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The Salem witch trials

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In this week’s Love Speaking magazine, we are taking a look into the supernatural. Below you can read an extract from the features section of the magazine about the Salem witch trials and don’t forget to take a look at the new vocabulary at the end of the blog post.

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The Salem witch trials

More than 300 years ago, trials began to be held in Salem Village. Villagers were being hung to death or taken to prison.  Twenty men and women were killed in total. This all happened because they were accused of being witches, in what became the “Salem Witch Trials.” In Colonial America, everyone believed in the supernatural, and magic was connected with the devil. Satan was blamed for every terrible thing that happened. The trials ended on October 12, when the governor said the evidence used was not enough, simply other villagers saying they had seen others with devils.

Secularists chose this day as a day to celebrate reason. October 12 is now Freethought Day among secular groups. The day is popular in the United States, were many consider that discrimination against freethinkers is everywhere. Freethought day celebrations want to give support to these individuals. The whole month of October is Freethought month, and people in many cities hold festivals throughout the month.

Nuevo vocabulario

To accuse (v.) = to say someone else is guilty of doing something wrong = acusar

Supernatural (adj.) = relating to anything outside the natural world = sobrenatural

Evidence (n.) = any thing that is helpful to form a conclusion or judgment = prueba

Secularist (n.) = someone who is skeptic, especially of religion = secular

Discrimination (n.) = treat someone unfairly because of beliefs, gender, race, etc = discriminación 

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What to do this weekend in Cadiz!

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Human. Jorge Rueda

Welcome to Love Speaking’s weekend guide. This week we are focusing on an interesting event in Cadiz, which you can read about and improve your English at the same time!

Whether you enjoy watching movies, going to the theatre, attending concerts and sports events or enjoying the nightlife, there is always something for everyone!

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Quick facts!

  • Location: UFCA Colectivo Fotográfico, Cadiz.
  • Type of exhibition: Photography.
  • Dates: 05/10/2012 – 30/11/2012.
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday 18:00- 21:00. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
  • Price: Free entry.

Description

The ‘Colectivo Fotográfico UFCA’ in Algeciras plays host to a once in a lifetime exhibition by Jorge Rueda, who is considered to be one of the best surrealist photographers in the world. It is a once in a lifetime event, which covers his works from 1970 – 2007. ‘Human’ is the name of the show and is organized by the ‘Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía’, which displays a selection of 23 images forming part of the legacy of their creator.

Jorge Rueda was the creator of strong images with sharp humor and visual impact. His work has been shown all around the world: in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Brussels, Stockholm, Geneva, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, Paris, Rome and Tokyo, among others. He has taught photography workshops and had many articles published both nationally and internationally.

Nuevo vocabulario

Once in a lifetime  =  something you will only experience once  =  de una vez en la vida

Surrealist (adj.)  = from the Surrealism art movement  =  surrealista

Legacy (n.)  =  something handed down through generations  =  legado

Visual impact   = appeals to you through sight  =  impacto visual

Workshops (n.)  =  practical classes  =  clases prácticos

VIDEO: Team Europe’s reactions from the Ryder Cup

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The Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is a golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. It happens every two years in a country alternating between Europe and the United States. This year the Ryder Cup was held in Illinois, United States and despite having a home advantage, Team Europe still managed to win. Watch the video below to listen to the reactions of some of the team. Haz click para conocer los mejores Cursos de Inglés Online

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Nuevo vocabulario

alternating  = going back and forth  =  alternando

was held in  =  took place in  =  llevó a cabo en

to pull something off  =  lograr

do down in the history books  =  to go in the records  =  pasar a la historia

make a comeback  =  reaparecer

American soil  =  suelo americano

inspirational   =  inspirador

history in the making  =  historia en marcha

TOEIC Top Tips 3

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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: Isolate your weak points 

After you have been studying the TOEIC for a while, you will find out which parts give you the most trouble. If you are studying by yourself, find a good reference book in the library and look up your questions. There may also be help on the Internet.

Tip #2: Don’t try to translate

Translating vocabulary and sentences wastes a lot of time. It is very rare that students have extra time during the TOEIC test. If you don’t know a word, look at the context of the sentence and the words around it. You will also not be allowed to use a dictionary when you take the test.

Tip #3: Guess as a last resort

On test day, if you don’t know the answer, and you have eliminated all of the distractors you can, don’t leave the space blank. There is a good chance you will not have time to go back to this question. You still have a 25% chance of getting the answer right if you guess. If you are sure that one or two of the answers are incorrect, your guess is even more likely to be correct

Check back next Wednesday for some more useful TOEIC tips on Love Speaking!

Cuales son los pros y los contras?

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pros and cons

In an argument, do you normally take one side or the other, or do you like to present both sides of the debate? Do you find it easy or difficult to disagree with people in a debate? These are some good discussion questions about our blog topic for today: discussing advantages and disadvantages.

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Useful phrases

 Advantages

  • The benefit of…
  • The upside of…
  • The good thing about that is (that)…
  • The advantages of doing that are (that)…
  • The plus side of…

Disadvantages

  • The problem with that is…
  • The downside is (that)…
  • The bad thing about that is…
  • The negatives points are…
  • The disadvantages are…

Example phrases

  • The good thing about Facebook is that it allows you to connect with your friends and family
  • The downside of Facebook is that it encourages people to spend more time online
  • The benefit of finding a job is that you get to earn money
  • The negative point of finding a job is that you have to work long hours 

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The ‘God’ Particle

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Lee nuestro nuevo post en inglés sobre la partícula ‘Higgs Boson’. Al final del artículo te dejamos nuevo vocabulario para que aprendas cada día un poco más.

In this week’s magazine, our focus is on the ‘God’ particle also known as the Higgs Boson. Read this short extract from the Love Speaking magazine now to learn more:

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The Higgs Boson is a hypothetical particle that gives mass to other particles. Physicists think that after the Big Bang, an invisible field was created. This field is called the Higgs field, and it is everywhere. When particles interact with this field, they gain mass and move more slowly. The Higgs Boson is the smallest part of the field. It is so small, it cannot be observed directly. Scientists recreate the impact, but the Higgs Boson falls apart incredibly quickly.  We can only study the data that is left behind.

The Higgs Boson explains why particles have mass. If they didn’t, then nothing would exist in the universe, therefore neither would we. This particle is essential to helps scientists to explain how the universe works.

Nuevo vocabulario

Mass (n.)  =  the amount of matter in an object  =  masa

Hypothetical (adj.)  = being assumed to exist  =  hipotético

Invisible (adj.)  =   impossible to see  =  invisible

Recreate (v.)  =   to create anew or once more  =  recrear 

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Que hacer este fin de semana en Granada!

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El manicomio de los horrores

Welcome to Love Speaking’s weekend guide. This week we are focusing on one interesting event in Granada, which you can check out and improve your English at the same time!

Whether you enjoy watching movies, going to the theatre, attending concerts and sports events or enjoying the nightlife, there is always something for everyone!

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Quick facts!

  • Genre: Circus
  • Style: Contempory
  • Summary: The new show from the Circus of Horrors promises even more acrobatics, more theatre and more comedy, but this time with an insane asylum environment.
  • Dates: from 5th October 2012 to 14th October 2012
  • Theatre: Carpa del Circo de los Horrores (Junto al Hipercor)
  • Where? Granada / Granada

Description

The Circus of Horrors is exactly what the name suggests, a circus complete with costumes, music and horror stories which create a terrifying atmosphere. Vampires, demons, zombies and other imaginary horror figures are featured throughout the shows.

It was created by Suso Silva, who put the circus together with the idea of presenting a new type of show that the public were looking for.  In the past, they have recreated an old, gothic cemetery scene with gargoyles, tombstones, fog and all of the creatures mentioned before.

The Asylum of Horrors is a new show which will show us a dangerous environment where all kinds of mentally ill patients live. It is located in a hospital where the doctors and nurses do not keep watch on the inmates but continue to destroy their minds under terrible delusions.

It is the perfect event for Halloween!

 

Nuevo vocabulario

Vampires  =  vampiro

Demons  =  demonio

Zombies  =  zombie

Imaginary  =  imaginario

Cemetery  =  cementerio

Gargoyle  =  gárgola

Tombstone  =  lápida

Fog  =  neblina

Creatures  =  criaturas

Inmate  =  Prisoner  =  paciente hospitalizado

Delusions  =  ideas delirantes

¿Que vas a hacer esta noche?

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Making personal arrangements

El post de hoy está dedicado a aprender a hacer planes en las conversaciones con tus amigos. El siguiente ejemplo muestra cómo hacer, rechazar y aceptar sugerencias en una conversación entre dos amigos, Jean y Tom.

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Example

JEAN: Hi Tom. Do you fancy doing something tonight?

TOM: Sure, how about going to see a film?

JEAN: Hmm. I went to the cinema yesterday, I don´t really want to go again so soon. How about going somewhere for a meal, instead?

TOM: That sounds like a good idea! What kind of food do you fancy?

JEAN: How about trying the new pizza place that´s just opened?

TOM: PerfectShould I pick you up at around seven thirty?

JEAN: Thanks, that would be great. See you then.



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Los Juegos Olimpicos y su efecto sobre las empresas locales en Londres

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Lee nuestro nuevo post en inglés sobre el efecto de los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012 en las empresas locales. Al final del artículo te dejamos nuevo vocabulario para que aprendas cada día un poco más. Haz click para conocer los mejores Cursos de Inglés Online

In this week’s magazine, we take a look back on the London 2012 Olympics and the impact that it had on other businesses throughout the summer. Do you think it was a positive or negative impact?

Read this short extract from the Love Speaking magazine now and see if you can decide:

“The London Olympics are officially over. Although the games faced a lot of criticism, London put on a great show. In fact, the games went off without a hitch. There were no terrorist attacks, travel chaos or security mishaps.  There were, on the other hand, empty hotel rooms, quiet streets and a drop in retail sales.

When London won the bid in 2005, a massive boost to the economy was predicted-over 2 billion pounds in fact.  The recession-hit country would surely welcome the millions of dollars that would flood in from tourists. Not to mention, degenerated areas of London’s east end were being revitalized with new buildings, shopping centres and train stations, amongst other things. The stage was set to welcome thousands of people to London, but strangely, businesses reported anything but a boost.”

Nuevo vocabulario

Criticism  =   to pass judgement  =  crítica

To go off without a hitch  =   to go smoothly  =  funcionar sin problemas

Mishap  =   accident, mistake  =  error

Recession-hit  =  to be experiencing a slow economy  =  afectdada por una desaceleración de la economía

Degenerated  =   run-down, to be in bad condition  = en mal estado

Flood in  =   to arrive in great amounts  =  afluir

Revitalize  =   to renew  =  revitalizar

The stage was set  =   to be prepared and ready for  =  estar preparado

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Este fin de semana en Barcelona

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fin de semana

Bienvenido a la guía de Love Speaking para el fin de semana. Esta semana, hemos seleccionado tres planes apetecibles que puedes hacer en  Barcelona, disfruta de nuestras recomendaciones al mismo tiempo que aprendes nuevas palabras en inglés. ¡Buen fin de semana! Haz click para conocer los mejores Cursos de Inglés Online

Whether you enjoy watching movies, going to the theatre, attending concerts and sports events or enjoying the nightlife, there is always something for everyone!

Movies / Peliculas 

Total recall (Desafío total): A factory worker, Douglas, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led.

  • Genre: Action
  • Director: Len Wiseman
  • Starring: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine and Bryan Cranston

Theatre & Dance / Teatro y Danza

Yes, we Spain… Is different: Carlos Latre presents a comedy spectacular filled with more than 70 different personalities, to help try to solve the problems in Spain.

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Dates: from 13th September 2012 to 30th September 2012
  • Theatre: Coliseum
  • Starring: Carlos Latre

Concerts / Conciertos

Miguel Bosé: A Spanish singer and actor who has sold more than 15,000,000 records all over the world.

  • Location: Palau Sant Jordi
  • Genre: Pop-Rock
  • Date: 27th September 2012

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