Monthly Archives: April 2014

SPLENDID SPEAKING FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS (LOW B2)

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HAVE A LOOK AT THIS WEBSITE TO PRACTICE SPEAKING BEFORE EXAMS. YOU CAN LASO LISTEN TO THEIR PODCASTS.

http://www.splendid-speaking.com

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GO ANIMATE (LOW B2)

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“GO ANIMATE” IS A WEBSITE THAT HELPS YOU MAKE ANIMATED CARTOONS.

 

JUST SIGN UP AND START. SELECT A SCENE WHICH DOESN’T SAY “Business Exclusive” or which gives a price!
YOU WILL FIND THAT YOU CAN ADD SPEECH BUBBLES AND YOUR OWN VOICE TO THE MOVIE.

THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE BY MY FANTASTIC COLLEAGUE HELLEN MACEY. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENJOY THE ANIMATION.

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WHY DON´T YOU PICK A SCENE FROM THE BOOK YOU HAVE JUST READ AND ILLUSTRATE IT /ANIMATE IT? COME ON! GO ANIMATE AND HAVE LOTS OF FUN!!

 

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ DIES (LOW B2)

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Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, his family says.

Garcia Marquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

The 1967 novel sold more than 30 million copies and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Garcia Marquez had been ill and had made few public appearances recently.

He achieved fame for pioneering magical realism, a unique blending of the marvellous and the mundane in a way that made the extraordinary seem routine.

With his books, he brought Latin America’s charm and teaming contradictions to life in the minds of millions of people. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27073911)

http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/04/17/inenglish/1397769522_753673.html

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK BY GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ? WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT?

IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO TRY ONE OF THE BOOKS OF THIS GIANT OF LITERATURE IN SPANISH  FOR WORLD BOOK DAY ON 23rd APRIL IF YOU DON´T KNOW ABOUT HIS LITERARY WORK.

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HAPPY!!: ) (WE ARE FROM VALENCIA) (LOW B2)

HI, THERE!

I´m really sorry we broke up for Easter with a “surprise” listening that you found more difficult than I actually expected. Never mind!! You know there will be another one at the beginning of May, which will make up for this one. I didn´t  even have time to wish you HAPPY EASTER.

I have a fun video to share with you and it is about our city ,VALENCIA . (ORIGINAL IDEA BY CRISTINA CABAL) I guess by now, everybody has heard and maybe moved their head to the rhythm of the catchy tune of the song “Happy” by  Pharrell Williams . It seems it is everywhere , on TV , on the radio… well, now this contagious song in on my blog , too.

The video from the song Happy that the singer recorded has generated spontaneous imitation all over the world . There are lots of cities around the world (over 900 right now, I think) copying the original and VALENCIA  had to contribute with its own four minutes and six seconds ‘ allegation of happiness.Hope you enjoy it!   HAPPY EASTER!!

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