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…

Summer solstice at Stonehenge

19 de junio de 2018 at 20:37

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…

The spoken word

24 de abril de 2018 at 17:52

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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.

Top 3 favourite Christmas songs

18 de diciembre de 2017 at 20:50

Source Commons Wikipedia

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…

 

 

 

 

 

¿Quieres practicar tu inglés hablado con un nativo?

1 de diciembre de 2017 at 9:24

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 diciembre 2017-enero 2018). 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).

What tribe do you belong to?

13 de noviembre de 2017 at 12:06

Maybe you think you don’t belong to a tribe, but you do. I’ll prove it in this post! You may even find you belong to more than one!

Let me start with the basics and some definitions of urban or modern tribes…

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