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The Devil’s Dictionary

Posted by maribel on 15/03/2011

The Devil’s Dictionary is a  “reference” book written by Ambrose Bierce. The book offers satirical reinterpretations of terms in the English language.

Carlos Fuentes’s novel The Old Gringo is a fictionalized account of Bierce’s disappearance towards the end of his life which was later adapted into the film Old Gringo (1989), starring Gregory Peck in the title role.

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A2 01.02.11

Posted by maribel on 04/02/2011

This is the song we listened to in class:

Here you have a list of irregular verbs with pronunciation.

And this is the explanation of the past tense:

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A2 25.01.11

Posted by maribel on 26/01/2011

This is the song we listened to in class:

Somewhere Only We Know– Keane

I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete
Oh simple thing where have you gone
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin 

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?

And if you have a minute why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know?

 

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New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by maribel on 01/01/2011

New Year’s is a time for fresh starts, new beginnings. Tradition dictates that every 365 days, you should try to kick bad habits and start your life anew. This is a time to look disdainfully at the person you have been, and look longingly into the idealistic future at the person you will become.

So,  sit down with a paper and a pen, and reflect: what New Year’s Resolutions will you make for yourself this January 1st?

These are some New Year’s resolutions that are popular year after year according to the usa.gov site:

  • Drink Less Alcohol
  • Get a Better Education
  • Get a Better Job
  • Get Fit
  • Lose Weight
  • Manage Debt
  • Manage Stress
  • Quit Smoking Now
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
  • Save Money
  • Take a Trip
  • Volunteer to Help Others

If you need more ideas you can visit this resolutions generator.

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CEP A2 23.11.10

Posted by maribel on 27/11/2010

Here you have some adjectives of  character and personality,

Happy Thanksgiving:

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CEP A2 16.11.10

Posted by maribel on 22/11/2010

Here you have a video on numbers:

 

These are last years handouts on numbers and dates.

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CEP A2 09.11.10

Posted by maribel on 10/11/2010

November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day in Britain. It’s a day when children collect ‘a penny for the guy’, build bonfires and let off fireworks. In 1605 Guy Fawkes became involved in the Gunpowder Plot. The Plot was intended to overthrow the government and assassinate the monarch by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. It failed and it was Fawkes who was caught and tortured. King James I passed a law making festivities with bonfires an annual event and the tradition remains.

Listen to the story told by an 8-year-old child

You can find out more here.

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CEP A2 02.11.10

Posted by maribel on 07/11/2010

October 31st is Hallowe’en and you can meet witches and ghosts that night. Hallowe’en (All Hallows’ Eve) is an old word for the night before “All Saints’ Day”. On that night of the year ghosts and witches are free. Well, that’s the traditional story. Now there are parties on October 31st. At these parties people wear masks and they dress as vampires, monsters, skeletons, witches or aliens. People decorate their houses for Hallowe’en. There are special pumpkin lamps: the jack o’ lanterns. There are also Hallowe’en games like “bobbing for apples”. The children go “trick o’ treating”. Neighbours give them a treat (chocolate or sweets).

The days of the week:

The months of the year:

Here is a list of numbers in English with pronunciation. Here is a list of high numbers. These are the ordinal numbers.

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CEP A2 26.10.10

Posted by maribel on 30/10/2010

 

Loch Ness

study vs learn

We study in order to learn. Studying is the process, while learning is the outcome. Hopefully, you are both studying and learning English.

“I am studying English,” means majoring in English at a university. However, it also means doing exercises or attending a course. “I am studying English,” means that you are actively doing something academic that will cause your brain to learn English. This could mean attending a class, reading a book or doing exercises, even on your own. “I am learning English” implies that you are doing English language exercises or that you are attending an English language course, but also that English is somehow getting into your head. It doesn’t matter how.

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CEP A1 19.10.10

Posted by maribel on 20/10/2010

Today we talked about names. But what matters is what something is, not what it is called.

 What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
      By any other name would smell as sweet;

From Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1600

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