Anyone for tennis?

27 de junio de 2019 at 17:05

Rafael Nadal (ESP) Source @ Wikimedia commons

Tennis is one of the most popular sports today and Wimbledon is one of the most famous tennis tournaments. The first Wimbledon was in 1877 and it is usually at the beginning of July. It is a ‘grass court’ competition. Tennis can be played on a grass court, a clay court or a hard court. Tennis has a lot of special vocabulary so in this post we are looking at the world of tennis in English! 


Summer fireworks

14 de junio de 2019 at 10:32

 

Barcelona fireworks. Source @ Wikimedia

Summer solstice is on its way and in Catalonia and Valencia, as well as in other parts of the world, celebrations take place to commemorate the shortest night of the year, or Saint John’s Eve. This festival is always on the night of the 23rdJune and it is celebrated with food and drink. It is also celebrated with fireworks and bonfires and because of this it is also called the ‘Night of Fire’. In honour of this celebration this blog post takes a look at fireworks.

 


What’s in a name?

22 de mayo de 2019 at 11:26

Not Archie, but a baby boy called Oliver. Source @ wikimedia commons

If you have been reading the news you will know that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan have just had a baby boy. The UK is very happy about this. There has also been some surprise that his name Archie is not a very ‘royal’ name. Male royal names are usually Charles, Albert or George. But what’s in a name? Quite a lot actually, as we will find out

Family Trees

26 de abril de 2019 at 14:13

The family tree of Queen Victoria of England. Source @ Wikimedia commons

A very popular activity on the C1 English language course is a spoken activity where students describe a member of their family from the past. Everybody loves talking about family and you don’t need to be a member of the Royal Family to have interesting ancestors.  Here we look at genealogy (the study of family history) and family vocabulary.

 

Chocolate at Easter!

17 de abril de 2019 at 10:38

Source@Wikimedia commons

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?

Mille sabords!!! Tintin a 90 ans!!!

14 de enero de 2019 at 17:53

Extrait du «Secret de la Licorne» (©Hergé) / Musée Hergé à Louvain-la-Neuve (©Virgile Pypaert, Wikimedia Commons)

Et voilà, c’est ainsi que le dirait le capitaine Haddock: les premières aventures de Tintin ont été publiées le 10 janvier 1929 dans Le Petit Vingtième, un supplément du journal belge Le Vingtième Siècle. Et l’un des frères Dupondt

Top Christmas movies

21 de diciembre de 2018 at 13:04

This Wonderful Life Source @ Wikimedia Commons

Christmas is almost here. Last Christmas in the UOC blog we looked at top Christmas songs. For this year’s Christmas blog post, we’ll take a look at some top Christmas Day movies. A Christmas tradition in the UK and USA is to sit around with your family after lunch and relax with a movie, so talking about which film you are going to watch is very important.

Do you know what has been voted the top Christmas Day movie of all time? Let’s find out more.

Music documentaries

11 de octubre 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…

Meet a teacher – Part 2

4 de septiembre de 2018 at 15:00

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 julio de 2018 at 11:20

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…