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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Vídeo

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

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!

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)

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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

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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!