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Time for a riddle!

According to the dictionary, a riddle is “a puzzling question, problem or matter”. Now you might be wondering what the meaning of puzzling is. Well, it’s similar to confusing. If you like riddles in Spanish, you’ll probably enjoy this in English.

The sites below provide a variety of logic puzzles and riddles:

June 5, 2016 Posted by | VOCABULARY | 3 Comments

Let’s go shopping!

Here is a video on the topic

http://dailydoseofenglish.com/

Mr Bean again! This time he’s gone shopping; I hope you’ll get a bit of fun watching him.

February 2, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, VOCABULARY | | Leave a comment

Descriptions

Clothes and accessories:

Clothing styles (audio):

Wearing (video):

November 1, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, VOCABULARY | , , | Leave a comment

Prefixes, suffixes and roots

Here you can listen to a rap song about prefixes, suffixes and roots, done by http://www.educationalrap.com.

The Logical Song, by Roger Hodgson/Supertramp, has a lot of examples of adjectives and adverbs made from nouns:

The Logical Song Lyrics

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

May 6, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, MUSIC, VOCABULARY | , , | Leave a comment

The “unsinkable” ship: the Titanic

This is an incredibly complete unit on the uses of the past simple and past continuous forms on BBC Learning English, a great website with loads of resources. In this unit, number 7, of their Lower-intermediate course you can also listen, watch and read about an event in the past century that will keep on people’s minds forever: the sinking of the Titanic (14th April 1912)

Titanic

November 17, 2014 Posted by | 1st INT, GRAMMAR, Listening, PRONUNCIATION, Reading, RESOURCES, VOCABULARY | , , , , | Leave a comment

Language confusion at the airport

Language confusion can happen anywhere, but when you are ‘in a hurry’ -like Laura was in this story,  it might make you feel a little desperate. This is what happened to her at the airport one day.

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Laura is at the airport. She waits for her flight. Her flight is to Berlin, and it is 4 hours away. Laura walks around the airport and looks at the shops. She has a nice time.

 After an hour she wants to visit the bathroom. She searches for it, but she doesn’t find it.“Where is the bathroom?” she asks herself.

She looks and looks but she can’t find it. She starts asking people where it is.

Laura: “Excuse me sir, could you please tell me where is the bathroom?”

Man: “You mean the restroom, right?”

Laura: “No, I mean the bathroom.”

Man: “Well, the restroom is over there.” He says and walks away.

Laura doesn’t understand. She asks a lady: “Excuse me madam, could you please tell me where is the bathroom?”

“The restroom is over there,” the lady answers and walks away.

Laura is confused. “What’s their problem? I need to use the bathroom and they send me to rest?! I don’t need a restroom, I need the bathroom!”

After a while Laura gives up. She feels tired of all this walking and asking. She decides that maybe they are all right and she does need to rest.

She walks to the restroom. Now she is surprised. She realizes the restroom is actually the name for a public bathroom!

Story taken from http://www.really-learn-english.com/english-short-stories-level-03-story-08.html

December 11, 2013 Posted by | 1st INT, Reading, VOCABULARY | Leave a comment

Get, get, get…

March 17, 2013 Posted by | VOCABULARY | Leave a comment

What money can buy

money

There is a song by The Beatles that says that money can’t buy somebody, and I agree that not everything in this world is up for sale. However, money can buy the things that make your life much easier and much more comfortable.  The question  is what things a person considers necessary and how much money they want to feel their needs are fully satisfied. Sadly, there are a minority of citizens in this world that never seem to fullfill their needs; they always need more and more and more… and they never seem to be satisfied. That’s why the rich are getting richer and the poor are poorer and poorer every day.

Here you have some links with activities on the topic of money:

Money vocabulary

Money_collocations

Online vocabulary and exercises on money

Reading and listening: Black Fridaymoney2

Finally, perhaps you will enjoy listening to another song by the same band, The Beatles, where they claimed that money was what they wanted. Funny, istn’t it? They seemed to be in an great dilemma on the importance of money. Well, on second thoughts, probably we are all caught in the same impossible dilemma.

This song has been suggested by one student. Thank you, Alejandro. I hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

Click here for the lyrics.

December 2, 2012 Posted by | 1st INT, MUSIC, SKILLS, VOCABULARY | 2 Comments

Personality traits

You can learn more about personality traits on the link below:

Personality adjectives

If you want to try a personality test or do more activities about the same topic, you can choose from this blog entry from last year:

https://elenec.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/what-am-i-like/

October 22, 2012 Posted by | 1st ADV, 2nd INT, VOCABULARY | Leave a comment

Food, glorious food!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food,_Glorious_Food

Food and restaurants

Parody song: Weird Al Yankovic – Eat It

But if you still feel you need more practice on the topic of food, click below:

More about food

October 19, 2012 Posted by | 1st INT, VIDEOS, VOCABULARY | Leave a comment