As Christmas is approaching, this post shows via some videos and a link the differences between a British and an American Christmas. - CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS: BRITAIN vs AMERICA (Anglophenia) Video British Christmas: Video American Christmas:
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and when there's lots of controversy about when a woman consents or accepts a relationship or not. Here's an awesome video that explains clearly what it is to consent.
Jamie Oliver is one of Britain's most famous cooks. He has his own TV programmes like Arquiñano and if you go online you can find many of his recipes in short videos. Today we're including some of his recipes of typical British dishes.
Here's a Spanish well known recipe, Spanish omelette, done by Omar Allibhoy:
Another video by Jamie with his two children making a homemade pizza:
The following are some delicious desserts by Oliver: Apple Pie,
Many people have to commute every day. Commute is the trip you have to do to go to work. In smaller cities, like Coruña, people can commute walking, but in bigger cities, like New York, it's impossible to go walking due to the long distances, and people have to use different means of transport.
In New York, do you know what's the most effective way to commute?
Would you go by subway/underground, by taxi, by bike, by Uber or by ferry?
Which do you think is the best way? Make your guesses, then watch the video to see if you are right...
Today's post is more history class than an English one, in the middle of Catalan's national tensions. The video below shows how European borders have changed during the last 1000 years. And they have!!
It's 31st October again, that means it's Halloween again!
In Halloween children and some adults usually disguise themselves in costumes.
Houses are decorated with Jack-O-Lanterns, lots of spiders, cobwebs, witches and ghosts.
On Halloween evening in the USA, groups of children are seen walking round the neighbourhood dressed up in costumes, visiting houses to get sweets.
Typical Halloween festive activities are:
- Trick or treat (going round houses to receive sweets).
- Going to costume parties.
- Decorating places. Carving pumpkins to make Jack-O-Lanterns.
- Lighting bonfires.
- Apple bobbing: The game is played by filling a tub or a large basin with water and putting apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they will float at the surface. Players then try to catch one with their teeth. Use of arms is not allowed, and often are tied behind the back to prevent cheating.
- Visiting haunted houses.
- Telling scary stories.
- Watching terror films.
All the info about Halloween in ClickOnEnglish: HERE
It's Halloween once again, and as usual Bibliodieste, the library of our school, together with the English Department have organized some talks in English for 1st-ESO students to learn about the origins and traditions of the typical American Halloween celebrations.
This year's language asistant, Ben Davidson, from New Jersey, told our students how he has usually celebrated this American festivity, after checking on basic Halloween concepts and vocabulary.
Things we've learnt from his talk:
- It's celebrated on October 31st. It's not a holiday in the USA.
- Children disguise themselves, but not only with scary or terror features, some also disguise with pretty or funny costumes. There's no Carnival celebrations in the USA, so this is their way of celebrating something similar.
- In towns and villages, kids usually go round the neighbourhood homes with the "Trick or treat" game.
- When you get older and go to university, youngsters usually celebrate it in costume parties.
Galician version of this post @ ArquivosDoTrasno. And our school has been completely decorated for the occasion once again:
There's always a group of words you must be careful with at the time of working out meanings, they are FALSE FRIENDS. That is, word that look similar to other words in your own language, but don't mean what they seem to.
You can't learn English with just the 3 weekly classes at school. Learning languages needs a lot of self motivation to improve. Here's a link where you can find 5 ways to learn a language by yourself. Take a look:
The topic of our 9th Cultural Week has already been officially decided and announced. This year it will be devoted to GASTRONOMY, which is the practice or art of choosing, cooking and eating good food.
So the English Department has to start brainstorming ideas of which aspect we'll be working on.
[Based on info from "The Travelling Teachers" blog. "Are you a cell phone addict?"] A new form of addiction has appeared in the last decade with the development of technologies and the great variety of mobile phones available: it's the mobile phone addiction. It's a widespread problem but especially among the younger generations. Youngsters are using their mobile phones when they're bored, tired, lazy, angry or lonely...
- Constant use of the mobile phone (even in situations which aren't considered acceptable).
- Loss of the sense of time while surfing online.
- Prefer spending time with the mobile phone than with family & friends.
- Feeling restless when the mobile phone can't be used.
- Wishing to have the latest model in the market or apps.
- Finger, neck and back tension.
- Itchy eyes.
- Weight & diet changes.
- Distracted attention, difficulties to focus.
- Problem and study failures.
- Loss of interest in hobbies, sports and outdoor activities, which implies social loneliness, loss of friends and isolation.