The Alphabet Game Summary

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Cannes Film Festival

May is the time when the weather warms, the beaches become filled with people, and celebrities from around the world gather in the French Riviera. Why? It’s Cannes!

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What is Cannes?
“Cannes” is another name for the Cannes Film Festival. Until 2002, it was called the “International Film Festival.” The festival is in Cannes, France, each year in May (this year from May 17-28). The 2017 Cannes is special: this will be the festival’s 70th year.

Cannes is not like events such as the Academy Awards (also called the Oscars), which are only awards shows. Cannes is where new films from all over the world are previewed, and it provides great opportunities for European film makers: because many film producers and celebrities attend, the festival is an excellent place for filmmakers to sell their films. People attend Cannes by invitation only.

Cannes Jury
Cannes awards are chosen by the Cannes jury (the group of people who vote). Each year, these jury members, who are all people in the international film industry, are chosen by the Cannes board of directors. The board also chooses a jury president. For 2017, the president is Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.

Cannes Awards
Cannes gives many awards at its competition. The names of the awards are in French; below we are also giving including an English translation of the names.


The main awards of the festival are the following:

  • Palme d’Or (Golden Palm). This award is for the best film of the year. The film is selected from 20 films.
  • Grand Prix (Grand Prize). This award is similar to “Second Place” for the festival’s films.
  • Prix du Jury (Jury Prize). This award is considered to be “Third Prize” at the festival.
  • Palme d’Or du court métrage (Best Short Film). This is the award for the best film in the category of short film.
  • Prix d’interprétation féminine (Best Actress)
  • Prix d’interprétation masculine (Best Actor)
  • Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director)
  • Prix du scenario (Best Screenplay)

There are other awards and categories, such as awards for student filmmakers, recognition for films about the environment, and a category for documentaries. One of the funniest is the award for the best performance… by a dog! Yes, a dog. The Palm Dog award is for the dog that “acted” the best in a movie.

Compared to shows such as the Oscars, many consider Cannes to be more “serious” festival that is an opportunity to learn about more artistic films.

What do you think? Have you seen some of the Golden Palm winners from previous years? Check out the list of previous winners and see.

By Amanda Jones @Sedimentality 

A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter (Mark Bezos)

Aquí tenéis un nuevo pack de actividades TED. Esta vez, Mark Bezos, bombero, nos da una lección de vida. Si queréis practicar vuestras habilidades de listening mientras escucháis su historia en menos de 5 minutos, visionad su vídeo y después, ¡a poner a prueba vuestra capacidad de comprensión auditiva! Descargar actividades

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to be a hero.

7 Ways to Learn Languages Online

The Internet is an incredible tool for language learning, but sometimes we have so many options that we don’t know where to begin! Check out these 7 ways to learn languages online for some creative and fun ways to learn a new language.

With, you listen to songs while reading the lyrics and complete the missing words. The site offers songs in dozens of languages and offers classics and current hits. The site offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced options for all songs, so it’s great for all levels!

Listen and read at the same time with an audiobook! Short stories, novellas, classic novels, and even speeches are all available in written and audio form on many sites. For English learners, we recommend ESL Bits.

3. TED
Perhaps one of the most popular sites for learning a language is TED: the videos come with transcripts and well-written subtitles in many languages. With so many topics, you are sure to find a TED Talk that fits your interests.

Practise with our TED Activity Packs. Check them out here!

Sites such as Instagram are excellent for learning a language through context: by seeing the photo, you will better understand its caption. After reading the caption in your new language, click on “translate” to see if you understood.

Google has created an extension called Language Immersion that allows you to learn new words while you are reading online. The extension translates some of the words of any site into the language you choose (currently there are 64 languages offered). If you don’t understand the word, simply click on it and Google changes the word back to your native language.

Teachers have been using Quizlet for years, and it’s a great tool if you’re looking for some vocabulary practice!

The world of podcasts is large: find one you love! Podcasts are great while commuting, cleaning the house, or just relaxing. If you’re not at the level where you can listen without a transcript, check to see if the podcast has one: many do.

By Amanda Jones @Sedimentality 

English Daily Vitamin (February 2017)


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THEME THURSDAY. Oscar Vocabulary




And the Oscar goes to…

La semana pasada os habíamos avanzado algunos vídeos y vocabulario para que os empezarais a familiarizar con la Gala de los Oscars. ¿Qué tal ha ido? ¿Habéis visto ya alguno de los vídeos que circulan por Internet? Aquí os dejamos el más polémico:

¿Y conocéis a los ganadores?

  • Best Picture. Moonlight


  • Actor in a Leading Role. Casey Affleck


  • Actress in a Leading Role. Emma Stone


  • Actor in a Supporting Role. Mahershala Ali
  • Actress in a Supporting Role. Viola Davis
  • Animated Feature Film. Zootopia
  • La La Land


  • Costume Design. Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them
  • La La Land
  • Documentary (Feature). J. Made in America
  • Documentary (Short Subject). The White Helmets
  • Film Editing. Hacksaw Ridge
  • Foreign Language Film. The Salesman
  • Makeup and Hairstyling. Suicide Squad
  • Music (Original Score). La La Land
  • Music (Original Song). ‘City of Stars’ from La La Land
  • Production Design. La La Land
  • Short Film (Animated): Piper
  • Short Film (Live Action).  Sing
  • Sound Editing. Arrival
  • Sound Mixing. Hacksaw Ridge
  • Visual Effects. The Jungle Book
  • Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Moonlight
  • Writing (Original Screenplay). Manchester by the Sea

Esperamos que hayáis disfrutado de la gala. Y, si no habéis visto estas películas, os recomendamos aprovechar la oportunidad para verlas en versión original.

English Daily Vitamin (January ‘17)


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