DUOLINGO. APLICACION PARA EL APRENDIZAJE DE IDIOMAS.

01 noviembre 2017 1

Autor: Jimena Gonzalez Sánz.

Welcome back to our section! Are you still motivated towards English language learning? Whether your answer is yes or no do not stop and continue reading because today we can offer you another resource, which has a lot to do with that: motivation (and gaming too!)

This time we want to provide you some information about Duolingo (https://en.duolingo.com/). It is also available on Google play so you can use it in your smartphone, tablet, laptop and MAC. In any case, you will need to have an email account. This app allows you to learn a second language for free! You just have to choose the target language and select your mother tongue. When it is done, you can select your goal. It can vary from casual to insane. Then you will find your personal coach DUO who is going to remind you every single day if you are on the right track to pursue the goal you chose.

Once you have selected language and goal, you can try a starter test to place you in the right level according to your knowledge or you can start from the very beginning.

Duolingo is organized into modules, which are made up of lessons. Once you complete each lesson of each module, you can continue with the following one.

Each lesson offers you different activities like translations or arranging words to make sentences. Vocabulary is introduced with images and grammar is explained with speech bubbles. There are also exercises where you are asked to type what you listen and some others where you have to repeat what you heard.

At the end of each module, when you finish all the lessons, you can see your weakest words. Therefore, you can revise and exercise them here and there or go back later. An additional benefit of Duolingo is that it helps you track your progress. At the end of each lesson you can see your days of work, your progress and your prizes: lingots (that is the Duolingo currency) that you can use to buy boosters and practice at the Duolingo store.

As any App, it has some cons for example it allows you to have little room for mistakes. Thus, when you type anything be sure you put the accent marks in Spanish when translating and the appropriate use of capital letters like in I (first person of the personal pronoun). Another fact I personally do not like is that sometimes translations are literal and it means that you are going to find from time to time expressions that seem unnatural like translate : the bear was sleeping in my bed (when there are high possibilities you are never going to use that expression at all, thank god! LOL).

Except these two tiny things, we enjoy Duolingo. Therefore, we strongly recommend you use it. Every day or from time to time when you feel your English is rusty and want to practice a little bit. It requires little effort, it is enjoyable, we do love the interface and it is available in your phone anytime free of charge.

We hope you enjoy it and we cannot leave without reminding you can share any of your experiences and questions to help you in the task of English learning. BW!

Jimena González Sanz.

4 Junio 2022 1
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TRADITIONAL BRITISH DISHES YOU NEED TO TRY.

TRADITIONAL BRITISH DISHES YOU NEED TO TRY.

 

Autor: Verónica Amaro Bermejo

 

Shepherd’s Pie

 Shepherd’s Pie is primarily made from minced lamb and potatoes. Many families will make this dish using beef, but then it should actually be referred to as Cottage Pie, as shepherds only herd sheep (duh). 

Most Brits would agree that Shepherd’s Pie is best eaten at home with your family and, in fact, the dish is not often served in restaurants.

 Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is a fillet of steak coated in patê and then rolled in pastry. Although the dish shares its name with the famous Duke of Wellington, it actually shares no link with the British nobility. In reality, it is thought that Beef Wellington was based around the French dish filet de bœuf en croûte (fillet of beef in pastry).

Beef Wellington is served in posh pubs and restaurants up and down the country.

 

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4 junio 2022 11
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READING COMPREHENSION.

READING COMPREHENSION.

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

 

Simply put, reading comprehension is the act of understanding what you are reading. While the definition can be simply stated, the act is not simple to teach, learn or practice. Reading comprehension is an intentional, active process that occurs before, during and after a person reads a particular piece of writing.

What is the reading process? What do we do during the reading process? The following ideas can sum up the main things that happen on each stage.

The reading process has three stages: The initial stage, prereading or before reading, then the second one that happens while reading and the third and last one is the post reading or exploring and extending your reading. 

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3 abril 2022 11
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PHRASAL VERBS

PHRASAL VERBS.

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

 

Hi everyone! Welcome back to our English space where you can find interesting websites and ideas to improve your learning English learning. Today we are going to tackle a complex topic: phrasal verbs.

A phrasal verb is a phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or an adverb, or both. In many cases the meaning of the phrasal verb cannot be deduced from its separate elements. In addition, many phrasal verbs are polysemous i.e., they have more than one meaning. There are also difficulties with the grammar of phrasal verbs, particularly with the position of the particles, in that some phrasal verbs are ‘separable’ (the particle can be moved), while some are ‘inseparable.’ Quite apart from all this, there are literally thousands of them

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