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Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day
On 19 October we will wear pink, raise money and make life-saving research happen.
Why? Because breast cancer is still here. It’s still tearing apart the lives of families and it’s still taking the lives of the women we love on a heartbreaking scale.
We will be wearing it pink in October. Will you join us?
WEAR IT PINK DAY or PINK RIBBON DAY is celebrated every 19th October,
On 19th October 2018, people all around Spain will be turning up to work dressed in pink and doing other pink-themed things, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. The funds go towards improving treatment, and survival rates, for people fighting breast cancer, as well as research into the disease.
When you take part in wear it pink, you join forces with scientists, researchers, supporters and people affected by breast cancer.
Together, we can make real progress in research that saves lives. It’s easy to join in, simply get together with your colleagues, friends and family, pull on something pink and raise money for breast cancer research. We believe everyone who joins the fight is a hero, from people affected by breast cancer, to our scientists and all our amazing fundraisers.
TAGXEDO is an application to make word clouds with styles. Look at the heart above, which is a good example. Would you like to try?
HAVE A LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS
STEVE ANDERSON CLOSED DOWN RESTAURANT “SEU XEREA” ONE YEAR AGO BUT NOW HE´S INVOLVED IN A NEW PROJECT IN VALENCIA CALLED “MA KHIN CAFÉ”.
CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE AND VISIT “MA KHIN CAFÉ” WEBSITE IN ENGLISH AND FIND OUT:
- WHO IS “MA KHIN”?
- WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO THEY SERVE?
- CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE DISH FROM THE MENU
DO YOU FEEL LIKE TRYING OUT THIS RESTAURANT? WHY? WHY NOT?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF READING ALOUD IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? IS IT A WASTE OF TIME?
Among many other benefits “reading aloud can help your pronunciation. Even if you already know how to pronounce the language pretty well, it is hard to fit your mouth and tongue around the foreign sounds. Reading aloud gives your vocal organs the exercise they need to speak without getting tired or stumbling. If you are still fuzzy on pronunciation, use texts with recordings on CD or MP3 files, and repeat after the native speakers. But following along in the book will give you added input over simply listening and repeating. Try to copy the intonation and rhythm as well. You will be using eyes, ears, vocal apparatus, and of course, brain — all at once!”
SOME APPS CAN HELP YOU DO THIS WORK WHENEVER YOU DON´T HAVE THE RECORDING: READINGS ON YOUR TEXTBOOKS, GETTING READY FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS, ETC….
- DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THESE WEBSITES OR APPS ?
- WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
- CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY SIMILAR APPS?
You can paste the text.(SUITABLE FOR IOS &ANDROID)
TIPS TO IMPROVE PRONUNCIATION WHEN YOU´RE READING ALOUD
(BY my colleague JAVIER SANTOS ASENSI)
Step 1: Find CONTENT WORDS in the fragment you have chosen and make sure you know how to pronounce them.
- Even if meaning is different for different speakers, there are certain word categories that are usually more meaningful and therefore commonly stressed. They are often called content words: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, negative words, pronouns (demonstrative, possessive –mine, yours…, reflexive –myself, yourself…, reciprocal –each other, one another , interrogative –who, what…), question words (where, how often, etc), intensifiers (too, much, quite, etc.) and modifiers ( numerals, cardinals, etc.)
- Pay special attention to those words you are very familiar with. Are you positive you have not made a habit of mispronouncing them? Check their pronunciation in your print or online dictionary or CD Rom
- First locate the stressed syllable (long words usually have a secondary stress as well)
- Then make sure you use weak vowels / Ə / and / I / in unstressed syllables
- Is there any consonant or vowel sound that you have problems pronouncing?
Step 2: Check the pronunciation of GRAMMAR WORDS (also called function words)
- Most times grammar words are not stressed. These include articles, determiners (the, some, each), auxiliary and modal verbs (do, have, be, may, will, etc.), one-syllable prepositions and conjunctions (to, from, of, and, but, etc.) If they have a weak pronunciation form, use it instead of the strong form you might be familiar with (check the pronunciation of these words in your reference chart)
Step 3: Are there any words you can contract?
- Remember that contraction is a feature of spoken language. You do not usually contract words in more formal written texts. If you are reading aloud you should try to contract whenever possible even if you do not see the contraction
- Revise the most common contractions: in the reference chart your teacher will provide you with.
Step 4: Connect unstressed words to meaningful stressed ones in a logical way
- First connect words into phrases (noun or prepositional phrases, etc.) in a logical way to avoid reading word to word and stressing every single word. These connected groups of words are often called thought groups
- Then try and connect phrases into short sentences
- Contracted forms as well as Word linking (connecting words ending in a consonant with the next word starting in a vowel or else words ending and beginning with vowels) will help us do it. In British English final “r” will be pronounced if the following word starts with a vowel (linking “r”).
- As a result the number of words in spelling and pronunciation will be absolutely different.
Step 5: Make sure you respect punctuation marks: pauses and intonation
- Periods (full stops) , commas, colons, semi-colons, parenthesis and the kind are realized as pauses in oral speech. These pauses will allow the listener to follow our utterance and ourselves to breathe. Moreover, if you run over the sentence limit, your utterance will make no sense at all for listeners, for they mark the end of an idea, a piece of explanation or clarification, an example, etc.
- Question and exclamation marks are realized as intonation patterns. Avoid flat intonation patterns, otherwise it will be difficult to make out your speech intention
RECORDING YOURSELF WOULD BE THE FINAL STEP AND PLAYBACK…. BUT WE´LL TALK ABOUT THIS IN ANOTHER POST…..
LOOK AT THE PICTURE ABOVE. HOW MANY DIFFERENT ITEMS OF FOOD CAN YOU NAME? (VOCABULARY BANK page 152)
Recent research confirms something that the Scandinavian diet of fatty fish, cabbage, root vegetables and rye bread is among the healthiest in the world. You only need to look at the figures (both numerical and physical) to see the effects of a healthy diet – in Sweden obesity levels are as low as 10 per cent with the other Scandinavian countries showing similar figures.
The Nordic diet has long been overshadowed by the great success of the Mediterranean diet, but it is now being touted as a healthier, more convenient and equally as a tasty alternative by scientists and foodies alike. According to new research, northern Europeans find it difficult to stick to the Mediterranean diet – which consists of fruit, vegetables, olive oil, nuts and cereals, low amounts of red meat and dairy products – because it’s not compatible with the traditional diet and ingredients produced in northern Europe. It’s also very easy to overeat on the less healthy items of the diet such as pasta.
The Nordic diet is based on food that’s easily grown and produced in colder climates – making it cheaper as well as more environmentally friendly to produce and consume for people in northern Europe. Rich in protein, omega-3s and antioxidants, the Nordic diet is based on high intakes of cheap but tasty fish such as herring, mackerel, salmon and trout. Meat and fish are nearly always served with boiled potatoes and root vegetables, and the bread is dark brown and full of grains and oats.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHICH DIET IS BETTER FOR YOU?
Spanish parents win battle to name their newborn son ‘Wolf’
After a very public campaign, a couple from Madrid have been told they can name their son ‘Lobo’. Ignacio and Maria have won the battle to name their son, who was born on July 12th, Lobo – meaning wolf – after collecting nearly 25,000 signatures supporting them.
The couple had made their fight public after officials initially refused to allow them to register their son with the chosen name, initially because “it was offensive to the child” and then under the rules that it was only to be used as a surname.
The issue has made headlines in Spain and sparked debate over parents’ rights to name their child whatever they like.
But on Wednesday, the director general of the national registry announced that the name Lobo would, in this case, be allowed.
Javier Gómez Gálligo said the name Lobo was “considered socially acceptable” and therefore would be allowed. He also said the official criteria would now be reviewed.
The couple, from the Fuenlabrada suburb of Madrid, had referred the case to the Ministry of Justice and launched a petition on change.org that garnered more than 24,000 signatures.
“Do you, like us, think it is unfair that the criteria decided by an official have more relevance when naming a child than parents who will educate, guide and love that child for the rest of their life?” the couple wrote in the change.org petition calling for support.
The case had even won the attention of politicians with Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the Podemos party, speaking up for the parents.
“Wolf seems to me to be a beautiful and dignified name,” he tweeted. “If you can be called Paloma (Dove) or León (Lion) then why not Lobo (Wolf)?”….
SHOULD PARENTS BE ALLOWED TO NAME THEIR CHILDREN AS THEY PLEASE? HAVE YOUR SAY!
IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE A PHOTO ON YOUR MOBILE IN DETAIL, WHAT KIND OF LANGUAGE WOULD YOU NEED?
CLICK ON THIS PICTURE IF YOU WANT TO VISIT A WEBSITE WITH USEFUL LANGUAGE ON HOW TO DESCRIBE A PICTURE / PHOTO.
YOU CAN ALSO TRY TO SEE THIS DOCUMENT ON DESCRIBING PICTURES AND PHOTOS: DESCRIBING PICTURES
AND NOW GET READY TO DESCRIBE YOURS……
World Bullying Day is an international day marked on May 2nd to raise awareness of bullying and cyberbullying. It’s a widespread issue that affects millions of students around the world in schools and universities with consequences that range from psychological traumas to even suicide and causes around 200 deaths each year.
This initiative was founded by NGO Bullying Without Borders in 2013. The founder of the organization, Dr Javier Miglino, and an international multi-disciplinary team conformed by psychologists, educators, medics, journalists and parents whose children suffered from bullying and cyberbullying considered necessary the creation of an ephemeris to help raise awareness of this problem and make governments take notice. Basing themselves on what Nelson Mandela said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, they thought education and awareness in schools would be the determining factor to eradicate bullying from any educational institution. READ MORE…
Bullying has been a growing problem in schools, especially in past years. While some consider hazing and the abuse that some children take in school to be a typical part of the adolescent experience, rising suicide rates and violence in school has led officials to start taking a hard, zero-tolerance stance on bullying. World Day Of Bullying Prevention is bringing attention to your plight, and the plight of others who experienced this incredibly difficult, and dangerous, part of many children’s lives.
MORE THAN A THIRD OF SPANISH KIDS BULLY… READ MORE
A Blind Date with a Book is a hand wrapped book, carefully curated from a wide range of popular genres that is tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside. This curated collection includes everything from mystery, romance, classics, horror, adventure, science fiction to young adult.
We pick books that readers may have missed by great authors or other great books that perhaps did not receive the publicity that they deserved. Orders are shipped worldwide and are a great present for yourself or someone else.
Blind Date with a Book began at Elizabeth’s Bookshops in Australia and is now available at Waitrose stores in England and to the rest of the world from our online shop here at blinddatewithabook.com.
You can also find bookshops in Spain carrying out this initiative, like “Librerís Eixo” in Ourense or “La Casa del Libro” in Alicante.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS INITIATIVE TO FOSTER READING, ESPECIALLY TODAY ON WORLD BOOK DAY? HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF IT?
On 23 April, World Book Day is celebrated all over the world. In Spain, this is a day to encourage reading and the enjoyment of literature in a different way. It is also a day on which the great universal writer Miguel de Cervantes is particularly remembered with the presentation of the prize which bears his name, the most important distinction in Spanish letters.
For writers, publishers and the reading public, 23 April is a red letter day on the calendar. The celebration of World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to meet your favourite author, give the gift of literature or buy that novel that you’ve always wanted at an attractive discount. What’s more, librarians, museums and other cultural institutions usually organise special activities to mark the occasion (roundtables, book signings, lectures, guided visits, children’s workshops, storytellers, concerts, public readings, etc…) An invitation to experience the world of letters in a different way.
The festivity of Sant Jordi In Catalonia coincides. According to tradition, on this day it is customary to give the gift of a book to men and a rose to women. Thus cities like Barcelona become transformed into an enormous open-air bookshop-florist’s, full of stalls with authors signing copies of their work.Cervantes and ‘Don Quixote’ On 23 April, the birthplace of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, Alcalá de Henares, puts on all its finery: in the auditorium of the University, the King and Queen of Spain present the Cervantes Prize, the most important literary distinction which is awarded in the world of the Spanish language.Cervantes’ masterpiece, ‘Don Quixote of La Mancha’, is also a protagonist of World Book Day. Every year, in the Column Room at the Círculo de Bellas Artes academy in Madrid, there is a non-stop reading of the novel: this involves 48 hours of uninterrupted reading by figures from the world of culture and politics, as well as anonymous citizens. The tale of Don Quixote is also read in numerous centres of the Cervantes Institute located abroad, in order to mark this date.Book Night Book Night is held in Madrid. Over 100 bookshops stay open until midnight with a special cultural programme which includes everything from live music and encounters with writers through to activities for the children. What’s more, anyone who buys a book on that day will be given a 10% discount off the price.Book Day is a fantastic way for book lovers to whet their appetite for the numerous book fairs which take place all over Spain a little later in the year.
HAVE YOU READ ANY BOOK LATELY THAT YOU´D RECOMMEND ANY OF YOUR CLASSMATES TO BUY TODAY OR TO READ?
IF SO, WHICH ONE IS IT?
DO YOU KNOW WHICH ARE THE TOP 10 SELLING BOOKS AT THE MOMENT?
WE´RE GOING TO BREAK UP FOR EASTER.
ALL THE HOMEWORK CAN BE CHECKED BY CLICKING ON CLASSWORK, DEPENDING ON THE LEVELS.
- IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EASTER TRADITIONS IN SPAIN YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLES BELOW:
IF YOU´RE A B2 STUDENT AND WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY ON HOLY WEEK, TRY THIS LINK http://www.isabelperez.com/holy1.htm