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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Silver Linings Playbook

Silver-Linings-Playbook-posterLife doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything – his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

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Album of the week: Right Place, Right Time by Olly Murs

Olly-Murs-Right-Place-Right-TimeOlly Murs is an English song-writer who came into the public eye when he auditioned for the talent show, The X Factor UK where he instantly became a favourite among the show’s fans. He progressed through all stages of the show and reached the final where he finished an impressive second place. He has gone on to release a number of albums in Europe but is now hoping his new album can help him break into the American market. His hit song from his new album is called ‘Troublemaker‘ and features American rapper Flo Rida.

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Amazing facts of the week

detail_venusIf you are struck by lightning, your skin will be heated to 28,000 degrees Centigrade, hotter than the surface of the Sun.

“Bookkeeper” is the only word in English language with three consecutive double letters.

All the planets in our solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Nuevo vocabulario

to reconnect (v.) = to link or be linked together again

unexpected (adj.) = something that comes without a warning or is unforeseen

silver lining (n.) = a comforting prospect in an unhappy situation

instantly (adv.) = immediately

impressive (adj.) = making a strong impression

troublemaker (n.) = someone who stirs up trouble

anticlockwise (adv.) = counterclockwise, opposite direction of the clock

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VIDEO: J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

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JK Rowling's The Casual VacancyAfter many years of writing the Harry Potter fantasy novels, J.K. Rowling has returned to release her first book aimed the adult market, The Casual Vacancy. Major themes included in the new novel include politiics and social issues such as drugs and prostitution. The book has been extremely successful, selling over 1 million copies before it was even released and is currently being used as the basis of a television drama in the United Kingdom.

 

 

Nuevo vocabulario

under lock and key (idiom) = stored very securely

grim (adj.) = dismal or gloomy

idyllic (adj.) = simple and carefree

blurb (n.) = a brief publicity notice, like on the back of a book

prominent (adj.) = immediately noticeable

anxiety (n.) = a state of uneasiness relating to future events

cavalier (adj.) = a dismissive or offhand disregard

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TOEIC Top Tips 18

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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: Watch or listen to sports commentary in English.

If you like to watch sports on TV, this is another common situation in which you will actually hear people describing what you can see. It will also help to build specific vocabulary when used in real-life situations such as a sporting event.

 

Tip #2: Listen to the business news

Although all the listening texts in the TOEIC exam are dialogues and therefore the business news in English is much more difficult, this can be a good way of making sure you understand typical Business English vocabulary used in context. To make it easier for you to understand, try reading the same business news in English or even your own language first.

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TOEIC: Demanding explanations

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shutterstock_46314979Sometimes, things happen that we would like explained and we must demand explanations. For example, if you have just bought a new computer and there is a problem. Read on below to see some examples of questions you can use to demand an explanation and how you can form them.

There are a number of formulas used when demanding explanations in English. Here are some of the most common:

  • Can you tell me why…
  • I don’t understand why…
  • Can you explain why..

Construction

Can you tell me why it has taken you so long to respond?

Use ‘Can you tell me why’ a full clause in the positive statement form. Notice that this is an indirect question and requires a question mark (?).
I don’t understand why it has taken you so long to respond. Use ‘I don’t understand why’ a full clause in the positive statement form. Notice that this is a statement and does NOT require a question mark (?)
Can you explain why it has taken you so long to respond? Use ‘Can you explain why’ a full clause in the positive statement form. Notice that this is an indirect question and requires a question mark (?).

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Cuantos portatiles tenemos? = How many laptops do we have?

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KEY PHRASES OF THE WEEK / FRASES CLAVE DE LA SEMANA

Quite small – bastante pequeño

Over there – (por) allí

Colleague – compañero de trabajo

What about you? – ¿Y tú?

How many _____ do you need? - ¿Cuántos _____ necesitas?

OFFICE EQUIPMENT AND FURNITURE / EQUIPAMIENTO DE OFICINA Y MUEBLES

Laptop – portátil

Chair – silla

Door – puerta

File – archivo, archivador

Printer – impresora

Keyboard – teclado

Computer mouse – ratón

Loudspeakers – altavoces

To reserve – reservar

Conference room – sala de conferencias

Read the conversation / Lee la conversacion:

A: How many laptops have we got?

B: Three. They’re all in that big box near the door.

A: And where is the new printer?

B: It’s in that box, over there, near the window.

A: What do you need for your office?

B: We need three more chairs, five keyboards and lots of files.

A: All right. You can take them.

B: Can we have these computer mice, too?

A: No, sorry. We need them for these computers.

B: And what about those loudspeakers? Can we have them in our office?

A: No, sorry. They’re for the conference room.

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: Django Unchained

django-unchained-movie-image-christoph-waltz-jamie-foxxIn 1858, several male slaves are chained and being transported after being purchased by the Speck Brothers. Among the slaves is Django, who has been sold away from his wife, Broomhilda. The Speck brothers encounter Dr. King Schultz, a German immigrant dentist from Düsseldorf and, unbeknownst to them, bounty hunter. Schultz takes Django and kills one of the Speck brothers, leaving the fate of the other Speck brother to the remaining slaves.

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Album of the week: Plus by Ed Sheeran

ed-sheeran-concertsAfter dropping out of school at the age of 16, Ed Sheeran spent his student grant on rail tickets moving place to place performing at open-mic nights across the United Kingdom where he would sleep on fans’ sofas. This album was his first commercial breakthrough which saw him rise to fame with his singles such as ‘The A Team’ and ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’. Regardless of how successful the album was, some critics still gave negative reviews.

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Amazing facts of the week

taco-bellAlaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys.

Until coffee gained popularity, beer was the breakfast beverage of choice in some parts of the United States.

Taco Bell is named for its founder, Glen Bell.

Nuevo vocabulario

unbeknownst (adj.) = without someone’s knowledge

bounty hunter (noun) = someone who hunts criminals in return for money

grant (noun) = an amount of money given to support something

open-mic night (noun) = where anyone can perform or sing in a pub or club

breakthrough (noun) = the act of overcoming an obstacle to achieve a goal

beverage (noun) = a drink, usually excluding water

founder (noun) = the person who started the company

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VIDEO: Lance Armstrong

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shutterstock_4087399Lance Armstrong is an American former professional road cyclist who won the Tour de France competition a massive, SEVEN consecutive times. In 2012, he was disqualified from his title after he was found to be using performance-enhancing drugs, and he was banned from competing professionally for life. This video reports on an interview he did with Oprah where he admits to using the banned substances.

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Nuevo vocabulario

consecutive (adj.) = something happening one after the other

to be disqualified (verb) = when you become no longer eligible to do something

substances (noun) = referring to drugs; materials of a particular kinds

to come clean (idiom) = to make a confession about something

slew (noun) = a lot of

bully (noun) = someone who acts in an overbearing or intimidating manner

disloyal (adj.) = not being loyal or faithful

TOEIC Top Tips 17

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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: Cross it out and throw it away

When you have completely finished a TOEIC paper, worksheet or book and copied down the important language to learn, putting a big cross across the page or even ripping it up and throwing it away can be a very motivating reward for your hard work, and also reduce the pile of things on your desk waiting to be done.

 

Tip #2: Read your own language quicker

Most of the skills of reading quickly are the same for every language. When you read something in your own language, practice missing out the bits like the beginning and ends of emails that you know don’t have any information in them, stopping reading each newspaper article when it is no longer interesting etc.

TOEIC: That’s not a noun!

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shutterstock_57325921Carrying on from last Tuesday’s TOEIC blog ‘That’s not a verb!’, today we bring you ‘That’s not a noun!’ Incredibly all of these  verbs below can also be used as nouns. Read the meanings of each of these words as a noun and as a verb and complete the quiz below to see if you can select the correct verb or noun to fill in the blank spaces.

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Vocabulary List

STAND:

  • (verb): To rise to an upright position on the feet
  • (noun): A booth, stall, or counter for the display of goods for sale.

FLY:

  • (verb): To travel through the air
  • (noun): A flying insect

SWIM:

  • (verb): movement through water
  • (noun): the act of swimming

DROP:

  • (verb): to fall from a high point to a lower point
  • (noun): a small quantity of liquid

PLAY:

  • (verb): to occupy yourself in amusement
  • (noun): a literary work written for performance on stage

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A que te dedicas? = What do you do?

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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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