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TIPS ON LEARNING “VALENCIAN” (B2.2)

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TUESDAY 13th & COMMON SUPERSTITIONS: UNLUCKY DAY?(ALL LEVELS)

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TODAY IS TUESDAY 13th 2021 .. WHAT A DAY TO COME BACK TO CLASS AFTER THE EASTER BREAK!!!

Did you know that Tuesday 13th in Spain is considered unlucky it is the equivalent of the UK´s Friday 13th, bringing with it the usual superstition and bad luck? BUT WE AREN´T SUPERSTITIOUS, ARE WE?

Read on for the lowdown on all the strangest Spanish superstitions.
If you’re the kind of superstitious soul who never walks under a ladder and is always confused about whether black cats are meant to bring bad luck or good, then you will want to know what twists of fate await you according to Spanish beliefs.

It is Tuesday the 13th that is considered unlucky in Spain, and not Friday the 13th as in Anglo-Saxon countries.

That’s because Tuesday is said to be dominated by Ares, the Greek god of war — known as Mars in Ancient Rome — who gives his name to Martes, or Tuesday, in Spanish.

There is an even old proverb that explains the superstition: “On Tuesday, don’t get married, embark on a journey, or move away (‘En martes, ni te cases, ni te embarques, ni de tu casa te apartes’)

But there are plenty of other Spanish superstitions you need to know about to make sure your time in Spain is as lucky as possible! Read on to find out more.

http://www.thelocal.es/20170113/top-ten-must-know-spanish-superstitions

GET READY TO TALK ABOUT SUPERSTITIONS (MONOLOGUE)

  • ARE YOU SUPERSTITIOUS?
  • DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER 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

” LAS FALLAS” FESTIVAL SUSPENDED AGAIN (B2.2)

TO SUSPEND…… WHAT DOES IT MEAN? PUT OFF …. OR CALL OFF? WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE? HAVE A LOOK AT YOUR PHRASAL VERBS. I´M SURE THIS IS GOING TO BE A TIME TO REMEMBER….

ANYWAY, THE PRESTIGIOUS MAGAZINE CALLED “NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC” RECENTLY PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE BASED ON THIS “RECYCLED FALLERA” COSTUME / DRESS MADE OF 180 PLASTIC BOTTLES… READ MORE

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HAD PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ON SPAIN´S FALLERAS…

Held annually in March, the Fallas de Valencia, or the Fiesta de San Jose, is among the most celebrated traditions in Valencia and one of the country’s biggest street festivals. The event is marked by fireworks, music, and parades. Valencianos prepare for the five-day event by constructing elaborate papier-mâché monuments and satirical figurines, known as fallas, that are burned to the ground on the last night of the festival….READ MORE

FORMAL LANGUAGE: A QUESTION OF REGISTER (B2.2)

TODAY WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FORMAL & INFORMAL LANGUAGE.

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WHAT TO AVOID IN “FORMAL” TEXTS

 DO NOT USE THESE FORMS

CONTRACTIONS Use I am writing this email instead of I’ m writing

PHRASAL VERBS ( whenever possible) use one word verbs like tolerate instead of put up with

DIRECT QUESTIONS Use indirect questions when possible: (Could you possibly tell me…..? I would be very grateful if you could tell me….)

COMMON EVERYDAY WORDS ( things, stuff, guy, etc…)More formal vocabulary commonly involves longer words or words with origins in Latin and Greek. More informal vocabulary commonly involves shorter words, or words with origins in Anglo-Saxon. Most dictionaries indicate very informal and/or formal words. So use various instead of lots of, several instead of many, commence instead of start or terminate instead of end….

IDIOMS. Use “I wish you the best of luck” instead of “Break a leg!”

ABBREVIATIONS – use approximately instead of approx.

EXCLAMATION MARKS – don’t use!!!!

INCOMPLETE SENTENCES – (I will) see you soon

SOME CONNECTORSbut, however, therefore… Try to use nevertheless, whereas, thus, etc.

PERSONAL TONE USE the passive (whenever possible)

IMPOLITE TONE Use I would be very grateful if you could tell me…” instead of “I want to know….”

SHORTER & VERY SIMPLE SENTENCES Use “I am not only hard-working but also work well in a team” instead of “I work hard and I’m friendly”

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS CONTROVERSIAL QUEEN STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO MEGHAN & HARRY INTERVIEW. HOW MANY FEATURES OF FORMAL LANGUAGE CAN YOU SPOT?

YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY IF YOU´RE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC (OPTIONAL)

“CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE” (ALL LEVELS)

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International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is coming up on 8th March. While circumstances are different this year and safe distancing should still be practised, it is still a day to celebrate women around the world, their achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, and more.  Every year we celebrate IWD to call for change for the rights, equality, hope, opportunity, empower, diversity and dreams of each and every female present on the globe.

International women’s day (IWD) has been celebrated since 1910. We all are an eyewitness for the achievements and success females achieved on Social, Economic, Cultural and Political Platforms.

The International Women’s Day 2021’s theme is ‘Choose to challenge’.

GOYA AWARDS 2021 (ALL LEVELS)

After yesterday´s FEROZ Awards and Victoria Abril´s controversy, who went on stage without going through the red carpet or wearing a face mask but apologizing for her previous statements , we are ready for more next Saturday… The 35th Goya Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of the Cinema, Arts and Sciences, will honor the best in Spanish films of 2020 and take place at the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Málaga on March 6, 2021. 

The ceremony will be broadcast in Spain by Televisión Española (TVE) and will be directed and hosted by actor Antonio Banderas and journalist María Casado.It will be the second consecutive year that the ceremony will be held in Málaga.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the hosts, award presenters and music performers will be present on-site, while the nominees will appear from their homes.

The Netflix drama ‘Adú,’ directed by Salvador Calvo, is the frontrunner for the 35th Goya, Spain’s top film honors, with 14 nominations, including for best film and best director. 

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO WRITE THE ENGLISH SUBTITLES FOR THE SPOT THIS YEAR?
  • DO YOU LIKE SPANISH CINEMA?
  • HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THE TOP NOMINATED FILMS THIS YEAR?
  • WHICH FILM DO YOU THINK DESERVES THE MOST AWARDS? WHY?
  • WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE ANY PREDICTIONS FOR NEXT SATURDAY? VOTE ON THE PANEL BELOW FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FILM

FLY ME TO THE MOON… (ALL LEVELS)

IF TRAVELLING TO THE MOON IS WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS DREAMED OF, THIS IS THE SORT OF CHANCE THAT COMES ALONG JUST ONCE IN A BLUE MOON: A JAPANESE BILLIONAIRE IS OFFERING A PRIVATE LUNAR EXPEDITION TO EIGHT PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD….

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PRUEBAS CERTIFICACIÓN 2021 (B2.2)

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THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MY   B2.2  STUDENTS. WHO ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING THE EXAM. IF NOT, DON´T TAKE ANY NOTICE OF THIS POST. HOWEVER, IF YOU DO, READ IT ALL  BY CLICKING BELOW  (ON PUC 2021) WHERE YOU CAN READ ALL THE INFORMATION WE KNOW UP TO NOW… REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE EXAM  IF YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE IT and THE DEADLINE IS 4th MARCH (ckeck on the school website ) DON´T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REGISTER

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CALENDARIO DE PRUEBAS DE CERTIFICACIÓN
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JANUARY SALES A.K.A. “WINTER SALES”(B2.2)

THIS IS LAST YEAR “IKEA” ADVERT FOR THE WINTER SALES RELEASED ON 1st JANUARY. An awestruck family can’t help but stand and stare in disbelief when they see that IKEA is having its Winter Sale, A.K.A. the “up to 50 percent off” sale, the “look, we can touch everything before we buy it” sale, and the “B.T.W.I.C.Y.F.O.M.O.I.R.L.F.T.W.” sale.  THE USE OF ABBREVIATIONS  AND ACRONYMS IN EVERYDAY LANGUAGE MAKES YOU NEED A DECODER TO GET THE MESSAGE.ONLINE TEXT-BASED COMMUNICATION IS VERY POPULAR NOWADAYS AS EVERYONE USES SOCIAL MEDIA. SO, TYPING ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS IS PART OF OUR EVERYDAY INFORMAL WRITTEN LANGUAGE

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WHAT´S “A.K.A.”? abbreviation for also known as

“GGW”? abbreviation for girls gone wild

“FMO”? abbreviation for  fear of missing out ( a worried feeling that you may miss exciting events that other people are going to, especially caused by things you see on social media )

“IRL”?abbreviation for in real life (used in email, on social media, etc.):

“FTW” ?abbreviation for for the win (Internet, slang) Being the best; being great, awesome, amazing or spectacular; sure to succeed

WHAT ABOUT “MEATBALLS”? In informal North American slang it means a dull or stupid person

 

Winter sales in Spain usually run from the second week in January, after the Festival of the  Kings. Sales happen in three stages: the first rebajas, then a bigger mark down for second rebajas, and finally final clearance sales.

January sales in full swing before the Three Kings arrive  (READ MORE…)

HAVE YOU EVER FOUND A REALLY GOOD BARGAIN ON THE JANUARY SALES?

DO YOU REALLY THINK THEY ARE REALLY GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY?

 

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HOW DID THE PANDEMIC CHANGE YOUR ENGLISH CLASSROOM?(ALL LEVELS)

AS 2021 APPROACHES MANY PEOPLE LOOK BACK ON WHAT HAPPENED ALONG THE YEAR IN 2020. THE PANDEMIC CHANGED OUR LIVES DRASTICALLY IN EVERY RESPECT ; OUR TEACHING AND OUR CLASSROOMS ARE NO EXCEPTION. IT´S BEEN A REAL CHALLENGE. CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW AND LISTEN TO THESE TEACHERS.

OUR SCHOOL IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THIS YEAR, IN-PERSON TEACHING AND LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE ISN´T EASY; VIRTUAL LEARNING, SOCIAL DISTANCING, CLEANING, HAND SANITIZERS …. ARE PART OF OUR EVERYDAY ROUTINE…

SO, HOW DID THE PANDEMIC CHANGE YOUR ENGLISH CLASSROOM AND YOUR WAY TO LEARN?

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