English Daily Vitamin (April 2018)

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Hoy compartimos el resumen de lecciones de inglés de abril. En abril, vimos 3 temas principales: BUSINESS EXPRESSIONS ABOUT CHANGING PLANS, PHRASAL VERBS THROUGH SONGS y SYNONYMS FOR INTERESTING. Además, tuvimos una semana de práctica de FCE (Use of English Part 1).

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BUSINESS EXPRESSIONS ABOUT CHANGING PLANS

 PHRASAL VERBS THROUGH SONGS

 SYNONYMS FOR INTERESTING


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3 Fun Websites to Practise your English Online

Looking for some other sources of inspiration to practise your English? Check out these 3 websites below. Best of all, even if you only have 5 minutes to spare, I guarantee you can use this time productively!

1. Tube Quizard

1.pngTube Quizard (http://www.tubequizard.com/) is a collection of YouTube videos on a variety of topics with gap-fill quizzes. You can browse in several ways: by level, by language focus, by category, and by accent.

Click on the empty box in the exercise and the video will cue to that time. Fill in the blank and check your answer.

It’s easy to use and with so much content, you can spend just minutes or hours on it.

2. BBC World One-minute News

2.pngWant to put your intensive listening skills to the test and at the same time catch up with the latest global news? BBC World One-minute News (http://www.bbc.com/news/av/10462520/one-minute-world-news) is the place for you.

You will hear a short summary of a few headline news items. At first, you may not get much information, but repeating the clip several times will help considerably.

Best of all, it is updated regularly so you can listen several times a day if you wish.

3. PlayPhrase.me

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Playphrase.me (https://www.playphrase.me) is an innovative platform that allows you to practise pronunciation through short excerpts of movie and TV series.

It is suitable for English learners of all levels. You just have to write the word, expression or phrase you want to hear in the search box and Playphrase.me will produce a number of short video clips that feature the item.

You can pause the sequence of video clips so that you can repeat the phrase you hear. It is also a great way to see expressions in context as in the example here (on the horizon).

Happy Practising!

English Daily Vitamin (March 2018)

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Hoy compartimos el resumen de lecciones de inglés de marzo. En marzo hemos tratado 2 temas principales: IRREGULAR PLURAL NOUNS y EXPRESSIONS WITH SPRING. Además, hemos tenido una semana de práctica de exámenes CHOOSE ONE WORD.

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IRREGULAR PLURAL NOUNS
These are nouns that do not follow the normal patterns when we change from a singular to a plural form.

CHOOSE ONE WORD
In each lesson, we give you three sentences and you must find ONE word that completes all three.

EXPRESSIONS WITH SPRING
To celebrate the change of seasons, we look at Expressions with Spring.

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Le voyage en Égypte avec un petit incident

En Ziggurat Escuela Corporativa de Idiomas también hacemos clases de francés. Hoy queremos compartir un escrito que una de nuestras alumnas, Almudena, ha redactado para practicar sus habilidades de escritura:

“Il y a 18 ans, à peu près, quand je travaillais dans un tour opérateur ici à Barcelone, je suis partie en vacances avec mon mari en Égypte. Nous avons fait une croisière sur le Nil pendant cinq jours, et après nous sommes  restés trois jours au Caire.

Le jour où nous étions à Louxor nous avons fait un tour en calèche tirée par deux chevaux (chariot typique) jusqu’au marché d’Edfou. Là, il y avait beaucoup de monde, surtout des touristes, comme nous. Nous sommes entrés dans quelques petits magasins traditionnels avant d’acheter les souvenirs pour la famille.

Quant à la fin je me suis décidée à faire mes achats, j’ai eu une surprise… J’avais oublié mon porte-monnaie ou je l’avais perdu. J’étais très nerveuse. Le guide touristique qui nous accompagnait est venu pour essayer de nous aider. Il parlait en arabe avec les vendeurs, il avait peur qu’on m’ait volé le porte-monnaie…, mais nous n’avions pas le temps, et mon mari a payé les cadeaux que nous avions achetés et nous sommes retournés au bateau avec la calèche. Ma surprise a été majeure quand je suis entrée dans notre cabine et j’ai vu mon porte-monnaie sur le lit.  Heureusement, tout cela est une anecdote de voyage, mais le moment où je cherchais mon porte-monnaie dans le sac et où je ne le trouvais pas je ne l’oublierai jamais.”

Por Almudena Romeu

Almudena, ¡muchas gracias por compartir!

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Vision of a Better World. A video talk by Pete Alcorn

Cómo ya sabes, es mejor hacer un poco cada día que esperar a tener 1 o 2 horas a la semana para ponerte a estudiar inglés.

¿Qué puedes hacer hoy? Te proponemos que veas el siguiente vídeo de 4 minutos de Pete Alcorn, una charla motivadora y optimista que habla sobre cómo las personas vemos y afrontamos el pasado y el futuro.

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In this short, optimistic talk from TED2009, Pete Alcorn shares a vision of the world of two centuries from now — when declining populations and growing opportunity prove Malthus was wrong.

English Daily Vitamin (February 2018)

daily_vitamin_2016Hoy compartimos el resumen de lecciones de inglés de febrero. En febrero cubrimos 2 celebraciones importantes: San Valentín y los Juegos Olímpicos de invierno. Además, hicimos un bloque de práctica del examen BULATS y otro utilizando titulares de periódicos anglos.

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EXPRESSIONS WITH LOVE
Many consider February the month of love in the Anglo world. To celebrate, we looked at Expressions with the word LOVE.

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SPORTS/TEAM EXPRESSIONS
Last month, the world came together for the Olympics. To celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics, we spent two weeks on sports-related themes.

Idioms with win:

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BULATS READING PART 1, SECTION 2
For this theme, we practiced Part 1 Section 2 of the BULATS exam.  In this section, you have a sentence with a gap. You have four choices of words to fill the gap, and you have to decide which one it most appropriate. Sentences:

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FROM THE HEADLINES
We are taking a real headline from an online newspaper or magazine and removing one word. We are asking you to complete the headline with the correct word.

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Love is in the air… 4 classic rom-coms to watch this month!

Love is in the air this month as we celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. So let’s look at some classic rom-coms and 10 expressions we can use when speaking about relationships.  Rom-com is short for romantic comedy and is a film, series or book about love that is intended to make you laugh.  Here are 4 of my favourite rom-com films in chronological order: 

1. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) – British English

Renée Zellweger stars as Bridget, a 32-year-old single girl who (1) has a thing for her boss, Daniel, played by Hugh Grant. Daniel is a bit of a (2) love rat but fear not, as there is another man, Mark Darcy, who could potentially be Bridget’s true love and who (3) is a real keeper.

A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was released in 2004 and another sequel, Bridget Jones’s Baby, was released in 2016.


2. Love Actually 
(2003) – British and US English

When it comes to celebrating love in all its forms, very few can beat the kind on display in this epic rom-com. This film has an amazing cast of actors and all the love stories are interlinked in some way and cover the positives and negatives of relationships. In one story, a marriage (4) is on the rocks as one character thinks his wife is (5) the love of his life but, in reality, she (6) is having an affair with his brother.  Also, it is set at Christmas so if you love watching films about that time of year, it’s the film for you!


3. Bridesmaids (2011) – US English

If you are looking for something less sugary and sweet, this rom-com is for you. Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman in her mid-30s and her life is a bit of a mess. Her business has gone bankrupt and her love life is disastrous. (7) She has fallen for Ted, an idiot who she should really (8) dump as he is not interested in making their relationship more serious. Things get worse when her best friend tells her she (9) is tying the knot and asks her to be maid of honour.


4. 
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – US English

Although this film may not fall into the usual rom-com category, it really is one… with a bit of drama too. Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who has bipolar disorder, is released from a mental health facility into the care of his parents. He learns that his wife has moved away and doesn’t want (10) to get back together with him.  At a dinner with his friend Ronnie, he meets Ronnie’s sister-in-law, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow and recovering sex addict. Pat and Tiffany start to develop an odd friendship through their shared neuroses.


And if you are a bookworm and looking for pure romance with a bit of drama, see these reviews that our students have written about romance novels: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern.

(1) to have a thing for someone – to be attracted to someone, be interested in someone:
e.g. “He has a thing for his colleague but she doesn’t feel the same way.”

(2) to be a love rat – a man who is cheating on his partner with someone else:
e.g. “I can’t believe he is seeing two women at the same time! He’s such a love rat!”

(3) ​to be a (real) keeper – someone with good qualities, who you can have a long relationship with:
e.g. “She supported him through a very difficult time in his life. She’s a keeper.” 

(4) to be on the rocks – a relationship that is in difficulty:
e.g. “When she moved out of their apartment to take a break, it was clear their marriage was on the rocks.”

(5) to be the love of one’s life – the person you want to spend the rest of your life with:
e.g. “Of course we’re going to get married. He’s the love of my life!”

(6) to have an affair with someone – to cheat on your partner with another person:
e.g. “She is having an affair with her colleague. Her poor husband has no idea.”

(7) to fall for someone – to fall in love with someone:
e.g. “He always falls for the wrong kind of woman”.

(8) to dump someone – to end the relationship:
e.g. “He dumped her as things were getting too serious.”

(9) to tie the knot – to get married:
“They’re tying the knot next Saturday. I hope it doesn’t rain.”

(10) to get back together (with someone) – to return to a relationship or marriage after separating:
e.g. “I really hoped we would get back together after a break but now he is seeing someone else.”

By Jenny Smedley

L’italiano, un amore di lingua

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Sono studente di italiano e il mio livello di comprensione della lettura è abbastanza basso. Mi piace molto cumunque leggere gli autori italiani nella mia lingua materna per capire di più sulla cultura italiana. Questo mese è il mese dell’amore ed è per questo che vi raccomando un libro molto bello che ho letto in inglese e che spero un giorno poterlo leggere in italiano… Gli amori difficili (Difficult Loves) di Italo Calvino.

È un libro che parla d’amore con diverse storie che testimoniano come l’amore sia in realtà il frutto di un esperimento combinatorio. Il mio racconto preferito è L’avventura di due sposi. Si tratta di una coppia, Arturo e sua moglie Elide. Il ritmo del lavoro in fabbrica gli impedisce di vedersi ma non è una ragione di disperazione. È un elemento fondamentale del rapporto amoroso che rivelano attraverso gesti di affetto semplici, come quello di cercare il calore che l’altro ha lasciato nel letto. Buona lettura!

Ascoltare l’italiano è piu facile per me e mi piace molto ascoltare la musica italiana sopretutto il jazz e blues di Paolo Conte, uno dei più importanti e innovativi cantautori italiani. Ha scritto moltissime canzoni ma la mia preferita è Via con me (It’s Wonderful). Divertiti! 🙂

 

By Pollyanna

English Daily Vitamin (January 2018)

daily_vitamin_2016Hoy compartimos el resumen de lecciones de inglés de enero. En enero hicimos un bloque de lecciones  ‘Spot the Error’, revisamos algunos usos del ‘Past Perfect’ y practicamos con la ‘Parte 3 del examen FCE’.

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SPOT THE ERROR
Here are your sentences. Do you know what’s wrong with them?

PAST PERFECT
In each lesson, we are looking at one specific use of the Past Perfect. Remember that the Past Perfect has this form:  HAD + (not / never) + past participle.

 CAMBRIDGE FCE READING/USE OF ENGLISH PART 3
For this theme, we are practicing Part 3 of the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Reading and Use of English Module.  In Part 3, students are given a sentence with a word missing. They are also given a word to put in the blank, but they must use the correct form of this word to complete the sentence logically.

 

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A principios de esta semana también empezamos con una serie de lecciones con la palabra LOVE, pero nos las reservaremos para el resumen de febrero, el mes del amor.

See you soon!

Cómo hacer que tu propósito de aprender un idioma sea un éxito

PostZigguratAcaba de empezar el año y puede que ya hayas dejado por escrito tus propósitos para 2018. Si es así, ¡enhorabuena!, este es el primer paso para cumplir con tu objetivo.

Ahora lo más difícil está por llegar. Somos muchos los que empezamos el año motivados, pero también somos muchos los que, a medida que pasan los meses, dejamos de lado nuestros propósitos y nos sentimos frustrados por no haberlos alcanzado cuando llega diciembre.

¿Cuántas veces has dicho voy a hacer ejercicio? ¿Alguna vez te has propuesto aprender inglés?

Si no quieres volver a fallar, sigue estas recomendaciones para conseguir tu propósito del año:

ESTE AÑO APRENDO INGLÉS
(o el idioma que tú quieras)

  1. MÁRCATE UN OBJETIVO CLARO Y REALISTA
    En vez de decir ‘este año aprendo inglés’, prueba con ‘este año quiero viajar al extranjero y ser capaz de defenderme’, ‘quiero participar en una reunión de trabajo y poder defender mis ideas’, ‘quiero ampliar mi vocabulario’, etc.

    Con un objetivo claro y específico será más fácil cumplirlo. Y, por supuesto, debe ser realista. No pretendas hablar con un nivel nativo en un año si partes completamente de cero 😉

  2. ESCRIBE QUÉ ACCIONES VAS A HACER PARA CUMPLIRLO
    Este paso es muy importante. Será tu hoja de ruta. ¿Qué acciones vas a emprender para conseguir tu objetivo? Las opciones son múltiples, aquí tienes algunas ideas:

Recuerda: es mejor dedicar 5 minutos al día que esperar a tener 1 o 2 horas un día a la semana.

  1. BÚSCATE UN COMPAÑERO
    Tienes dos opciones: (1) buscarte un compañero de viaje que también tenga tu mismo objetivo y con el cual os motivéis el uno al otro o (2) compartir tu objetivo y tener una persona al lado que te anime a seguir adelante.
  2. SÉ FLEXIBLE
    No te frustres si hay una semana que te desvías del plan porque estás enferm@ o has tenido más carga de trabajo. No te preocupes, seguro que a la semana siguiente puedes remontar. Además, una vez trazado el plan es posible que descubras que es demasiado ambicioso. ¡Siempre estás a tiempo de redirigirlo!
  3. ¡EMPIEZA YA!
    No lo dejes más. ¡Cuánto antes empieces, antes podrás crear tu rutina de contacto diario con el idioma! Son 21 días. Por ejemplo, si te animas a leer la Daily Vitamin cada día durante 3 semanas, a la 4ª lo harás de forma automática y sin esfuerzo.

 ¿Te animas? Déjanos tus comentarios abajo y dinos cuáles son tus prioridades con los idiomas para este año. Te aportaremos sugerencias para mejorar.