Chocolate at Easter!

17 de April de 2019 at 10:39

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Easter happens on a different date every year; it is a moveable celebration. The date of Easter depends on the moon and it can be any time between March 22nd and April 25th. This year Easter is late and Easter Sunday will be on April 21st.  When Easter finally arrives this year many people will celebrate with chocolate eggs. But is this a good thing?

Fighting the cold!

18 de December de 2018 at 17:58

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Now that it’s really started to get cold, here are some of things the Japanese do to keep warm.

Music documentaries

11 de October de 2018 at 15:54

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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…

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…

Summer sailing idioms

30 de July de 2018 at 11:21

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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…

The Red Card Club

4 de July de 2018 at 18:08

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What do David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Suárez all have in common? Obviously, they are world famous; they are all icons in the world of football and you can read about them in newspapers and in “Hello” magazine. Did you know that they are also members of the World Cup “Red Card Club”?  Now that the world is football crazy, let’s take a look at these iconic football heroes less heroic moments.

Ce que vos profs n’ont jamais osé vous dire

8 de February de 2018 at 10:25


Les étudiants de français font des gaffes. Et elles sont tellement énormes que leurs profs n’ont pas toujours le courage de leur dire la vérité. Mes étudiants ont mis les pieds dans le plat si souvent que ma conscience ne me laisse plus continuer dans ce silence complice. C’est bientôt la Saint Valentin, alors

Le beaujolais nouveau est arrivé

28 de November de 2017 at 15:40


Les Japonais voudraient-ils secrètement faire concurrence à notre Obélix national, tombé dans la marmite de potion magique quand il était petit? Eh bien non, le ciel ne leur est pas tombé sur la tête… Simplement, avec

November: Gunpowder, treason and plot

22 de November 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…



Petit Larousse nouveau cru

8 de June de 2017 at 10:09

Chaque année, en novembre, les vinophiles de France et de Navarre célèbrent l’arrivée du Beaujolais nouveau, ce vin jeune qui se boit dans l’année et que les Japonais font venir en avion ultrarapide pour le déguster avant les Français (là-bas, c’est même à la mode de