Posts Tagged ‘videos’

“I just sued the school system” (Prince EA)

2 March 2019

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Prince EA speaks about the School system for 6 minutes.

Watch and listen:

 

(@YouTube)

Doing the crab walk landing (@YouTube, @imgur)

21 October 2017

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(via @YouTube)

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Cómo hacer pulseras de macramé (@YouTube)

30 August 2016

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[Jon Kortajarena, modelo y actor]

 

3 websites, videos, newspapers and podcasts

11 June 2016

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For those teachers who wanted to be good at Business English I would recommend three websites related to Business English, listen to podcasts, read English newspapers every day, watch videos and use dictionaries.

1/Learn English Today (abbreviations, vocabulary, games, interviews, business conversations, etcetera) http://tinyurl.com/68j8vf

2/Business English Site ( general Business English, sales and marketing, listening comprehension texts, reading texts, etcetera) http://tinyurl.com/go9tfy5

3/Teaching English Org.(meetings, socialising, lesson plans and worksheets included) http://tinyurl.com/hsxm4m6

Moreover I would insist on reading English newspapers such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail or The Daily Telegraph on a regular basis. Anyway, there are plenty of online magazines and newspapers with brilliant articles (Buzzfeed, The Independent, The New Yorkers, The Guardian)

Watching videos on @YouTube, the news on @euronews and listening to podcasts on @BBC_podcasts is essential to keep English alive

Little points to consider in oral interviews

28 August 2014

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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First of all, when you are having a conversation you must be aware of your partner. Do not forget that your participation counts but your partner counts as well

Get used to listening.

When it´s your turn to speak try to be clear and concise. Do not make very long sentences. Long messages sometimes can be boring to others

Your intonation is important. Of course, nobody asks a question by doing an affirmative statement. Think where you put your stress in sentences.

Basics is a principal point in language. You need to make sure you use the precise words, that is to say, do not use “him” where you should use “her” or him. We are dealing basics when we deal with verbal tenses, personal pronouns of subject or object, cardinal numbers, demonstratives, possessive adjectives, adverbials, and so on.

In verbs as you should know there are three forms or elements in their presentation, namely, the infinitive, the past and the past participle. The pronunciation of the past form of an irregular verb is not usually the same as the pronunciation of the past participle form.

On the other hand, there are lots of useful expressions, linkers or even idioms which may help in a conversation. A good student, a good speaker must learn, know and use them (once more, let´s see, to sum up, unfortunalely, that is to say, the truth is that, actually, secondly, et cetera)

In English sometimes we use a future verbal tense with the meaning of a present. For example, we say “I´ll start by saying that…” meaning “empiezo diciendo que…” or “shall we open the door?” meaning “¿abrimos la puerta?”.

Phonetics and pronunciation are two pillars in the building of a good dialogue. If you pronounce well, you will always be clearly understood. Phonetics helps to pronunciation rules.

I wouldn´t like to forget probably the point number one in communication: words. Without words we speak nothing. Words, or rather, vocabulary is the most important thing in language. Learn new words and you will be able to communicate anything to anyone. Use a dictionary, take notes of new words, read texts (newspapers, readers), listen to podcasts, online radios, watch videos, talk to real English people.

When you make a sentence, remember that in English there is always an easy rule to follow which consists of subject, verb and complements in standard messages.

Therefore, if you mean “Entonces, sería …” you shouldn´ t forget the subject “it” as in “Then, it would be…”. On the other hand, when you have used a subject it is wrong to put it twice as in “ this song it is about…” and you should say “this song is about…”

Other points where one can make mistakes are confusing numbers as in “thirteen” (13) and “thirty” (30) or the ordinal numbers “twelfth” (duodécimo) ”, telling the time, men and women (the latest´s pronunciation is very peculiar).

Some speakers think that saying “and” many times will make the speech more fluent and that is wrong and boring. One has to take some other words as “however”, “nevertheless”, “but”, “on the one hand”. Try to avoid repetition which only means lack of vocabulary and style. Sometimes it will be better not to say anything and leaving a blank space in conversation, as if you were playing music. Whenever you use a verb take your time to consider if it wouldn´t be nicer to choose a more specific verb instead of the verb “to be” or “to have” [ “go”, “visit”, “walk”, “travel”]

There are lots of words that we don´t often check in the dictionary. We do not know their meaning. Sometimes we pronounce them wrong.

Never forget the idea that English grammar is not a cheese but “lots of cheese”. Be available to learn rules or new aspects of grammar. I have just remembered now the rule of the verbs of like and dislike which take the gerund after themselves: like/hate/love/prefer + Ving

She hates waiting for her brother every day after class

When you talk to someone, try to make short messages. Most of times you go further on you make a mistake, nevertheless the best way to learn is by making mistakes and talking.

If your partner asks a question starting with “do” as in “do you like eating hot dogs?” you will be expected to answer by using the same auxiliary verb, “yes, I do” / “No, I don´t” and then continue with your part of the conversation. If your partner starts with “have you ever driven a car?”, again you must give something like this “no, I haven´t”/ “yes, I have”.

Krashen´s explanation on acquisition of language

26 August 2014

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Watch the YouTube video (15 mins.)

 

Going samurai

20 August 2013

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Stewie Griffin

Yesterday I did it again. Yes, I watched a whole episode of Family Guy and enjoyed it. My favourite character is Stewie, I like his British accent and that mature spirit which reminds me the other child in “Jude the Obscure”(1)

Well, I watched that episode going samurai, that is, the original version in audio without any help or subtitles

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Little Father Time is the character in the novel written by Thomas Hardy

Joey speaks Frenchiey

12 October 2011

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Check the difficult work of a teacher of Foreign Languages here:

 (Joey Tribbiani, character of the American TV series “Friends”)

http://youtu.be/6oWgxk2s6CU

[Click on the link above]

 

Thanks to @bitterconch for the link 😉

Just a sample of what euronews can do for us

19 July 2011

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(Cesc Fabregas, footballer)

This morning I was reading tweets and sending my own tweets to the mystic, savage river Twitter when I came across this piece of news edited by euronews. There is a video uploaded on tumblr.com which has been linked below. Read the videoscript after the video if you like.

This one is about Barcelona football club and their hope for the come back of the Catalan player Cesc Fabregas still playing in Arsenal. Don´t you find this way an easy way to learn and enjoy English language? (Many thanks to euronews)

http://www.euronews.net/2011/07/20/barcelona-hopeful-over-fabregas/#.TiaG8lg707k.tumblr

“Reigning European champions Barcelona returned to preseason training on Monday and according to reports, the Catalans are ready to fight to bring Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas back to the club right up until the transfer deadline on the 31rst of August.

Despite the Gunners rejecting Barcelona’s first bid, coach Pep Guardiola remains confident.

Pep Guardiola: ‘‘This is the way it is and there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ve already made an offer and it’s now up to the player and his club to decide what they want to do. Every year we try and attract new players but if the ones we really want don’t want to join us, we just have to make do with our squad. I’m still very hopeful… We’ll just have to wait and see.’‘

Fabregas came through Barcelona’s youth academy at the same time as Argentina’s Lionel Messi before joining Arsenal in 2003.

The Spaniard is currently injured and hasn’t joined his team-mates on their tour of Asia.”

Copyright © 2011 euronews

An awesome comic story

4 April 2011

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(Mike Collins, cartoonist)

I have just found out this piece of news on Euronews today. The story about a prince and a princess-to-be in cartoons. Nicely presented in a pretty format, and I mean it. That is, the information provided by Euronews is attractive as well as the idea of telling the love story in a comic strip book.

 

The link to the news is here:

http://www.euronews.net/2011/04/04/kate-and-wills-comic-released-in-time-for-wedding/

 

[There is a link to euronews in “The character” blog at http://emilioefe.wordpress.com/]

 


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