World Cup – Nationality Adjectives
The majority of Christmas revolves around spending time together eating, that’s what’s so great about it! Homemade food can also work as a thoughtful gift to give at this festive time of year. Here’s a super easy, but delicious, Christmas chocolate recipe. It’s name is Christmas bark as it resembles the bark that you see on a tree. It’s a basic recipe which can be interpreted in as many different ways as you want.
This week we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving at GNP. We’ll also look at the significance of the weekend following Thanksgiving, which has now been adopted by many places outside of North American, including Spain: Black Friday and the steadily growing in popularity, Cyber Monday.
Black Friday has announced the start of the Christmas shopping period in the States since 1952. Shops reduce prices on the last Friday of November (the day after Thanksgiving), which is many workers’ payday, so you can shop and stay ‘in the black’ (in credit), rather than going into ‘the red’ (in debt). Shops open very early in the morning and people have been known to camp overnight in order to get in the shop first and get the best deals. However, if you miss any deals on Black Friday, there is now Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday when you can buy items at reduced prices online. Continue reading
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the first publication of the world changing Harry Potter books. Madrid is getting into the spirit of things with a special Harry Potter exhibition starting this month and running until the end of January at the IFEMA, Feria de Madrid. This exhibition will be displaying props from all 8 of the Harry Potter films. On top of that, if you walk around the centre of the city at the moment you can stumble across some Harry Potter statues, including a bigger than life-size Dobby the House Elf, and the flying car that Harry and Ron famously return to school in at the start of their second year. Continue reading
If you’ve walked past GNP this week you will know that: Halloween is coming! And while last year we gave you a break from the terror with our Halloween Pokémon Go treasure hunt (remember that? Take a peek to remind yourself here, this year we are returning to the dark side of Halloween with frights aplenty. So, prepare yourself by learning some of the following expressions that describe the feeling of fear…(cue evil laughter: mwa ha ha ha)!
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.
Normalmente, cuando aprendemos un segundo idioma, o incluso en nuestra propia lengua, tendemos a tener respuestas automatizadas para ciertas preguntas.
En el 99% de los casos en los que les pregunto a mis alumnos que qué tal están la respuesta es: “ ‘I’m fine, and youuuuu??” (el 1% restante me contestan diciéndome su edad)…
No obstante, muchas veces la expresión en su cara es muy diferente a la respuesta que recibo (parece que más que estar bien, están sumamente estresados con la cantidad de deberes que tienen que hacer para esa semana, los entrenamientos de fútbol y Dios sabe qué mas). No obstante, parece que cuando les enviamos mensajes instantáneos a nuestros familiares y amigos somos mucho más expresivos – siendo capaces de elegir de entre 73 tipos diferentes de “smiley faces” cómo nos sentimos exactamente en ese momento.
Así que te proponemos que le eches un vistazo a algunos de los emojis que te presentamos y los diferentes tipos de adjetivos que puedes usar para expresar las emociones que representan para que así intentes empezar a usarlos la próxima vez que te pregunten en clase que qué tal estás.
I’m ill. (U.K.)
I’m sick. (U.S.)
I’m under the weather.
I’m really upset.
I’m fed up.