Facebook stalking taken to a new level

This New York restaurant takes Facebook stalking to a new level You won't be able to hide from New York's Eleven Madison Park, the restaurant which knows all about you. As New York's Alan Sytsma explains at Grub Leer más

American Hustle

Who says what about … American Hustle This new film from director, David O Russell, has been nominated for no less than ten Oscars, including Best Picture. In that category, it’s up against some stiff competition Leer más

Make Valentine’s Day a Feat of Love

The aphrodisiac qualities of food have been a part of romanticfolklore since Eve handed Adam that apple in the Garden of Eden. Today, there’s no easier way to add a touch of je ne sais quoi to Valentine’s Day than Leer más

Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana

Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana Pro-marijuana campaigners have worked for the legalization of marijuana for a long time, about four decades. Last week they saw their efforts rewarded when Washington legislators finally caved to pressure and Leer más

Mandela: The Life of a Great Leader

There were many sad passings of inspirational figures in 2013 from diverse walks of life, Margaret Thatcher, Lou Reed, Seamus Heaney to name just a few.  The man who left us the most legacy Leer más

5 Ways to Start the New Year Right!

Health Body, Healthy Mind: 5 Ways to Start the New Year Right! Oh no! It’s that time of the year again. You’re a year older and you’re faced with 2013’s list of New Year’s Resolutions. If Leer más

The 12 most annoying people on the metro

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The 12 most annoying people on the metro

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I spend a lot of time travelling on the metro as part of my job and i’ve noticed that there are certain people that I encounter again and again on Madrid’s metro, who really get on my nerves. One thing that irritates me in particular is when I see couples engaging in PDA (Public Displays of Affection = there’s that phrase again).

After many discussions with my friends about these characters and their traits, I’ve decided to put together a list of the 12 most annoying people on the metro. I wonder if you’ll agree..

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10 words with different meanings in the US & UK

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American English vs. British English

A hot topic among my students and I is the difference between the English spoken in the US and the UK. I’m from the UK, and I often have playful debates with friends and family, that are either from America or live there, about which accent is better, etc., etc.

Yesterday, my housemate, Rosanna, sent me a link to a post on Bigstock about British words that mean something completely different in the U.S. There were some words here that I didn’t know about, so let’s see if you can learn something too…

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How to argue in English

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How to argue in English

You must be joking!

As a foreigner living in Madrid, I know how hard it is to argue in a language that is not your own. It’s in these moments that I can never find the words to express what I’m trying to say. This has lead me to think that it might be helpful for you if I put together some useful phrases and vocabulary to show you how to argue in English.

But first, it’s important to mention the cultural and social differences that you may encounter when trying to argue in English. For example, as a general rule, British people are more reserved (though not all of us!) and we gesticulate less.

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This guy takes ‘selfies’ next to couples kissing in public

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Selfies & PDAs

Here’s a guy taking a ‘selfie’ with a couple engaging in PDA.

Trending vocab: ‘selfies’ and ‘PDA’

In an earlier post, we looked at how some words, including ‘Selfie’, had been added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. Well, today the word ‘selfie’ has come up again…

Do you remember what it means? Well, I’ll remind you, just in case:

 

selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

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Are you a fully functioning adult?

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15 Reasons Why You’re Not A Fully Functioning Adult

Recently, I’ve been joking a lot with my friends about how I still don’t quite feel like a fully functioning adult. When I discuss my job, my hopes for the future, my friends’ jobs (doctors, lawyers, bankers, teachers, etc.), I feel amazed that we’re already at this stage of our lives. Where did all the years go?  Leer más

Learn English with Paul Simon

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Learn English through songs and lyricsTuesday is a great day to sit back, relax and listen to some good music. It’s even better when you can learn English (albeit indirectly) while you’re at it. This Paul Simon song is great for those wanting to learn English, as he sings clearly and quite slowly. You should read the lyrics while you listen to the song, then check the glossary below for new vocab!

Learn English with music & lyrics – Paul Simon


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“Twerk” added to Oxford Dictionaries Online

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Miley Cyrus twerking

Miley Cyrus, twerking at the VMAs.

Hands up if you’ve heard about the MTV VMA awards, which took place last Thursday in the USA. In particular, I’m talking about the behaviour of a certain pop singer, Miley Cyrus.

My Facebook and Twitter feeds were buzzing with news and comments about Miley Cyrus’ somewhat memorable performance alongside Robin Thicke.  In the real world everyone was talking about it too.
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Something for the weekend!

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Movie of the week: Looper

Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will be invented in a few decades. It’s dark in tone and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them so the target will vanish from the future but there are some problems.

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Album of the week: Red by Taylor Swift

Red is the fourth studio album by Taylor Swift, an American singer-songwriter who has had many hits around the world with songs such as Love Story and You Belong with Me. She was born in Pennsylvania but then moved to Nashville where she performed country music and ultimately gained a record deal. In her new album, she experiments with new musical genres, including rock.

  Click here to listen to one of the songs

Amazing fact of the week: Popsicles

 The Popsicle was invented by an 11 year old who kept it secret for 18 years. The inventor was Frank Epperson who left a mixture of powdered soda and water outside, which contained a stick. That night, temperatures in San Francisco reached a record low temperature. When he woke the next morning, he discovered that it had frozen to the stick, creating a fruit flavoured ice treat. 18 years later he patented it and called it the Popsicle.

Nuevo vocabulario

time travel (n.) = travel to the past or the future = viaje a través del tiempo

crime syndicate (n.) = organised ring of illegal activity = mafia

blindfolded (adj.) = when the eyes have been covered = con los ojos vendados

to vanish (v.) = to disappear = desaparecer

singer-songwriter (n.) = someone who writes and sings their own songs = cantautor

record deal (n.) = recording contract = contrato de grabación

patented (adj.) = exclusivity to sell something = patentado

Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Taken 2

Bryan Mills, the former CIA man who rescued his daughter Kim from some Albanian human traffickers in the film ‘Taken’, is being targeted by the families of the men he killed. When he goes to Istanbul on a job, he invites Kim and her mother, Leonor, whose marriage is on the rocks to join him. When the Albanians learn of this they try to kidnap them and are seeking revenge against Bryan. Haz click para conocer los mejores Cursos de Inglés Online

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Album of the week: ‘Battle Born’ by the Killers

The Killers are an American indie-rock band. Hailing from Las Vegas, they rose to fame with the release of their debut album, Hot Fuss in 2004. The line-up of the band is Brandon Flowers on lead vocals and keyboards, Ronnie Vannucci Junior on drums, Mark Stoermer on bass and vocals and Dave Keuning on guitar and vocals. ‘Battle Born’ is the name of their new album, which they released after a hiatus.

  Click here to listen to one of the songs

Amazing fact of the week: Giraffes

It’s not easy to catch a giraffe when it is sleeping, because they get so little of it! Always vigilant for predators, giraffes just sleep for a few minutes at a time, and usually only get about 30 minutes total in a single day.

Nuevo vocabulario
on the rocks (adv.) = in trouble, falling apart = desmoronándose

to seek revenge (v.) = buscar revancha

to hail from (v.) = to come from a place = ser de

hiatus (n.) = a break, pause = interrupción

vigilant (adj.) = alert = alerta, vigilante 

VIDEO: David Blaine’s latest stunt

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This week’s video blog focuses on another stuntman who has been in the news recently: David Blaine. David Blaine is an American illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance and has starred in his own TV shows where he performs magic and illusions to members of the public. Throughout his career, he has set and broken many world records. Haz click para conocer los mejores Cursos de Inglés Online

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Nuevo vocabulario

illusionist (n.)  = performer, magician  =  ilusionista

feat (n.)  =  act of achievement  =  una hazaña

world record (n.)  =  récord del mundo

volt (n.)  =  unit of electronic force  =  un voltio

chainmail (n.)  =  type of armour  =  la cota de malla

to be astounded (v.)  =  to be amazed, overwhelmed  =  estar estupefacto

skeptical (adj.)  =  showing doubt  =  escéptico

UV radiation (n.)  =  radiación ultravioleta 

 

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