Category Archives: General

Where there is a will…

… there is a way.

This expression means that if you are determined to achieve something, you will find the way to get it. A similar expression in Spanish could be “Querer es poder“.

With this poignant Christmas ad, I wanted to show my students that learning English (as well as any other language) is possible, when you really have the will to do it.

I wish you all find the will to learn a language and stick to it. Learning languages means opening doors, understanding and respecting others.

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The art of death photography

Nowadays we may find this news and pictures unsettling, but photographing the deads was a way to remember our beloved ones when they passed away. Death was common among children and young people at that time, and having photos taken was an expensive service that not many people could afford. But people made the effort to pay for that last picture with their deceased so that they would remain in the memories forever… It’s part of our history and it’s part of our ancestors.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36389581

A little heroine

The story of a brave 4-year-old girl who saves the life of her mum by calling 999 (the emergency services in the UK). It’s really important to know these numbers when we travel to other countries.

You can read the news here and listen to the little girl describing the situation.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37997059

 

Life

I found this definition of Life and I thought it was great, so I want to share it with you   😉

‘Mind the gap’ announcer Phil Sayer dies aged 62

The famous ‘Mind the gap’ London announcer Phil Sayer has passed away. For those of you who haven’t had the possibility to travel to London yet, you will be able to listen to him in the following link. An icon of London is gone. Rest in Peace.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/15/mind-the-gap-announcer-phil-sayer-dies-aged-62

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Mistake 26: Two more tickets or two tickets more?

This is a common mistake among Spanish speakers because of the influence of our language. ‘More’ in these types of sentences is an adjective in English and as a result it precedes the noun: ‘Two more tickets‘.

In Spanish, however, it is considered an adverb and used after the noun: ‘Dos tickets más‘.

Have a look at the following picture from Vaughan’s creepy corner:

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Xmas time!

It’s Xmas time and this is my way of wishing you all a merry Xmas, a happy New Year and a well deserved break! Here you can see this year’s Xmas advertisement by John Lewis department store. If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss it!

Do you like the song? It is a version of the Oasis song ‘Half the World Away’. It is sung by the Norwegian artist Aurora. In the following link you can try to complete the song, just choose the level and go for it!

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Did you know that…? John Lewis and Age UK are collaborating in order to raise money and awareness for lonely elder people. If you want to find out more, click here.