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Thanksgiving : Turkey, pumpkin pie and much more!

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Thanksgiving is an American holiday which took place this year on 22nd November. Some of the traditions of Thanksgiving include the typical food, such as turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Also before the meal, each member of the family will give thanks.

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In the winter of 1620 a group of pilgrims arrived to Plymouth Rock aboard the Mayflower.  The pilgrims were in a new country, on new land; everything was unfamiliar. It was freezing, they didn’t have food, they didn’t have shelter, they had no idea how to survive.  The local Native American tribe helped the pilgrims by teaching them all the skills they needed to survive, especially how to grow food.  Half of the pilgrims died in the first winter.  When the fall harvest came they had a huge celebration to celebrate that the pilgrims had been able to produce a successful harvest: this illustrate that they had become (or could become) self-sufficient and survive in the new world.  This celebration lasted three days and during the celebration, the pilgrims and Native Americans feasted all together.
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Pilgrim (noun): an original settler in a place that has traveled from far away

Aboard: (adverb): on or in a train, plane, bus, ship, etc.

Shelter (noun): a place that protects you from the outside, such as a house

Harvest (noun):  Season where crops (food grown in fields) are gathered

To illustrate (verb): To show; to prove

To feast (verb): To eat a lot of good food

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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: The Words

The Words follows young writer who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There’s only one catch – he didn’t write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary stardom continues to rise, he is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work, and for placing ambition and success above life’s most fundamental three words.

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Album of the week: Take Me Home by One Direction

‘Take Me Home’ is the title of One Direction’s latest album after the huge success of their previous album, ‘Up All Night’. One Direction are also set to embark on their second concert tour, the 2013 World Tour, in February 2013. Announced by member Liam Payne at the 2012 BRIT Awards in early 2012, the original concert tour was billed as the UK & Ireland Arena Tour. In mid-2012, the concert tour expanded with legs in North America and Australasia following the band’s international breakthrough. Critical reception for the album was mixed, with positive reviewers praising the show-stopping pop anthems.

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Amazing fact of the week: Honey

There’s a lot of commotion around the “buy local” mantra these days, but there may be more in it for you that you realize, especially when it comes to honey. By buying locally-produced honey, your body gets small doses of the same pollen that can trigger your allergies. In the same fashion that a vaccine works, by giving your body the honey, allergies may be dramatically reduced. So the closer you live to the beekeeper, the better off you are!

Nuevo vocabulario

stardom (n.) = fame, success = estrellato

fundamental (adj.) = basic, essential = fundamental

legs (n.) = part of the course of travel = tramo

mantra (n.) = a constantly repeated word or phrase = mantra

pollen (n.) = powder substance produced by seed-bearing plants = polen

VIDEO: Hershey’s Chocolate

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In our video, you can see exactly how chocolate is made from the first step until the final step when the chocolate bars are being packaged. However, in recent news it has been suggested that cocoa is under threat as temperatures become too hot in Africa to grow them properly as a result of climate change. Would you miss chocolate if it could no longer be produced?

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Nuevo vocabulario

thrive (v.) = plants growing heathilymedrar

ferment (v.) = process of conversion with heat = fermentar

roaster (n.) = heater = tostador

cocoa beans (n.) = seed of the cacao tree = granos de cacao

evaporation (n.) = liquid turning to vapour = evaporación

TOEIC Top Tips 9

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So you’re taking the TOEIC test, congratulations!

Love Speaking is here to give you some very helpful tips on how to successfully prepare yourself for the test every week. Read our top 3 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Stop translating

The thing that slows down listening and reading comprehension most is translating things into your own language in your head. You can start to think only in English by using an English-English dictionary, not using translations in your lists of vocabulary to learn, and learning whole phrases of English.

 

Tip #2: Join a study group

Just sitting next to someone studying the same thing as you can help you to discipline yourself you not take too many breaks. You can also test each other on what you have been trying to learn and try and explain why certain answers are wrong.

TOEIC Problems and Error Correction

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TOEIC correctionWelcome to Love Speaking’s TOEIC problems and error correction blog post where you will be able to discover new ways to solve any errors you make in the reading section of the TOEIC test. The problem we will be looking at in this blog are similar words.

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TOEIC Problem: Similar Words

It is easy to confuse words that have similar meanings or similar spellings. However, these words CANNOT be interchanged. Check out some examples below:

  • accept / except
  • advise / advice
  • affect / effect
  • lose / loose
  • say / tell

Solution: Pay attention to both the meaning and spelling of the word

EXAMPLES

1. Incorrect: Mr. Chang said his secretary to schedule a meeting.

Correct: Mr. Chang told his secretary to schedule a meeting.

2. Incorrect: My shoelace is lose.

Correct: My shoelace is loose.

EXPLANATION

1. ‘Say’ is followed by a direct object. ‘Tell’ is followed by an indirect object. Use ‘say’ when you just say something. (Mr. Chang said to schedule a meeting.) Use ‘tell’ when you say something to someone else. (Mr Chang. told his secretary to schedule a meeting.)

2. The spelling of a word can change it into a different word. To ‘lose’ something means that you cannot find it. Check the spelling; ‘lose’ should be ‘loose’, which means not tight. 

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Strikes Sweep Europe

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This week’s Love Speaking magazine features an article about the recent strikes across Europe. They are tired of having no jobs, of losing their homes and having to live on the breadline. They blame the banks for the current economic crisis and don’t see why they should have to pay the price while the banks receive government aid funded through public money. Read the rest of this extract below:

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 ‘I’m on strike because those who work are basically being blackmailed into sacrificing more and more in the name of debt reduction, which is a big lie,’ said one protestor, Daniel Santos de Jesus, 43, who is a teacher of architecture at the Lisbon Technical University.

On the 14th of November, many transport services and factories were disrupted and thousands of people marched into city squares in Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Athens and Rome.

Iberia, Spain’s national airline and Vueling, the country’s low-budget carrier cancelled up to 600 flights. In Portugal, the country’s flagship carrier, TAP, cancelled 45 percent of its flights.

Likewise only 20 percent of Spain’s long distance trains and a third of its commuter trains were running on Wednesday. The Metro was completely shut down in Lisbon and 10 percent of long distance trains were in service but only after a court order forced them to do so.

Nuevo vocabulario

blackmail (v.) = to force money from someone illegally = chantajear

to sacrifice (v.) = to give something up with great difficulty = sacrificar

debt reduction (n.) = to decrease in money owed = reducción de la deuda

disrupt (v.) = to cause a disruption / to interrupt = interrumpir

flagship (adj.) = important = principal

a court order (n.) = an order that forces people to do something by law = orden judicial

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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Cosmopolis

New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut, his eyes are glued to the Yuan exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying his bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every minute.

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Album of the week: The 2nd Law by Muse

‘The 2nd Law’ is the sixth studio album by English alternative rock band Muse. Critical reception was favourable, with praise directed towards the album’s ambition and bombastic tendencies; whilst also being criticized for incorporating too many genres and influences.  In an interview, the band mentioned that they had experimented with music and sounds in particular, which makes this album their most experimental piece they have ever created.

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Amazing fact of the week: Rubix cubes

Every possible state of a standard Rubix cube can be solved in 20 moves or less. Anyone who is serious about trying to solve the Rubix cube can use algorithms and sequences to solve the puzzle in a little number of steps. Algorithms that can be remembered by humans can be used to solve it in 40 moves or less, but with the use of a computer, this number can be halved to 20.

Nuevo vocabulario

civilization (n.) = culture, society = civilización

uncontested (adj.) = not challenged = incontestado

chauffeured (v.) = privately driven = conducido

bombastic (adj.) = high-sounding, pretentious = bombástico

experimental (adj.) = testing technique = experimental

algorithm (n.) = problem-solving sequences = algoritmo

TOEIC Reading Practice: Vocabulary

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When doing reading practice and trying to discover the meaning of words, you can often use other words in the same sentence or in the nearby sentences as clues to get an idea of the meaning of the expression. These surrounding words are called the context. The following can also help you discover the meaning of a word:

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Synonyms

The first state to institute compulsory education was Massachusetts, which made it mandatory for students to attend school twelve weeks a year.

  • The word ‘mandatory’ is a synonym for compulsory. If it is mandatory to attend school, then compulsory education must mean “mandatory”, “required”, “necessary”.

Word analysis

A tiger standing in tall grass is almost invisible because of its striped markings.

  • The prefix in- often means “not”. The root -vis- means “see.” The suffix -ible means “able to be.” Even if you are not familiar with the word ‘invisible’, you could probably guess that it means “not able to be seen.”

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Green Capitals of Europe

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Not all European cities are created equally when it comes to nature and respect for the environment. Some city governments have passed legislation to build greener metropolises for their residents because of public pressure or forward-thinking politicians. Read our Magazine extract below about the European Green Capital Award:

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What Is the European Green Capital Award?

The European Green Capital Award grew out of an initiative launched by fifteen European cities and the Association of Estonian Cities in 2006 in Tallinn, Estonia. The idea was the brainchild of Jüri Ratas, the former mayor of Tallinn. Their ‘green vision’ was translated into a joint Memorandum to the European Commission establishing an award to recognize cities leading the way in environmentally-friendly urban living.

The award pays tribute to Europe’s ‘greenest’ city based on its performance in relation to ten key factors. These include air quality, sustainable land use, waste management and water consumption. But how do they pick a winner? Interested cities must apply for the award and then convince the board through proof that they are the greenest of the green.

Nuevo vocabulario

launched (v.) = to start a new business = fundar

brainchild (n.) = someone’s idea = creación, idea

joint (adj.) = when work together = conjunto

pay tribute (v.) = to show respect = brindar tributo

waste (n.) = material that is not wanted = desechos

board (n.) = group of people who make a joint decision = consejo 

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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Skyfall

Skyfall is the 23rd film in the James Bond series. 007 becomes M’s only ally as MI6 comes under attack, and a mysterious new villain emerges with a diabolical plan. James Bond’s latest mission has gone horribly awry, resulting in the exposure of several undercover agents, and an all-out attack on M16. Meanwhile, as M plans to relocate the agency, emerging Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee Mallory raises concerns about her competence while attempting to usurp her position, and Q becomes a crucial ally. Now the only person who can restore M’s reputation is 007.

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Album of the week: Born to Die by Lana Del Rey

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter. Lana Del Rey initially began performing in clubs in New York City at the age of 18 and signed her first recording contract when she was 20 years old. ‘Born to Die’ is a pop album that derives characteristics from such musical genres as alternative hip hop and indie pop. Music journalists gave Born to Die  positive reviews, praising its distinctive sound, while others criticized the songs’ repetitiveness and the melodramatic production.

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Amazing fact of the week: Moon Quakes

Moonquakes, or “earthquakes” on the moon, do occur, though they are less common and less intense than those that shake Earth. According to scientists, moonquakes seem to be related to tidal stresses associated with the varying distance between the Earth and moon. Moonquakes also tend to occur at great depths, about midway between the lunar surface and its center.

Nuevo vocabulario

diabolical (adj.) = villainous, evil = diabólico

awry (adv.) = off course, wrong = de manera torcida

distinctive (adj.) = difference, unique = distintivo

usurp (v.) = take over = usurpar

melodramatic (adj.) = overemotional = melodramático

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