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American Hustle

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Make Valentine’s Day a Feat of Love

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Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana

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Mandela: The Life of a Great Leader

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5 Ways to Start the New Year Right!

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Movie of the week: I’m So Excited!

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A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people on board Peninsula Flight 2549. The pilots are striving, along with their colleagues in the Control Center, to find a solution. The flight attendants and the chief steward are atypical, baroque characters who, in the face of danger, try to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves body and soul to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they wait for a solution.

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Album of the week: Every Kingdom by Ben Howard

mercury-prize-ben-howard-every-kingdom‘Every Kingdom’ is the debut album of British singer-songwriter Ben Howard. Ben began writing songs when he was around ten or eleven. In an interview he stated that when he was a kid he started playing guitar because he liked to put words together and make stuff up. In 2013, he won both of the categories he was nominated for at the BRIT awards: British breakthrough act and British solo male artist.

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Amazing facts of the week: English language

21st-century-flux-wordleOf all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions.

“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.

“Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

More English speakers reside in the United States, with India coming in second place.

Nuevo vocabulario

failure = an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success

striving = to make a strong effort towards achieving a certain goal

atypical = not conforming to the typical steroptype

baroque = extravagant in character

devote = to give up or concentrate on a particular purpose or cause

nominated = proposed as an option for an award, honour etc.

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Movie of the week: 2 Days in New York

2-days-in-new-york-film-welivefilm-bannerHip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion, live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion’s jolly father, her sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem. The visitors push every button in the couple’s relationship, truly putting it to the test. How will the couple fare?

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Album of the week: Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay

coldplay_mylo_xyloto_by_slidergirl-d46dsx3Coldplay are an alternative British rock band who have had international success with songs such as ‘Fix You’, ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘Paradise’. This album is their fifth and was the focus of their tour around Europe, North America and Australasia. The album was written by a filmmaker and thus the songs on the album each tell a different story through each of the different styles and genres. The album received generally positive reviews from most expert music magazines and critics. You can listen to the song ‘Charlie Brown’ below.

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Amazing facts of the week

Coffee-BeanHippos are the cause of most human deaths than any other animal in Africa.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second only to oil.

The creator of The Simpsons named the characters after his own family: his mother Marge, his Father Homer and his two sisters Lisa and Maggie. He even grew up in Springfield!

Nuevo vocabulario

cozily  (adv.) = snug, comfortably, warm

jolly (adj.) = full of good humor and happiness

outrageous (adj.) = extravagant or grossly offensive

unceremoniously (adj.) = informally, abruptly

mayhem (n.) = violent destruction, disorder or confusion

fare (v.) = to get along, to manage

commodity (n.) = an item of use, advantage or profit

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Movie of the week: Mama

Mama-Movie-WallpaperGuillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their uncle and his girlfriend, have been madly searching for them.

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Album of the week: Unapologetic by Rihanna

imagesThis is Rihanna’s 8th album which critics were both positive and negative about. The negativity comes from the lyrics of her songs and the fact that the album seemed to be rushed so that it could be released quickly, whereas some critics praised the styles of the music, calling it  ‘interesting’. The most known song from the album is called ‘Diamonds’ and has become a number 1 single all over the world. The album was released to coincide with a new tour around North America and Europe.

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Amazing facts of the week

shutterstock_48823021Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.

An elephant can use its tusks to dig for ground water. An adult elephant needs to drink around 210 litres of water a day.

Nuevo vocabulario

haunting (adj.) = impossible to forget; causing deep emotion

woods (n.) = the forest

to tuck in (v.) = to make (a child for example) secure in bed to sleep

to vanish (v.) = to disappear suddenly in a way that cannot be explained

rushed (v.) = something done very quickly or too quickly due to a lack of time

praised (v.) = something that has been approved or admired

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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.

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


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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Movie of the week: The Life of Pi

Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, The Life of Pi is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

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Album of the week: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

The album’s music is typified by Alicia Key’s’ heightened singing and piano playing. It is an R&B album, which also showcases her attempt at different styles, which range from electro soul and hip hop, rock and reggae flourishes. The songs are mostly mid-tempo and feature unconventional chords and melodic changes. Even with lots of promotion on MTV and at iTunes festival, the album received mixed reviews with most critics disliking the cliches in the lyrics of her songs.

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Amazing facts of the week

  • By 2010, India became home to the largest population of English speakers in the world.
  • The subway in London, more commonly known as the Underground or “tube” in London, has 970,000,000 passengers each year. That is over 3 times the population of the entire US.
  • The city of Istanbul, Turkey, one of the largest cities in Europe, is on two different continents - Europe and Asia.
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precocious (adj.) = showing  mature qualities at an unusually early age

freighter (n.) = a ship used in the transportation of goods

shipwreck (n.) = the destruction or loss of a ship in the ocean

flourishes (n.) = with a hint of drama and style (in the music)

unconventional (adj.) = not conforming to the accepted rules

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Movie of the week: The Words

The Words follows young writer who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There’s only one catch – he didn’t write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary stardom continues to rise, he is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work, and for placing ambition and success above life’s most fundamental three words.

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Album of the week: Take Me Home by One Direction

‘Take Me Home’ is the title of One Direction’s latest album after the huge success of their previous album, ‘Up All Night’. One Direction are also set to embark on their second concert tour, the 2013 World Tour, in February 2013. Announced by member Liam Payne at the 2012 BRIT Awards in early 2012, the original concert tour was billed as the UK & Ireland Arena Tour. In mid-2012, the concert tour expanded with legs in North America and Australasia following the band’s international breakthrough. Critical reception for the album was mixed, with positive reviewers praising the show-stopping pop anthems.

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Amazing fact of the week: Honey

There’s a lot of commotion around the “buy local” mantra these days, but there may be more in it for you that you realize, especially when it comes to honey. By buying locally-produced honey, your body gets small doses of the same pollen that can trigger your allergies. In the same fashion that a vaccine works, by giving your body the honey, allergies may be dramatically reduced. So the closer you live to the beekeeper, the better off you are!

Nuevo vocabulario

stardom (n.) = fame, success = estrellato

fundamental (adj.) = basic, essential = fundamental

legs (n.) = part of the course of travel = tramo

mantra (n.) = a constantly repeated word or phrase = mantra

pollen (n.) = powder substance produced by seed-bearing plants = polen

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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.

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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.

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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

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