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WHO IS AMANDA GORMAN? (B2.2) (C1) (C2)

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When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.
We’ve braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,
and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.
And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it.
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken,
but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.

And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine,
but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.Advertisement

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.
If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.
It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it.
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
This effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith, we trust,
for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption.
We feared it at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour,
but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
So while once we asked, ‘How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?’ now we assert, ‘How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be:
A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.
Our blunders become their burdens.
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change, our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.
With every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.
We will rise from the golden hills of the west.
We will rise from the wind-swept north-east where our forefathers first realized revolution.
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states.
We will rise from the sun-baked south.
We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
In every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country,
our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.

INTERVIEWED BY MICHELLE OBAMA

HOW TO….. WITH JOHN WILSON (B2.2)(C1)(C2)

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE LATEST HBO SUCCESS?

JOHN WILSON COMEDY DOCUSERIES “HOW TO with JOHN WILSON” IS A MUST-WATCH AT THE MOMENT ON HBO, THEIR LATEST “JEWEL”. It provides candid shots of New York City and interviews featuring real people who often share bizarre stories and wild points of view”.

IF YOU AREN´T ON HBO, YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW THE SERIES ON ORORO TV. REMEMBER YOU HAVE 45 MINUTES FREE EVERY DAY. IT´S REALLY A FUN WAY TO LEARN ENGLISH WITH OR WITHOUT SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH. DON´T MISS IT!!!

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CORONAVIRUS VOCABULARY (B2.2)(C1)(C2)

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IF YOU´D LIKE TO WORK ON THE SUBJECT AND ARE NOT FED UP WITH IT, HERE YOU HAVE SOME ACTIVITIES AT DIFFERENT LEVELS

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The Reading is from Linguahouse.com and you can download the listening from this website:
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CORONAVIRUS & COVID 19 VOCABULARY

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2001/200124-coronavirus.html

WATCHING AUTHENTIC TV IN ENGLISH (B2, C1, C2)

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Television is great for learning English. The pictures make it easier to understand than the radio and because you can see who’s talking, you get a better idea of what people mean. Just watch their “body language”!

Watch programmes that you find enjoyable and entertaining – whatever you watch will help you to improve your English. Ororo.tv is great but I´ve written about it before…

Why don´t you try watching tv online? CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW which will link you to Transponder TV. You only have to register for free and  enjoy a trial period of 7 days. Then you’ll be downgraded to their free service with fewer channels and worse quality

https://tvcatchup.com

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After clicking on CHANNELS, you can choose the programme you want to watch.

Before Brexit, I used to watch watchallchannels.com/. Unfortunately, it doesn´t work anymore abroad due to right issues after Brexit.This website was mobile friendly so you could watch it on any device.

Here’s a  guide to learning as much as possible while watching English television:

Only watch programmes you find interesting. Learning English should be fun – not something you have to force yourself to do. If you have a passion for football, watch matches or the sports news. A variety of programmes is best, anyway.

Keep a notebook near to your television, so that you can jot down any new words or expressions that you hear. This is especially useful if the programme you are watching has been subtitled into your language.

Try to watch English television regularly. Even if you can only watch 15 minutes a day, you’ll be amazed how much you learn.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything – English television is normally aimed at native English language speakers. Programmes often include difficult words and expressions. If the programme you’re watching is full of unknown words, just concentrate on understanding the general meaning.

Even cartoons and children’s programmes are useful when learning English and quiz shows are useful for learning how to ask and answer questions in English.

Keep a note of television programmes and presenters that you find easy to understand and try to watch them regularly. Doing this will increase your confidence and give you a sense of achievement. (http://www.english-at-home.com/business/learn-english-with-television/)

Whatever you like to watch the most important thing is that you sit back and enjoy. Learning English should be a fun activity, especially during the summer season, and it’s amazing how much more we can learn when we’re relaxed.

 

“FINDING YOUR FEET” A NEW BRITISH COMEDY RELEASE (B2) (C1) (C2)

“FIND YOUR FEET”  (TRANSLATED INTO SPANISH LIKE “BAILANDO LA VIDA” ) IS A NEW BRITISH COMEDY RELEASE FOR THIS WEEKEND TRYING TO SHOW THAT THERE IS LIFE AFTER RETIREMENT…..

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When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton, Maleficent, Vera Drake) discovers that her husband of forty years (John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence) she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones’ Baby). The two could not be more different – Sandra is a fish out of the water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet and romance as she meets her sister’s friends, Charlie (Timothy Spall), Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and Ted (David Hayman).
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE ENGLISH EXPRESSION “TO FIND ONE´S FEET”? CAN YOU THINK OF A SUITABLE TRANSLATION INTO SPANISH?
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“THE STITCHER LIST”: PODCASTS ON THE GO TO IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS AT EASTER (1B2)

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Stitcher is a smartphone app that lets you aggregate radio shows and podcasts, stored on your phone for on demand listening or streaming from the web.

Listen to over 65,000+ radio shows and podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android or PC -anytime, anywhere

Get the freshest episodes of your favorite podcasts and radio shows streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad – no downloading or syncing. From NPR’s Fresh Air to Adam Carolla, WNYC’s Radiolab to the Wall Street Journal, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow and more, Stitcher organizes and delivers the world of talk radio fresh daily. Listen whenever and wherever you want.

Create Your Own Radio and Podcast Playlists

“Stitch” together your favorite shows into customized station playlists and save them for easy access. Create a news playlist for your morning commute, and a comedy playlist for the weekends. Browse or search through over 65,000+ different shows, or select a pre-set station from Stitcher’s editors like Top 20 Comedy shows, Top 20 News & Politics shows and much more.

Discover New Radio Shows & Podcasts

Let Stitcher give you personalized recommendations based on your listening preferences. Enjoy This American Life? Stitcher lets you see what other listeners of This American Life also like to listen to – you’ll have new favorites in no time. Let Stitcher help you discover

BOOK PRESENTATION by Dana Gynther: ‘The Admiral’s Baths'(B2, C1, C2)

 

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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

 

 

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WOMEN´S SUFFRAGE IN THE UK (1B2)

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!”

READ MORE…

LISTEN TO THE RADIO IN ENGLISH (B2, C1, C2)

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LISTENING TO THE RADIO COULD BE A PERFECT ACTIVITY FOR “EXTENSIVE LISTENING” TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER…

http://www.internetradiouk.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio

“Are you sick of learning English with boring textbooks?

Do you spend a lot of time at or near a computer?

If so, you can really maximize your time by listening to online radio stations in English. This is one of the best and most effective ways to improve your English listening skills, while also getting accustomed to the speed and tone of native English speakers.

Not only will careful listening improve your listening skills, but you’ll also gain speaking fluency and better pronunciation.

 

“EXTENSIVE LISTENING”  INVOLVES

  • listening to (or being involved in) massive amounts of text
    text which learners can understand reasonably smoothly
    high levels of comprehension
    listening without being constrained by pre-set questions or tasks
    listening at or below one’s comfortable fluent listening ability

EL is NOT …

  • listening for specific information
    listening for the exact words of a phrase or expression
    listening for details
    listening to mimic a text

Follow this simple guide and learn some great tips to improve your English with the radio.”

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THE CRUCIAL POLITICAL DEBATE (LOW B2)

The only television debate with the four main parties was broadcast into the early hours this morning

“Hosted by Atresmedia, Mariano Rajoy preferred to send his deputy Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría who was cornered by the other three on corruption. The two new parties, both without any Parliamentary representation, Ciudadanos and Podemos are considered to have performed far better than the PP and PSOE

Dec 8, 2015 – 7:56 AM
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, Pedro Sánchez, Albert Rivera and Pablo Iglesias debated on employment, taxes, education, pensions, corruption and pacts….”

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(PHOTO PUBLISHED TODAY BY “EL MUNDO”:  www.elmundo.es)

If you want to read more:

http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news-spain/national/The_only_television_debate_with_the_four_main_parties_was_broadcast_into_the_early_hours_this_morning.shtml

http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/12/08/inenglish/1449569506_861580.html

Several “memes” were published last night and this morning. But what is a “meme” and how do you pronounce it in English?

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  • Do you have a favorite “meme” for the “crucial debate”?
  • Who won the “debate”?

“Of the four, Iglesias was the most successful in getting his final message across, calling on voters “not to forget” what had taken place over the last four years.”(http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/12/08/inenglish/1449569506_861580.html)

  • Do you agree with this statement published by “EL PAIS” today?

 

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