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American Hustle

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Something for the Weekend: Valentine’s Day

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Movie of the week: Warm Bodies

WARM-BODIES-Image-022A funny new twist on a classic love story, Warm Bodies is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R  encounters Julie, and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.

 Watch the trailer!

Album of the week: Love Songs by Destiny’s Child

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Love Songs is the third compilation album by American R&B girl group Destiny’s Child. The album differs from their first two compilations in that it features mostly album-only selections as well as the newly recorded song “Nuclear”, the first original song from Destiny’s Child since the group disbanded in 2005 which you can hear below. Destiny’s Child recently performed together at the Superbowl halftime show which sparked rumours that they were recording new songs together for future albums.

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Amazing facts of the week: Valentine’s Day

valentines-day-2013-hd-wallpapers1More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year.

Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets given on Valentine’s Day.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.


Nuevo vocabulario

poignant (adj.) = strongly affecting or moving emotions

epidemic (n.) = a rapid spread or increase of a disease

comical (adj.) = producing laughter; amusing; funny

to disband (v.) = to break up

to spark (v.) = to stimulate interest or activity around something

Valentine’s Day (n.) = February 14, observed in honor of St. Valentine as a day for the exchange of valentines and other tokens of love.

bouquet (n.) = a bunch of flowers

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VIDEO: Pancake Tuesday

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pancakes1Known as ‘Pancake Tuesday’ in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, Shrove Tuesday is the first day of lent where pancakes are made and eaten during the day. Throughout schools and neighbourhoods, pancake flipping competitions are organised on this day. The reason why pancakes are eaten is because rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar cannot be consumed during the fasting period linked to this old tradition. The video below shows how to make the perfect pancake:

Nuevo vocabulario

lent (n.) =  an annual season of fasting in preparation for Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 weekdays to Easter

pancake (n.) = a thin, flat cake of batter fried on both sides in a frying pan

fasting (n.) = when you limit the intake of certain foods for medical or religious reasons

tradition (n.) = a continuing pattern of cultural beliefs or practices

to flip (v.) = to turn something over in a quick rapid gesture

to whisk (v.) = to mix together eggs, cream etc with a beating instrument

batter (n.) = a mixture of flour, eggs, milk or water beaten together for cooking

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TOEIC Tips 20

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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.

Tip #1: Stop snacking while studying

As well as getting used to not being able to do this during the exam, it could also improve your general health and mean that time preparing and eating food is a proper rest from study that leaves you refreshed and ready to do some more serious work.

 

Tip #2: See if you understand why it is wrong now

If you are studying on your own, a few weeks or months are trying an exam task look at your answers again and see if you have learnt something that now makes the answers you got wrong more obvious. If you still don’t understand after looking at something three or more times, it is probably worth getting a teacher for at least 2 or 3 classes so you can ask them questions and stop making the same mistakes, or at least joining a study group so you can get the ideas of other students.

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TOEIC: Possessive ‘s

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shutterstock_24057424This week in the TOEIC practice blog, we are focusing on the possessive ‘s, used to show possession of objects of singular and plural nouns.  Take a look at the rules below and see if you can complete the quiz at the end of the blog to test your knowledge of this topic.

When we want to show that something belongs to somebody or something, we usually add ‘s to a singular noun and an apostrophe ‘ to a plural noun, for example:

  • the boy’s ball (one boy)
  • the boys’ ball (two or more boys)

Notice that the number of balls does not matter. The structure is influenced by the possessor and not the possessed.  Some other examples include:

  • my brother’s favourite movie (one brother)
  • my brothers’ favourite movie (two or more brothers)

You can also use ‘s after more than one name or noun like in the example below:

  • Kathryn and Adam’s wedding (not “Kathryn’s and Adam’s wedding”)

However, we normally do not ‘s for objects and ideas:

  • the name of the movie (not “the movie’s name”)
  • the beginning of the week (not “the week’s beginning”)



the “Possessive ‘s” quiz

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Te gusta tu trabajo? = Do you like your work?

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DAILY ROUTINE / RUTINAS DIARIAS

call clients - llamar a los clientes

answer the phone - contestar el telefono

start work - entrar en el trabajo

finish work - terminar el trabajo

catch a train - coger el tren

check documents – comprobar documentos

have breakfast – desayunar

go out for lunch – salir para comer

take a shower – ducharse

read the news – leer las noticias

drive – conducir

think – pensar, creer

Read the conversation / Lee la conversacion:

A: Uncle Jack, I’m writing an article about business people today for our school magazine. Could I ask you a few questions?

B: Of course you can, Lucy. What do you want to know?

A:  Do you like your job, uncle?

B: Yes, I do. I like it very much.

A: What exactly do you do?

B: I’m in charge of the IT department. I manage IT systems and supervise the work of our IT technicians.

A: IT technicians? What do they do?

B: They install software programs and configure applications, but first of all they solve any technical problems related to software and hardware.

A: Do you do the same things every day?

B: No, every day is different. As a manager I also have to meet with our clients and suppliers, give presentations and make lots and lots of phone calls. I work very long hours.

A: What time do you start and finish work?

B: I start at 6:30 a.m. and finish at 9:00 p.m. every day.

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



“Te gusta tu trabajo?”

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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Flight

flight-movieIn this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

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Album of the week: The Awakening by James Morrison

UK-Charts-James-Morrisons-The-Awakening-schlaegt-Nirvana-mit-VideoJames Morrison is an English singer-songwriter who first gained fame with his debut single ‘You Give Me Something’ which was a hit in Europe, Australia, Japan, entering the top 5 in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He has collaborated with other singers such as Jessie J and Nelly Furtado on some songs in his albums. The songs in ‘The Awakening‘ have deep meaning for James since he became a father as he was in the recording studio.

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Amazing facts of the week

MON_12_01285_Screenshot_01_800x600People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t as it lowers stress and strengthens the immune system.

The longest Monopoly game in history lasted 70 days straight.

Think of a number. Multiply it by 2. Add any even number. Divide your answer by 2. Subtract your original number.  Your answer will always be half of the EVEN number you added.


Nuevo vocabulario

miraculously (adj.) = something so astounding as to suggest it is miracle

catastrophe (n.) = a complete failure

to hail (v.) = to be acknowledged as

to collaborate (v.) = to work together in a joint effort

awakening (n.) = the start of anawareness or feeling about something

healthier (adj.) = being in good health

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VIDEO: Superbowl Highlights

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shutterstock_37874410The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the United States, concluding a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. In the US, the Super Bowl is frequently the most-watched television programme every year and one of the most-watched sporting programmes in the world.

 

 

Nuevo vocabulario

quarterback (n.) = positioned usually behind the centre player on the field

cringe-worthy (adj.) = something which causes feelings of embarrassment

breathless (adj.) = without breath or breathing with difficulty

halftime (n.) = a break period which divides the two halves of a sporting event

to lip-sync (v.) = singing while miming the words to a pre-recorded track

blackout (n.) = a period of massive power failure resulting in darkness

homeless (adj.) = without a home

winner (n.) = someone who succeeds to win usually in sports or games

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TOEIC Top Tips 19

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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.

Tip #1: Do a conversation exchange.

If you don’t have the money for an English class, don’t like sitting in a classroom or would also like the make foreign friends, try looking in local magazines for a conversation exchange partner- someone who wants to learn your language who will teach you English in exchange.

 

Tip #2: Do exactly the same test again.

Once you have finished a whole practice test or one section of it, check your answers and check you understand why you made any mistakes you did. Write the vocabulary and grammar from the test you didn’t know in your notebook, and test yourself on it at least 3 more times over the next week or two. You can then try the same test again to check your memory, make the language really stick in your mind, and boost your confidence.

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TOEIC: Prepositions

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shutterstock_57904150Prepositions indicate relationships between words or ideas. Most prepositions deal with location and are easy to learn, but some can be difficult to recognise and use since they can be interchangeable. Some examples are included below:

above

inside

beside

near

below

outside

beyond

nearby

between

over

around

behind

Rules

Take a note of the following rules regarding propositions:

  • Generally, in, on and at indicate location.
  • To and from imply movement toward or away from something. However, to can also function as part of an infinitive.
  • To and for can introduce indirect objects.
  • For and since can also indicate duration.

Verbs with prepositions

Some prepositions can be used together with verbs, such as:

  • accuse (someone) of (doing something)
  • agree on (topic)
  • argue with (someone) about (topic)
  • introduce (someone) to (someone else)
  • participate in (something)
  • take advantage of (someone/something/ situation)
  • travel to (somewhere)

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Son estos tus padres? = Are these your parents?

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KEY PHRASES OF THE WEEK / FRASES CLAVE DE LA SEMANA

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guapo – handsome

joven – young

a la derecha – on the right

a la izquierda – on the left

fuera de la oficina – out of office

mucho mejor – much better

si quieres – if you like

ordenado – tidy

desordinado – untidy

como ves – as you can see

FAMILY / FAMILIA

mujer, esposa - wife

marido, esposo – husband

hijo – son

hija – daughter

madre – mother

padre – father

hermana – sister

hermano – brother

abuela – grandmother

abuelo – grandfather

Read the conversation / Lee la conversacion:

A: Can I have a look at your family photo?

B: Sure. There are many photos.

A: Are these your parents?

B: Yes, this is my mother and father who both live in Australia.

A: And who are the people in this photo?

B: The tall man is my brother. The woman with the dog is my brother’s wife.

A: Are these their children?

B: Yes, they are. The boy’s name is Chris and the girl’s name is Alice. Look at this photo. These are my grandparents in their car. My grandmother is holding her cat. Its name is Snowy.

A: This photo looks old. It’s black and white.

B: Oh, it’s my school photo. These are my classmates and that’s our teacher, Mrs Burns.

A: Where are you?

B: I’m here, on the right. And here, behind me, is my best friend Sam, and his girlfriend.

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



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