FALL FOR AUTUMN –
Algunas diferencias entre UK English y US English:
Welcome back to GNP! October means classes are back in full swing, term is truly underway, summer is quickly becoming a distant memory and autumn is upon us.
Autumn is many people’s favourite season as it brings with it fresh starts, new clothes (big, woolly jumpers), pretty colours, and of course, Halloween! Nowhere has a more autumnal vibe than New England in the USA, where the leaves on the trees turn magnificent shades of red, orange and yellow and people decorate their houses with pumpkins for the whole month of October, not just in the week of Halloween. However, it’s important to remember that the inhabitants of the most autumnal place in the world don’t refer to this season as ‘autumn’, for them (and for all Americans) the season is ‘fall’, easy to remember as it is when the leaves fall from the trees.
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A great way to speed up your English learning is to find a good book to read in English in your free time. It will help you to absorb grammar structures and learn lots of new vocabulary.
If you are choosing a book to read in English for the first time it may be a good idea to select a book you’ve already read and enjoyed in Spanish. The Harry Potter series are great books to start with if you are familiar with the characters and storylines. Why not read them in the language they were originally written in. Likewise, you can try other popular book/film series such as The Hunger Games and Twilight. Continue reading
Summer equals the beach, BBQs, and, if you’re a music lover, the opportunity to catch your favourite bands at a summer music festival. While the amount of rain in the U.K. might not provide ideal conditions for listening to music outside, the number of music festivals in the U.K. is huge and the biggest and most famous is Glastonbury Festival in Somerset.
Glastonbury Festival has been going for 47 years. The first festival took place on owner Michael Eavis’ farm in 1970 with 1,500 people in attendance and tickets costing just £1 (which also included a pint of milk on arrival). Fast forward to this year, and the festival is still happening on Eavis’ farm except now he is expecting 135,000 people and they will each be paying £238 for their tickets (and that’s without milk!).
After all that hard work during the year you don’t want to go forgetting your English skills over the long summer break. How about a way to keep English fresh by using a very low input form of language learning which you can do even while relaxing on the beach (no textbooks required)?
Over the last few years, as smartphones have found their way into everyone’s pockets, podcasts have become more and more popular. Easily downloadable, mostly free, and a perfect way to keep yourself entertained on your daily commute; there are now thousands of podcasts available for even the quirkiest of interests. What’s more, there are plenty out there for the English learner and they provide that all important listening practice that so many students struggle with. Likewise, because they are conversational, they offer the type of ‘real English’ which often doesn’t get as much exposure as it should when you’re studying for a specific exam. And they’ll expose you to a wide range of native accents.
So, I’d say downloading a few (or all) of the podcasts listed below is as important for your summer holiday as packing your sunglasses and sun cream… Continue reading
As if you need reminding, but this Saturday Real Madrid will play Juventus in the final of the Champions League. Real Madrid will be hoping to take the trophy home from Welsh capital Cardiff’s stadium and further enforcing their record holding status as the team with the most Champs League wins ever.
There’s certainly no denying that our students at GNP are just a little passionate (read: crazily obsessed) about the beautiful game with one of our students, Carlos, becoming so carried away during last month’s El Clásico that he managed to injure himself by punching his fist at a door in frustration! (Careful, Carlos!)
And while nearly all lessons seem to begin with you guys coming into class speaking a thousand Spanish words a minute about last night’s game, and also some choice words as scores are discreetly checked on phones during the last class of the afternoon (that’s you, Advanced students), lots of students find it difficult to discuss the sport in English.
So let’s take a look at how we can talk about football in English…
During and after a game, the most important question is always: ‘what’s the score?’ When giving the score we always start with the highest number, unlike in Spanish when it’s normally the home side’s result first. For example, we would say 2-1 to Man Utd, even if they were playing away from home at Chelsea.
Last week the German city of Cologne went wild for a day as 14 animals escaped from the city’s zoo. But no need for ‘a-llama’…the animals that escaped came from a petting zoo so they were cute and cuddly rather than man-eating beasts. The runaways included: a llama, 9 sheep*, 2 donkeys, a pony and a dwarf bull. Continue reading
Hot Cross Buns – An Easter Recipe
Along with painted egg shells and LOADS of chocolate, another Easter staple in most native English speaking countries is the hot cross bun. A bread roll sweetened with spices and raisins and marked with a cross on top, toasted and served with butter, they are eaten on Good Friday (Easter Friday) and all through the Easter weekend.
They are fairly easy to make, even for beginner bakers, just take a look at this simple recipe… Continue reading
April Fools’ Day – El día de los Santos Inocentes del mundo occidental
While you’re probably on alert for any strange incidents on December 28th (a.k.a. El dia de los santos inocentes) did you know that in many countries, including France, India, Germany, and the U.K., the 1st of April is the day set aside for playing your best jokes on family, friends, or in the case of the media, as many people as possible? In the U.K. this day is known as April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day, when you can become the ‘fool‘ of the joke.
In the U.K. people use the day to get away with playing practical jokes, or pranks, on their friends, family members, or co-workers. Some inspiration for these are: Continue reading
Las elecciones presidenciales en EEUU ya son historia, y muchos de nosotros nos hemos preguntado, ¿qué significa? Aunque no sabemos lo que significará la elección del Señor Trump para los Estados Unidos, podemos explicar los varios significados de su apellido.
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