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A que te dedicas? = What do you do?

Publicado el by ryan Publicado en Novedades, Principiantes | Deja un comentario  

Bienvenidos al primer blog para los principiantes de Love Speaking. Estámos aquí contigo en cada paso del camino para ayudarte a aprender inglés. Hoy el tema es: “What do you do?’:

Study the key phrases below / Estudia las frases clave de abajo:

GREETINGS / SALUDOS

Good morning – Buenos dias

Good afternoon – Buenas tardes

Good evening – Buenas tardes

Good night – Buenas noches

 

JOBS / PROFESIONES

a teacher –  un profesor, una profesora

a doctor – un/-a médico (un doctor, una doctora)

an accountant – un/-a contable

a sales manager  – un jefe de ventas, una jefa de ventas

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Read the conversation / Lee la conversacion:

[1] Good morning, my name is Sylvia Henson. What’s your name?

[2] Good morning Sylvia. My name is James MacAleese.

[1] Nice to meet you James.

[2] Nice to meet you too.

[1] What do you do, James?

[2] I’m an accountant. What do you do, Sylvia?

[1] I’m a teacher.

[2] How do you spell your surname, Sylvia?

[1] It’s H-E-N-S-O-N 

Complete the quiz below! / Haz el concurso de abajo:



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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Zero Dark Thirty

zero-dark-thirty1Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden.

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Album of the week: Babel by Mumford & Sons

mumford-album_320Babel is the second studio album by British indie folk band Mumford & Sons. In late 2010, Mumford & Sons had already begun road-testing new material that they had been working on. Most of these songs, including “Broken Crown” and “Below My Feet”, had already been played live on numerous occasions before the album’s release. Mumford & Sons decided not to change their sound on Babel, which is the follow-up to 2009′s highly successful Sigh No More, which elevated them to international fame.

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Amazing facts of the week

080313-snakes-ireland_bigThe area that has the longest life expectancy in the world is Japan. It is believed the longevity of its locals has something to do with their daily menu, which is full of vegetables, fish, grains and dairy products.

Ireland is the only European country where there are no snakes. New Zealand and Hawaii are other places in the world where there are no native snakes.

Nuevo vocabulario

Reluctant (adj.) = not eager; unwilling

Detainees (n.) = a person held in confinement

To uncover (v.) = to reveal or disclose

Road-testing (n.) = to test something in a real environment or context

To elevate (v.) = to raise to a higher position

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VIDEO: Brazil’s Secret Nature

Publicado el by ryan Publicado en Novedades, VIDEOS | Deja un comentario  

Today Love Speaking brings you a very interesting video about the nature and wildlife of Brazil with a National Geographic photographer narrating the types of creatures and experiences you can find there. Take note of any new vocabulary highlighted at the bottom of the blog which you will hear including in the video.

 

 

Nuevo vocabulario

fearsome (adj.) = Capable of causing fear

elusive (adj.) = Difficult to capture or to elude perception

rodent (n.) = a category of small mammels (e.g. rats, mice, squirrels)

wildlife (n.) = Wild animals and plants living in natural surroundings

agonizing (adj.) = using great effort or struggle

aggressive (adj.) = inclined to behave in an actively hostile manner

believer (n.) = someone who has confidence or faith in something

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TOEIC Top Tips 16

Publicado el by ryan Publicado en Novedades, TOEIC Tips | Deja un comentario  

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.

Tip #1: Take up another hobby

Just like recovering after a big football match, time spent getting away from English study so that you come back to it refreshed and ready to learn should be something you are completely absorbed in and is fun.

 

Tip #2: Tell someone what you are doing and get them to motivate you

In things like sports we are often motivated by things like competition between people, being told by your coach you have improved etc. It is therefore not surprising that many people get demotivated when studying on their own. By communicating with someone how you are doing, e.g. on the internet or telling someone in your family if you have having a good or a bad day, you will find that the progress you are making becomes clearer to you.

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TOEIC: That’s not a verb!

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shutterstock_57325921For today’s TOEIC Tuesday blog, we are looking at some nouns which can also be used in sentences as verbs. Below you will find a list of some nouns with their meanings as a noun, but also  as a verb to help you decide which to select when completing the quiz at the bottom of this blog post.

Vocabulary list

PICTURE: 

  • (noun.): a visual representation of something
  • (verb.): to form a mental picture of or to imagine something

HAND:

  • (noun.): the body part consisting of the fingers and thumb
  • (verb.): to deliver or pass on with your hands

RADIO:

  • (noun.): technology used to send or receive radio communications
  • (verb.): to transmit a message via radio

CLOCK:

  • (noun.): an instrument for measuring and recording time
  • (verb.): to time, test or determine by means of a clock or watch

 Quiz time!



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The Global Forecast for 2013

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feat1_forecast_BIGThis week’s Love Speaking magazine feature is called ‘The Global Forecast for 2013′ and discusses the highs and lows of 2012 and how we can use them to predict if 2013 will bring good or bad things. Read this short extract for the article and take note of the new vocabulary, and if you want more sign up for your FREE Love Speaking magazine trial to test other sections of the magazine.

After a volatile 2012, another new year is upon us. Some people are going into 2013 with caution, and who can blame them? After all, 2012 wasn’t for the faint of heart. Natural disasters wreaked havoc all around the globe, the financial crisis made little improvement and more families were feeling the squeeze of inflation and unemployment. On a good note, there were many highlights in 2012 too. The Olympics and royal wedding in the UK seemed to bring the world together, if only for a short while in the summer. To much of the world’s relief, Barack Obama was voted in for a second term as the president of the USA. The Curiosity rover landed on Mars and gave us picture-perfect images of the Red Planet, and Felix Baumgartner did an extreme skydive from Space. How can 2013 top that?!

There’s no doubt that 2013 will bring many surprises, both good and bad. Not everyone likes a surprise though, so for now, let’s stick with the forecasted trends for 2013. These predictions are made by global analysts andthink tanks who, at the beginning of every year, publish reports to give us a taste of what’s to come. 

Nuevo vocabulario

volatile (adj.) = having many unexpected changes

the faint of heart (n.) = people who scare easily or aren’t brave

The Red Planet (n.) = Mars

global analyst (n.) = an expert in global economics

think tank (n.) = a group of experts providing advice and ideas on specific political or economic problems

to give a taste of (idiom.) = to preview, or give a small bit of information on something

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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Les Miserables

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‘Les Miserables’ follows Jean Valjeun, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child. Valjean promise to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets.

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Album of the week: All That Echoes by Josh Grobanall_that_echoes_2

‘All That Echoes’ is the new album by American singer-songwriter Josh Groban, produced by Rob Cavallo. It is his sixth studio album which features tracks such as ‘False Alarms’, ‘Below the Line’ and ‘She Moved Through the Fair’. The main single is called ‘Brave‘ which you can listen to below. Josh Groban has to date, sold over 25 million records worldwide and is the top selling classical artist of the 2000s in the US.

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Amazing facts of the week

  • ken marshall4The 2nd president of the United States (John Adams) and 3rd president of the United States (Thomas Jefferson) both died within just a few hours apart of each other on the same exact day. They are the only two presidents to die on the same day of the same year.
  • When the Titanic departed from the port it was documented to have carried around  1000 loaves of bread, 86,000 pounds of meat, 40,000 eggs and 36,000 apples to feed the passengers and crew on the 7 day voyage.
Nuevo vocabulario

Ruthless (adj.) = Having no compassion or pity; merciless

Barricade (n.) = Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier

Innkeeper (n.) = One that owns or manages an inn or hotel

Brave (adj.) = Possessing or displaying courage; valiant.

To depart (v.) = To go away; leave

Voyage (n.) = A long journey to a foreign or distant place, especially by sea

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Aprende ingles con Canal Plus

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En Enero aprende Ingles con Canal+

CANAL+ te ayuda a cumplir tus propósitos para el 2013:  MEJORAR TU INGLÉS 

Ahora  con CANAL+ tienes la opción de ver los mejores estrenos en versión original con subtítulos en inglés y español, para que puedas practicar y mejorar tu vocabulario de forma sencilla y divertida.

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VIDEO: Les Miserables interview

Publicado el by ryan Publicado en Novedades, VIDEOS, WHAT'S HOT | Deja un comentario  

Les Miserables is taking over the box office and music album charts after it’s successful opening week. For today’s video blog, Love Speaking brings you an interview from the Sydney movie premiere where Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe discuss the new hit.

Nuevo vocabularo

Premiere (n.) = the first public showing of the movie

Rehearsals (n.) = used to practice the script before filming the scenes

Chorus (n.) = a group of people singing together in unison

Dynamic (adj.) = continuously changing and being different

To resonate (v.) = to create a feeling of shared emotion or belief 

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TOEIC Top Tips 15

Publicado el by ryan Publicado en Novedades, TOEIC Tips | Deja un comentario  

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 2 tips for this week below.

Tip #1: Time everything you do during the day

As you can’t be checking your watch every minute of the exam, learning how long things take and how long 75 minutes really is can help you keep your speed up in the exam while stopping you rushing too much and panicking. Predicting how long the washing up, walking to the shops etc. will take and checking your predictions can help develop your accurate idea of time.

 

Tip #2: Listen to radio with an English DJ

Although listening is like any other part of language learning and the more effort you put in the more you will improve, unlike other skills just having something in English on in the background without paying attention to it at all can help a little with getting used to natural English rhythm and so help you to pick out the important words when you are listening in the exam.

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