Music documentaries

11 d'octubre de 2018 at 15:54

Amy Winehouse; Source@ Wikimedia commons

October is great month in Barcelona if you are a music fan. It’s the month of the In-Edit music documentary festival. In-Edit began in 2003 and it started life as a small niche festival attracting just over a 1000 people.  It has now grown internationally with In-Edit festivals in Berlin, Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Puebla in Mexico. The interest in music documentaries has grown so much that recently some have won Oscars. If you are a music fan, watching documentaries in their original version is a great way to help your English.  Read on for documentary suggestions…

Vols practicar el teu anglès parlat amb un nadiu?

1 de desembre de 2017 at 9:14

Busquem estudiants d’anglès amb un nivell B1 per participar en un estudi lingüístic sobre l’aprenentatge de l’anglès que realitza el Centre d’Idiomes Moderns (concretament les professores Christine Appel, Laia Canals, i Gisela Granena) de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). La participació comporta completar una sèrie de tests en línia de forma individual i realitzar unes tasques d’interacció oral amb un parlant nadiu d’anglès via Skype (dia / hora a triar, durant el període de temps desembre 2017-gener 2018). És una excel·lent oportunitat per continuar practicant l’anglès i participar-hi també t’oferirà la possibilitat de preguntar dubtes a un parlant nadiu al final de les sessions de Skype.


Si estàs interessat en participar-hi, això és el que has de fer: omplir i enviar el formulari a englishb1study@gmail.com i realitzar el primer test a través del següent link:

https://marylandmarketing.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bPLNswse26vCyp

Un cop hagis completat aquests dos passos, ens posarem en contacte amb tu per proporcionar-te més informació i acordar un dia / hora per realitzar la resta de proves.

Si tens qualsevol dubte, pots posar-te en contacte amb Gisela Granena (englishb1study@gmail.com).

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…

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.

New words in English

16 de maig de 2017 at 16:50

Have you noticed lately how English words are appearing more and more in other languages?

In Spain, for example after the massive cyberattack “Wannacry” on Friday 12 May, the newspapers were full of a mysterious word 

The Person of the Year

14 de desembre de 2016 at 21:25

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December is the month when newspapers and the internet are full of end-of-year quizzes and lists of the top 10 most important or dramatic or surprising events that took place in the previous 11 months. Other end-of-year lists include the most famous people who died in 2016 and of course the top ten songs of the year.

Time Magazine also adds the most influential person of the year to this list and the selection for 2016 is…

Using Idioms and Expressions: The ball is in your court!

17 de novembre de 2016 at 17:16

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I’m not going to beat about the bush with an introduction. In fact I am going to  let the cat out of the bag immediately and let you have it straight from the horse’s mouth.

What on earth am I talking about? Well, idioms of course.