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Ennuyeux à mourir

23 de novembre de 2019 at 20:11

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J’ai toujours aimé parler avec les morts. J’ai commencé à le faire à 19 ans sur les conseils de mon voisin, médium de son état, à qui j’avais commenté dans l’ascenseur les manifestations paranormales dont je souffrais chez moi. Trouver mes chaussures dans le congélateur et les carottes au-dessus de l’armoire de ma chambre était vraiment très inquiétant, bien plus que

Mary Beard in Barcelona

19 de novembre de 2019 at 12:14

Mary Beard – Source @ Wikimedia commons

On October 30th this year, the UOC proudly awarded an honary degree (“honoris causa”) to the British academic Mary Beard.  The vice-rector of the UOC Pastora Martínez Samper and the rector Josep Planell presented Mary with this award in a beautiful ceremony in the city hall in Barcelona. So who is Mary Beard and why did she receive the award?

Llibres electrònics bilingües

18 de juliol de 2019 at 10:22

Els professors Ana Guerberof (Dublin City University), Antonio Toral (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) i Antoni Oliver (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) estan duent a terme una recerca sobre l’experiència lectora de llibres electrònic bilingües. Han preparat una petita obra de Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle) en versió bilingüe anglès-català i demanen voluntaris que tinguin un nivell d’anglès mínim de B1 per llegir aquesta obra (és breu) i contestar una enquesta (és molt breu, no et portarà més de 5 minuts).

Podeu descarregar el llibre en epub, mobi o html i accedir a l’enquesta des del següent enllaç: https://inlector.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/the-yellow-face-by-arthur-conan-doyle/.

La teva participació ajudarà a millorar la col·lecció InLéctor (https://inlector.wordpress.com/), que publica llibres electrònics bilingüen en diverses llengües.

Beach life!

16 de juliol de 2019 at 15:19

A popular city beach in Barcelona. Source @ Wikimedia commons

“Sunshine is the best medicine” so the saying goes. You can produce Vitamin D by being in the sun and maybe this is one of the reasons that going to the beach in the summer is one of the most popular things to do on holiday. For this reason, in this post we look at beach vocabulary.

Anyone for tennis?

27 de juny de 2019 at 17:06

Rafael Nadal (ESP) Source @ Wikimedia commons

Tennis is one of the most popular sports today and Wimbledon is one of the most famous tennis tournaments. The first Wimbledon was in 1877 and it is usually at the beginning of July. It is a ‘grass court’ competition. Tennis can be played on a grass court, a clay court or a hard court. Tennis has a lot of special vocabulary so in this post we are looking at the world of tennis in English! 

Summer English for Work courses

18 de juny de 2019 at 14:09

If you’re looking to polish your English skills over the summer, sign up for one of our summer courses in the “English for Work” series: Speaking Skills for WorkWriting Skills for Work, or Presentation Skills for Work. In these one-month, one-credit modules, you’ll get to practice professional English language skills that are useful in the workplace, such as writing business emails, participating in a meeting, talking to clients, delivering a presentation, and many more! These are multi-level courses, but we recommend you have at least a B1 level before signing up to take full advantage of them. The courses start on June 26 and they finish on July 23.

Summer fireworks

14 de juny de 2019 at 10:34


Barcelona fireworks. Source @ Wikimedia

Summer solstice is on its way and in Catalonia and Valencia, as well as in other parts of the world, celebrations take place to commemorate the shortest night of the year, or Saint John’s Eve. This festival is always on the night of the 23rdJune and it is celebrated with food and drink. It is also celebrated with fireworks and bonfires and because of this it is also called the ‘Night of Fire’. In honour of this celebration this blog post takes a look at fireworks.


Éloge d’un vilain monsieur

30 de maig de 2019 at 22:00

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Michel Houellebecq est un écrivain que beaucoup de gens détestent, mais pas moi. D’accord, pour commencer, il a VRAIMENT une sale gueule. Il n’est pas, tout simplement, «pas beau», non. Il est vilain, d’une laideur qui, en plus, semble être le reflet d’une personnalité abjecte et veule (deux adjectifs très chouettes et un peu rétro, qui méritent d’être utilisés plus souvent). C’est bien simple: à côté de lui, Steve Buscemi a l’air d’une âme noble logée dans un corps plutôt sexy. Si vous croyez que j’exagère (comme toujours) regardez

Exam time!

27 de maig de 2019 at 8:51

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Exams. Love them or hate them, you just can’t hide from them. Exams are a fact of life and everybody at some point will have to take an exam. In the academic world, May and June are full of exams. Exam stress can be real, so in this post we look at ways to prepare for this big event.


What’s in a name?

22 de maig de 2019 at 11:26

Not Archie, but a baby boy called Oliver. Source @ wikimedia commons

If you have been reading the news you will know that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan have just had a baby boy. The UK is very happy about this. There has also been some surprise that his name Archie is not a very ‘royal’ name. Male royal names are usually Charles, Albert or George. But what’s in a name? Quite a lot actually, as we will find out