Monthly Archives: November 2019
TODAY (NOV. 29th) IS BLACK FRIDAY, AND I´M REALLY FED UP WITH THE CONSUMER FRENZY, DEALS AND OFFERS IN MY INBOX, ON TV, EVERYWHERE ……WHY DON´T WE MAKE IT GREEN?
BUT WHAT DOES “BLACK FRIDAY” MEAN ORIGINALLY?
Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the USA, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened extremely early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season…
The use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. An explanation for the name was made: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black”.
But before going on a shopping spree why don´t you try read this article published last year on THE TELEGRAPH?
WHAT ABOUT “CYBER MONDAY”? WHAT IS IT?
- WHY DO YOU THINK SPANIARDS HAVE ENTHUSIASTICALLY EMBRACED BLACK FRIDAY, A CONCEPT WITH NO TRADITION IN THE COUNTRY AND OF WHICH FEW SPANISH PEOPLE WERE AWARE OF UNTIL RECENTLY?
- HOW CAN WE MAKE IT GREEN AGAIN, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT EVERYBODY´S TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE EMERGENCY?
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO SOME EXAM PRACTICE….
WHAT´S THE CORRECT ANSWER? WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW TO REVIEW THE PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE:
UNFORTUNATELY, WE CAN STILL FIND NEWS RELATED TO THIS KIND OF VIOLENCE….
PLAY THIS GAME BY CLICKING ON THE PICTURE
THE EXERCISE IS BASED ON THE VERBS THAT APPEARED IN YOUR A2BOOK (pages 54-55)
HAVE A GO AT IT AND GOOD LUCK!!
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS ADVERT? AMAZON HAS RELEASED THEIR BIG TV COMMERCIAL FOR THE 2019 CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE RETURN OF SMILING SINGING BOXES…
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS ADVERT? AMAZON HAS RELEASED THEIR BIG TV COMMERCIAL FOR THE 2018 CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE RETURN OF SMILING SINGING BOXES…
It features a whole host of people singing and dancing to Solomon Burke’s classic track, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”.
At the same time, people are giving or delivering gifts to loved ones that are, of course, inside Amazon boxes.
And these Amazon parcels themselves have animated mouths that they’re using to singalong to the lyrics.
There are three versions of the ad that will all be airing between now and December 22 – a 90-second full-length advert, a 60-second shorter version, and even snappier 30-second version.
“It’s no secret that people are spending more and more time online. It’s also no secret that much of that time is spent, well, spending….”
- HAVE YOU EVER USED AMAZON? WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
- WHAT´S THE EFFECT OF AMAZON ON SMALL BUSINESSES? IS IT GOOD OR BAD?
- HAS AMAZON CHANGED THE WAY WE SHOP? IN WHICH WAY?
IF YOU HAVE EXTRA TIME DURING THE WEEKEND, YOU COULD BE WORKING ON THESE TWO MONOLOGUES:
MONOLOGUE 1: SUPERSTITIONS
- ARE YOU SUPERSTITIOUS?
- DO YOU KNOW ANY SUPERSTITIONS?
- WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GET LUCKY?
- A TIME WHEN YOU WERE LUCKY / UNLUCKY
- PREDICTING THE FUTURE: EVER VISITED A PSYCHIC? WOULD LIKE TO?
- SUPERSTITIONS IN DIFFERENT CULTURES
MONOLOGUE 2: MONEY & SHOPPING
- SAVER OR SPENDER?
- YOUR SHOPPING HABITS
- SHOPPING ONLINE
- A TIME WHEN YOU WON / FOUND / LOST/ WASTED SOME MONEY
- EVER BORROWED OR LENT MONEY?
THIS IS THE CHART IN YOUR BOOK
CLICK ON THE WEBPAGE BELOW TO LISTEN AND PRACTISE:
UNVOICED = “SORDO”
VOICED = SONORO
YOU CAN ALSO TRY ADRIAN UNDERHILL´S INTERACTIVE PHONEMIC CHART:
CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE AND YOU´LL BE ABLE TO HEAR THE SOUNDS.
NOWADAYS THERE ARE MANY APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ON YOUR MOBILE / TABLET TO PRACTISE PRONUNCIATION:
THIS IS A GOOD SITE TO WORK ON PRONUNCIATION (BBC Learning English)
OR THE BRITISH COUNCIL
AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL APP
NOW YOU COULD PRACTICE WITH THIS LIST OF THE 100 MOST COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED WORDS IN ENGLISH: 100 mispronounced words