Summer Reads

27 de Junio de 2017 at 16:49

 

Summer’s just round the corner. Long days, lots of free time, so why not make the most of it to read something in English? I’ll give you some tips and advice on what is out there for you to read in a minute, but before, a few statistics.

False Friends

13 de Junio de 2017 at 13:34

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.

Time to pay your taxes

31 de Mayo de 2017 at 17:09

The financial year ends in different countries at different times. The end of the tax year is in April in the United Kingdom, for instance, and at the end of the year in Spain. Tax payers are often required to file a tax return to verify if they have paid too much or too little 

New words in English

16 de Mayo de 2017 at 16:46

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 

Holidays in English

3 de Mayo de 2017 at 9:42

Summer isn’t that far away and some of you may be thinking about your holidays, where to go and what to do. Travelling to an English-speaking country has the added attraction of being able to put your English into practice and some of you may  even be considering doing a language course, but I have another suggestion and it’s free!

Let’s go for a run!

21 de Abril de 2017 at 13:46

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Running or jogging? The name is not important to those who practise a sport that is becoming more and more popular.

Running has  without a doubt become a very popular sport. If you don’t practise it yourself I am sure you know someone who does.  Every morning (or evening) in cities across the globe

Have you ever been an April Fool?

3 de Abril de 2017 at 10:55

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On 1 April in the United Kingdom the British celebrate April Fool’s Day. It’s a day when everyone plays practical jokes, rather like the “Day of the Innocents” in Spain on 28 December.  Everyone joins in and tells false stories in the hope that someone will really believe the story and so appear stupid.

 All major newspapers run false stories on this day and large companies even create and publish fake videos.  Here’s an example of a video that Virgin Atlantic made for April Fool’s day 2017. It will give you a clearer idea of what type of jokes I am taking about and how elaborate the stories are.

Words in Danger of Extinction

23 de Marzo de 2017 at 20:15

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Do you know that it is not only clothes that go out of fashion? Words go out of fashion too!

Every year new words come into the language. Most of these new acquisitions are related to technology. For example, years ago the verb “to google” didn’t exist, did it?

Tipping in Different Countries

17 de Marzo de 2017 at 16:51

tipHave you ever wondered how much to tip when traveling overseas? If you’re planning to go on vacation to another country soon, you might want to consider doing research on cultural differences, and more specifically on tipping practices.

Celebrating March

9 de Marzo de 2017 at 8:24

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March is a month that is packed with festivities and celebrations. Women’s Day was on 8 March, Father’s day is celebrated on March 19 in many countries and Mother’s Day falls on 26 March this year in England and spring starts on the 21st of the month.

The biggest and most popular of all the celebrations in March has to be St. Patrick’s Day. This is the day the Irish