English Daily Vitamin (February 2017)

 

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THEME THURSDAY. Oscar Vocabulary

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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY

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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.

The 2017 Oscars! (by Amanda Jones)

I know many Americans who have Oscar parties. Are we crazy? Perhaps we are. But Oscar-fever is real, and many have caught this “disease!”

As an English teacher, I of course see everything as an opportunity to learn some new vocabulary. The Oscars are no different! Today we are looking at some of the vocabulary related to the Oscars. Read on to find out more!

oscars-2017-nominaciones-cintas-entretenimiento-aztecatrends-tv-azteca-21149502017 Nominees
What the films that are up for* awards this season? (* we use the expression “to be up for” an award.)

Several movies have been nominated repeatedly, including:

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Have you seen any of these films? If so, do you think that they deserve to be nominated for an Academy Award? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook!

And be sure to check out the Theme Thursday of The Daily Vitamin.

You can check out the full list Academy Awards Nominees page here: oscar.go.com

Oscar Fashion
The Oscar night fashion is a big deal: the “best dressed” and “worst dressed” lists are published immediately after the event, and some historic fashion moments are created during the show! Check out this slideshow of some of the most famous fashion moments from the Academy Awards.

Acceptance Speeches
When a nominee wins an award, he or she gives a speech. Most of them are “thank yous” to everyone they work with, but some are heartfelt, emotional, or funny!

Matthew McCononaughey, Best Actor “Dallas Buyers Club” (2014)

Tom Hanks, Best Actor “Forest Gump” (1995)

Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress “Silver Linings Playbook” (2013)

Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress “Les Miserables” (2013)

What’s your most memorable Oscars speech? Share with us in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

The Alphabet Game Summary

Durante este último mes, hemos jugado a The Alphabet Game. Cada día, hemos publicado una pregunta con una letra del abecedario hasta llegar a la Z hoy mismo. Así que ya hemos acabado. Mañana comunicaremos quién ha sido el ganador a través de las redes sociales.

Estas han sido las lecciones que han aparecido en el juego:

A: A verb which means “to do very well at something, usually a test.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2824

B: A word that it’s part of a phrasal verb that means “very busy.” http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2825

C: It’s a verb similar to “to cook”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2826

D: A verb that rhymes with “looped” and means “fooled” or “tricked”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2827

E: A food item.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2828

F: A part of a phrasal verb that means “to spend your time doing nothing useful.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2829

G: To have a heart of ______.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2830

H: A part of an expression that means “to remain angry or bitter at someone”.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2831

I: A similar expression of “It’s on the house” with three words.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2832

J: A word with two syllables posted at the beginning of June 2016.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2833

K: It’s a phrasal verb that means “to begin”.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2834

L: A noun we use to describe people who are in love.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2835

M: A phrasal verb that means “to reconcile”.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2836

N: An adverb or a conjunction used as part of negative statement.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2837

O: Four words that means “suddenly” or “unexpectedly.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2838

P: A word invented by Shakespeare that means “elaborate display or ceremony.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2839

Q: A two syllables word that means “peculiar traits or aspects.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2840

R: An expression with three words.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2841

S: A word that means “brothers and sisters.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2842

T: It’s a phrasal verb.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2843

U: It’s a phrasal verb and a famous movie line.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2844

V: A word that means “to quickly increase in popularity.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2845

W: A noun that means “a person who is good with words.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2846

X: This expression means “to indicate the place where something exists.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2847

Y: That word has two syllables and means “related to or concerning Christmas.”
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2848

Z: A two-syllable adjective invented by Shakespeare.
http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2849

Learn English with the Media (Part 2)

Aprender o mejorar nuestro nivel de inglés es uno de los propósitos que muchos nos marcamos al inicio del año. De hecho learning something exciting es uno de ellos, según el ‘top ten New Year’s Resolutions’ que cita Matthew Ray en su artículo. ¿Y acaso no esexciting aprender inglés?

Para mantener contacto diario con un idioma es esencial incorporarlo en el día a día y, sobre todo, en actividades que nos apasionan. Tal y como explica Olga Campoy en ¿Tus metas te apasionan o te obsesionan?, es vital disfrutar de cada paso que das para lograr tu meta final. En este caso, si lo que deseas es mejorar tu nivel, no debes desanimarte, ya que es un proceso largo y que requiere constancia pero que si lo disfrutas lograrás excelentes resultados.

En post anteriores, hemos visto cómo aprender mirando series en versión original, siguiendobusiness realities anglosajones o leyendo diarios digitales en inglés. A continuación, otra opción para incorporar el inglés en tu día a día: magazines in English.

Business
• Entrepreneur www.entrepreneur.com
• Forbes www.forbes.com

Computers
• PC Magazine  www.pcmag.com
• Info World www.infoworld.com

Health 
• Men’s Health http://www.menshealth.com/
• Natural Health http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/

Music
• Rolling Stone www.rollingstone.com
• Guitar World www.guitarworld.com

Science
• Scientific American  www.sciam.com
• Discover Magazine http://discovermagazine.com

Fashion
• Cosmopolitan www.cosmopolitan.com
• Glamour www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

Sports
• Sports Illustrated http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com
• The Sports Network www.tsn.ca

Cinema
• The Hollywood Reporter www.hollywoodreporter.com
• The Oscars www.oscar.com

Celebrities
• Hello Magazine www.hellomagazine.com
• World of Celebrities  www.world-of-celebrities.com

Recuerda:
Una vez leídos los titulares y contenido de cada uno de los artículos que más atractivos encuentres, te recomendamos que:

  1. escojas diez palabras (no más) que no conozcas
  2. busques su significado en el diccionario
  3. lo incorpores a tu Word Bank (https://zigguratenglish.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/como-recordar-nuevo-vocabulario/)
  4. utilices dos de las nuevas palabras durante el día

Si a lo largo de la semana consigues recordar dos palabras diarias, podrás aprender 14 semanales…
¡Imagina el resultado anual si logras crear el hábito de hacerlo cada día!

P.S. I love you. Book Review

Haven’t you read ‘P.S. I love you’ yet? 8 years later chick lit lovers all over the world are still moved by this successful novel. We would like to share the following book review with you.

«Are you one of those people who is keen on romantic novels? Do you love to identify with the characters? With ‘P.S. I love you’ you will break down in tears, at times, and burst out laughing at others.

About the novel
‘PS. I Love You’ was written by the Irish writer Cecelia Ahern in 2004. The book was the number 1 bestseller in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands for almost 20 weeks. 3 years later, the novel was adapted for the big screen, but with some changes.

The plot
Holly and Gerry are happily married. She is head over heels in love with her husband but, unfortunately, death snatches Gerry from Holly’s side. Holly is devastated, she isn’t able to leave the house or look for a job. She completely isolates herself!

However, Gerry comes back to her on her 30th birthday. During the last months of his illness, he had prepared some letters for her, which she will have to open monthly; all of them signed ‘PS, I Love You’. His instructions will help her to find a new lease of life. She will laugh, sing, dance and be more courageous than ever.

The characters
As you can imagine, Holly is the main character in the story, although we meet other people along the way who have an important role such as Daniel, her friends Sharon and Denise or her close family.

My opinion
I wholeheartedly recommend reading this amazing story about love and the way to come to terms with the death of a close one. Personally, as the plot develops I got more engrossed in the story and I could not put the book down until the end. However, if you do decide to read it, make sure you have Kleenex with you! ».

ENGLISH OR FRENCH? I put my foot in it too!

Otra de las seguidores de Ziggurat nos ha querido divertir con sus anécdotas vividas con el inglés para el concurso literario:

I was working in a mall selling mobile phones two years ago when, one day in Summer, a couple from Switzerland came to the shopping centre to buy a phone. They could speak French and English very well, they could change the language without any problems!

 First, I spoke to them in French because I speak French better than English. But, suddenly, they changed the language and spoke to me in English. So, I began to talk in English… but with French pronunciation! When I realized it I changed the language too, but then speaking in French with English pronunciation!

The couple didn’t know what was happening! They laughed and then I said: “Shit!! Oh no! Excuse-moi…no! Sorry, sorry!” Finally, they understood me and bought a mobile phone.

This is why I can say I put my foot in it too!

A. Spínola

Book Review. The Lost Symbol

Did you like the amazing books ‘Angels and Demons’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’? Were you astonished by Robert Langdon’s knowledge and abilities to decipher symbols? If you enjoyed those bestsellers, written by Dan Brown, I am sure you will appreciate his latest novel: The Lost Symbol.

The plot
Professor Robert Langdon is called by his close friend, Peter Solomon, to give a lecture in the Capitol Building, Washington D.C. When he arrives at the Rotunda, he discovers that nobody is there.

The plot thickens when Langdon finds out that his Masonic friend, Peter, has been kidnapped by someone who wants to unlock an Ancient Portal, a secret which has been kept for centuries. It turns out that if this secret is revealed, the consequences will have a huge impact worldwide. Langdon’s role is vital in this deciphering process, given that his collaboration would keep Solomon alive. Katherine Solomon, Peter’s sister, will help Langdon with his demanding task.

The characters
As you can imagine, Robert Langdon is the main character of the story. He is the Professor of symbolism at Harvard and thanks to his outstanding familiarity with different sorts of religious codes he is able to fulfil this mission. The scientist Katherine Solomon has done challenging research about noetic science and she will do anything for her brother Peter, an important Masonic leader.

In contrast, the baddy is Mal’akh, who wants to obtain the secret symbol to finish his own body transformation, a theory which he has been elaborating for the last few years. Moreover, Inoue Sato, the director of the CIA, wants to know more about the unrevealed secret.

Warren Bellamy, another important Masonic person and Peter’s friend, is the Architect, the manager of the US Capitol. He will also assist Langdon and Katherine in their search.

My opinion
I strongly recommend reading this intriguing story which will keep you open-eyed until the end of the novel.  Personally, as soon as the plot and the characters developed I got more engrossed in supporting Langdon’s mission.

By Judit Martos

Daily Vitamin

Last week we received a couple of very interesting comments about our Daily Vitamin from January 13th: http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=1586

Following are the comment from Jordi and Narcis. Thank you very much to both of them for their input. We would love to hear from more of you!

Matthew

Hi Mathew,

I’ve read today’s Daily Vitamin and I’d like to explain to you my experience about this issue.

Last summer my wife and I began watching the 6th season of Desperate Housewives on La2, in English with Spanish subtitles. We liked the show, so we decided to watch it from the beginning and we bought the first season on DVD. During the summer, and after leaving our three daughters in their beds, we watched two episodes every night: first with Spanish subtitles, and then with English subtitles. Now we only watch every episode once, with Spanish subtitles, but we’re hooked on the show. We’ve seen all the seasons, and every Tuesday we watch the episode that has been broadcast on ABC the Sunday before.

Our impression is that we’ve learned a lot of vocabulary (blackmail, to threat, moron, whore, to cheat on someone) but what we’ve improved the most is understanding English spoken series or movies in general. Sometimes I can understand the actors as if they were speaking in Spanish or Catalan, and when I realised it i think: This is great and it’s worth it.

I’d like to thank Ziggurat and Jenny for your help and sorry for the mistakes.

Cheers,

Jordi C.

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Hello Matthew

Espero hayas tenido unas felices fiestas y que tu y todos los tuyos tengáis un mejor 2011.

Como ya sabes, de tarde en tarde, te escribo unas líneas como mis sentimientos de gratitud por recibir tu Daily Vitamin.

Estoy muy de acuerdo con todas las útiles recomendaciones que estos días nos estas dando, (sinceramente yo hay una que no hago, eso de reading aloud, sorry!) por lo demás leo todo lo referente a mis aficiones en inglés, mi PC/ software en inglés, mis GPS en inglés vaya todo lo que pillo, manuales del coche/workshop y hay una cosa que añadir, la radio & TV.

Si mucha de la música que escuchamos en la radio es en inglés, entonces porque no hacerlo conscientemente, unas horas al día, vía una emisora de internet. Aparte de que cada canción puede tener ese significado oculto o con vocabularios muy locales, me he dado cuenta que las canciones country son quizás las más fáciles de entender, es por eso que he pensado en ti por si te puede servir como idea de recomendación, hace bastante tiempo que tengo mis radio stations favoritas y una de ellas es http://www.1.fm y hoy al escuchar hace un momento a Currie Underwood con su Temporary Home, me ha venido la idea de mandarte este email.

Ahora suena Miranda Lambert con su More Like Her

Best regards from Roses Bay

Narcís F.

El jueves 20 de enero ven a charlar sobre Wikileaks!

Con el nuevo año, iniciamos nuestras actividades del ZIGclub.

El primer evento será el nuevo formato TalkAbout, un encuentro mensual para practicar tu inglés en la librería +Bernat de Barcelona. Te invitamos a hacer una pausa, desconectar y discutir sobre temas de actualidad publicados en los mass media anglosajones.

Sea cual sea tu nivel de inglés participa escuchando, hablando y tomando notas sobre nuevo vocabulario. El evento estará coordinado por Matthew Ray, director de Ziggurat, quien supervisará el debate, que en esta ocasión tratará un tema muy actual: Wikileaks.

Cuándo: Jueves 20 de enero de 19:30 a 21:30 horas
Dónde: Librería +Bernat (Buenos Aires 6-8, frente a la puerta del Corte Inglés de Francesc Macià)
Precio: 15 euros (Incluye: actividad con profesor nativo, bocadillo y bebida)
Nivel de inglés requerido: desde beginners a advanced

CONFIRMAR ASISTENCIA
zigclub@ziggurat.es
93 363 54 78
NOTA: indicar número de teléfono de contacto, nombre y apellidos.