Do you know that due to a novel some couples put a small padlock on a bridge and toss the key down into the river as a symbol of their love. I must confess I did it when I visited Rome two years ago. What about you?
Christmas is here! Have you realized? I'm sure you have, especially if you watch TV which is full of commercials advertising toys and perfume these days.
In Spain people also expect to watch our famous advert which promotes cava with its golden characters. In the same way, in the UK there's an inspiring ad from a company. This year's advertisement is called 'The Journey' and celebrates the extra mile we go to at Christmas to find the perfect gift.
an adjective which means determined by chance, impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason (when applied to people) and unusual or not serious in a way that is amusing or annoying (when referring to things).
It's hard to make plans with such a whimsical friend.
His songs are supposed to be whimsical but they are rather laboured.
I know, I know, phrasal verbs are difficult, so that's why you need to use them a lot in order to remember their meanings. However, don't go crazy trying to memorize them, it won't work that way. You need to find them several times in texts, exercises, listening and finally you will learn these verbs and start using them in your own productions.
Here you can find several websites with activities to practise them:
Today I want to share with you a very interesting article I've found on multitasking, since we've been discussing this in class. All of us are nowadays good at multitasking, or that's what we believe. I must confess I'm uploading a photo on my mobile while writing this post. In fact, I recall I've been multitasking all my life. I used to do my homework while watching TV when I was little. But is it really a good idea to do this? It seems research wants to show us that we're wasting our time more than saving it. Have a look at the following article on this topic and decide for yourself.
In our society it's so common nowadays to have half-brothers and half-sisters, stepbrothers and stepsisters, single-parent families, two fathers or two mothers, etc., so we can say that the traditional concept of family has changed completely. We've already discussed this topic in class. Now, have a look at this article.
Halloween is here, and with it the orange colour, pumpkins, witches, skeletons, ghosts, parties and even trick or treat! We even have plenty of recipes to scare our guests. Have a look at this Top 10 Halloween recipes article.
But what do you think of this holiday and the recent custom of celebrating Anglo-Saxon traditions in Spain? Is it a good idea?
Or should we preserve only our own traditions?
Discussion is open! Write your opinion in a comment!
We've talked in class about learning languagesand how important fluency and accuracy are when learning a new language. However, perhaps in the future we won't need to learn other languages since technology will translate everything for us. Check out the following podcast on this topic.
For this first post in the new academic year I want to talk to you about a British alternative rock band of all times Muse. Besides, they're giving a concert in Madrid this Saturday and two of my best friends are lucky enough to attend.
I'm sure you've heard many of their songs in films and commercials, or even you've danced with them in some bars.
I have many favourite songs by them ('Time is running out', 'Hysteria', 'Plug in baby', 'Supermassive back hole') and also Starlight. Watch this video!
So, here I am after a fantastic and very busy holiday period. Still I had time to enjoy with my husband, family and friends, time for myself, time to travel, to lie on the beach, and to finish my master project!
Now, back to work! We're starting a new academic year with new students, new things to learn and work to do!
The other day in class we had a short debate about what 'making a difference' means. And I want to show you this very inspiring image, to encourage you to make a difference, even a small one everyday of your life.
What do you think, are you making a difference in this world?
Hey everybody! After a whole long academic year it's time to relax and do all those things we didn't have time to do. It's been a very busy year for me, you know, working and studying at the same time. So I guess I earned my spare time.
This is what I'm going to do and you should do it too!
One of the last grammar points we have seen this year is reported speech. We didn't dedicate it much time since the academic year is almost over. Nevertheless, I'll post here some more exercises for you to practice this point.
Another singer I like a lot is Anastacia. She's a great singer-songwriter from Chicago but highly successful all over the world. She has a very powerful voice and she's definitely an example of strength.
I can mention many amazing songs such as Left Outside Alone, One Day in Your Life, Sick and Tired... but I especially like Welcome to My Truth since in it Anastacia describes her fight against breast cancer. I believe the sentence "My life turned around but I'm still living my dream" is very moving and motivating.
However, today I want to show you her song I Belong To You which she sings with Eros Ramazzotti.
This is a very special song for me, since it's the one I danced with my husband on our wedding day. Next Monday it's our first anniversary and I want to dedicate this song to him.
Nobody doubts Coldplay is one of the best international bands nowadays and their tour Mylo Xyloto confirms it! I was lucky enough to see them play live in Madrid last Sunday. With a show that goes beyond music, they moved the audience in an incredible way! Not only the lights and the music, but also the fireworks, confetti, balloons, bracelets with colourful lights for the audience, everything was perfect.
I love music and I've been to many concerts, but this one is definitely the best concert ever! I want to share with you some bits of the concert by showing you some videos.
The beginning of the concert with amazing fireworks: Hurts like heaven.
Charly Brown. You can see all the stadium with the colourful bracelets.
A new Londoner singer I've recently discovered isJesse J. As a child she appeared in adverts and musical productions. However, she recognises that her talent lies in her songwriting and she's been writing songs for Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Christina Aguilera for some years. In 2011 she decided to released her own album Who you are.
We're now dealing with the topic of the environment and I'm sure you've already realized that this vocabulary isn't easy! However, at this level you need to recognise and use some of these words and that's the reason why I'm going to give you two links to websites where you can find different types of activities to practise and learn vocabulary related to the environment.
The Pulitzer Prize for fiction is the biggest prize in American literature. But this year the judges have made the controversial decision not to award the prize. Listen to this podcast and discover why.
An American singer, songwriter and actress who didn't have an easy beginning is Katy Perry. She grew up with gospel music and during her first year in high school she pursued a music career. However, it wasn't until 2008 when she gained recognition with her album One of the boys. She was named 'Artist of the Year' in 2011 by MTV.
Some of her most famous songs are I kissed a girl, Hot n cold, Waking up in Vegas, Teenage dream, Friday night and the following one The one that got away.
An amazing Australian country music singer I love is Keith Urban. I discovered him in a Bryan Adams' concert many years ago, since Keith Urban was the supporting artist, you know, the one who performs right before the big one. From that very beginning I liked his music, and the following day I looked for his album.
I wasn't sure about which song I should post on this blog since there are many I love, so I'm going to give you links to many songs you can listen to. If you want rhythmic songs listen to: Better half, Once in a lifetime, I told you so, Days go by. On the contrary, if you're feeling more sentimental or nostalgic you can listen to: These are the days, Memories of us. One of his most popular songs is Somebody Like You.
What do you think of this artist? Do you like this kind of music?
In today's world of new technologies it isn't strange to find new inventions everyday. In this podcast Chris and Rosie discuss an exciting new phone application that can help influence our dreams. Do you want to know more about it? Listen to the following podcast.
One of my favourite R&B singers is Craig David. I guess so far you're thinking "she has loads of favourite singers and bands" and it's definitely true! I love music as much as I love teaching, so in these posts I can easily mix my two things! :-)
Well, back to Craig David, he's an English singer-songwriter, born in Southampton, the city of the Titanic. He composed incredibly famous songs such as Walking Away, 7 Daysor Fill me inwhen he was only 17 years old. And at the age of 18 he became the youngest solo male artist ever to reach Number 1 in the UK. Since then he's been releasing albums and collecting awards.
There are many songs I like by Craig David, he has this kind of special style I don't get fed up with listening to it all over again. Apart from the songs mentioned before, I love Just chillin, This is the girl, Separate ways and Insomnia.
One of his most recent songs is One more lie. Click on it to watch the video.
which is used to emphasize a point that you're making so that the person you're speaking to takes notice. Example: And, for the record, he would be the last person I'd ask.
You can also used this expression to show that you want what you're saying to be officially written down and remembered. Example: Just for the record I would like to clarify something my colleague said earlier.
There's also another similar expression but very different in meaning off the record. If you tell somebody something off the record it isn't official yet and you don't want them to repeat it publicly. Example: Strictly off the record, some members of staff will have to be made redundant.