Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
As you may already know, Thanksgiving will be celebrated tomorrow in the U.S.A. In my opinion, the original meaning of this event was something really beautiful...
Unfortunately (and surprisingly), it seems that people in North America have forgotten what 'giving thanks' to those who helped them survive (at the very beginning of their arrival at the U.S.A) means.
If you are interested in knowing more about the origins of Thanksgiving you can go to this link:
This activity has been kindly created and shared by a teacher. It can be useful to practice listening and reading, but just the two first exercises (the rest are targeted at French students of English).
See you tomorrow!
Monday, 19 November 2007
Here you are the interviews about food recorded by your partners a couple of weeks ago.
Some easy comprehension exercises have been included. I'm really sorry for the sound quality, I can't improve it.
Listen first to Noelia and Elena (group J):
Now listen to Ana and Alejandro (group L):
Saturday, 17 November 2007
First of all, I'd like to congratulate you for the gorgeous queues you did last Thursday.
Second, it's my duty to inform you of the importance and significance of forming queues in England. To do so, nothing better than George Mikes' words from his book How to Be an Alien. I highly recommed this reading.
Some parts of the chapter have been skipped. And if you go to 'comments' you'll find a vocabulary exercise (I'm sorry that it's so primitive, but I don't have a web space right now and I can't create more sophisticated exercises).
I hope you enjoy it!
THE NATIONAL PASSION
On the Continent, if people are waiting at a bus stop they loiter around in a seemingly vague fashion. […] An English man, even if he is alone, forms and orderly queue of one.
At weekends an Englishman queues up at the bus stop, travels out to Richmond, queues up for a boat, then queues up for tea, then queues up for ice cream, then joins a few more odd queues just for the sake of the fun of it, then queues up at the bus stop and has the time of his life.
Many English families spend lovely evenings at home just by queueing up for a few hours, and the parents are very sad when the children leave them and queue up for going to bed.