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An adaptation of Man from the South

Here you can watch a television adaptation of Man from the South, a short story written by Roald Dahl in the late forties. This is the first episode of the British TV series Tales from the Unexpected, which were broadcast between 1979 and 1988. However, Dahl’s story has been adapted on other occasions for film, for example as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents American television anthology series in 1960 and in his second adaptation in 1985, and also as a  segment from 1995’s Four Rooms by Tarantino.

 

 

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January 16, 2016 Posted by | Listening, VIDEOS | , , | Leave a comment

Past simple regular verbs endings

November 11, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, BASIC, PRONUNCIATION | , , , | Leave a comment

Movie scenes that ‘will go on and on…’ in my memory

This is one of those movie scenes that will be etched(fixed) on my memory forever: it is the famous “I’m flying!” scene from Titanic, the drama-romance directed by James Cameron and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Which is/are yours?

Here you can read the script lines for this scene:

Rose: Hello Jack. I changed my mind. They said you might be out here.
Jack: Shhh. Gimme your hand. Now close your eyes, go on. Now step up. Now hold on to the railing. Keep your eyes closed, don’t peek.
Rose: I’m not.
Jack: Step up on the railing. Hold on, hold on. Keep your eyes closed. Do you trust me?
Rose: I trust you.
[Jack opens Rose’s arms]
Jack: All right. Open your eyes.
Rose: [gasp] I’m flying, Jack!
[Jack starts singing]
Jack: Come, Josephine, in my flying machine, going up, she goes up, up she goes.
[they kiss]

April 10, 2015 Posted by | VIDEOS | , , , , | 8 Comments

Give a Little Bit

You’ve probably heard this song quite a few times, or maybe a lot, but do you know which band released it back in 1977? Well, Roger Hodgson brought it to his band Supertramp and they soon made it an international hit. Hodgson first wrote the song when he was still in his teens but didn’t record it until much later, when he was already a member of the English rock band. Years later, in 1983, he left the group and the former Supertramp co-founder continued his solo career.

That song has really taken on a life of its own, and I think it’s even more relevant today than when I wrote it. Because we really are needing to value love in a much deeper way, and also we’re needing to care. The song is basically saying: just show you care. You know, reach out and show you care. (Roger Hodgson)

The song has been recorded, played and performed lots of times, but it has also been used in TV, films, and for charities. Roger Hodgson’s version is currently the soundtrack of a commercial for a Seat car, which we have been seeing on Spanish TV recently. There was another TV ad -for Coca-Cola this time- that also used his version in 2012 and went soon viral. The commercial encouraged people to “look at the world a little differently.” and showed people being kind and sweet, and …, well, just human. Here you can download a worksheet on the Coke ad. Below you have the song performed by Hodgson solo: By the way, this year Roger Hodgson is giving two concerts, in Valencia and Murcia, in July. Just a few months later, in November, Supertramp are also performing in Barcelona and Madrid, as part of their Supertramp Forever tour in Europe.

March 23, 2015 Posted by | Listening, MUSIC | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Learning English with videos

Do you use videos to learn English? Do you prefer watching them with subtitles? Is it a good idea? The following video can help you to consider what’s best for you.

These are several sites where you can find videos with subtitles:

 

November 12, 2014 Posted by | Listening, Reading, RESOURCES, VIDEOS | , , , | 2 Comments