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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.

 Click here to listen to one of the songs

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

VIDEO: Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy was a tropical cyclone which caused a lot of destruction across the Carribean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected at least 24 states, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York.

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Nuevo vocabulario

* threaten (v.) = to warn or pressure = amenazar

to scramble (v.) = to change = cambiar

gust (n.) = burst of wind = ráfaga

apocalyptic (adj.) = resembling the end of the world = apocalíptico

ferocity (n.) = intensity, force = ferocidad

* Word family

threat (noun)

threatening (adjective)

threaten (verb)

threateningly (adverb) 

TOEIC Top Tips 7

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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: Volunteer

If you can’t use English in your job, try volunteering as a guide to foreign tourists, for an English language telephone helpline, charity fundraising in an area where many foreigners hang out. This is a good way to listen to native speakers and also practice speaking with native speakers.

 

Tip #2: Watch with English subtitles

Although watching videos can be a good way of getting used to fast, natural speech, the disadvantage is that it is very difficult to look words up that you don’t understand in the dictionary. Watching a DVD with English sound and English subtitles makes it easier to understand and easier to look words up. As you can easily lose concentration before the end of a movie, short episodes of series are better practice.

TOEIC Error Correction: Improve your score!

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This week’s blog relates to learning about the correct use and rules of certain phrases when making plans: will, going to, bound to, sure to, likely to, might, may and could. Read the explanations and examples below and test yourself at the end with our quiz.

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TOEIC Error Correction

Will / Going To

We can use will and going to to make predictions about the future. Sometimes there is not much difference between will and going to.

  •                     I think the weather will be nice later.
  •                     I think the weather is going to be nice later.

We say something is going to happen because we have some physical evidence.

  •                    I think it’s going to rain. (because there are clouds in the sky)
  •                    I think I’m going to be sick. (because I feel terrible now)

Do not use will in these situations. We use will to make predictions when we feel something will happen because of intuition or experience.

Be bound to / Be sure to

We use be bound to/be sure to to say something is certain to happen.

  •                     He’s bound to be late.
  •                     He’s sure to be late.

Be likely to

We use Be likely to to say something probably will or won’t happen.

  •                      Peter’s likely to get the job. OR It’s likely Peter will get the job.
  •                      Jane isn’t likely to get the job. OR It’s not likely Jane will get the job.

Might / May / Could

We use might/may/could to say something possibly will or won’t happen.

  •                      Peter might get the job.

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5 razones para apuntarte a clases de ingles por telefono

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¿Has oido hablar de las clases telefónicas? Esta semana te traemos 5 buenas razones para contratar un curso de inglés por teléfono.

1. Profesores nativos cualificados a un precio asequible

La calidad del formador es fundamental a la hora de escoger un curso de inglés. Love Speaking forma parte de un grupo internacional reconocido en el sector de la enseñanza de idiomas por su equipo de profesionales.

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Todos nuestros profesores tienen que pasar por un proceso de selección exhaustivo en el cuál valoramos su titulación, experiencia, y aptitudes para la enseñanza del inglés.

Nuestra plataforma nos permite conectar a miles de alumnos con profesores sin desplazamiento.

2. Flexibilidad total

Gracias a nuestra herramienta de agenda en línea podrás reservar tus clases cuándo y dónde quieras.  Podrás llevarte tu profesor a tu viaje de negocios o de vacaciones, así como adaptar tus clases a tu agenda. Además te permite  probar varios profesores para comparar y quedarte con el que más te guste.

3. Calidad pedagogica

En Love Speaking, no contratas solo a un profesor, sino a un sistema de enseñanza.

Todos nuestros profesores han sido previamente formados en la metodología ISUS y están en constante evaluación siguiendo nuestros estándares de calidad pedagógica.

Después de cada clase te pedimos a ti también como alumno una valoración del 1 al 5. En caso de no estar del todo satisfecho, nuestro departamento de calidad se pondrá en contacto contigo con el fin de mejorar tu experiencia de aprendizaje.

4. Eficacia y garantías de exito

Love Speaking forma parte del grupo ISUS, creador de una premiada plataforma online  de aprendizaje premiada en el Elearning Awards 2010 de Londres.  La metodología de clases por teléfono está enfocada a la comunicación oral: la mayor carencia de los alumnos españoles. Requiere una concentración muy alta y una actitud 100% activa. La plataforma online complementa la clase con actividades de gramática, vocabulario, expresión escrita y  auditiva, para un aprendizaje completo. Aprovecharás cada minuto de tu aprendizaje. Nuestra metodología se utiliza en más de 85 países.

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Utilizamos la tecnología para facilitar tu aprendizaje del inglés. Tendrás acceso a miles de contenidos online para completar tu formación. Mejor que los libros, nuestros contenidos se basan en noticias de interés público y se actualizan cada día. Se adaptan a ti y a tus preferencias gracias a nuestras secciones de Features, LiveStyle, Business o Sports. .

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American Elections

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How will Americans choose which presidential candidate to cast their vote for  in the election on November 6th? What does each American political party value most highly, and how does the election process work? This is the theme for this week’s Love Speaking magazine features article! Read an extract below:

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American elections: Extract

Disagreement between Democrats and Republicans has lead to social division and turmoil in the US as the November 6th election nears. But what is likely to sway some Americans to vote for Obama, the Democrat, and others for Romney, the Republican? And what values does each presidential candidate’s party represent?

The conservative Republican Party values traditional family structures. The majority of Republicans staunchly oppose gay marriage and abortion, and many Republicans’ views are heavily impacted by the Christian religion. Mitt Romney takes a less conservative stance on these social issues, but is very conservative on economic issues.

Geographically, Americans in the Northeast and on the West Coast tend to vote Democratic, while middle and southern states tend to vote Republican. Some states, like Colorado and Ohio, are considered “swing states” because their voting patterns are inconsistent and they have many independent voters.

Nuevo vocabulario

Turmoil (n.) = Commotion, turbulence = tormenta política

Sway (v.) = to influence = influir

Presidential candidate (n.) = a person running for president = candidato presencial

Staunchly (adv.) = strongly, passionately = incondicionalmente

Independent voters (n.) = voters who are not part of a political party = votantes independientes

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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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 Click here to watch the trailer

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

VIDEO: Capuchin monkeys hunt for food

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Capuchin monkeys are a type of monkey found in central and south America. In terms of their physical characteristics, depending on the species you find, capuchin monkeys are black, brown or white but all species have a tail the same length as their bodies. They are mostly considered to be one of the most intelligent monkeys which you can witness from our video below:

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Nuevo vocabulario

resourceful (adj.) = making the most of what is available = ingenioso

shortage (n.) = a lack of = escasez

sharp eye (n.) = keen power of observation = ojo de águila

dexterous (adj.) = skilled use of hands = diestro

delicacy (n.) = highly desirable food from a certain place = delicadeza

brawn (n.) = physical force = fuerza física

nutritious (adj.) = provides nourishment = nutritivo

TOEIC Top Tips 6

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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: Ask questions

 Never hesitate to ask lots of questions. If you don’t understand something, such as conditionals, you may lose ten points on a TOEIC exam. A teacher is not always available, but students are everywhere! Sometimes other students can help you with problems so it can pay off to ask your friends too!

Tip #2: Manage your stress

 If you are feeling stressed about taking the test you may be studying too hard or expecting too much of yourself. Like everything else in life, balance is the key. Remind yourself that you will try to do your best. Before the test, take deep breaths and remember that you can always improve your score in a few months time. In between the listening and reading section, take a few deep breaths again to get focused. 

Tip #3: Don’t cram

 You should never cram (study extremely hard in a short period of time) the night or even week before the TOEIC test. There is so much to learn when you study the TOEIC. The last week should be for reviewing and practising rather than learning new things. Make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before the test. On the day of the test, have a good meal and relax for a few hours before going to the testing centre. Plan to reward yourself when the test is over! 

So do we all agree?

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Today’s blog is going to help you learn some English words and phrases when coming to an agreement (or disagreement!). You can familiarise yourself with some phrases below and then see if you can put them into each of their categories as stated and then test yourself by filling in the gaps in our quiz!

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Useful phrases

I completely agree.

I’m sorry. I can’t agree with you.

I reckon John has made a good point.

Yes, I’d go along with that.

I understand your point of view, but…

I disagree.

Well, yes and no.

I think we need to agree to disagree.

That’s not how I see it.

So, we’re all in agreement then?

Now, decide which of the useful phrases are for agreeing, disagreeing, partly agreeing or reaching an agreement.

Answers

I completely agree. – AGREEING

I’m sorry. I can’t agree with you. – DISAGREEING

I reckon John has made a good point. – AGREEING

Yes, I’d go along with that. – AGREEING

I understand your point of view, but… – PARTLY AGREEING  

I disagree. – DISAGREEING

Well, yes and no. – PARTLY AGREEING

I think we need to agree to disagree. – REACHING AGREEMENT

That’s not how I see it. - DISAGREEING

So, we’re all in agreement then? – REACHING AGREEMENT 



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