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

Source: commons.wikimedia

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

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?

L’âge du «Pourquoi?»

28 de enero de 2019 at 8:30

©Tome et Janry

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir eu des enfants, car on a presque tous été confrontés aux Pourquoi? de nos neveux, des enfants de nos amis, de nos petits frères ou de nos petites sœurs. Théoriquement, ça commence vers 2 ans et ça peut continuer jusqu’à

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.

Paresseux les Français?

31 de octubre de 2018 at 11:55

Pixabay

Non, les Français n’ont jamais eu cette réputation! Et pourtant,