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.

Build a Tower, Build a Team (Tom Wujec)

Hoy queremos compartir con vosotros una de nuestras lecciones para mejorar vuestras habilidades de listening. Después de visionar el vídeo TED ‘Build a Tower, Build a Team’ podéis descargar nuestro pack de actividades y contestar a las preguntas.
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Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the “marshmallow problem” — a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average?

#MusicMonday. ‘When We Were Young’ by Adele

Hoy celebramos #MusicMonday empezando con una nueva serie de Daily Vitamins. Como veréis, la lección de hoy es ‘The Music Missing Monday’ y utilizaremos el último single ‘When We Were Young’ de la cantante británica Adele.

Antes de leer la lección, os sugerimos escuchar la letra de esta balada tan sonada en la radio:

Además, para seguir practicando con vuestro listening, os recomendamos este vídeo en inglés para conocer mejor a Adele en tan sólo 3 minutos.

Y ahora, no olvidéis escuchar la Daily Vitamin y buscar la palabra que falta.

Good luck!

Keep Your Goals To Yourself (Derek Sivers)

Hoy queremos compartir con vosotros una de nuestras lecciones para mejorar vuestras habilidades de listening. Después de visionar el vídeo TED ‘Keep Your Goals To Yourself’ podéis descargar nuestro pack de actividades y contestar a las preguntas. Descargar actividades

After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

The world’s English mania (Jay Walker)

Hoy queremos compartir con vosotros una de nuestras lecciones para mejorar vuestras habilidades de listening. Después de visionar el vídeo TED ‘The world’s English mania’ podéis descargar nuestro pack de actividades y contestar a las preguntas. Descargar actividades

Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English — “the world’s second language” — by the thousands.

8 canciones en inglés que hablan sobre el verano

El verano ya está aquí. Hoy os dejamos un listado de canciones que hablan sobre el verano. Muchas veces, las canciones en inglés pueden ‘sonar a chino’, pero ¿qué tal si las escuchas mientras lees la letra de la canción? Prueba con estas a ver si cambia 😉

Surfin U.S.A (The Beach Boys)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbs1luUIxCE

Summer Nights –Grease (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODOj2jBUKW0

California Girls (The Beach Boys)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8yph3rb27o

Summer (Calvin Harris)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebXbLfLACGM

Summer Love (One Direction)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d164x2dT3ck

Summertime (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3kQt14_5OQ

Summertime (Billy Stewart)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRGeHRDBPYw&noredirect=1

Frozen “In Summer” Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnEB2F_v_cE

Photos that Changed the World (Jonathan Klein)

Hoy queremos compartir con vosotros una de nuestras lecciones para mejorar vuestras habilidades de listening. Después de visionar el vídeo TED ‘Photos that Changed the World’ podéis descargar nuestro pack de actividades y contestar a las preguntas. Descargar actividades

Photographs do more than document history — they make it. At TED University, Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shows some of the most iconic, and talks about what happens when a generation sees an image so powerful it can’t look away — or back.

Student’s Review: ‘Revenge’ by Patricia

Can you imagine a story similar to The Count of Monte Cristo but with the glamour of The Hamptons as a backdrop?
If you like drama series combined with intrigue, glamour and the possibility of bringing The Hamptons into your home … then REVENGE is the series for you!

Revenge

THE PLOT
When the main character, Amanda Jones, was a child, her father took the fall for a crime he did not commit. The same people who destroyed her father ensured that she was sent to a juvenile detention center in order to never see him again.

Once she is an adult and abandons that center, she finds out that she is the heir to a fortune her father had and decides to come back to The Hamptons as her alter ego, Emily Thorne, to get revenge on those who destroyed her family and caused his death.

“Revenge” is the story of a revenge that takes place in the glamorous and cosmopolitan Hamptons, the most famous residential seaside resort of New York State where celebrities and rich people come together.

The Hamptons

The Hamptons

WHY IS THIS SERIES GOOD FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS?
Not only because watching Revenge is a way to improve your English while you are enjoying watching a series but also because of the different characters and accents that appear in Revenge! You can start watching it with subtitles and as your confidence grows and you get familiar with the characters, challenge yourself and take them off!

CONCLUSION
Revenge can be summed up as a sort of Count of Monte Cristo in our modern world! Once you start watching it, you will be hooked!

We want to thank Patricia for this great contribution to our blog!

5 vídeos para practicar inglés

Hoy os recomendamos algunos vídeos de VIMEO en inglés que os servirán como recurso para practicar vuestras habilidades de comprensión oral y que os harán reflexionar. Visiona los vídeos y contesta a las siguientes preguntas. Have fun!

SCHOOL PORTRAIT
Comedy is tough in another language. Does this video make you smile?


MAKE IT COUNT
There are 10 quotes in this short. Which is your favourite and why?


BACK TO THE FUTURE

Would you like to have a photo recreated? Which one?


WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE

Do you believe in the proverb “What goes around comes around”?
What was the last good deed you did?


THE EMANCIPATION OF PRINCE

Have you ever wondered what your pet is thinking? Check out this video. You might be surprised!