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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

MISTAKES ARE ESSENTIAL IN THE LEARNING PROCESS (B2.2)(ALL LEVELS)

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I WAS READING THE NEWSPAPER THIS MORNING WHEN I CAME ACROSS THIS FUNNY ARTICLE ABOUT MAKING MISTAKES IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND OTHER LINGUISTIC SLIP-UPS…IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT “THE HUMAN BEING IS THE ONLY ANIMAL THAT TRIPS TWICE OVER THE SAME STONE”, BUT LEARNING A LANGUAGE, AS YOU KNOW, IS A LIFE-LONG PROCESS.

“Spaniards tend to be too scared of making mistakes: we have a strong “sentido del ridículo”, as we say. And so, we often do not take risks because we are afraid of failing, of making mistakes” (https://poppies.es/the-importance-of-making-mistakes/)

I DO AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT ABOVE AND IT´S TRUE THAT WE “ARE TOO EMBARRASSED AND AFRAID OF MAKING A FOOL OF OURSELVES”, BUT WE ARE MISSING MANY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. SO, READ THE ARTICLE BELOW, HAVE A LAUGH AND DON´T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES.

Knowing your ‘pollo’ from your ‘cajones’ – why making mistakes in another language should be encouraged

A tweet inviting Spanish learners to share their funniest mistakes prompted a flurry of hilarious responses. English Edition editor Simon Hunter argues that these malapropisms are key to perfecting your second language READ THE ARTICLE

“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. 

READ MORE..

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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RIOTERS INVADE USA CAPITOL: THE WORDS OF A PRESIDENT MATTER” (ALL LEVELS)

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT IN WASHINGTON IS ON THE FRONT COVER OF ALL INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS…

  • What events took place on Wednesday at the nation’s Capitol building?
  • Who was involved in the insurrection? Who was affected as a result of the safety breach?
  • Why did Trump supporters forcefully disrupt the counting of the electoral votes?
  • When and where did the insurrection take place?
  • How will the insurrection affect how the public views President Trump? How about Republicans who objected to the counting of the Electoral College, certifying Biden as the next president? How do you view Trump as a result of his actions yesterday and throughout his presidency? (FROM PBS NEWSHOUR)

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President-Elect Joe Biden spoke from Delaware as pro-Donald Trump insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. Here is a transcript of Biden’s remarks.

All of you’ve been watching what I’ve been watching. At his hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. An assault on the citadel of Liberty, the Capitol itself. An assault on the people’s representatives, on the Capitol Hill police sworn to protect them. On the public servants who work at the heart of our republic. An assault on the rule of law, like few times we’ve ever seen it. An assault on the most sacred of American undertakings, the doing off the people’s business.

Let me be very clear. The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America, do not represent who we are. What we’re seeing are a small number of extremist, dedicated the lawlessness. This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end, now.

I call on this mob to pull back and allow them work of democracy to go forward

You heard me say before in different context, the words of a President matter, no matter how good or bad that president is. At their best, the words of a president can inspire. At their worst, they can incite.

Therefore, I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege

To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices, the floor of the United States Senate rummaging through desks, on the Capitol, on the House of Representatives, threatening the safety of duly elected officials. It’s not protest, it’s insurrection. The world’s watching.

Like so many other Americans, I am genuinely shocked and saddened that our nation — so long the beacon of light and hope for democracy — has come to such a dark moment.

Through war and strife, America’s endured much and we will endure here and we will prevail again and we’ll prevail now.

The work of the moment and the work of the next four years must be the restoration of democracy, of decency, honor, respect, the rule of law. Just plain simple decency.

The renewal of a politics that’s about solving problems, looking out for one another, not stoking the flames of hate and chaos. As I said, America’s about honor, decency, respect, tolerance. That’s who we are. That’s who we’ve always been.

The certification, the Electoral College vote, it’s supposed to be a sacred ritual to reaffirm… the purpose is to affirm the majesty of American democracy. But today’s reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile and to preserve it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to the pursuit of power or the personal interest, pursuits of their own selfish interest at any cost, but of the common good. Think what our children watching television are thinking. Think what the rest of the world is looking at.

For nearly two and a half centuries, we, the people in search of a more perfect union, have kept our eyes on that common good. America is so much better than what we’ve seen today.

Watching the scenes from the Capitol, I was reminded as I prepared other speeches in the past, I was reminded of the words of Abraham Lincoln in his annual message to Congress, whose work has today been interrupted by chaos.

Here’s what Lincoln said. He said, “We shall nobly save or merely lose the last, best hope on Earth.” Went on to say, “The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just. A way, which if followed, the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.”

The way is playing here, too. That’s who we are. It’s the way of democracy, of respect, of decency, of honor and commitment as patriots to this nation.

Notwithstanding what I saw today and we’re seeing today, I remain optimistic about the incredible opportunities. There has never been anything we can’t do when we do it together. And this godawful display today was bringing home to every Republican and Democrat and independent in the nation that we must step up.

This is the United States of America. There’s never, ever, ever, ever, ever been a thing we’ve tried to do that we’ve done it together, we’ve not been able to do it. So, President Trump, step up.

May God bless America. May God protect our troops and all those folks at the Capitol who are trying to preserve order.

Thank you and I’m sorry to have kept you waiting.

3rd UK NATIONAL COVID-19 LOCKDOWN (ALL LEVELS)

UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS WHAT I HEARD IN THE NEWS THIS MORNING…LAST NIGHT BORIS JOHNSON ANNOUNCED EVERYONE IN ENGLAND TO STAY AT HOME UNTIL MID-FEBRUARY AS HE LAUNCHED AN EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN TO TRY AND SAVE BRITAIN NH…

SO, WHAT CROSSED MY MIND IS A COMMON PROVERB IN SPANISH….

HOW WOULD YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THIS PROVERB MEANS?

THE SOCIALLY DISTANCED ARRIVAL OF THE 3 WISE MEN (ALL LEVELS)

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Unfortunately this year there will not be the traditional PARADES due to the COVID19 situation, as safety must be prioritised and large crowds cannot be permitted: a curfew will be in place for the 3 Kings’ Day from 11pm and the border around Valencia will remain closed until at least January 15th. On top of that  six people can only meet apart from on 3 Kings´Day Eve, when up to 10 can meet, providing they´re not from more than two different households Things will be slightly different this year..

Covid-19 restrictions might have curtailed our movements this year, but they haven’t been able to dampen the spirits of the youngest amongst us, who are still as excited as ever about the imminent arrival of the Three Kings. With traditional parades and processions out of the question across most of Spain, many local councils have found alternative ways of staging the annual arrival of the Kings, on the evening of January 5th, without contravening any current healthcare constraints.

Some of Spain’s most emblematic cities like Seville, Cáceres, Madrid, Barcelona, Santander, Zaragoza, Ibiza, Ciudad Real, Logroño and Murcia are intent on keeping the magic alive on Tuesday, albeit in rather unusual ways: by hot air balloon, in a convertible car, via livestream…” (READ MORE…)

 The City Council of Valencia has already announced that this year there will be no parade around the city or gift giving. On this occasion, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will attend a reception on January 5, in the Crystal Hall of the consistory itself. The act will be broadcast by institutional signal, so it can be followed “from all homes in Valencia”.

In Spain, the tradition of gift giving at Christmas is particularly special for children. They are the ones who await most eagerly the arrival of the Three Wise Men, who come in through the windows house by house, sharing out presents in just one night. They are not the only ones to have a good time, however. Grown-ups cannot help becoming infected by their happiness during the preparations for the big day: 6 January.

Sharing the exciting wait with them is a gift of love and emotion. This Christmas tradition fills the little ones’ days with unforgettable magic.

The Letter

First of all, children have to write their letter to the Three Wise Men, saying which presents they would like them to bring. After this comes one of the favourite moments: giving the letter in. They can either give the letter to the Wise Men personally when they arrive “officially” on 5 January, or to the emissaries and royal postmen to be found in the centre of all Spanish towns a few days before. They will be asked if they have been good at school and at home, because naughty children get left coal instead of presents. Although, in truth, it is a “sweet” punishment because the coal is made of sugar.

Spectacular parades

When the long-awaited day finally arrives, the whole family come out onto the street to receive the Wise Men. They arrive with a traditional parade, riding through the streets on their camels, loaded with presents and accompanied by royal pages who throw sweets and goodies to the children. One by one, the delightful floats pass by, decorated with bright colours and inspired in popular children’s characters. The little ones will love them. All the while, a band brings joy to the celebration with Christmas songs and carols. The spectacle of joy, light and colour, combined with the smiles of the children, make for a feeling of complete happiness.

There are parades celebrated all over Spain on this day. Each has its own particular style, depending on where you are. In Barcelona, for example, the Three Wise Men arrive by sea, while in the village of Alarilla, in Guadalajara, they are daring enough to arrive by hang-glider and paraglider. Or why not see the parade in Alcoi, Alicante, the oldest in Spain?

Three Kings’ Night

After the parade, children go to bed early but excited, to wait for Melchoir, Caspar and Balthazar to come in through the window and leave presents in their shoes. First they should put water and bread on the windowsill for the camels to eat and drink while the Wise Men do their work.

Come and experience Christmas in Spain and discover this magical tradition that will fill your children with joy. Let them get carried away by all the moments of joy, surprise and tender happiness to be found in our country at this festive time.

Now is your chance. Make the most of it!!!

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http://www.spainisculture.com/en/propuestas_culturales/la_magica_espera_de_los_reyes_magos.html

http://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/26874/balearic-children-prefer-three-kings-to-santa-claus

https://www.thelocal.es/20200102/why-spain-loves-the-three-kings-more-than-santa

WHICH TOY MARKED YOUR CHILDHOOD?

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I will always remember the so-called “comediscos”, a kind of portable record player for singles that I could take anywhere, bandoleer style. I´ve always loved music and dancing, so the possibility of listening to my own music with my friends and dance or rehearse different choreographies was the latest technology when I was 10, something from another world….

WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOUR SAY

2020: A BAD YEAR IN REVIEW (ALL LEVELS)

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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