The spoken word

24 de abril de 2018 at 17:52

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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.

Are March hares really mad?

26 de marzo de 2018 at 21:07

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As mad as a March hare, or so the saying goes, is used to describe someone who is wild and crazy. Hares are bigger versions of rabbits, and they are so popular in UK culture that you might even know of one famous hare from “Alice in Wonderland”. So, are they really mad? Read on and discover more animal myths in our March post…

Nom d’un chien!

19 de marzo de 2018 at 10:17

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Vous connaissez peut-être déjà ce juron que nous utilisons pour éviter de blasphémer sur le nom de Dieu. En plus de nos chers canidés, nous pouvons aussi nous exclamer sur le nom d’une pipe ou d’un petit bonhomme… Mais au fait, savez-vous quels sont les noms de famille les plus habituels en France? Si vous avez tout de suite pensé à Dupond et Dupont,

Let there be light

12 de febrero de 2018 at 12:29

 

Source: wikimedia commonsLight festivals in cities are now all the rage. Modern advances in light technology have made these large-scale art installations possible, and the results are stunning. Barcelona holds its own light event in the middle of February (16th – 18th) called the “Festival Llum” to celebrate Santa Eulàlia. But what is a light festival and what can you expect if you attend one?  In this post, we’ll look at some popular light festivals.

Ce que vos profs n’ont jamais osé vous dire

8 de febrero de 2018 at 10:25

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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

Top 3 favourite Christmas songs

18 de diciembre de 2017 at 20:50

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Source Commons Wikipedia

Christmas is nearly here and wherever you are at this time of year, you’re never far from a Christmas song! In the shops, on the radio, on TV. Love them or hate them, you just can’t escape them.  What are your favourite Christmas songs? In this post, discover how songs can help you to learn a language and find out about our top 3 Christmas tunes. Read on to find out more…

 

 

 

 

 

Meet a teacher – Part 1

4 de diciembre de 2017 at 15:46

Meet a teacher – Part 1

Have you ever wondered about the teachers who work on our online courses? In this post we’ll meet Nelson Pringle. Nelson has been at teacher at the UOC since 2009 and is currently working on our C1 English courses. find out more here…

Le beaujolais nouveau est arrivé

28 de noviembre de 2017 at 13:42

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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 noviembre de 2017 at 12:35

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…

 

 

Les grands enfants

22 de junio de 2017 at 9:14

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Comme tout le monde, les Français adorent coller des étiquettes sur le dos des étrangers.
Les Espagnols, par exemple, sont orgueilleux et passionnés, les Anglais sont des snobs et les Allemands, sinistres.
Quant aux Américains, si naïfs et enthousiastes qu’ils en sont attendrissants, ils seront toujours,