Spring has sprung

9 de marzo de 2020 at 19:15

 ‘Spring has sprung’ is a popular expression. We say it when the winter is over and suddenly plants start to grow with new life.  Many people in Barcelona grow plants in window boxes and spring is the time to start planting flowers. If you want to ‘beautify” your living space, why not plant a window box?

What’s with the weather?

17 de febrero de 2020 at 22:18

A «barometer» tells us the weather. Source @ Wikimedia commons

The weather can be very unpredictable.  People love talking about the weather because it is something that affects everyone and this means that we have a lot of special vocabulary to describe rain, clouds and wind. For example, if we say “unsettled weather” this means that it might rain, but it might not! Learn more weather words here and talk about the weather like a weather professional!

Valentine’s: A celebration of love

14 de febrero de 2020 at 15:29

Valentine’s Day card. Source @ Wikimedia commons

February 14th, also know as Valentine’s Day, is a very important day in the English-speaking world. Traditionally, it was a day for lovers but it has since transformed into a day where people can express their love to all the important people in their life including family, friends, work colleagues and even pets! This year people in the US are expected to spend more than 20 billion dollars on gifts and cards for each other. But, where did Valentine’s Day come from?

J’aime les lundis

8 de febrero de 2020 at 11:01

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J’aime les lundis, ces pauvres lundis que tout le monde déteste. À l’âge de quatre ans, je les adorais déjà, les lundis. C’était le jour où j’allais revoir ma maîtresse d’école dont j’étais éperdument amoureuse. Même si j’ai vécu alors ma première déception sentimentale quand elle nous a annoncé, toute contente, qu’elle allait avoir un bébé (Pourquoi, mon Dieu? Je ne lui suffisais donc pas?), les lundis continuaient à être un moment plein d’espérance: le bébé serait peut-être

Mary Beard in Barcelona

4 de noviembre de 2019 at 10:03

Mary Beard – Source @ Wikimedia commons

On October 30th this year, the UOC proudly awarded an honary degree (“honoris causa”) to the British academic Mary Beard.  The vice-rector of the UOC Pastora Martínez Samper and the rector Josep Planell presented Mary with this award in a beautiful ceremony in the city hall in Barcelona. So who is Mary Beard and why did she receive the award?

Beach life!

16 de julio de 2019 at 15:18

A popular city beach in Barcelona. Source @ Wikimedia commons

“Sunshine is the best medicine” so the saying goes. You can produce Vitamin D by being in the sun and maybe this is one of the reasons that going to the beach in the summer is one of the most popular things to do on holiday. For this reason, in this post we look at beach vocabulary.

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.

 


Éloge d’un vilain monsieur

30 de mayo de 2019 at 22:00

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Michel Houellebecq est un écrivain que beaucoup de gens détestent, mais pas moi. D’accord, pour commencer, il a VRAIMENT une sale gueule. Il n’est pas, tout simplement, «pas beau», non. Il est vilain, d’une laideur qui, en plus, semble être le reflet d’une personnalité abjecte et veule (deux adjectifs très chouettes et un peu rétro, qui méritent d’être utilisés plus souvent). C’est bien simple: à côté de lui, Steve Buscemi a l’air d’une âme noble logée dans un corps plutôt sexy. Si vous croyez que j’exagère (comme toujours) regardez

Mon Amélie à moi

12 de mayo de 2019 at 22:00

Mon* Amélie à moi, ce n’est pas Amélie Poulain. Mieux vaut vous le dire tout de suite, même si je risque de vous déplaire: les filles soi-disant candides aux gros yeux de vache, elles m’énervent. Mon Amélie à moi, donc, c’est Amélie Nothomb. J’admets qu’elle a parfois aussi le regard bovin mais, dans son cas, il s’agirait