26 January 2017

The Netherlands Welcomes Trump in His Own Words

On Sunday the Dutch comedy news show Zondag met Lubach released a YouTube video introducing President Trump to the Netherlands. It has since been viewed over nine million times. A voice over (Greg Shapiro) describes the Netherlands in speech patterns oddly reminiscent of the commander-in-chief ...
HT www.englishblog.com

23 January 2017

deepenglish.com: Improve your listening skills

Welcome to Deep English. Are you looking for a way to improve your listening and speaking? You are in the right place. If you can understand 70% of more of the free lessons on this site, you are at an intermediate or advanced level. You might feel discouraged about your English fluency, but you are not a beginner. You need lessons made for intermediate and advanced students.
If you’re like many of our students, you want to improve your speaking, but you don’t have anyone to speak with. And you want to understand native English, but sometimes it feels too fast and difficult for you.
At your level, the best way to improve your English is by using English, not studying English. Using English means listening and talking about real ideas. It also means using English lessons that are interesting and will keep you motivated. In the free lessons section, you have a library of interesting lessons that will help you learn English through stories. 
HT  http://mythatsenglish.blogspot.com.es/

22 January 2017

READ-LISTEN-LEARN

Read - Listen - Learn is a collection of graded reading activities ranging from elementary to advanced level.

Most of the texts have audio recordings, so learners can read and listen at the same time. Similarly, the stories have a glossary and some graphic aids to help the student understand the most complex vocabulary in the stories.

The stories can be either fictional or non-fictional and they range  between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

To select which story to read, just click on the Find articles tag at the top.

Read - Listen - Learn is free, but you have to log in with through Facebook.


HT mythatsenglish.blogspot.com.es     

19 January 2017

Japan: Speed dating with a twist - BBC News

Finding the right partner in the modern dating world is no easy feat. And so in a bid to prove that appearances aren't everything, one Japanese dating company is using surgical masks to force their clients to concentrate on character -- instead of superficial looks. 

17 January 2017

FOLLOW-UP WRITING: CUTTING EDGE UPPER-INTERMEDIATE UNIT 5

Choose one of your fantasy dinner party guests and write a letter of invitation. Include the topics below:

  • who you are and what the event is
  • why you want to invite him/her
  • who the other guests are

FOLLOW-UP WRITING: CUTTING EDGE UPPER INTERMEDIATE UNIT 4

Imagine you have been to the mission for three months and are allowed to send your first email home. Write to friends and family about the topics below:

  • the other volunteers and what you think of them
  • what it is like living together
  • the best/most difficult things about the mission
  • how you feel about the mission now

16 January 2017

QUESTIONS

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival



2nd September - 9th October 2016

The world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival draws huge crowds of over 20,000 people to the busy pubs and hotels every year during the whole month of September. They come for love, dancing, music, racing and a good time, and they don’t leave disappointed! Matchmaking is one of Ireland's oldest traditions and a good deal of it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna during September and early October. The town developed into a tourist centre in the 18th-century when a well-respected Limerick surgeon discovered the positive effects of its mineral waters. People travelled from all over Ireland to bathe in, and drink the mineral waters. The water that was rich in iron, sulphur and magnesium gave relief from the symptoms of diseases such as rheumatism and glandular fever. It was due to the popularity of these mineral springs and the huge amount of people going there that led to the Lisdoonvarna "matchmaking tradition". September became the peak month of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in, bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of a wife. Today, the only true Matchmaker left is Willie Daly, who runs a pub in Ennistymon and during the festivities you’ll find him and his precious notebook of love-seeking profiles, in his ‘office’ (aka the snug of The Matchmaker bar). All ages and nationalities queue at his table hoping that he will help find them a mate. Nowadays, Lisdoonvarna's annual festival has grown into Europe's largest single's event. It’s not all about looking for a spouse - they also come in search of a good time. For the month of September, dances run daily and carry on into the wee hours of the morning. Set dancing exhibitions are also a feature of the event and there’s live Irish music in most pubs, although getting to the bar can be quite a task, but don't worry or hurry, because the music carries on until the early hours!

CATFISH

What Does Being ‘Catfished’ Mean?
Chances are you have been hearing the word “Catfish” lately. So let’s talk about what being catfished means…
A “catfish” is someone who pretends to be someone else online. This person completely assumes a fake identity and goes the extra mile to make their victim believe that they are exactly who they say they are. It tends to happen a lot in online dating. MTV airs a show aptly titled “Catfish: The TV Show” that helps victims catch their catfish in devastating lies.
Catfish victims usually end up falling in love with a person that does not exist. For example, a woman may think she is in love with a male model type and in actuality it is a teenage girl behind that computer screen. Have you or anyone you know been catfished?

13 January 2017

Friday the 13th: where does it come from and why is it unlucky?

Friday the 13th has been a part of superstition lore for hundreds of years, but where did that come from? Mo Rocca reports on the origins of Friday the 13th, those that hate the date, and those that love it. (CBS News)
Friday the 13th, considered by many as one of the unluckiest days of the year, is almost here again.
If you are worried about what's in store this time, then you're not alone. Psychologists have even come up with a word for how you're feeling – paraskavedekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.
One option is to stay tucked up in bed all day to avoid any potential Friday the 13th bad luck that may come your way, or alternatively, you could ignore the superstitious chatter and embrace it.   READ MORE...

FRIDAY 13TH IN NUMBERS

9 January 2017

RELATIONSHIPS

TRAVELLING (THAT'S ENGLISH! MOD 11, UNIT 9)

  • Do you prefer travelling alone or with other people?
  • What do you usually do while you’re waiting in an airport?
  • What are the positives and negatives of going on long jurneys?
  • How do you get about discovering a new town -a tourist bus, guidebooks/maps, tours?
  • What negative aspects of tourism can you think of?
  • Do these negative aspects stop you from wanting to see traditional tourist sights?
  • Why do you think we all like visiting the same tourist attractions?
  • Do you think it’s important to see all the famous sights and landmarks if you visit a new place?
  • How do you think tourism will change in the future?
  • Think of some interesting and beautiful things you’ve seen as a tourist. Use these adjectives to describe them:
impressive – remarkable – superb – astonishing – stunning – 
dramatic - exotic - unique - breaktaking - memorable

INTERACTION
Go over these off-the-beaten track destinations and with your partner decide on the pros and cons of visiting each of these places before choosing one to go together.

Uruapan
Uruapan is one of the oldest cities in Mexico. A beautiful river runs through it, and there are spectacular waterfalls on the outskirts of the city. However, the most amazing feature you can see here is the nearby volcano, Paricutin. It really is quite impressive. You can go trekking up the volcano (it's about 420 metres high). The volcano is extinct so it's perfectly safe. So for some history and some really remarkable scenery, Uruapan is a good choice.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay (Vietnam) is a place where everyone lives on a floating house! On top of that, all around the bay there are astonishing islands made of limestone. Some of them look like beautiful towers - they're really quite breathtaking. And there are lakes and caves on some of the islands, as well as monkeys. Ha Long Bay is dramatic and beautiful. But best of all, there aren't thousands of tourists – not yet anyway!

Kizhi Island
Kizhi Island is in the middle of Lake Onega in Karelia, Russia. In the 1950s, lots of, historic wooden buildings were moved from different parts of Karelia on to the island in order to save them. When you visit the island, you feel transported to another world. Although it's a UNESCO site, not too many people know about it so you won't meet loads of tourists.

Thanks to mythatsenglish.blogspot.com