Summer solstice at Stonehenge

19 de June de 2018 at 20:38

Watching the sunrise at Stonehenge on summer solstice. Source@wikimedia commons

Did you know that the summer solstice happens when the sun is in its highest position in the sky as the North Pole tilts towards the sun by 23.4˚? This is the longest day of the year in terms of sunlight as the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Northern Hemisphere. The exact date for this changes every year but it is somewhere around the 21st June. However, this event is not just important for astronomy. In the UK the summer solstice has a direct relationship to the ancient monument Stonehenge.  Read on for more…

Chat/gâteau/gató

19 de June de 2018 at 8:17

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Vous savez ce qui est arrivé à la pauvre María quand elle est partie travailler en France dans les années 60? Elle était bonne dans une maison et s’appliquait tant qu’elle pouvait pour bien comprendre et bien parler le français…

A perfect picnic

11 de June de 2018 at 17:58

June is a lovely time to be outdoors and when the weather is good, picnics are the way to go.  It only takes a warm day for people in the USA and the UK to pack their picnic baskets and head to the great outdoors. Discover more and pick up some summer eating tips here!

La belle-famille

4 de June de 2018 at 16:07

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Mihály Munkácsy, “Trop de belle-mère!” (Wikimedia Commons)

Vous ne direz pas que les Français ne sont pas aimables avec la famille de leur époux ou de leur épouse: on l’appelle “la belle-famille”! Serait-ce ironique?

Le joli mois de mai

22 de May de 2018 at 9:22

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Le mois de mai est un bien joli mois. C’est là que la nature renaît vraiment. On peut s’habiller comme on veut et pour preuve le dicton: «En avril ne te découvre pas d’un fil, en mai fais ce qu’il te plaît». Les prés et les jardins s’emplissent de fleurs avant que la chaleur torride de l’été ne vienne tout dessécher…

Mais les raisons pour lesquelles j’adore le mois de mai en France sont bien différentes…

Morris dancing in May

8 de May de 2018 at 16:34

In the UK the traditional May Day holiday is the first Monday in May.  This is a village festival that can be traced back to the ancient Roman festival of Flora (the Roman goddess of flowers). As it celebrates the start of spring and summer flowers and dancing are major themes and a proper village festival wouldn’t be complete without a performance from a Morris team.   Read on for more…

Le 1er mai et le muguet

7 de May de 2018 at 7:07

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Le premier mai, c’est pour nous tous la Fête du Travail ou la Fête des Travailleurs, on ne sait pas trop comment dire au juste mais ce n’est pas grave. C’est un jour férié, on ne travaille pas et on est payé, c’est bien là l’essentiel!

Et en France il y a une tradition supplémentaire pour cette date

Would you like to practice your spoken English with a native speaker?

27 de April de 2018 at 22:30

We are looking for students of English (at the lower intermediate level) for a language study on the acquisition of English conducted at the Centre d’Idiomes Moderns (by professors Aleksandra Malicka, Laia Canals, and Gisela Granena) of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Participation involves completing a series of tests online individually plus performing some oral interaction tasks with a native speaker via Skype (day/time to be agreed, between June and September, 2018). This is an excellent opportunity to keep practicing English and to ask any language doubts you may have to a native speaker.

If you are interested, you just need to: 1) fill out and send this form (in Spanish or Catalan) to englishb1study@gmail.com, and 2) complete the first test. During the test, which will take you about 10 minutes to complete, you will be asked a few personal questions and a few language questions which will help us determine your level of English. You can access the test through link:

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

We will then contact you with further information and we will agree on a day/time to complete the other tests.

If you have any questions or doubts, please contact Gisela Granena (englishb1study@gmail.com).

The spoken word

24 de April de 2018 at 17:53

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Did you know that William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes both died on April 23rd?

This strange but true fact is one of the main reasons that April is a very special month for books. In April there is St Jordi’s Day in Catalunya and also UNESCO’s World Book Day. However, before there were books and the written word, there was the oral tradition and the “spoken word”. In recent times, spoken word performances have been enjoying a renaissance; find out more here.

La perroquette

9 de April de 2018 at 10:08

Ne cherchez pas dans le Petit Robert. Le mot perroquette n’existe pas. Pourtant, l’animal existe et je suis bien placée pour le savoir, puisque je suis une perroquette.

Infatigable, imperturbable et intarissable, je connais tous les synonymes du verbe RÉPÉTER sur le bout de mes petites pattes crochues.

Avec mon père, je radote
C’est incroyable