ACTIVITY PACK. Wearing nothing new

¿Has preparado ya tus propósitos para 2018? ¿Este año quieres aprender inglés? Recuerda: es mejor hacer un poco cada día que esperar a tener 1 o 2 horas a la semana para ponerte a estudiar.

¿Qué puedes hacer hoy? Te proponemos que veas el siguiente vídeo de 6 minutos de Jessi Arrington, quien explica que es posible vestir con estilo por menos de 20 dólares, comprando en mercados de segunda mano. Después de visionar el vídeo descarga este ACTIVITY PACK y contesta las preguntas.


Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TEDActive but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It’s a meditation on conscious consumption — wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.

English Daily Vitamin (December 2017)

daily_vitamin_2016

Happy new year to everyone!

Last month (December 2017) we looked at 2 different themes: Business idioms and Christmas Vocabulary. At the beginning of the month, we also had a couple of ‘Spot the error’ Daily Vitamins.

If you missed a lesson, click on the relevant link below:

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

BUSINESS IDIOMS

 CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY

 DOWNLOAD ACTIVITY PACK

 

Top 9 board games to play with your kids in English

Christmas is around the corner! Are you still finishing your Christmas shopping? Do you need some cool ideas to finish your list?

Board Games are a ‘must’ in everyone’s homes. They are really fun and can be played by all members of the family (sometimes you will need to adapt them depending on the age of the little ones). A lot of board games are not only entertaining but also educational.

Just last week we started a debate about whether only talking in English to your kids is positive. If you want to play with them in English (even though you don’t speak to them in that language), check out these 9 board games to give to your kids for Christmas and take advantage of the opportunity to learn and practice English with them:

  1. BrainBox is a fast-paced game of concentration featuring a wide array of fun facts about different topics (depending on the theme you choose). You have 10 seconds to study a card before being asked a question from the back, chosen by the roll of the die.Brainbox
  2. Storycubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play that reinforces artistic expression. It’s a not a competitive game, you simply have to throw the dice and make up a story starting with ‘Once upon a time…’Storycubs
  3. Ikonikus is a card game to learn about emotions. Each card represents an emotion and empathy is the key to success as you need to guess how each player feels.ikonikus
  4. Scrabble is a classic. Put letters together, build words, add up your points and play to win! You can add some extra rules e.g. being able to use a dictionary so you can increase your vocabulary bank.scrabble.jpg
  5. Scattergories is another typical board game you can play in English. Roll the letter die, flip the sand timer, and race against the clock to come up with answers to each category on the category list. You score points for writing down answers that no one else got. The more creative the answers, the more points you score!scatergories
  6. Pictionary is another classic. It’s a great game for kids and adults. You can only draw but the other players will have to look for the appropriate word (in English) to guess the right answer.pictionary
  7. Taboo. Surely you know it. In the Taboo game, you need to get your team to guess the secret word, but the obvious words you would use as clues are strictly off-limits. Even if you don’t have an excellent command of the language, you could still guess and win!taboo
  8. Word A round (in Spanish Palabrea) builds vocabulary and improves concentration. This card game is also perfect for travelling! You have to guess the word in the circle and have more cards than the other players.Word a round
  9. Guess who? (¿Quién es quién?) is the classic mystery face game that’s been around since the 1980s! There’s a mystery person on your opponent’s card. Can you find the matching face in the crowd and put into practice your ability to ask questions and use descriptive vocabulary?guess who

What about you? Do you have any other ideas? Please leave a comment or share your list with us!

English Daily Vitamin (November 2017)

daily_vitamin_2016

Hello!

Last month (November 2017) we looked at 4 different themes: Idioms for annoyance, expressions with having, animal idioms and ending a business email or letter.

If you missed a lesson, click on the relevant link below:

IDIOMS FOR ANNOYANCE

EXPRESSIONS WITH HAVING

ANIMAL IDIOMS

 ENDING A BUSINESS EMAIL OR LETTER

English Daily Vitamin (September – October 2017)

daily_vitamin_2016Hello!

This year, we are trying something new with the Daily Vitamin. Each week, we will have a different theme. All the lessons from the week will focus on that theme. We hope you like this change. If you missed a lesson, click on the relevant link below:

PHRASAL VERBS FOR THE OFFICE (September)
We began with Phrasal Verbs for the Office

BULATS READING PART 1 PRACTICE (September)
The BULATS exam (Business Language Testing Service) is to test your English in a business context, and many of the questions are excellent practice for English in work settings.

ADJECTIVES FOR A CV (September)
Both native English speakers and English learners often have problems writing a CV: it is very hard to describe ourselves without using boring or common language.

 SPOT THE ERROR (October)
Each day we are giving you a sentence in English and you must decide if the sentence is correct or not; if is it not correct, tell us what the mistake in the sentence is.

BEGINNING BUSINESS EMAILS OR LETTERS (October)
We are looking at Beginning Business Emails in English.

SYNONYMS FOR STRANGE (October)
We are looking at Synonyms for the Word Strange.

FCE READING AND USE OF ENGLISH PART I PRACTICE (October)
We are looking at some example questions from the Cambridge First Certificate Exam. All of these are sample questions from Part I of the Reading and Use of English module. If you are not preparing for the Cambridge FCE, this is still great vocabulary practice!

The Alphabet Game Summary

¿Habéis seguido el Alphabet Game de junio? Aquí tenéis todas las preguntas:

The Best Guidebooks for Travelling Abroad

I love to travel, and for me there is nothing more exciting than buying a new travel book before a trip. I spend hours reading the book and learning all about the new place: it’s an excellent way to get really excited for a trip and familiarize yourself with somewhere new! The following are some of the best guidebooks (and corresponding websites) for travelling abroad.

descarga

  • In print: Fodor’s is the largest publisher of English-language travel and guide books in the world. The company is over 80 years old and is known as one of the authorities on travel writing and tips. Fodor’s guide books are excellent because they also provide a history of the region, suggestions for ‘free and cheap’ activities, activities for kids, and information on sporting events.
  • Online: The Fodor’s website has extensive information on travels throughout the world and includes trip itinerary suggestions, hotel discounts, cruises, and a forum where travellers can ask questions. Check it out! http://www.fodors.com/

 

8d8.timeoutlogo-01-copy2

  • In print: Rather than focusing on entire countries, Time Out guides are focused more on specific cities that you are traveling to. The guidebooks are great resources for the city’s nightlife, foods and drinks, and entertainment. They’re also compact and easy to carry.
  • Online: Time Out’s website provides great lists of ‘101 Things to Do’ in many cities as well as ‘weekend guides’ for short trips. Read these lists here: http://www.timeout.com/city-guides/

 

Lonely_Planet.svg

  • In print: Fodor’s is the largest English-language publishing company, but Lonely Planet earns the title of the world’s largest travel and guidebook publisher. Local writers create the content for Lonely Planet’s guidebooks, which are not only very informational, but also very well written articles that read more like travel stories.
  • Online: The Lonely Planet website provides information for bookings (insurance, hotels, car rentals, etc.). It also allows you to search for travel ideas using interesting categories, such as ‘Adventure travel’ or ‘Explore every day.‘ Lonely Planet has teamed up with GoPro to produce incredible videos that highlight destinations. See the world from all angles (and even underwater!) on their website. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/video

Print

  • In print: Frommer’s began in the 1950’s when Arthur Frommer published “Europe on $5 a Day.” Since then, the company has continued to publish guidebooks that are based on budgeting. Travelers who need specific information on the prices of hotels, restaurants, and attractions will enjoy the detailed pricing included in Frommer’s guidebooks.
  • Online: The Frommer’s website is an impressive compilation of articles, a forum, videos, and travel news. http://www.frommers.com/

 

Have you used an exceptionally useful guidebook on your travels?

Leave your suggestion in the comments!

By Amanda Jones @Sedimentality
http://sedimentality.com/