READY TO READ – ¡MEJORA TU INGLÉS LEYENDO!
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
Sometimes living in Madrid can make you feel like you are surrounded by Spanish language, but there are many opportunities to speak English in this great city. I’d like to recommend some for those who are interested in practising their English in fun and different ways.
– Let’s Have a Great Summer Reading Dr. Seuss Books!!!!!! –
As an experienced teacher and mother of two kids growing up in Spain I used the Dr. Seuss books to begin reading in English. We started in the summer and we would read them over and over at the beach, after lunch, before bedtime…. Continue reading
– The Great British Bake Off –
I’m recommending one of my favourite TV shows from the UK for anyone who wants to improve their English and likes cake! The Great British Bake Off is a cooking competition which is similar to Masterchef but only focuses on food you bake (foods that you cook in the oven such as cakes, biscuits, breads and pies).
Last week Dimity talked about TV series. As this is Dimity’s final recommendations post, she’s decided to talk about both books and apps!
Leer es muy, muy importante para ampliar tu vocabulario tanto en tu lengua materna como en el idioma que estás aprendiendo. Leer tu primer libro en otro idioma es un gran logro, así que ¡inténtalo ya! Lo más importante es elegir una historia que te interese, y para gustos los colores. Uno de mis libros favoritos se llama
UpToTen is a great website for children. It has tonnes of activities that will keep your kids entertained for hours, and even has an educational section that focuses on improving specific skills like the alphabet and telling the time – in English of course!
We hope you didn’t miss Dimity’s film recommendations last week. If you did, don’t forget to have a look after reading about her TV picks.
As it’s Pancake Day tomorrow, why not take the opportunity to teach your kids a little about the story behind it while allowing them to let their creative juices flow and eating some delicious pancakes!
We’re talking about pancake art!