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Monday, 28 November 2016

CONNECTORS: SEQUENCING



One of the most important ways to link ideas is to sequence them. Sequencing refers to the order in which events happened. These are some of the most common ways to sequence in writing or speaking:

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Friday, 25 November 2016

TODAY'S...


American marketing invention which has extended throughout the world. Initially the day after Thanksgiving in the USA and the start of the Christmas shopping season with huge discounts. 
For millions of people Black Friday is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping --even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! Black Black is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it's one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States -falling anywhere between November 23 and 29. While it's not recognized as an official US holiday, many employees have the day off -except those working in retail.
The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.

In the 1960's, police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” In a non-retail sense, it also describes a financial crisis of 1869: a stock market catastrophe set off by gold spectators who tried and failed to corner the gold market, causing the market to collapse and stocks to plummet.
[Taken from blackfriday.com]

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

TODAY'S THANKSGIVING DAY 2016


Today Thursday 23rd of November is this year's Thanksgiving Day.
For +info about Thanksgiving on previous year's posts on this blog HERE.
+ info on the history of the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving.
And when it comes to giving thanks, here are 8 reasons to be thankful because you are who you are. Click and read... 
8 REASONS TO BE THANKFUL: YOU'RE YOU

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

MEASURE WORDS


Expressions of measure words to make uncountable words countable.
More at a previous post HERE.


Monday, 21 November 2016

PHRASAL VERBS & IDIOMS WITH 'RUN'


Here are some meaning that the verb 'RUN' has apart from the basic of "moving and advancing quickly". Some are with only the same form of the verb, others are as a phrasal verb, completeing the information from the student's book.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

BEST SPEAKING ENGLISH COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD 2016


This recent map (2016 rankings) shows the countries that speak the best English (as second language) around the world. 
This colour shows the ones that have very high proficiency, being the Netherlands, followed by the four Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland) to complete the top 5.
This colour shows the countries with a high level of proficiency (positions 8 to 20), where Germany, Switzerland and Portugal can be found.
Moderate proficiency is shown with this colour, where India is included and also Spain (position 25), just above Italia & France (positions 28 & 29, respectively.
Low proficiency's colour is orange and Iraq closes the list as the worst.
+ info link.
Previous ranking maps with only European countries or worldwide were published HERE & HERE, last year and we can see that some countries have changed positions: Netherlands up to nº1 while Sweden down to nº3.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

FRIENDLIEST COUNTRIES


Here's a map that shows the countries where it's easier to make friends and the countries where it isn't. The best are the greenest, the worst the reddest. Spain's amoung the first and the UK among the latter.

+ info:

The best and worst countries in the world for making friends

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Friday, 18 November 2016

'LIE' vs 'LAY'

Chart to distinguish the use of two confusing verbs LIE & LAY.
Remember that LIE has yet another meaning as verb and noun, meaning "to say something that isn't true".

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

WORD ORDER INVERSION STRUCTURES

Different possibilities of word order inversion in English.

Monday, 14 November 2016

CAR JOURNEY EXPRESSIONS


Recollecting some expressions and phrasal verbs used when travelling by car.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

HOUSEHOLD & KITCHEN APPLIANCES


Household and kitchen appliances vocabulary on this post.
For more on Kitchenwear link HERE.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS


A post devoted to science, more specifcally to chemistry: the periodic table of elements. Above you have an example of a common periodic table with the symbols and abbreviations of all the known elements. But below you have the link to one that includes pictures apart from the usual info (atomic number, chemical symbol, chemical name, weight...). Click and see...

Friday, 11 November 2016

THE ENGLISH VERB TENSES TIMELINE

Here's a general English verb tenses timeline chart with all active and passive forms available.

Monday, 7 November 2016

THE 'D CONTRACTION


Explaining about the confusing contraction 'D, which can stand for WOULD or HAD. Here we explain what to expect after it depending on what case it is.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

SHOPPING EXPRESSIONS


Here are some common expressions & vocabulary you can use when going shopping.





Saturday, 5 November 2016

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (2)


Another old video (from 1943) which tells us the history of the English language from the beginning until then. Interesting.

Video:


Thursday, 3 November 2016

FALSE ENGLISH

HOW DO YOU SAY THESE THINGS IN ENGLISH?
IT'S NOT THE WAY YOU THINK IT IS. IT'S NOT THE ENGLISH WORD WE USE IN SPANISH...




It's not 'zapping'. (1)



It's not 'parking' (2)



It's not 'footing' (3)




Obviously, they don't say 'puenting' (4)


It's not 'playback' (5)


It's not 'lifting' (6)


It's not 'autostop' (7)



It's not a 'ticket' (8)


It's not a ·smoking"

Do you know the equivalents in English of all these words?

1- 'Channel surfing'
2- 'Car park'
3- 'Jogging'
4- 'Bungee jumping'
5- 'Lip sync'
6- 'Facelift'
7- 'Hitchhiking'
8- 'Receipt'
9- 'Dinner jacket'/'Tuxedo'

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

'TO' vs 'FOR'



Clarifying the confusing uses of 'TO' and 'FOR'.



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