USEFUL WEBPAGES TO LEARN ENGLISH

08 abril 2020 03

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

Welcome everybody to the English section of this magazine. Hope you enjoyed the last months and you could spend some time to English.

But, first things first, I want to send you all a message of support and encouragement to you. I t is true we are living taught moments and we need to focus on activities and positive facts while we need to stay at home.

By the time, you will be reading these lines we might have been a couple of weeks at home and it seems it is going to take us a little bit longer to feel the freedom. So please do not desperate and focus on things you like and those you need to work a little more, English for instance.

My proposal today is to continue with some interesting resources where you can help yourself with English.

The first one are TED Talks, you can either search them in youtube or use the resources of National Geographic to learn English based on these talks. For those who are not familiar with them the TED Talks are performances of the world’s leading thinkers and doers. These talks normally last less than 18 minutes. They tackle many topics like Technology, Entertainment and Design (that is where its name comes from) plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. These talks are really engaging their contents are real, you can enjoy many of them and you can get ideas and encouragement from people of all around the world.

BBC has a news site that is more for native speakers or if you are looking for current news but, there is a clearer and easier site for English learners too. There are activities for different levels and a selection of programs about language, culture and English. And what is best, most of the articles can be downloaded as well as the audios; you can download the transcriptions in pdf too.

You will be able to practice the listening skill because there is a wide range of audio and video recordings. You can also find short videos about interesting topics in The “Words in the News” section.

And there is a program that focuses on idiomatic expressions “The English We Speak” an another one that connects vocab , listening and culture in a short, fun program: “6 Minute English”. There is also a section of the site about pronunciation of course uses British English

These two are my proposals so far. Please, keep a high spirit for you and the ones you live with.

BW.

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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