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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Les Miserables

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‘Les Miserables’ follows Jean Valjeun, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child. Valjean promise to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets.

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Album of the week: All That Echoes by Josh Grobanall_that_echoes_2

‘All That Echoes’ is the new album by American singer-songwriter Josh Groban, produced by Rob Cavallo. It is his sixth studio album which features tracks such as ‘False Alarms’, ‘Below the Line’ and ‘She Moved Through the Fair’. The main single is called ‘Brave‘ which you can listen to below. Josh Groban has to date, sold over 25 million records worldwide and is the top selling classical artist of the 2000s in the US.

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Amazing facts of the week

  • ken marshall4The 2nd president of the United States (John Adams) and 3rd president of the United States (Thomas Jefferson) both died within just a few hours apart of each other on the same exact day. They are the only two presidents to die on the same day of the same year.
  • When the Titanic departed from the port it was documented to have carried around  1000 loaves of bread, 86,000 pounds of meat, 40,000 eggs and 36,000 apples to feed the passengers and crew on the 7 day voyage.
Nuevo vocabulario

Ruthless (adj.) = Having no compassion or pity; merciless

Barricade (n.) = Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier

Innkeeper (n.) = One that owns or manages an inn or hotel

Brave (adj.) = Possessing or displaying courage; valiant.

To depart (v.) = To go away; leave

Voyage (n.) = A long journey to a foreign or distant place, especially by sea

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VIDEO: Les Miserables interview

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Les Miserables is taking over the box office and music album charts after it’s successful opening week. For today’s video blog, Love Speaking brings you an interview from the Sydney movie premiere where Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe discuss the new hit.

Nuevo vocabularo

Premiere (n.) = the first public showing of the movie

Rehearsals (n.) = used to practice the script before filming the scenes

Chorus (n.) = a group of people singing together in unison

Dynamic (adj.) = continuously changing and being different

To resonate (v.) = to create a feeling of shared emotion or belief 

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Something for the Weekend

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This week’s Something for the Weekend features the movie ‘The Hobbit’ which has finally been released after a long and exciting wait, the new album ‘Unorthadox Jukebox’ by Bruno Mars and some interesting laws from around the world! Check it out!

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Movie of the Week: The Hobbit

The Hobbit” follows the main character ‘Bilbo Baggins’, who is swept into an quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by a dragon. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining the company of thirteen dwarves led by a legendary warrior.

Album: Unorthadox Jukebox by Bruno Mars

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was born on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. By the late 2000s, he started finding success by writing songs for other popular artists such K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag,” the theme song for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. After several years as one of the pop music’s premier songwriters, he broke out as a singer in his own right with the 2010 hit “Nothin’ on You.” His new album is called Unorthadox Jukebox and features the single ‘Locked Out of Heaven’.

Interesting laws!

Denmark: Attempting to escape from prison is not illegal, however, if one he is caught he is required to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

Israel: Bicycles may not ridden without a license.

Isle of Jersey: It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season because they needed every man to help with the fishing during the busy seasons.

 

Something for the Weekend

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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.
Nuevo vocabulario

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


Something for the Weekend

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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: Cosmopolis

New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut, his eyes are glued to the Yuan exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying his bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every minute.

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Album of the week: The 2nd Law by Muse

‘The 2nd Law’ is the sixth studio album by English alternative rock band Muse. Critical reception was favourable, with praise directed towards the album’s ambition and bombastic tendencies; whilst also being criticized for incorporating too many genres and influences.  In an interview, the band mentioned that they had experimented with music and sounds in particular, which makes this album their most experimental piece they have ever created.

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Amazing fact of the week: Rubix cubes

Every possible state of a standard Rubix cube can be solved in 20 moves or less. Anyone who is serious about trying to solve the Rubix cube can use algorithms and sequences to solve the puzzle in a little number of steps. Algorithms that can be remembered by humans can be used to solve it in 40 moves or less, but with the use of a computer, this number can be halved to 20.

Nuevo vocabulario

civilization (n.) = culture, society = civilización

uncontested (adj.) = not challenged = incontestado

chauffeured (v.) = privately driven = conducido

bombastic (adj.) = high-sounding, pretentious = bombástico

experimental (adj.) = testing technique = experimental

algorithm (n.) = problem-solving sequences = algoritmo

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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: The Hobbit Movie Trailer

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El Hobbit es una película muy esperada, aunque todavía esta en producción aquí puedes ver el trailer. Mira el video y aprende nuevas palabras con nuestro blog.

Read the summary of the movie and then watch the trailer and make sure you note down any vocabulary which you didn’t know before from the ‘Nuevo vocabulario‘ box.

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Synopsis

“The Hobbit” follows the main character ‘Bilbo Baggins’, who is swept into an quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by a dragon. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining the company of thirteen dwarves led by a legendary warrior.

Trailer

 

Nuevo vocabulario

Trailer  = A preview  = un avance

Quest  = An adventure  =  una aventura

Conquered  = Overpowered/Defeated  =  conquistado

Out of the blue  = Out of nowhere/Unexpectedly  =  inesperadamente

Into the blue  = Into the unknown  =  hacia lo desconocido

Cavern  =a  large underground cave  =  una caverna

Blazed with light  = On fire  =  en llamas

Fate  = a predetermined event  =  destino

Tale  = a story  =  un cuento

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