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Friday, 30 December 2016

CONFUSING: "BEEN" vs "BEING"


A clear chart to distinguish confusing uses of "Been" or "Being".

Thursday, 29 December 2016

COLLOCATIONS 'COME' vs 'GO'


Collecting typical collocations with the verbs 'COME' & 'GO', which can be confusing.

Monday, 26 December 2016

ASKING & GIVING ADVICE. [CONFUSING 'ADVICE' vs 'ADVISE']


GEORGE MICHAEL ALSO DIES


2016, the horrible year of music business, seems it's going to continue like that up to the end, right up to its last day. Today, we've had breakfast hearing the news of the death of another pop icon, George Michael at 53. RIP. We remember him with some of his songs and which was the first James Corden's carpool karaoke.

+ info: BBC.

Video "CARELESS WHISPER", George Michael:


Video GEROGE MICHAEL carpool karaoke:



Audio "FAITH", George Michael+subtitles:

Friday, 23 December 2016

CONFUSING WORDS: DURING, FOR & WHILE


See the difference between 'DURING', 'FOR' & 'WHILE', so you don't confuse them.


Thursday, 22 December 2016

CONFUSING: 'EVERY DAY' vs 'EVERYDAY'



Explanation by Laura Baker. The difference is in the part of speech.


Everyday is an adjective. It is used to describe that something always happens each day or the quality of being normal or usual.
Examples:

This is an everyday occurrence.

Everyday is an adjective used to modify occurrence. The sentence means that this happens each day.

We are just your average, everyday people.

Everyday is an adjective to modify people. The sentence means that we are average, normal people.
Every day is an adverb and noun. It is used adverbially to talk about time.
Examples:

This happens every day.

Every is an adverb to modify day. It is not just some days that it happens, but every day.

I go to work every weekday.

Every modifies weekday. This means that I don’t go to work on the weekends, just every weekday.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

CHARO PITA & SOPHIE HEYDEL, TODAY @ "RAFAEL DIESTE"



Updating with some photos of Charo Pita & Sophie Heydel today at our assembly hall telling traditional stories in both English & Galician.
Students from 2nd & 1st ESO have been listening to them as a final activity before the Christmas holidays.
So now that the holidays have started, enjoy them!
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to everyone!

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD



Tuesday, 20 December 2016

STORYTELLING @ "RAFAEL DIESTE" WITH CHARO PITA & SOPHIE HEYDEL




An old friend of ours is back to visit us, Charo Pita, but this time not with her all-time partner Tim Bowley, as in previous occasions (check on Storytelling tab). Now she's accompanied by Sophie Heydel, a London Guildhall School of Music & Drama actress. They'll be visiting us on our last school day before the Christmas holidays to tell the same story in two versions English & Galician to 1st & 2nd year ESO students. 

Galician version @ ArquivosDoTrasno.

Monday, 19 December 2016

IT'S CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY!


Why don't you watch films or TV-series in English in these holidays? You can watch them in English with subtitles either in English or Spanish. You can watch the whole film, or only some scenes, or repeating the scenes...
This year we don't have time to see a whole film, but we'll spend a class or two watching part of a British Christmas classic...

This is how it begins...

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport.  General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that.  It seems to me that love is everywhere.  Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there —fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends… If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.”

[8th CW] THE COSMOS: TOPIC FOR OUR VIII CULTURAL WEEK 2017


This course, IES "Rafael Dieste" will be working on its VIII Cultural Week devoted this year to science & nature: 
THE COSMOS.
We've already decided the dates, too: 
3rd to 7th April.
Each Department will be working on different aspects. You can participate with ideas...
The English Department has already started: here are all the names of the planets in English:






Video "HAMING THE PLANETS" BBC:


Video "Solar system & Universe beyond":



+ info on:
- Asteroid Belt.
- Kuiper Belt.
Dwarf Planets.

Can you propose any other aspect about the Cosmos that we can work on from the English classes? Comment below or to your English teacher.

Galician version of this post @ ArquivosDoTrasno.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

LOOKING FORWARD TO...


I suppose we're all LOOKING FORWARD TO the Christmas holidays... Here are different ways to express it.

Friday, 16 December 2016

PHRASAL VERBS: HEALTH


More info about phrasal verbs @ the phrasal verb page on this blog.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

CONFUSING: 'PERSON', 'PERSONS' OR 'PEOPLE'


This post helps you to distinguish when to use each of these words correctly:
- PERSON (singular): to refer to any person.

Joel is such a nice person.     She’s a person I have a lot of respect for

- PERSONS (plural): it's a formal word, mainly used in legal contexts:

Any person or persons found in possession of illegal substances will be prosecuted. 

- PEOPLE (plural): to refer to groups of people or human beings in general:

I saw three people standing on the corner.   Not: I saw three persons …

People are generally very selfish.

Three people were interviewed for the job, but only one person had the right qualifications and experience.

[Examples from Cambridge University Press]

Sunday, 11 December 2016

CHRISTMAS ADS 2016 (3): "THE GREATEST GIFT" (Sainsbury's)



Our third 2016 Christmas ad. This is Sainsbury's 2016 Christmas ad. Sainsbury is a British supermarket company.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

PHRASAL VERBS: SLEEPING (CONFUSING 'WAKE UP' vs 'GET UP')


A post devoted to phrasal verbs related to sleeping and the difference between confusing WAKE UP & GET UP:

Thursday, 8 December 2016

CHRISTMAS AD 2016 (2): IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN A LANGUAGE (Allegro)



Another Christmas ad which deals with learning languages and teaches us a great lesson. It's never too late to learn a language and motivation is really important. Here's the ad of a Polish granddad who learns English to speak with his little granddaughter.

Video "Polish granddad learning English":


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A TYPICAL BRITISH CHRISTMAS DINNER


- Roast turkey and its stuffing.
- Roast potatoes.
- Vegetables: carrots, peas and Brussel sprouts.
- Chipolatas, bacon-wrapped pork sausages.
- Sauces: gravy and cranberry sauce.
- Mince pies.
- Drink: mulled wine.
- Desserts: Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and Chocolate yule log.

+ info on why the British eat turkey at Christmas Day?

Monday, 5 December 2016

PREFIXATION

In this post you can find all the English prefixes with their meanings and examples.

English prefixes

English prefixes

Meanings

Examples

a-verb > predicative adjective with progressive aspectafloat, atremble
a-notacyclic, asexual, atonal, atheist
anti-against, oppositeanti-freeze, antivirus, anticlimax, Antichrist
arch-supreme, highest, worstarch-rival, archangel
be-equipped with, covered with, beset with (pejorative or facetious)bedeviled, becalm, bedazzle, bewitch
co-joint, with, accompanyingco-worker, coordinator, cooperation
counter-against, in opposition tocounteract, counterpart
de-reverse action, get rid ofde-emphasize
dis-not, opposite ofdisloyal, disagree
dis-reverse action, get rid ofdisconnect, disinformation
en-/em-to make into, to put into, to get intoenmesh, empower
ex-formerex-husband, ex-boss, ex-colleague, ex-friend
fore-before, in frontforearm, forehead, forehand, forerunner
hind-afterhindsight, hindquarters
mal-bad(ly)malnourish, maladjusted
mid-middlemidstream, midlife
midi-medium-sizedmidi-length
mini-smallminimarket, mini-room, minivan
mis-wrong, astraymisinformation, misguide, misfortune
out-better, faster, longer, beyondoutreach, outcome
over-excessive, aboveoverreact, overact, overbearing
post-after, behindpost-election, post-graduation, post-war
pre-beforeprevent, previous, pre-election, pre-enter, pre-select
pro-for, forward, in favor ofpropulsion, propound, pro-life
re-again, backredo, revisit, rerun, reorganize
self-selfself-sufficient, self-explanatory
step-family relation by remarriagestepbrother, stepmother
trans-across, from one place to anothertransatlantic, transSiberian
twi-twotwibill, twilight
un-not, against, opposite ofunnecessary, unequal, undesirable, unhappy
un-reverse action, deprive of, release fromundo, untie, unexpected, unlock
under-below, beneath, lower in grade/dignity, lesser, insufficientunderachieve, underground, underpass, underdeveloped, underrated
up-greater, higher, or betterupgrade, uplift, upsurge
with-against, back, away (from)withstand, withcall
Afro-relating to AfricaAfro-American, Afro-Caribbean
ambi-bothambidextrous, ambitendency
amphi-around, two, both, on both sidesamphiaster, amphitheatre, amphibian
an-/a-not, withoutanemic, asymmetric
ana-, an-up, againstanacardiaceous, anode
Anglo-relating to EnglandAnglo-Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-American
ante-beforeantenatal, antechamber, antecedent
anti-opposite, againstantivenom
apo-, ap-away from, detachedaphelion, apogee, apomorphine
astro-starastrobiology, astrology, astronomy
auto-selfautobiography, automatic, autonomy,
bi-twobicycle, biped
bio-life, biologicalbiology
circum-around, surroundingcircumnavigate
cis-on this side ofcislunar
con-/com-/col-/cor-/co-together or withconfederation, commingle, colleague, correlation, cohabit
contra-oppositecontradict, contraindication
cryo-icecryogenics
crypto-hidden, secretcryptography
de-downdepress, descend
demi-halfdemigod
demo-peopledemocracy, demography
deuter-seconddeuteragonist, deuterogamy
di-twodicotyledon, digamy, dioxide
dia-throughdialysis, diameter
dis-/di-/dif-apartdiffer, dissect, divide
du-/duo-twodual, duet
eco-ecologicalecosystem
electro-electric, electricityelectro-analysis, electromagnetic
en-, el-, em-inellipsis, emphasis, energetic
epi-, ep-upon, at, close upon, in additionephemeron, epicentre, epidermis
Euro-EuropeanEurocentric
ex-out ofexit, expel, explode, exploit, explore, export
extra-outsideextracurricular
Franco-French, FranceFrancophile, Franco-British, Franco-German
geo-relating to the earth or its surfacegeography, geology, geometry
gyro-spinning on an axisgyrocopter, gyroscope, gyrosphere
hetero-differentheterosexual
hemi-halfhemimorphic, hemisphere
homo-samehomogenous, homologous
hydro-relating to water, or using waterhydroelectricity, hydrant
hyper-above, overhyperthermia
hypo-under or below something, lowhypothermia
ideo-image, ideaideograph, ideaology
idio-individual, personal, uniqueidiolect, idiopathic
in-in, intoinsert, include
Indo-relating to the Indian subcontinentIndo-European
in-, il-, im-, ir-not, opposite ofillicit, impossible, inexact, irregular
infra-below, beneathinfrared
inter-among, betweeninteract, intercede, international
intra-inside, withinintravenous
iso-equalisochromatic, isotherm
macr-longmacrobiotic
maxi-very long, very largemaxi-skirt
mega-, megalo-great, largemegastar, megalopolis
meta-after, along with, beyond, among, behindmetabolism, metaphysics
micro-smallmicrobacillus
mono-, mon-sole, onlymonogamy, monotone, monosyllabic
multi-, mult-manymulticultural, multi-storey, multitude
neo-newneolithic, neoclassical
non-notnonexistent
omni-allomnipotent, omnipresent, omnivore
ortho-correcting or straighteningorthodontics, orthotropic
paleo-oldpaleolithic
pan-all, worldwidepan-African, pandemic, panorama
para-beside, beyondparallel, paranormal
ped-footpedal, pedestrian
per-through, completely, wrongly, exceedinglypermeate, permute
peri-around, near or adjacentperihelion, periphrase
photo-lightphotoelectric, photography
pod-footpodiatrist
poly-manypolygon, polyhedron
post-afterpostfix, postpone, postscript
pre-beforepredict, prepare, preview
preter-beyond, past, more thanpreternatural
pro-for, substitute, deputyproconsul
pro-beforeprocambium
pros-towardprosthesis
proto-first, originalprotoplasm, prototype
pseudo-false, imitationpseudonym
pyro-firepyrokinetic, pyrotechnic
quasi-partly, almost, appearing to be but not reallyquasi-religious
retro-backwardsretrograde
semi-halfsemicircle
socio-society, social, sociologicalsociopath
sub-, sup-below, undersubmarine, subterranean, suburban, support
super-above, oversupervisor, superintendent
supra-above, oversuprarenal
sur-above, oversurreal, surrender
syn-, sy-, syl-, sym-together, withsyllable, symbol, synthesis, system
tele-at a distancetelegraph, telephone, telescope, television
trans-over, through, acrosstransverse
tri-threetricycle, tripartite
ultra-beyondultramagnetic, ultrasonic, ultraviolet
uni-one, consisting of only oneunicycle, universal
vice-deputyvice-president, vice-principal, vice-admiral

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