HALLOWE-EN

02 octubre 2019 2

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

Welcome back to our English section. This time we are going to approach to one of the most well know festivities from the English speaking countries that is: Halloween. This annual holiday is celebrated each year on October 31 (in 2019 occurs on Thursday, October 31).

Its origins date from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, 2000 years ago, when they celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of the dark, cold winter ( a period often associated with human death ).So the night of October 31 it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. The following day November 1 was their New Year

The Romans invaded the UK and they combined their festivities with the existing ones from the Celts. The Romans commemorated the passing of the dead in Feralia (a day in late October) and they also celebrated the day of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees, whose symbol is the apple, this could explain the tradition of bobbing for apples typical on Halloween.

The influence of Christianity spread and it was first designated a day in May in honor of all martyrs. Later Pope Gregory III r expanded the festival to include all saints too and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1. All Saints day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.

In the USA, people began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Nowadays more than a quarter of candies sold in a year are for the celebration of Halloween. Also in USA the success of scary Halloween movies have a long history. Classic Halloween movies include for example, the saga Halloween ,with its spooky soundtrack, directed by John Carpenter. More family-friendly Halloween movies are “Beetlejuice” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” 

Halloween is a holiday packed with mystery and superstition. It began with Celts and it has spread all over the world. We can remember our deceased friends and relatives while we dress up in scary customs and go trick or treating or enjoy a terrifying movie.

If you want to know more about Halloween you can click on the following links . Hope you have enjoyed reading us today! See you all next time!

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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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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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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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