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…

Back to school!

21 de septiembre de 2018 at 10:40

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“Back to school” time is such a famous meme that it has even inspired a fashion line. Back to school is the time when students gather new material, books, stationery and if necessary, buy new clothing and uniforms. But what does back to school mean for you studying English at the UOC? 

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…

Are March hares really mad?

26 de marzo de 2018 at 21:07

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Source: Wikimedia commons

As mad as a March hare, or so the saying goes, is used to describe someone who is wild and crazy. Hares are bigger versions of rabbits, and they are so popular in UK culture that you might even know of one famous hare from “Alice in Wonderland”. So, are they really mad? Read on and discover more animal myths in our March post…

In the dead of winter

5 de febrero de 2018 at 20:49

In the northern hemisphere, the months of January and February are often called the dead of winter because it is the coldest part of the year.

In our last post, we talked about learning new vocabulary as a new year’s resolution. To help start this off for 2018 here are some ‘dead of winter’ idioms that will help you to feel the cold all year long. Read on for more…

New year’s resolutions – making a fresh start

9 de enero de 2018 at 17:21

Happy 2018!!

It’s the start of a new year and for many people around the world, that means a new beginning. January is the time for reflection so this is the best time to think of some new habits to help you learn English. Read on for more…

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.

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 

Words in Danger of Extinction

23 de marzo de 2017 at 20:15

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Do you know that it is not only clothes that go out of fashion? Words go out of fashion too!

Every year new words come into the language. Most of these new acquisitions are related to technology. For example, years ago the verb “to google” didn’t exist, did it?

Tipping in Different Countries

17 de marzo de 2017 at 16:51

tipHave you ever wondered how much to tip when traveling overseas? If you’re planning to go on vacation to another country soon, you might want to consider doing research on cultural differences, and more specifically on tipping practices.