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?
TODAY THANKSGIVING IS CELEBRATED IN THE USA & CANADA…BUT WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
ENGLISH TODAY MAGAZINE
LISTEN TO THE STORY
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SOME EXAM PRACTICE….
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO SOME EXAM PRACTICE….
HAVE A LOOK AT THESE SLIDES AS THEY CAN BE VERY HELPFUL
HOW WOULD YOU TELL THE STORY DEPICTED IN THIS TRAILER?
As you know, the “-ed” endings of regular past tense verbs can be pronounced in three different ways: /t/, /d/ and /ɪd/, which is the one most students tend to overuse. Have a look here here for an overview of the rules.
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LISTEN TO SOME EXAMPLES:
Over the years, I have found that /t/ and /d/ are easier to notice and to produce if the verb comes immediately before a word beginning with a vowel sound:
liked it – /laɪktɪt/
dreamed of – /driːmdəv/
The video is suitable for late A2, B1 and B2 students, who will have learned the basic -ED rules, but may still struggle to produce the sounds accurately. The on-screen activities are all self-explanatory.
You will notice that the activities do not test whether students can choose between /t/ and /d/. The difference is barely audible in fast connected speech, and it rarely causes misunderstandings. Also, since most students tend to overuse /ɪd/ and avoid /t/ or /d/, the song excerpts focus on the latter, rather than the former.
THANKS TO: http://www.luizotaviobarros.com/2016/10/pronunciation-ed-endings.html
TRY THIS -ED ENDING GAME I MADE FOR MY A2 STUDENTS:
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….