Tuesday 23 July 2024

(-)gh(-) Pronunciation

How about plough or hiccough?

Monday 22 July 2024


Choose three or four of each list (the ones you want to learn) and make 1 or 2 sentences with each.

EL PAÍS News in English

Trump: Cult of the leader

Dear readers,

Donald Trump was anointed as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee at the national convention in Milwaukee, just days after surviving an assassination attempt at a rally in Pennsylvania, where he was the subject of a photograph that will enter the annals of U.S. history, his fist clenched against a backdrop of the Stars and Stripes. From the convention, our Washington correspondent explains how the former president has risen to the top again as he bids for a second term in the White House, bending the Republican Party to his will and completing one of the great political turnarounds after his recent judicial triumphs, capped at a GOP gathering where he has been feted and memories of another image for the ages — his police mugshot in Atlanta — have been set to one side as the conservative formation unites behind his candidacy.

‌This week EL PAÍS spoke with Luis Manuel Otero, Cuba’s most prominent political prisoner and, in his own words, its “most dangerous.” In September 2021, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, two months after being imprisoned during the largest anti-government protests since the early years of the Cuban Revolution. (...).

‌We also looked at the phenomenon of global cyberespionage — a NATO spokesperson told EL PAÍS that cyberdefense has become one of the coalition’s “main priorities,” adding that malicious cybernetic campaigns could “lead the North Atlantic Council to invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty,” its collective defense clause — as well as the housing crisis in Lisbon through the lens of two-time World Press Photo winner Mário Cruz and the enduring Seattle legacy of Kurt Cobain.

‌We hope you enjoy this selection of stories from EL PAÍS English Edition.

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Friday 19 July 2024

Winning images of the 2024 BigPicture natural world photography competition (By The Guardian)

<-- Last Year finalist

Watch this year pictures here. Just beautiful!

Read the comments / explanations! They are enlightening!

Normal vs Advanced (words)

Thursday 18 July 2024

Mediation Activity

Do this mediation activity. Choose whether you'll do the written or oral version first!

Key for both oral and written Mediation Activity next week

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Three simple activities with homophones

                     Read the list of homophones and:

1. Highlight the pairs you didn't know that were homophones.

2. Spot the odd man out: only ONE pair is composed by two words that are NOT homophones.

3. Write five more pairs of homophones (not included in the list).

Monday 15 July 2024

Phrases in Australian English

Read these phrases and sound like a native...

EL PAÍS News in English

Could NATO survive another Trump term?

Dear readers,

With world leaders gathered in Washington for the NATO summit, many observers are wondering what will happen to the Alliance if Donald Trump wins the presidential election in November, as growing numbers of Democrats fear may happen if Joe Biden refuses to step aside. 

Meanwhile, the presumptive Republican nominee is getting additional support from unexpected places.  We analyzed the extreme views of Juan Ciscomani, an outspoken congressman from Arizona who is giving visibility to ultra-conservative Latinos who are planning to vote for Trump. 

In global news, we interviewed an Israeli doctor who worked at the Sde Teiman detention, interrogation and torture center and says he feels “complicit” and “guilty” about the violations being committed there. We also revealed how a tiny, deserted islet in the Mediterranean has become a new immigration route from Africa into Europe, and explored how robots are helping an aging population cope with loneliness in Japan.

This week we also took a look at how microplastics are creeping into every part of our lives (and bodies), interviewed David Remnick, the longtime editor of The New Yorker, and asked ourselves why nobody seems to like Katy Perry anymore.

We hope you enjoy this selection of stories from EL PAÍS English Edition.

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Friday 12 July 2024

Verbs to describe READING in English (+ a recommendation)

BTW, I was recommended Babel by R. F. Kuang, a riveting novel dealing with 19th c. Oxford, translation, etymology, words in different languages... I'm reading and loving it (more than McDonald's). 

Thursday 11 July 2024

Wednesday 10 July 2024

English Tenses Test (by Lucy)

Read about the importance of grammar and then check your tenses HERE. And do this extra Grammar Test
You'll love them: short and interesting!

Tuesday 9 July 2024


Simplify your Life

Sure you'll do with more than 2 or 3 of these pieces of advice... 
Choose the ones suitable for you and put them into practice!

Monday 8 July 2024


EL PAÍS News in English

All eyes on Biden

Dear readers,

All eyes are on Joe Biden after his disastrous performance at last Thursday's presidential debate against Donald Trump. Pressure is mounting on the U.S. president to step aside, and the next few days will be crucial in determining the future of his campaign. Vice President Kamala Harris is currently the front-runner to replace Biden if he decides to pull out of the race.

In other U.S. news, the Supreme Court ruled that the official acts of presidents are immune from criminal prosecution, in what marks another legal victory for Trump. The liberal justices who voted against the decision warned the ruling would allow presidents to assassinate political rivals, accept bribes and order coups with impunity.

EL PAÍS also travelled to Estonia to see how the country is preparing for a possible Russian attack, spoke to economist Joseph Stiglitz about the dangers of a second Trump mandate, and looked back at the romcom classic Four Weddings and a Funeral, which was a box office hit despite the cast's reservations.

We hope you enjoy this selection of stories from EL PAÍS USA Edition

Friday 5 July 2024

Modal Perfect Forms (& Pronunciation)

Be careful with the pronunciation:

Thursday 4 July 2024

Wednesday 3 July 2024

Advanced Vocab

Of course you know some; but not all of them. Learn the new ones! 
(Read ALL the words and check spellings and pronunciations of both known and unknown words!)

Normal vs Advanced (phrases)

Tuesday 2 July 2024

C2 Adjectives (not the 200 but the ~20)

There are twenty or so you don't know how to use accurately, write them down, check'em and use'em asap!

Monday 1 July 2024

C1 Intensifiers: Adverbs of Degree

EL PAÍS News in English

America's other historic debates

Dear readers,

The history of presidential debates in the United States is also the history of television in the country. Ahead of Thursday's showdown between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, we looked back at other historic televised debates, starting with the one between JFK and Richard Nixon (...) and including Jimmy Carter vs Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush vs Al Gore.

‌As part of our coverage of the Americas, we reported on a spike in tourist deaths in the Colombian city of Medellín, which authorities have linked to drug use and prostitution. We also explored the volatile backdrop against which Bolivia has just experienced a coup attempt, and interviewed a former U.S. Border Patrol Agent from El Paso who now spends his days helping newly arrived immigrants.

‌Another major headline this week was the release of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who returned to Australia a free man on Wednesday. EL PAÍS reveals the inside story of how it participated in the 2010 publication of the U.S. State Department cables along with other leading media organizations - and the consequences of that move.

We hope you enjoy this selection of stories from EL PAÍS USA Edition.

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Saturday 29 June 2024

HATS: With this heat/sun you'd better cover your head

Choose the proper ones to wear in summer and learn some of the others...

Friday 28 June 2024

Thursday 27 June 2024

Test your pronunciation

Check it here (pdf. document) and do these pronunciation activities.

Tuesday 25 June 2024

What Is The History & Significance Of Pride Month? (By Dictionary.com)

Pride Month honors lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people—and the history, culture, and contributions of these people and their communities.

Pride Month takes place every year in June.

More about Pride here.