miércoles, 18 de enero de 2017

Song Of The Week: Puggy´s `We Have It Made´


How do you translate the title of this song "We Have It Made" by Puggy ?




Here are its lyrics:

Ooh, don't you know we have it made 
Yeah everything will turn out great 
When the stars were born they called our names, 
Yeah, don't you know we have it made 
But 

We're sick of it all 
Sick of it all (we are) 
We're sick of it all 
Sick of it all 

Douloudou.....

Ooh, everything is right as rain 
But I haven't seen a cloud all day 
When the sky will fall we'll meet again 
And then everything will go my way 
But 

We're sick of it all 
Sick of it all ( we are)
We're sick of it all 
Sick of it all

Douloudou...

We're sick of it all 
Sick of it all ( we are)
We're sick of it all 
Sick of it all





martes, 17 de enero de 2017

Galician Books in English




This is a website that promotes Galician authors in English translations. 


These are some of the writers you may find there: Marlier Aleixandre  (and her book The Knife in November), Fina Casalderrey (and her book Dove and Cut Throat), Miguel Anxo Murado ´s Ash wednesday, Manuel Rivas´One Million Cows....

domingo, 15 de enero de 2017

Farewell to President Obama


Obama´s last day in Office will be next Friday;  the President´s term ends at noon on January 20th.

Here are 2 videos you can watch to remember this memorable moment in history






Video 1: People share memorable moments from the Obama Presidency:



Video 2: President Obama´s farewell speech below; it is a video published by The White House so you can trust the subtitles to be accurate. If you would rather read the transcript, click here.



viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

Schools in Finland


Some food for thought on education for the weekend....

Michael Moore goes to Finland to learn about the education system there....We ( =`the Spanish school system´)  should  copy quite a few things he learns....

The audio is in English and the subtitles are in Spanish; it is a 10-minute-lomg video but, for both students and teachers outside Finland , there is so much to consider!

El exito educativo de Finlandia Michael Moore from ateo666666 on Vimeo.




jueves, 12 de enero de 2017

That Or Which?

Sorting out the relative pronouns: that vs. which 





miércoles, 11 de enero de 2017

`Good Speech´


Dear students, here you are trying to learn to speak `good English´and we, teachers, trying to teach you just that while native speakers of English have trouble understanding each other...

This is a video about the ways people can speak `non-standard Englishes´but be articulate (= expressing oneself readily, clearly, or effectively ): English will sound different if you are white, black, British, American

Choose the subtitles you need from the long list offered to you in the video




Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.”


Transcript: click here.


martes, 10 de enero de 2017

Song Of The Week: Grace Vanderwaal´s `Light The Sky´


Grace Vanderwaal is 12 ( she was born in 2004) ; in 2016 she won the Golden Buzzer at the AGT (America´s Got Talent ) competition. She is a singer-songwriter and ukelelist. `Light The Sky´ is one of her hits:

 

This song was  chosen by Google for their video `Google- Year in Search in 2016´ (you  may watch it with subtitles in lots of different languages, including English - which I would recommend- and Spanish): 




Optional Homework Assignment: 

This video shows the top 10 trending search topics in Google in 2016:


  1. Powerball
  2. Prince
  3. Hurricane Mathew
  4. Pokémon Go
  5. Slither.io
  6. Olympics
  7. David Bowie
  8. Trump
  9. Election
  10. Hillary Clinton
Here is your assignment:

  • Choose 3 of the trending topics mentioned above (preferably including some that you did actually search for last year)
  • Summarize the 3 trending topics you have chosen - including the reason why you think they became trending topics
  • Mention what you learnt when you searched for them
  • If you remember it, include the reason that made you google  those topics
Thanks to rd School for the idea.

domingo, 8 de enero de 2017

Double Negative: `We Don´t Need No Education´


Double negatives are grammatically incorrect but there is a sentence including one that is extremely popular: the first line of a song by Pink Floyd, `Another Brick in the Wall´

We don't need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.




Lots of versions have been made of this song, here is another one, aiming to make us environmentally-friendly: 






viernes, 23 de diciembre de 2016

A Selection Of Christmas Commercials


A choice of Christmas ads:

1. The Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert – a joyous Christmas musical created in stop frame animation featuring vocals by James Corden

It tells the story of Dave, a hard-working and devoted Dad, who realises that the greatest gift he can give people this Christmas is his time.   

The song, ‘The Greatest Gift Is Me’, is sung by British actor James Corden; it was composed by Flight of the ConchordsBret McKenzie, a comedian, musician and producer who won the 2012 Oscar for best original song in The Muppets. 

Behind-the-scene video: click here



2. The  2014 John Lewis Christmas TV advert with Monty The Penguin.

The music is ‘Real Love’ performed by Tom Odell, the original song was written by John Lennon




3. Milka chocolate. A young boy just can't wait a whole month for Christmas to arrive so he constructs a  time machine to travel into the  future of 2412 … the 24th of December, that is.

Thanks to his family, a sweet surprise awaits  once he reaches his destination.








jueves, 22 de diciembre de 2016

Christmas 2016



Watch the video below if you want to celebrate a very British Christmas



Enjoy some Christmas humour:





Including some `Black´ humour (or do you disagree and think it is not?):








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