Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Hard Words to Spell

Get Your Erasers Ready For 33 Hard Words To Spell
How many were you able to spell correctly?

Bear in mind that sometimes when there is a spelling problem, you'll find a difficult pronunciation too! [Check main stress in words with more than 1 syllable, and check pronunciation in the ones you hesitate to pronounce correctly] 

Why are some words easy to spell for you and difficult for the English people?

Ah! Yes! The ones from the picture are not the same words as the ones from the link! Sorry! That's English!!!

Tu Bishvat KEY

1. tax 2. culture 3. diet 4. challenge 5. jewels 6. symbol 7. diet 8. fruit 9. ingredient 10. shell

Monday, 6 February 2023

The Seven Species of Tu BiShvat

On Tu BiShvat, people eat seven special foods called the seven species. The Jewish holy book, the Torah, mentions each of these foods because they were the main crops of Israel.

EL PAÍS in English

Dear readers,

This week our correspondent in Italy followed Pope Francis to Kinshasa, where the pontiff began a six-day tour of Africa meant to draw global attention to to long-ignored conflicts in the region.

EL PAÍS also interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner Alexander Cherkasov, chairman of Russian human rights organization Memorial, and spoke with Janice McAfee, widow of the antivirus developer who committed suicide in a Spanish prison and whose body has been in a morgue for over a year and a half awaiting a second autopsy.

Our most popular story this week was a feature on ChatGPT, the transformative AI-based technology that everyone is talking about these days.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from EL PAÍS USA Edition. Thanks for reading.

You could read too:

Friday, 3 February 2023

C1: The word 99% of students mispronounce. How to Pronounce “world”

Pronunciation Practice Step One
The words in the list below all contain the /ɜː/ vowel. Watch the lesson video and repeat-after-me the pronunciation.
her → Is that her turtle?
learn → Let’s learn some new words.
bird → The early bird catches the worm. (idiom)
turn → Take a turn for the worse. (idiom)
worth → It’s worth its weight in gold. (idiom)
journey → A journey to the centre of the Earth.

Other common words containing this vowel sound:  /ɜː/ 

were, earn, early, heard, sir, virtual, girl, first, worse, word, work, further, hurt, nurse, murderer, entrepreneur, etc.

Key to Groundhog Day Crossword

Check your answers:

1. Pennsylvania 2. Squirrel    3. Shadow 4. Hibernating    5. Cailleach 6. Six Weeks      7. Wisdom 8. Winter Solstice

Thursday, 2 February 2023

One Difficult Job Interview

This afternoon we'll be getting ready for a difficult Job Interview by preparing these questions with Dane. Think of  your answers...

Sample TESTS

We're already in February and, as you know, we'll be having mid-year tests soon. Have a look at some exam samples HERE (CARM). Look for ejemplos de pruebas de certificación inglés. You should start with any of these. You have 6 samples to choose.
You will find more HERE (EOI Madrid Villaverde) and HERE (EEOOII Castilla-La Mancha) 

Thanks for the link Verónica!

Groundhog Day

Crossword Activity: The History of the Groundhog Day Read it, even though you don't do the crossword!

Key tomorrow.

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

14 Febrero: Relata un acto de amor que te haya conmovido

Relata una anécdota que incluya un acto de amor al prójimo que te haya conmovido especialmente.

Entrégala a tu profesor antes del 9 febrero (máximo 180 palabras). Los relatos seleccionados se expondrán en los tablones de la escuela.

The Science of Kindness 

C1 What is emotional intelligence and why is it important in the workplace? - FutureLearn

Emotional intelligence in the workplace

Monday, 30 January 2023

C2 Adjectives and Adverbs

Gradable and non-gradable Adjectives; Adjective word order; Adjectives to describe places + Intensifying Adverbs

EL PAÍS in English

Dear readers,

In the wake of America and Germany's decision to send state-of-the-art battle tanks to Ukraine, analysts are now wondering whether the West will be willing to cross any more "red lines" in the future and deliver fighter jets to Kyiv.

This week EL PAÍS interviewed US Congressman Jamie Raskin, who experienced the Capitol riots just days after his son committed suicide and is now battling cancer, yet remains determined to continue with his ‘struggle to defend democracy.’

In science news, epidemiologists are concerned about a bird flu outbreak at a Spanish mink farm last October, while Chinese and American researchers have created a tiny "liquid robot" that can escape from a cage by melting and going through the bars.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from EL PAÍS USA Edition. Thanks for reading.

You might like to read too:

Friday, 27 January 2023

Thursday, 26 January 2023

What's your opinion?

Collocations with OPINION from About Words
You can check even more collocations here (from Cambridge Dictionary) as well.

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Ablaut Reduplication

... and in a document for you to remember here!

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

C1 Formal Letters: Complaint Letters & Cover Letters (Letters of application)

How to write a Cover Letter

Popular Cover Letter examples.

Learn some anatomy...

  ... with this this Instagram video. It's fun! Brielle Milla is only four years old and she knows more about anatomy than most adults as seen on Little Big Shots.

Thanks Concha!

Monday, 23 January 2023

Key to Last Friday's Picture on Difficult Collocations

1d  2g  3e  4a  5h  6b  7f  8c

1. My parents were bitterly disappointed when I left college.

2. This website is strictly limited to subscribers.

3. The textbook was attractive as it was lavishly illustrated.

4. Olympic Winter Games are eagerly anticipated by ski fans.

5. He was generously rewarded for his service after 35 years.

6. The info has always been widely available on the net.

7. Teenagers are heavily influenced by their peers.

8. The fire extensively damaged the home.

Highlight / underline / write down the collocations in the picture you find more difficult to remember, and make sentences about you using them.

EL PAÍS in English

Dear readers,

This week we bring you a conversation between the award-winning novelist Javier Cercas and French President Emmanuel Macron, who chatted about Russia's place in the world, the pitfalls of globalization and why the EU needs to become a power on a par with the US or China.

Meanwhile, numerous world leaders were gathered in Davos to discuss some of these same issues and figure out what's next in a fragmented world where protectionism seems to be picking up pace. We also followed developments in Peru, where anti-government protests are growing amid increased violence.

In more hopeful news, we looked at a genetic ‘pen’ that corrects common heart conditions and talked to two mountaineers who are taking on the challenge of a winter ascent of an eight-thousander in pure alpine style.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from EL PAÍS USA Edition. Thanks for reading.

Friday, 20 January 2023

Difficult collocations (Adv + Adj) for Spanish Speakers

Let's see a number of collocations (with translations):
  • greatly mistaken profundamente equivocado, equivocado del todo
  • highly spiced / seasoned (comida) excesivamente condimentada / sazonada
  • highly amused entretenidísimo
  • mildly uncomfortable ligeramente incómodo
  • a mildly ironic tone un tono levemente irónico
  • perfectly smooth suavísimo
  • your arrival was perfectly timed llegaste en el momento justo
  • perfectly ridiculous absolutamente / totalmente ridículo
  • the house is pleasantly situated la casa está muy bien situada / en un lugar muy agradable
  • he’s profoundly deaf es totalmente sordo, tiene sordera total
  • seriously ill / injured / wounded gravemente enfermo / herido
  • these figures are seriously misleading estas cifras son muy engañosas
  • I'm not altogether (completely) sure
  • a comprehensively (completely) illustrated book
  • The plan was comprehensively (completely) rejected.
  • The survey was exhaustively documented.
  • I'm flat broke (= I have no money).
  • utterly devastated completamente arrasado
  • utterly bereft totalmente desconsolado
  • utter confusion / misery / chaos
  • utter nonsense / rubbish / drivel
Check many more collocations here
Next Monday the key to the ones in the picture above (List 1 - List 2)
... And if you still need more practice, (C1) click here (Check your answers clicking on ¡Terminado!, at the end of the activity) or (C2) do this test

Thursday, 19 January 2023

C1 Work / Jobs Vocab & Listening

From: High Level Listening

Naturally Spoken English Practice
Work Vocabulary Part 1
Do at least one of the following at home: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Transcript (of all 5 parts) Highlight new voc.
        This afternoon we'll be talking about:
             Perks
             Work Environment
             Working Conditions
             Maternity Leave
             Paid Holiday / Vacation
             Job Satisfaction
             Manual Work / Labor
             Full / Part Time
             Temporary / Seasonal Work
             Volunteer work, etc.

Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Conditional Sentences (Inversion)

Inversion in conditional sentences

Smart Up Your English!

Learn new words, expressions, phrases on this excellent website for vocabulary: Smart Up Your English. It's fun!

Monday, 16 January 2023

9 Powerful Words From Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every year since 1986, the United States has observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January. The national holiday honors a man who not only was an inspirational civil rights activist during the 1960s, but also one of the greatest orators of our time. King wrote five books during his lifetime, and at one point was estimated to deliver up to 450 speeches a year. Tragically, he was assassinated in 1968.