Category Archives: GOTTA READ IT
LAST YEAR WE STUDIED THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WRITING FORMAL AND INFORMAL EMAILS.
- HAVE A LOOK AT THIS USEFUL HANDOUT TO IMPROVE YOUR EMAILS.
- YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT ON USEFUL PHRASES FOR INFORMAL EMAILS & LETTERS BEFORE DOING YOUR HOMEWORK (SCROLL DOWN)
Tucked at the end of a narrow, crooked street in the Mediterranean city of Valencia, you may be surprised to come upon an ancient public bathhouse, a surprising relic from another time. The Admiral’s Baths have stood sentry here for 700 years, through wars, reconstruction, epidemics and the Inquisition—and still stand today. If only these walls could talk, you might think. What stories lie beneath those star-carved ceilings, across these tiled floors…
With this novel The Admiral’s Baths, author Dana Gynther offers us one possibility. Told from the perspective of four women of different times and circumstances, we witness the unfolding history of the ancient bathhouse through the struggles, desires, tragedies, and triumphs of Fatima, Angels, Clara, and Rachel. Though these characters are separated by hundreds of years, we find that what connects them is more powerful than the passage of time, and we celebrate the enduring human spirit, which stands strong like the Admiral’s Bath’s themselves. READ MORE
EVERY MINOR FLAW ON A WEDDING DAY FEELS LIKE A CATASTROPHE TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM…BUT CAN YOU THINK OF IDEAS THAT MIGHT RUIN A WEDDING? I´M SURE YOU HAVE HEARD REAL STORIES ABOUT IT
GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THE CONFETTI WALL BELOW)
- Click on the CONFETTI BOARD below,
- A box will pop-up,
- Please add your name.
- Start typing your contribution. (WHAT MIGHT RUIN A WEDDING?)
- You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.
- WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT WHEN HAVING A CONVERSATION IN ENGLISH?
- WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING?
You don’t have to say much to keep the other person talking. In fact, in many cases, you can reply using three words or less.
Here are some ways of doing that:
Make a comment
Show surprise at what the other person is saying with “No!” or “Wow!” Show sympathy at someone’s bad news with “How awful” or “How terrible”. Show you’re interested with a comment like “That’s incredible” or “Amazing” or “Unbelievable”.
Encourage the other person
If the other person stops talking for a second or so, you can encourage them to keep talking with a phrase like “Go on” or “Oh yeah” or “So what happened next?”
Ask a question
In all the questions below, make sure your voice goes up at the end to show it’s a question.
“Really?” – to show surprise.
“Did you?” – Echo or reply questions can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.
For example, “I heard from Pete yesterday.” “Did you?” “Yes, he’s been ill for a couple of weeks.”
Over to you Listen and practise examples of these tips here:
(from ENGLISH SPEAKING ONLINE)
HAVE A LOOK AT THE HANDOUT I GAVE YOU IN CLASS. YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT FROM DROPBOX.
“House of Cards is filling its Kevin Spacey-shaped void with some impressive star power. Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear will join the political thriller for its sixth and final season, Netflix announced Wednesday in a press release.
No details yet on who the two Academy-Award nominees will play. But one tidbit we do know, courtesy of The New York Times, is that they will be brother and sister on the show.
Spacey, who starred as Frank Underwood for five seasons, was fired in October, shortly after RENT actor Anthony Rapp accused him of predatory sexual behaviour when Rapp was 14. The fate of the show remained in limbo until December, when Netflix announced the series would carry on without its star…..”
- HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED “HOUSE OF CARDS”?
- WHAT WAS THE LAST TV SERIES YOU GOT ADDICTED TO?
- HAVE YOU EVER “BINGE-WATCHED” ANY SERIES?
- MAY “GAME OF THRONES” SEASON 8 INCLUDE A PREGNANCY IN ITS STORYLINE?
- HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE 2018 TV SERIES NOT TO BE MISSED? “HERE & NOW” is one of them, which will be released on 12th February. A multi-racial family made up of husband, wife, three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia and one biological child, find their bonds tested when one of the children begins seeing things which the rest cannot.
- DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OTHERS?
THESE DAYS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT GENDER EQUALITY: GOYA AWARDS, ETC… In 1918, following years of bitter struggle, (some) women finally gained the right to vote in the UK. 2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote for the first time.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, it’s painfully obvious how much more work there is to be done….“We must celebrate the incredible advances previous generations have made. But as we recognise the battles they fought and won, we need to regather our strength and determination for further battles. We can’t stop yet. The job’s not yet done!”
After a long, long wait, the American video streaming site HBO has finally arrived in Spain, offering Spaniards access to the streaming service that not only provides all seasons of HBO’s content, but also content from Disney and Nickelodeon.HBO España, a brand new broadband streaming service, offers a subscription video on demand service providing premium content directly to consumers via hboespaña.com. The launch was first announced last January, set to compete with Netflix. But what about ORORO.TV?
This brings us to the question: Is HBO actually better than NETFLIX or ORORO.TV to watch films and series in English with subtitles? What are the main differences?What is the best choice for students of English?
Here, I would recommend ororo.tv. What can ororo.tv do to help you improve your English? What will you find on this website? An amazing number of TV shows and films in their original versions and with subtitles in English. Surely you’ll find attractive alternatives here to suit every taste and mood.
I CREATED A WALL ON PADLET FOR ALL MY STUDENTS TO WRITE A CONTRIBUTION BUT NOW YOU DON´T NEED TO GO TO PADLET AS THE WALL IS AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATED BY CLICKING ON IT(BY CLICKING ON THE BLUE BOARD WALL BELOW)
- Click on the blueboard, a box will pop-up, please add your name
- Start typing your contribution. It should be a brief comment based on your own experience
- You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.
THERE ARE STILL GOOD ALTERNATIVES TO WATCH TV WHEN YOU´RE LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. READ THE POSTS BELOW THAT I PUBLISHED SOME TIME AGO!!
ORORO TV: A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO JUST WATCHING TV IN ENGLISH (WITH SUBTITLES)
WATCHING AUTHENTIC TV IN ENGLISH
WE´VE BEEN WORKING ON WRITING SKILLS TODAY (ERROR CORRECTION) . HERE ARE THE STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED, WISELY WRITTEN BY MY COLLEAGUE JAVIER SANTOS ASENSI.
IN CASE YOU NEED FURTHER WRITING AND CORRECTION, HAVE YOU HEARD OF LANG8?
SPAIN SPECIAL 2018
How to be Spanish
Swear like a trooper, drink your red wine cold and always finish your dinner
Learning the language is only the first step to becoming Spanish. Getting a tan and knowing your tapas from your pintxos are steps two and three, but there’s still a long way to go before you can pass yourself off as anything other than a guiri. There are some shortcuts, though.
First, forget Anglo-Saxon notions of politeness, discretion and decorum. Being Spanish involves walking into a bar, kissing and hugging complete strangers, shouting “oiga” at the waiter and chucking anything you can’t eat or drink on the floor. Except glasses. That’s too much. But you can drop the please and thank yous. They’re so unnecessary.
If you’re a lady, carry a fan. Over here, it’s a tool, not a souvenir, and regardless of gender, do try to develop the uncanny Spanish skill of knowing instinctively where the coolness is. Not hipster coolness. The ambient one.
You also need to unlock that potty mouth. Spoken — or, rather, shouted — Spanish is shot through with obscenities of astonishing inventiveness and anatomical awareness, and it doesn’t matter who you’re talking to. In Salamanca, I heard a teacher on a school trip tell his pupils to “**** off for lunch”, and that “any ****er” who wasn’t back at 3.30 sharp would be “****ing left behind for social services”. The kids seemed cool with that, even though being Spanish requires utter disdain for punctuality. Arriving anywhere 30 minutes late is actually considered quite early and quite rude.
You need to learn food etiquette, too. Start with a breakfast of tostada, sobrasada and a cortado, and don’t ask for butter. This is olive-oil country. Stop whatever you’re doing at 11am and nip out for a beer and a sandwich. That should keep you going until lunchtime, at 2pm. You’ll be going for a three-course menu del dia, and it will take between two and three hours. Then have a kip.
Next, tapas. You can always spot the Brits. They’re the ones who walk into a crowded tapas bar and can’t believe there’s a table free. That’s because the Spanish sneer at tables. Tapas are eaten at the bar, while yelling at the waiter and throwing stuff on the floor. Except the glasses. Remember that.
Then go home and watch telly. Got Talent España and Sabado Deluxe — a sort of Jeremy Kyle for celebrities — are good choices. They’re probably on the TV in the bar, but with all that shouting, you won’t be able to hear a thing.
Ten o’clock is dinnertime. Start with beer or ice-cold red wine, because cocktails are for after dinner, and make sure you eat everything you’ve ordered. Countries that have suffered famine are funny about that. Don’t go overboard on tips (it’s not done here), be ambivalent about bulls and, finally, always take your phone to the toilet. This is a) so you can check for messages from your secret lover, and b) because every motion-activated toilet light on the Iberian peninsula is programmed to go out after four seconds.
Had I read this article in “The Sun”, I would have understood. What you publish tells volumes about the publication you are. It is highly disappointing to see such article in a serious paper.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE FIRST SENTENCE WRITTEN BY ANA GARCÍA? IS THIS A THIRD CONDITIONAL?