish economy won´t improve as quickly as expected….
  • ………………………………………………………………
  • ………………………………………………………………
  • ……………………………………………………………… ETC…..

AS YOU REMEMBER WILL IS USED FOR PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE. WHAT OTHER FUTURE FORMS DO YOU KNOW?

STUDY THE GRAMMAR ABOUT THE FUTURE FOR PREDICTIONS ONPAGE 132 AND YOU CAN TRY THE EXERCISES ON PAGE 133.

NARRATIVE TENSES (B1)

Narrative tenses

Narrative tenses are verb tenses that are used to talk about the past. They are often found in stories and descriptions of past events, such as personal anecdotes.

YOU CAN ALSO CLICK ON THIS LINK TO REVIEW TENSES:

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/simplepast.html

CAN YOU RECOMMEND OTHER WEB LINKS TO PRACTISE NARRATIVE TENSES?

Mª DOLORES RECOMMENDS THIS LINK

MONEY FOR NOTHING (B1+)

“MONEY FOR NOTHING” WAS A HIT BY DIRE STRAITS, BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT “DIRE STRAITS” MEAN?

WATCH THE VIDEO AND SEE IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE SONG IS ABOUT

 The 4 and a half minute song is, in fact, a criticism of the music scene of  the 80s — especially glam metal which was in its hey-day.

Told from the perspective of a blue collar worker, the song  contains lyrics that discredit and dismiss the musicians and their ability such  as “See the little f*ggot [a word which is used liberally and with absolutely no  hesitation throughout the song, by the way, which according to the song writer  is actually part of the ‘point’ of the character that sings the song] with the  earring and the make-up” and comments on how their music “ain’t working”. Still,  he laments their ability to get “money for nothing, and their chicks for free.”  In the end, he decides that maybe he should learn how to play the guitar.

After all, they’re all talentless hacks anyway, right? So anybody should  be able to do it.

This song is not so much a celebration of that scene,  but it was a condemnation, then a hesitant joining of it which in of itself  becomes insulting — since joining it requires no mind, talent or heart. Money  for what the songwriter saw as quite literally “nothing”.

Read more at http://www.ranker.com/list/13-songs-that-don_t-mean-what-you-think-they-do/molly-mahan?page=2#qt8PoGrYkICYuqsU.99

LISTEN TO THE I-PAD DEBATE

GADGETS, GADGETS, GADGETS…. (B1+)

ARE YOU A TECHNOPHOBE OR A TECHNOPHILE?

FIND OUT ABOUT THE MEANING AND PRONUNCIATION OF THESE WORDS.

PEOPLE SAY THAT THE IPAD IS THE GADGET OF THE FUTURE BUT….HOW MANY GADGETS CAN YOU NAME?

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND DOWNLOAD THE HANDOUT

tech_voc

ARE IPADS THE FUTURE IN SCHOOLS? CAN YOU THINK ABOUT THE PROS AND CONS?

DO YOU THINK YOU´LL GET AN IPAD IN THE NEAR FUTURE? wHY? WHY NOT?

WHAT´S YOUR FAVORITE GADGET? WHY DO YOU LIKE IT?

HAS MODERN TECHNOLOGY HELPED US TO COMMUNICATE BETTER?

WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS CAN MODERN TECHNOLOGY CAUSE?

PREPOSITIONS: AT, IN, ON? (A2)

DON´T PANIC!!! PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! SO, LET´S PRACTICE!!!!!

TRY THIS QUIZ!

FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHS (A2)

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE PHOTOS?

 

TOUS DAM BREACH by NACHO (B1+)

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

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