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Sunday, 31 January 2016

VERBS FOR CLOTHES & SHOES



Vocabulary of verbs used with clothes. Some of them are phrasal verbs.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

HATS & SHOES-BOOTS



Let's introduce vocabulary of accesories to be used on our heads and feet: different varieties of hats & shoes.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

SORRY vs EXCUSE ME vs PARDON


Trying to clarify in this post different expressions used to apologize with some examples:

Excuse me and pardon me are polite expressions that you use when you do something that could be slightly embarrassing or rude.
You usually use sorry to apologize after you have done something wrong.

According to Macmillan Dictionary,excuse me is used fo:
  1. politely getting someone's attention
  2. showing you are sorry for interrupting someone
  3. asking someone to move so that you can get past them
  4. politely telling someone you are leaving

Sorry is used for : 
  1. emphasizing how bad,stupid,or embarrassing something is
  2. feeling sadness or sympathy because something bad has happened to them
  3. disappointed about a situation,and wishing you could change it

1. We usually say excuse me before we interrupt or disturb somebody;
we say sorry after we disturb or trouble somebody.
Compare:
  • Excuse me, could I get past?… Oh, sorry, did I step on your foot?
  • Excuse me, could you tell me the way to the station?
I beg your pardon is a more formal way of saying sorry.
  • beg your pardon. I’m afraid I didn’t realize this was your
2. If we do not hear or understand what people say, we usually say Sorry?What? (informal) or (I beg your) pardon?
Americans also say Pardon me?
  • “Mike’s on the phone.” ” Sorry?” I said “Mike’s on the phone”
  • “See you tomorrow”. “What?” I said “See you tomorrow”.
  • “You’re going deaf”.” I beg your pardon?”


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

IN BLACK FOR BLACK


We wanted to get out of this closed loop of bad news, but it seems difficult... we've just learnt that singer Black (Colin Vearncombe, 53) has died after having a car accident in Ireland on January 10th. Since then, he had been under induced coma in the intensive care unit of Cork's University Hospital, in the South of Ireland, where he now lived. Black became popular in the late 80s with his song "WONDERFUL LIFE".
On the songs page, you can see the original video of ths song with English & Spanish subtitles. Here a live version on a TV show with the more recent looks of Black 

Video "WONDERFUL LIFE", Black:

Monday, 25 January 2016

SUFFIXATION



This post is only devoted to suffixes. See how they form different parts of speech and change one type of word into another.




-NOUN SUFFIXES, to derivate nouns:

- NOUN & ADJECTIVE SUFFIXES:

- ADJECTIVE SUFFIXES, to make adjectives:

- SUFFIXES FOR DERIVATION OF ADJECTIVES, to change adjectives into nouns:

- VERB SUFFIXES, to make verbs:

- SUFFIXES FOR DERIVATION OF VERBS, to change verbs into nouns or adjectives:

- ADVERBS SUFFIXES, to make adverbs:

- Diminutive suffixes:

Sunday, 24 January 2016

HOW ARE YOU?


The typical obvious question you can be asked at any time:

HOW ARE YOU?
Can be answered in many ways depending on how you really feel. On the infographic above you can see the possibilities.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

GLEN FREY, A MISSING EAGLE


Unfortunately the bad news loop continues...
Another death to add to this bad start of the year. Yesterday it was Glen Frey, founding member of the mythical American band Eagles, who died at the age of 67. RIP













Above the photo a Glen in the years of the Eagles, below a more recent one.
Here's the video of the most legendary song from the band:







Video "HOTEL CALIFORNIA", Eagles:

Monday, 18 January 2016

MUMBAI, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE & JAUME SANLLORENTE'S "BOMBAY SMILES" PROJECT
















Have you seen the film "Slumdog Millionaire"?
What's it about?
Here's the trailer:


Do you know where it takes place?
Mumbai? Where is it?

Do you know Jaume Sanllorente?

We've already spoken about him on this blog (HERE) when he visited A Coruña back in April 2011 to give a conference at Palexco, and who our 1st BAC students from this school attended.

About Mumbai, about Jaume and his project is the listening on page 32 of 1st BAC student's book. 
+ info about his project @ mumbaismiles.org

Sunday, 17 January 2016

ADELE'S CARPOOL KARAOKE WITH JAMES CORDEN


Some fun for the Sunday. Here's a video with the carpool* karaoke British TV presenter, James Corden, set up in his car with Adele for his TV programme, while driving around London. They chatted and sang (not only her songs) and she even rapped!. They're really had a great time. Have a look...

[*CARPOOL = GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT SHARE A CAR TO TRAVEL]

Video Adele's karoke in James Corden's car:


Saturday, 16 January 2016

15 YEARS OF WIKIPEDIA



Yesterday, January 15th Wikipedia, Internet's free encyclopedia, celebrated their 15th birthday. It's been working since January 15th 2011. Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger created it.
It was born as a webpage in English, but nowadays it has articles written in 287 languages. 28 of them have more than 300.000 articles each. Only in Spanish there are more than one million articles. Totally there are more than 38 million pages about every topic you can imagine inside it. Only between 2005 and 2015 the number of articles were multiplied by 10, as there are more than 700 new pages created every day. Each month the web receives 500 million visits.
Last year Princess of Asturias International Cooperation Prize was awarded to it for making universal knowledge accesible to everybody.


Galician version of this post @ ArquivosDoTrasno.

Friday, 15 January 2016

COLLOCATIONS WITH "MAKE"



Here's an infographic with collocations with the verb MAKE. For more detailed information on uses of MAKE and distinguishing them from uses of DO, link HERE.



Thursday, 14 January 2016

ALAN RICKMAN, RIP


Sharleen Spiteri/Texas tribute: "Alan Rickman. A true and kind soul. I will miss you my friend. My love and thoughts are with you Rima X"

What a week! We've just learnt that British actor Alan Rickman has died at 69. He has starred in many films (the Harry Potter series, "Love Actually", "Robin Hood"...) RIP.

+ info: ALAN RICKMAN



Videos + Sharleen Spiteri (Texas)

Video "IN DEMAND", Texas+Alan Rickman:

Video "START A FAMILY", Texas+Alan Rickman:


Video his best characters:



Video Alan Rickman @ "Love Actually":

COLLOCATIONS WITH "DO"



Examples in context:
- They are doing business with foreign countries.
- Do your best in the exam.
- He's doing nothing at the moment. He can go now.
- He hardly ever does the cooking, he eats out a lot.
- She does the housework in the morning: makes the bed, cleans, puts on the washing machine...
- I do the shopping every Friday afternoon at the local supermarket.
- We don't do the washing up now, we bought a dishwasher.
- She does her hair at the hairdresser's, she never washes it at home.
- After school, I always do my homework in the afternoon.
- Could you do me a favour? Can you make me a cup of tea, please?

+ info: DO

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

IDIOMS & PHRASAL VERBS WITH DO


Two charts today with idioms with DO (above) and phrasal verbs with DO, too (below).


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