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Something for the weekend

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Movie of the week: Anna Karenina

kinopoisk.ruAnna Karenina is a theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.

 Watch the trailer!

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Album of the week: The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

justin-timberlake-suit-and-tieThis is the first album for Justin Timberlake after his music hiatus in 2006 and with his new music label. The album features his new singles ‘Suit & Tie’ and ‘Mirrors’. Justin was heavily praised for the style and quality of his new album by critics, which led to performances around the world, notably in the United Kingdom during the BRIT Awards. You can watch the video of his performance below.

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Amazing facts of the week: Movie facts!

Stages-of-Movie-ProductionThe Avengers movie was not filmed in 3-D, instead it was converted to 3-D in post-production for release in cinemas.

Arnold Schwarzeneggar received a total of $15 million for his role in The Terminator. In the whole movie he spoke around 700 words meaning he was paid $21,429 per word!

The distant shots of the submarines in The Abyss were all models filmed in smoky air instead of water.


Nuevo vocabulario

theatrical = dramatic performances given the actors and actresses

timeless = unaffected by time

to surge = to suddenly increase or a sudden onrush

post-production = the final stage of a movie’s production where sountracks and effects are added

abyss = a large, deep and unmeasureable space or cavity

VIDEO: Energy Drinks

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sodaWatch the video below which shows the story of a mother who has tried to prevent children from drinking energy drinks which are high in sugar and caffeine. One of the biggest market leaders has threatened to sue her if she does not retract her statement. Which side of the argument do you agree with? Perhaps the video will help to make your mind up.

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Nuevo vocabulario

make your mind up = to make a decision

caffeine = a mild chemical stimulant found in tea, coffee, energy drinks etc

to retract = to take back or withdraw

to sue = to appeal against something in court

beverage = a drink or refreshment

atrocious = extremely bad

TOEIC Top Tips 24

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TOEIC_Test_TipsSo 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 2 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Write an English diary

People who don’t need to write English in their work or studies often get stuck on what they can write if they don’t have a teacher helping them. Writing about what you did everyday means you will never run out of material. If you can also write out whole conversations you had during the day, that is exactly the kind of language that you will hear in the Listening part of the exam.

 

Tip #2: Read every part of your dictionary

As well as being a place you look up words you don’t know, many modern dictionaries also tell you how to write common business documents you will see in the exam like emails, which words are most common in English and therefore worth learning first, the differences between commonly confused words (often used in trick questions in the exam) etc.

TOEIC: English Gerund Part 4

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shutterstock_13659481This is part 4 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1 or click here to read part 2 or click here to read part 3.

Below you can read some of the rules and situations where the gerund is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.

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Phrasal verbs and gerunds

Gerunds are used with phrasal verbs that end in prepositions. Phrasal verbs are verb phrases which are made up of two or more words, generally the verb plus one or two prepositions. Not all phrasal verbs combine with other verbs. Here are some of the most common phrasal verbs that do combine with other verbs in the gerund form:

bring about   –   call off   –   check into   –   cut out      -   figure out

get over   –   look into   –   put off   –   take over

Examples:

The coach called off practicing for the day.
Laura looked into finding a new job.
She took a long time to get over losing her dog.



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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: I’m So Excited!

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A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people on board Peninsula Flight 2549. The pilots are striving, along with their colleagues in the Control Center, to find a solution. The flight attendants and the chief steward are atypical, baroque characters who, in the face of danger, try to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves body and soul to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they wait for a solution.

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 Watch the trailer!

Album of the week: Every Kingdom by Ben Howard

mercury-prize-ben-howard-every-kingdom‘Every Kingdom’ is the debut album of British singer-songwriter Ben Howard. Ben began writing songs when he was around ten or eleven. In an interview he stated that when he was a kid he started playing guitar because he liked to put words together and make stuff up. In 2013, he won both of the categories he was nominated for at the BRIT awards: British breakthrough act and British solo male artist.

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Amazing facts of the week: English language

21st-century-flux-wordleOf all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions.

“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.

“Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

More English speakers reside in the United States, with India coming in second place.


Nuevo vocabulario

failure = an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success

striving = to make a strong effort towards achieving a certain goal

atypical = not conforming to the typical steroptype

baroque = extravagant in character

devote = to give up or concentrate on a particular purpose or cause

nominated = proposed as an option for an award, honour etc.

TOEIC Top Tips 23

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TOEIC_Test_TipsSo 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 2 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Set yourself a vocabulary goal

For example, if you learn 5 words a day for a year that will mean more than 1500 new words you can understand in English and being a whole level higher in reading comprehension. Once you have set that target, try to learn double that everyday, so that you are always ahead of your target and therefore motivated.

 

Tip #2: Join discussion forums

Reading an online forum about something you are interested in or knowledgeable about can be very motivating, as you will really want to know what people are saying and can write your own comments if you have some information that other people need, or want to say that you agree or disagree with someone. Like chat pages, there is also quite a lot of useful functional language like agreeing and disagreeing. You might also be able to find a discussion forum about other people’s experiences with the TOEIC exam.

VIDEO: Top 10 Places to Visit Before They Disappear

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shutterstock_31926499Watch the video below which shows the top 10 places in the world which you should visit before they disappear. The video gives brief explanations of why these places might disappear in the near future, because of global warming, rising sea levels, diminishing building structures, farming , natural disasters and others.

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Nuevo vocabulario

global warming (n.) = increase in the atmosphere’s temperature with serious effects

natural disaster (n.) = any force of nature that has destructive consequences

hurricane (n.) = a destructive storm with strong wind

flood (n.) = an overflow of water onto land that is normally dry

submerged (adj.) = beneath the surface of the water; underwater

decade (n.) = a period of 10 years

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TOEIC: English Gerund Part 3

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shutterstock_23909317This is part 3 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1 or click here to read part 2.

Below you can read some of the rules and situations where the gerund is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.

Adjective Combinations and Gerunds

Gerunds also follow common adjective + preposition combinations. Remember that prepositions are always followed by the gerund form. In other words, any adjective + preposition form you learn will always be followed by the gerund if used in combination with a verb. Here are some of the most common adjective + preposition combinations:

 

interested in   –   guilty of   –   proud of   –   bored with

known for   –   scared of   –   tired of   –   worried about

Examples:

She’s interested in taking French lessons.
The man was found guilty of committing the crime.
Tom is proud of donating his free time to the charity.



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We have the following colours to choose from

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Colours /Colores:

black = negro

white = blanco

blue = azul

red = rojo

green = verde

brown = marrón

orange = naranja

pink = rosa

purple = púrpura

yellow = amarillo

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Janet: Hi guys, thank you for coming. I need to tell management the colours of the new car we are announcing next week, and I only have one day left to confirm. Now, Peter, which colours do we already have in our range?

Peter: Yes, first, we have red, blue, green, white and black already. However we can have a few new colours for people to choose from.

Linda: Yellow and pink for example may be colours that customers will not want.

Janet: Good. I agree, I think pink is bad. I would not like to drive a car that was pink. The fact is that yellow and gold together are the eighth most popular colours of car in the world this year.

Linda: Interesting. So, we have the following colours to choose from: silver, grey, brown and green, yellow and pink.

Peter: Green might be good for people in spring and who like the environment. I think that grey and silver are the same.

Janet: The new car is big. With a large car, a darker colour is better, like brown.

Linda: Our company doesn’t use darker colours, there is no way that management would like that.

Peter: Yes, the thing is, we need to stay with the brand image.

Janet: OK, so no dark colours. Grey and brown are out.

Linda: I think yellow is a good colour to use, if it is popular in the world. Also silver is very popular too – and it is pleasing to the eye.

Janet: Thank you very much with your help, I think now I have more information to help me choose!

True or false / Verdadero o falso:



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Tus clases de ingles con Love Speaking

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Love Speaking te ofrece planes de suscripción mensual, con clases particulares de inglés a través de teléfono o Skype.

En el post de esta semana te damos algunos consejos sobre

como sacar el maximo partido a tus clases virtuales con Love Speaking.

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clases de ingles

1. Fija tus objetivos:

para conseguir los mejores resultados, te aconsejamos que indiques en tu perfil cuál es tu nivel, objetivos y preferencias.Asegúrate también de comunicar lo mejor posible que esperas de este curso a tu profesor y cuales son tus preferencias.

2. Preparacion:

es muy importante que hagas las actividades de preparación que te ha enviado tu profesor para tu clase. Te ayudará a seguir mejor la clase y a optimizar la sesión. La sesión por Skype o teléfono es lo que llamamos golden time. Es tu momento para practicar y comunicar en inglés y tienes que aprovecharlo al máximo.

3. Repaso:

después de cada clase recibirás un informe de clase. Es muy útil ver los errores que has cometido y memorizar las nuevas palabras que has aprendido. También te aconsejamos que vuelvas a repetir las actividades después de tu clase.

4. Frecuencia de las clases

intenta mantener una frecuencia constante con tus clases. Elige un profesor,  un día a la semana y una hora para programar tus clases por defecto, intenta mantener una rutina y cancelar el mínimo de clases posibles. Aunque Love Speaking te permite cambiar de profesor cuando quieras, es preferible tener cierta continuidad con tu profesor de inglés para conseguir los mejores resultados.

5. Practica con vídeos y artículos

  dedica 20-30 minutos al día haciendo una actividad de Magazine. Es el complemento perfecto a tus clases virtuales. Puedes comentar con tus profesor los contenidos que más te hayan gustado.

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