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GROUNDHOG’S DAY

Last week we talked about Groundhog’s Day in our speaking class. It was 2nd February when thousands of people met in some parts of the USA, especially Pensylvania, in order to see what Phil has to say about weather.

The tradition says that there will be six more weeks of winter if the groundhog can see its shadow. However, spring will come soon if the groundhog cannot see it.

Read more about 2016 prediction HERE.

Do some listening comprehension HERE.

 

CARNIVAL

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In the following days we are going to enjoy, one more year, the Carnival feast in our village. We always have a lot of fun during these dates but maybe we don’t know its origins and how it is celebrated in the different countries all over the world. To know much more about this popular celebration, I give you two videos (the second one includes a complete written information about the celebration in the USA)  which illustrates all the aspects and particularities of Carnival.

 

 

MARDI GRAS: Here we will know the history of Mardi Gras, the equivalent date to the Carnival in many places of the United States and also in many other countries around the world:

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CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY

Americans have some crazy and weird traditions along the year. Some others are very sweet indeed. Yesterday, 27th January, it was Chocolate Cake Day and we celetrated in class.

Yesterday in our speaking session with adults, we talked about chocolate and chocolate cake recipes. At the end, we all tried a delicious piece of chocolate sponge cake.

Learning something about the word «chocolate»

  • chocolate can be a countable or uncountable noun. If it is countable, it means «bombón o chocolatina». If it is uncountable, we refers it to the liquid or substance
  • In English, we do not use the word «chocalate» to speak about drugs (that would be «hash» in English)
  • When we speak about the colour we also say «chocolate-coloured»
  • Remember that adjectives in English come before the noun, and that is the most common way to define the noun:
    • barra de chocolate- chocolate bar
    • chocolate blanco- white chocolate
    • chocolate negro, amargo- bitter or dark chocolate
    • chocolate con leche- milk chocolate
    • virutas de chocolate- chocolate chips
    • onza de chocolate- chocolate square or section

Learn how to cook it HERE if you feel hungry now!!

You can visit this website if you want to find out other bizzard traditions and celebrations. CELEBRATIONS

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English online resource for intermediate and upper students

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If you’ve searched online for English resources before, you might have already heard of Rosetta Stone.

Rosetta Stone is probably the most famous method for learning languages.

It’s also very a unique method compared to many others.

Usually, an English app teaches you English with explanations in your native language. For example, if you’re French, you’ll see French explanations of English grammar, or French translations of English words.

But Rosetta Stone doesn’t do that – it teaches you English with English.

Rosetta Stone has exercises designed to help you learn basic words, before forming phrases and longer sentences.

Using this method, Rosetta Stone manages to teach you many new English words and phrases without using your native language. It’s a very immersive method.

I would recommend this if you would like to try learning English without relying on your native language.

 

Rosetta Stone English Learning interactive method: A immensely practical way to learn the English language

Homage to David Bowie

This week, after a long struggle against cancer, the eternal Pop music icon David Bowie, has finally passed away. He was a bizarre singer, always innovating and ready to break the established rules (not only musical rules but also the fashion ones, he always had an unusual physical appearance) but, above all, an enormous musician to his full extent.
As a humble homage to his impressive career, I give you two subtitled videos of two of his first musical hits, ‘Space Oddity’ (from the self-titled 1969 album) and also from his self-titled LP from 1970, ‘The man who sold the world’.
I hope you enjoy them.

 

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