Let there be light

12 de febrer de 2018 at 12:30


Source: wikimedia commonsLight festivals in cities are now all the rage. Modern advances in light technology have made these large-scale art installations possible, and the results are stunning. Barcelona holds its own light event in the middle of February (16th – 18th) called the “Festival Llum” to celebrate Santa Eulàlia. But what is a light festival and what can you expect if you attend one?  In this post, we’ll look at some popular light festivals.

In the dead of winter

5 de febrer de 2018 at 20:51

In the northern hemisphere, the months of January and February are often called the dead of winter because it is the coldest part of the year.

In our last post, we talked about learning new vocabulary as a new year’s resolution. To help start this off for 2018 here are some ‘dead of winter’ idioms that will help you to feel the cold all year long. Read on for more…

New year’s resolutions – making a fresh start

9 de gener de 2018 at 17:22

Happy 2018!!

It’s the start of a new year and for many people around the world, that means a new beginning. January is the time for reflection so this is the best time to think of some new habits to help you learn English. Read on for more…

Top 3 favourite Christmas songs

18 de desembre de 2017 at 20:55

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Christmas is nearly here and wherever you are at this time of year, you’re never far from a Christmas song! In the shops, on the radio, on TV. Love them or hate them, you just can’t escape them.  What are your favourite Christmas songs? In this post, discover how songs can help you to learn a language and find out about our top 3 Christmas tunes. Read on to find out more…






Meet a teacher – Part 1

4 de desembre de 2017 at 15:46

Meet a teacher – Part 1

Have you ever wondered about the teachers who work on our online courses? In this post we’ll meet Nelson Pringle. Nelson has been at teacher at the UOC since 2009 and is currently working on our C1 English courses. find out more here…

November: Gunpowder, treason and plot

22 de novembre de 2017 at 12:36

Have you seen this face? It was made famous in “V for Vendetta” and it is also known as the face of the online activist group Anonymous. Did you know that is the actual face of Guy Fawkes? Guy Fawkes is a very famous English historical figure who tried, and failed, to blow up the The Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Read all about him here…



What tribe do you belong to?

13 de novembre de 2017 at 12:08

Maybe you think you don’t belong to a tribe, but you do. I’ll prove it in this post! You may even find you belong to more than one!

Let me start with the basics and some definitions of urban or modern tribes…

Summer Reads

27 de juny de 2017 at 16:49


Summer’s just round the corner. Long days, lots of free time, so why not make the most of it to read something in English? I’ll give you some tips and advice on what is out there for you to read in a minute, but before, a few statistics.

False Friends

13 de juny de 2017 at 13:38

Breathe calmly,”Inspire, expire” !

I recently went to a concert in Barcelona given by the Canadian-born singer and composer, Rufus Wainwright. In between songs he told his audience some of the things that had happened to him in different countries while on tour with particular reference to the confusion that sometimes arises when you don’t speak the language. One of the stories really made me laugh, but many of the people in the Spanish  speaking audience could not quite understand the joke. It was a perfect example of false friends or false cognates.

Time to pay your taxes

31 de maig de 2017 at 17:13

The financial year ends in different countries at different times. The end of the tax year is in April in the United Kingdom, for instance, and at the end of the year in Spain. Tax payers are often required to file a tax return to verify if they have paid too much or too little