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 

¿Quieres practicar tu inglés hablado con un nativo?

30 de Mayo de 2017 at 13:04

Buscamos estudiantes de inglés con un nivel B1 para un estudio lingüístico sobre el aprendizaje del inglés que realiza el Centro de Idiomas Modernos de la UOC (concretamente las profesoras Christine Appel, Laia Canals, y Gisela Granena). La participación conlleva completar una serie de tests online de forma individual y realizar unas tareas de interacción oral con un hablante nativo de inglés vía Skype (día/hora a elegir, durante el período de tiempo junio-agosto 2017). Es una excelente oportunidad para continuar practicando el inglés y participar te ofrecerá la posibilidad de preguntar dudas a un hablante nativo de inglés al final de las sesiones de skype.

Si estás interesado en participar, esto es lo que tienes que hacer: rellenar y enviar el formulario a englishb1study@gmail.com y realizar el primer test a través del siguiente link:

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

Una vez hayas completado estos dos pasos, nos pondremos en contacto contigo para proporcionarte más información y acordar un día/hora para realizar el resto de pruebas.

Si tienes cualquier duda, puedes ponerte en contacto con Gisela Granena (englishb1study@gmail.com).

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.

Dude Food

25 de Enero de 2017 at 17:40

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A new word came into the English vocabulary in 2016: “dude food”. Dude food means “food for the boys”. It’s the kind of food you associate with what a group of friends (usually male) who meet up to watch a football match on TV would choose. Examples could be

Are you a shooista? Do you sharent?

11 de Enero de 2017 at 16:10

 

trump new wordHow many words are there in the English language? Isn’t that an impossible question to answer?  Every year new words are introduced and other words leave the dictionary. This post’s title has two words that appeared for the first time in 2016. Read on to find out what they mean. 

Yuletide, Christmas and winter solstices

21 de Diciembre de 2016 at 10:30

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December 21, the winter Solstice, is a magical date for many people. It is considered to be the shortest day (and the longest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and during this time, before Christianity and Christmas, the pagan and Germanic tribes of northern Europe celebrated their winter festival.  They called the 12-day festival “Yule” and during it they killed animals, finished making their beer and prepared for the long, hard winter months ahead.