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Kennt ihr schon…das Wort des Jahres?

14 de October de 2018 at 9:20

Habt ihr ein deutsches Lieblingswort? Ich weiß, dass die deutsche Sprache nicht für ihre schöne Melodie bekannt ist, aber… es gibt echt viele interessante Wörter.

Music documentaries

11 de October 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…

Event on tourism in Japan and the Japanese language

11 de October de 2018 at 13:39

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The UOC’s Centre for Modern Languages and Faculty of Arts and Humanities are organizing an event on tourism in Japan and the Japanese language. It is to take place on Thursday 25 October at 7 pm at the UOC centre in Madrid (Plaza de las Cortes 4, 28014). The event is open to the general public and there will be two talks. You need to sign up in advance if you’d like to attend:

http://symposium.uoc.edu/go/turismojapon

Ces noms propres devenus noms communs

3 de October de 2018 at 9:48

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Lorsque j’allais à l’école on m’a appris que notre langue, le français, était une langue romane et, par conséquent, elle venait du latin avec quelques mots qui venaient du grec. Mais, au fur et à mesure que mon vocabulaire s’enrichissait

Des Sans-culottes aux… Calzonazos

25 de September de 2018 at 10:04

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Les Sans-culottes! Oh ces gens qui se promènent sans culotte, c’est-à-dire sans ce sous-vêtement que tout le monde est censé porter! Ne nous

„Servus, a Semmel, biddsche” – Deutsche Dialekte

20 de September de 2018 at 8:18

Heute möchte ich mal wieder etwas über Sprache schreiben. Deutschland hat ja aktuell ca. 82-83 Millionen Einwohner*innen und die Deutschen sprechen…Deutsch, oder? Überall? Die Bundesrepublik hat ja 16 Bundesländer. Sprechen die Bayern genauso wie die Hessen und die Sachsen?

Kaum zu glauben, aber… ja, das war Deutsch… Das denkt man manchmal, wenn man zum ersten Mal einen Dialekt hört….

Meet a teacher – Part 2

4 de September de 2018 at 15:01

Previously in this blog we met Nelson Pringle who works on our C1 English courses. In this post we’ll meet Sue Mellor. Sue has taught on the UOC since 2005 on our B2.1 level course, also known as IM I. You can find out more about Sue here…

Les Poilus

3 de September de 2018 at 10:17

Artisanat de tranchée poilus au travail guerre de 1914-18

Artisanat de tranchée: Poilus au travail, guerre de 1914-18 (Par Inconnu guerre de 1914/1918, Collection particulière, [Domaine public], via Wikimedia Commons)

Si je regarde la définition du mot poilu dans le dictionnaire, je trouve: «qui a des poils très apparents», et c’est bien ce que j’avais toujours pensé jusqu’à ce qu’un jour, à l’école, pendant le cours d’histoire,

Summer sailing idioms

30 de July de 2018 at 11:21

Plain sailing – Source © Wikimedia commons

It’s holiday time and now is the time to relax, kick back and enjoy some free time in the sun. Is your holiday planning so good that your holiday will be all plain sailing? Plain sailing is an idiom, which means something that is easy and pleasurable with no problems.  The UK has many words and phrases that originate from our naval past. Add to your vocabulary by finding out more in this week’s summer post…

Summer customs

23 de July de 2018 at 12:30

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In some parts of Japan, it’s hard to get through the summer without air conditioning or a fan. Obviously, in times gone by, the Japanese didn’t have electrical appliances and had to come up with ingenious ways to cool off during the summer months. Some of these customs are still kept up today or still widely known. New customs have also arisen.