Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Vanessa Carlton.... Thousand Miles

Have you ever listened to this song "Thousand Miles"?
Come on, take 5 minutes and listen to this fantastic song...
I hope you'll like it!

BREATHE SLOW ... THIS IS THE LIFE

As I'm always telling you, guys, listening to music is an entertaining enthusiastic way of learning new vocabulary, grammar constructions, different pronunciation, as well as you can enjoy a fantastic songs. Because of that, I wish you'd have a good time singing and listening to these trendy songs.

The first one "Breathe Slow" is sung by Alesha Dixon. Please pay attention to "gunna" (= I'm going to) and "cos"(=because), these contractions nearly always happen in colloquial language or oral context.




The second one is called "This is the Life" sung by Amy MacDonald.
Come on, Let's sing!!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Magic English

Magic English is a wonderful entertaining way of learning English!!!
Since you can sing, read and repeat some basic vocabulary watching
all Disney characters. Let's see...

English Grammar Lessson (1)

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

Language School at Home!!!! Don't you think so?

Before listening this English lesson about the Present Simple and
Present Continous, please, let me give you a very brief summary.

Present Simple used for:
1. Habits or regular activities and situations.
2. Facts and attitudes that are generally or always true.
3. Timetables (bus, train, plane).
4. State verbs which we don't normally use these verbs in the continuous form (ex. believe, know, remeber, hear, like, need, own, prefer, understand or want).

Present Continous used for:
1. Sth (=something) happening now.
2. Temporary activity or situation (which may not be happening now).
3. Arrangements you've made for the future.
4. With "always" to complain or express irritation about sth or someone.


Enjoy English... HELLO and GOODBYE !!!!

Hi, Guys!,

I really want you to learn and improve all your skills.... because of that, I wish you would listen this new English lesson (2).

I've just chosen this video since it is subtitled, you can listen to an English speaker-teacher, he speaks quite slowly so it is easier to understand this, ok? I hope you'll enjoy it as well as encourage you to SPEAK ENGLISH!!! Well, let's listen to this and then, please tell me: how many ways of saying "hello and goodbye" you can find in the video?

Gomaespuminglish Lesson 3 & 4

English is fun, isn't it?

Verano estío (Spanish) = verano it's uncle


Imperdible (Spanish) = Imper-lost (Gomaespuminglish)

Muchas gracias (Spanish) = Very sorry (Gomaespuminglish)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Learning English, Lesson 1

Learning English as a Second Language is very useful, necessary, convinient and so on. You already know it is one of the most important language. Because of that, don't waste any more time! and please, listen this really interesting English lesson subtitled.
I hope this will help you to improve.
Come on, guys!


COLOURS... IN A DIFFERENT WAY?


Hi, Guys!!!,

Today, I'd like to teach you some expressions related with COLOURS, can you use these in a composition? Yes, sure! OK, let's read about British customs...

1. He's red-faced = He's embarrassed.

2. I've got the blues = I'm sad.

3. She's the green with envy = She's very envious.

4. You're in the pink = You're successful.

5. I'm seeing red = I'm very angry.

6. He's blue-blooded = He's aristocratic.

7. I'm in the black = I've got the money in my bank account.

8. I'm in the red = I haven't got any money in my bank account.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gomaespuminglish...Lesson 2

Let's see another fantastic English lesson!
Do you agree with me?

Stonehenge... Magic Circles



Stonehenge is the best known and probably the most remarkable of prehistoric remains in the UK. It has stood on Salisbury Plain for about 4,000 years. There have been many different theories about its original use.

One theory is that it was a place from where stars and planets could be observed. It was discovered that the positions of some of the sotnes related to the movements of the sun and moon, so that the stones could be used as a calendar to predict such things as eclipses.

Moreover, some people thought that Stonehenge was a Druid temple. The Druids were a Celtic religious group who were suppressed in Great Britain soon after the Roman Conquest. Some people believe that they were a group of priests, whereas others regard them as medicine-men. But this theory was rejected because the Stonehenge had existed 1,000 years before the arrival of Druids; although Druids may use it as a temple. Even today, there is a group of people called the "Most Ancient Order of Druids" who perform mystic rites at dawn on Midsummer's Day (24th June).

Another interesting theory is that the great stone circle was used to store terrestrial energy, which was generated across the country.

Eventually, there is something true: the stones came from South Wales and North Wiltshire, according to the geologists.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

FRIENDS

A fun way to improve your listening, don't you think so?

I love the American soap-opera "Friends". I love all the characters, especially Monica. My brother and I used to watch this TV serie every day. Even more, we ended up memorising the whole dialogues. We have spent great time with these "friends" from New York. Because of that, I'd like to share with you all the best moments of "FRIENDS", let's laugh for a while...

Cooking...BROWNIES !!! mnmnmn....



On special occasions, I always make brownies for my friends, and they always end up asking me the recipe! They are delicious! Do you dare to make a brownie?
The brownies recipe is easy and difficult because you have to keep the brownie crisp, but not dry. Do not mind opening the oven door several times.
Ah, did you know the brownie was created accidentally by an American chef who forgot the yeast?

Ingridients:
* Butter: 150 grams
* Chocolate black: 90 grams
* Sugar: 300 grams
* Flour: 150 grams
* Vanilla extractand Baking powder: 1 and 1 / 2 teaspoons
* Chopped nuts: 150 grams
* 3 eggs

(You may spend 35 min.)

1. Place the chocolate and butter in a pan and heat over low heat until melted. Stir with a spoon.
2. When the chocolate and butter are melted, depart from the heat.
3. Now, add flour and yeast, sugar, vanilla and nuts.
4. Stir everything and add 3 eggs.
5. Mix all the ingredients well and then, pour into a mold previously greased with butter.
6. Put it into a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes, until it is slightly crunchy on the surface and tender on the inside.
7. When the dough is already cooked, wait until this is cool and remove the mold.
8. Cut in squares.
9. Sprinkle some flour over the brownie
10. Enjoy your meal! (= Bon Appetite)

Friday, September 18, 2009

English is entertaining!


An attractive visual dictionary designed for children to have fun learning their first words in English. Disney characters and scenarios will help children to expand their vocabulary. The content is divided into thematic pages, showing a center panel surrounded by other smaller scenes or objects.


The words chosen in English are provided with a translation into Spanish. It includes vocabulary of the family, food, house, animals, parts of the body, feelings, and so on. At the end of the book, there is a helpful glossary.(Ah! It just costs 17 euros).


Come on! Let’s learn English with Cinderella, Pinocchio and Peter Pan!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Real English!

Today I would like to introduce "Real English". It's another way to learn and improve your English!

Real English are lessons on video, you can listen and watch real talks based on several issues, such as addresses, weather, numbers, frequency, and so on. Moreover, it is a great chance to listen the different accents, either American English, Irish or British English.

So do not waste time and watch this video, ok?




To get more information or watch more videos, link:

http://www.netvibes.com/englishfactory2#

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Gomaespuminglish

When I was at univerisity, my teacher taught us a phonetic English book by Gomaespuma, since then I've been looking for it, perhaps because they are English lessons more fun and entertaining. Take a look, ok? But please, guys, pay attention to the jokes only, right? Laugh for a while!!!



Gomaespuminglish

Monday, September 14, 2009

English is fun !!! Listen...

You can improve your listening in a fun easy way.
Listen to this song twice,
fill in the gaps and then try it, ok?It is also a very exciting way
to motivate you, to enjoy with English, don't you think so?

Well, listen this song sung by Beyoncé and see the video!


Remember those ______ I built
Well baby they tumbling ________
And they didn’t even put up a fight
They didn’t even make_______
I found a way to let you in
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the _______ of your halo
I got my __________ now

Bridge:
It’s like I’ve been ___________
Every rule I had you breaking
It’s the _________ that I’m taking
I ain’t never gonna shut you out
Everywhere I’m looking ________
I’m surrounded by your ___________
____________ can see your halo
You know you’re my ______________
You’re everything I ___________and more
It’s written all over your face
Baby I can____________ fade away

Chorus:
I can’t feel your halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

Hit me like a ray of ________
Burning through my darkest __________
You’re _____________ that I want
Think I’m ___________ to your light
I swore I’d never fall again
But this don’t even feel like falling
Gravity can’t forget
So pull me to the ground again

Bridge+ Chorus (twice)

Now try to translate the lyrics of the song,
make a short summary, what you heard?

The Boy Does Nothing

Have you ever heard this song? It is higly fashionable,
but do you really you understand the lyrics?
Well, then I encourage you to not only listen to it, but you are attentive,
and fill in the gaps which are missing in the lyrics, ok?
As I said before, it is actually a very good way to improve your listening,
vocabulary, and so on.





I got a man with two left ______

And when he dances down to the _______

I really think that he __________ know

That his rhythms go go go

I got a man with two left feet

And when he dances down to the beat


I really think that he should know
That his rhythms _____ ______ _______

CHORUS
Does he wash up? Never _________

Does he clean up? No, he never _________ up

Does he brush up? Never brushed up

He does _________ the boy does ___________

(Repeat chorus)

Hey boy how you been?

I got a ___________ lines

Where do I begin?

And II been here, been there

Traveling

I saw you at the __________

My vibe kicked in

And

Two fields

I clock you

Wearing tight jeans

A real nice suit

He was smiling like you

Was just _____________

I asked him for a dance

He said 'yes please'

Take a sip of ____________ juice

Everybody's onto you

Through the left and to the right

Everybody hit the ____________

It's on tonight______________soul

I need a man to take control

Let the melody blow you all away

CHORUS (twice)

Work it out now

Work it, Work it out now

Do the mumbo

Shake it all around now

Everybody on the floor

Let me see you clap your hands
I wanna see you work

I wanna see you move your _________ turn

I wanna see you shake your hips and learn

I wanna see you work it, work it, work it out now

I wanna see you work

I wanna see you move your body in turn


I wanna see you shake your ___________ and learn

I wanna see you work it, work it, work it out now

CHORUS (chorus)
And if the man can't dance, he gets no second chance

Now, you can check the lyrics in www.blogarte.com

Speaking, good tool to Break Ice

I wish to include a list of questions that serve to break the ice in class,

to improve your speaking, fluency, and so on.

Take a look and think aloud responses!






1. What’s your name?
2. How old are you?
3. When is your birthday?
4.
What do you do?
5. Where do you work / study?
6. Where do you live?
7. How many brothers or sisters have you got?
8. Have you got any pet?
9. Can you drive?
10. Can you speak any other languages?
11. What do you usually do every afternoon?
12. What do you usually do at the weekends?
13. How many friends have you got?
14. How is your best friend like?
15. Do you practise any sport? Which one?
16. Why do you practise these sports?
17. How long have you been practising these sports?
18. What are your hobbies?
19. Do you like meeting people?
20. What is your favourite singer (or singers)?
21. What is your favourite music?
22. What is your favourite food?
23. Have you ever travelled abroad?
24. Which countries?
25. Why?
26. What did you do and see there?
27. When was the last time you went to the cinema?
28. What film did you see?
29. When was the last time did you read a book?
30. What book did you read?
31. Would you like to recommend me a book or a film? Why?
32. What would you like to do next summer?
33. What countries would you like to visit? Why?
34. Tell me an anecdote when you were abroad.
35. Tell me an anecdote when you were a child.
36. Have you ever performed a play?
37. Have you ever taken part in a competition?
38. Have you ever won a prize?
39. What do you want to be in the future?
40. How long have you been studying English?
Make up some questions.



Moreover, if you're an English teacher, you can use these questions

to encourage your students, to review vocabulary and verb tenses

already seen in class, to improve their pronunciation, and so on.

You can try it on!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Teacher's Magazine


Hi, Guys!,


As an English teacher, I'd like to present one of the best magazines created for English teachers. I'm referring to "The Teacher's Magazine". Here, you can read a lot of interesting articles about learning a language, teaching dynamics, etc; and also, you can find many fun games and posters for children of primary or secondary. If you are an English teacher, I strongly recommend you to buy and read this fantastic magazine.



You will find many useful tips for your lessons!!!

If you're more interested, click on: EDIBA

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11th, 2009

September 11th , 2001

Terrorists hijack four jetliners and crash them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. The twin towers and 7 World Trade Center collapsed.


Consequences:

The people who ran down to the site to volunteer, as well as workers and emergency responders, are continuing to suffer from ailments that almost surely were caused by their long exposure to toxic air at the site.


In March 28th, 2006, workers near the World Trade Center site discovered more bone fragments and human remains. In September, hundreds more fragments are found on the roof of the former Deutsche Bank building. (On the right side of the picture below).

Construction workers installed the first steel column for the Sept. 11 memorial at ground zero. The 7,700-pound column was erected by the footprint of the World Trade Center's north tower. The "Reflecting Absence" memorial will set two giant pools over the
twin towers' footprints.

But a city-state agency says it may not be completed until five years later, and at the moment there is just one other tower being built on the site, Tower Four.

The World Trade Centre site is currently being rebuilt with six new skyscrapers, a memorial to the casualties of the attacks, a modern transportation system, and cultural and commercial spaces. City planners are reportedly eyeing to bring back a strong and vibrant community in Lower Manhattan.

Freedom Tower and mast on the southwest of the site are expected to reach an astounding 1776 feet into the sky.

As things stand now, the memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack is scheduled to open in 2011.

The terrorists lost. They're still there; the city of New York endures.


In memory of the victims of the
terrorist attacks

Rest in peace forever

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Richard Vaughan's Si quieres, puedes

Hi, Guys!,

Do you really want to improve your listening? And what about your fluency?

Well, if your answer is YES!!!, I strongly recommend you to listen to Vaughan’s Radio.

Richard Vaughan holds a BA in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Texas. He has devoted for 25 years to teach English to EFL students; thanks to his own teaching method called “Vaughan System”.

Nowadays, he carries out two significant teaching programs: “Cloverdale's Corner in Vaughan Radio, with 500,000 listeners, and Vaughan Learn English live on TV, which still JOURNAL 400,000 viewers. Moreover, he has published Los consejos de Richard Vaughan para aprender inglés, which I also recommend you to read.

Let’s listen to the radio now!!! Don’t waste time!!!

http://www.vaughanradio.com/


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Beatles


The Beatles, this rock English band is coming today!, 9th September 2009, as a playable video game console. From my point of view, it is going to be highly revolutionary, because instead of picking up a real guitar and playing it, you can learn and play this instrument using this video game. It is actually a whole different experience, don't you think so?


Even more, everybody could play and sing on the best fictitious stages; and also, these players could get more points if they did so well. Any positive effect? Yes, sure! Many people, especially teenagers are going to discover one the best rock band.



Now, I would like to focus on some brief historical aspects of this well-known group.The story of the Beatles, essentially begins with the meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, on 6th July, 1957. Shortly after they met, Paul was asked to join John's skiffle group, the Quarry Men.The two of them played their first gig together on 18th October , 1957. In Februrary, the next year, George Harrison, a schoolmate of McCartney's, offically joined the band.

In August of 1960, the band, simply called The Beatles would play their first gigs at the Cavern Club. In 1961, Stuart Stucliffe, bass player, left the band to marry. So, Paul took over as bass player.


The Beatles recorded all these albums:


1. Please Please Me, 1963

2. With the Beatles, 1963.

3. A hard day's Night, 1964.

4. Beatles forSales, 1964.

5. Help!, 1965.

6. Rubber Soul, 1965.

7. Revolver, 1966.

8. Sqt. Pepper's Lovely Hearts Club band, 1967.

9. The Beatles (White Album), 1968.

10. Yllow Submarine, 1969.

11. Abbey Road, 1969.

12. Let It Be, 1970.


In October, 1969, the final Bealtes album was released. Abbey Road was recorded in the same fashion as Sgt. Pepper's. Contiuous. But friendliness was gone. The Beatles were finished. They had done everything that a band could do and more. They would break up by the end of 1970.

Let's listen to one their songs included in the video game! "Twist and Shout".





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