31 Oct 2012

Spooky Halloween

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!

30 Oct 2012

Podcast: Speak any language instantly

We've talked in class about learning languages and 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.

What do you think? 
Will we need to other learn languages in the future?

19 Oct 2012


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!

Do you like this kind of music?

18 Oct 2012

Word of the week: To show off

Dealing with personality types as we were last week I thought of a new verb to teach you

to show off

which means to try to impress others by talking about your abilities, possessions, etc

Example: He's just showing off because that girl he likes is here. 

You can even use show-off as a noun, e.g. He's always been a real show-off

16 Oct 2012

Podcast: Family belongings

In class we've already talked about families, so now it's time for you to listen to a podcast related to family belongings

You can also check some relevant vocabulary which appeared in this podcast on its web and of course the transcript to check for understanding. 

Now confess, what is your most treasured possession?

11 Oct 2012

Word of the week: To pay under the table

I'm back with the word of the week section, and since we've already talked in class about companies and jobs, I'm going to show you an expression related to work.

to pay under the table

which refers to the illegal method of paying in which the financial transaction is hidden not to pay tax.

Example: He was visiting the country on a travel visa so I paid him under the table for painting the house.

The expression under the table can also be used to refer to something done secretly and illicitly.

Example: The street vendors are selling DVDs of recent films under the table.

3 Oct 2012

New academic year: Making a difference!

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?