Facebook stalking taken to a new level

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American Hustle

Who says what about … American Hustle This new film from director, David O Russell, has been nominated for no less than ten Oscars, including Best Picture. In that category, it’s up against some stiff competition Leer más

Make Valentine’s Day a Feat of Love

The aphrodisiac qualities of food have been a part of romanticfolklore since Eve handed Adam that apple in the Garden of Eden. Today, there’s no easier way to add a touch of je ne sais quoi to Valentine’s Day than Leer más

Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana

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Mandela: The Life of a Great Leader

There were many sad passings of inspirational figures in 2013 from diverse walks of life, Margaret Thatcher, Lou Reed, Seamus Heaney to name just a few.  The man who left us the most legacy Leer más

5 Ways to Start the New Year Right!

Health Body, Healthy Mind: 5 Ways to Start the New Year Right! Oh no! It’s that time of the year again. You’re a year older and you’re faced with 2013’s list of New Year’s Resolutions. If Leer más

Learn English with Paul Simon

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Learn English through songs and lyricsTuesday is a great day to sit back, relax and listen to some good music. It’s even better when you can learn English (albeit indirectly) while you’re at it. This Paul Simon song is great for those wanting to learn English, as he sings clearly and quite slowly. You should read the lyrics while you listen to the song, then check the glossary below for new vocab!

Learn English with music & lyrics – Paul Simon

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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Identity Thief

Identity-Thief-1Unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”….and it belongs to an accounts rep  who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life.
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English Idioms Part 3: Music

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Audio-Glow-Music-Visualizer-Various-themes-and-customisations-5Love Speaking is bringing you another series of blogs every week to help you improve and build your list of idioms. In part 3, we will look at some music idioms and what they really mean before putting into use in example sentences. Then recap what you have learned by completing the quiz at the end.

 Step 1: Learn

And all that jazz - This idioms means everything related or similar is included

Blow your own trumpet – Boasting about your achievements and success

Change your tune – when someone suddenly changes their mind or thoughts

Face the music – when you have to accept some negative consequences

Music to my ears – when something said is exactly what you want to hear

Step 2: Practice with examples

  • When I worked as a banker, I had to learn about different types of accounts, exchange rates and all that jazz.
  • I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet but, I always come first in the athletics competition.
  • It sounds to me like you have changed your tune. Yesterday you weren’t interested in coming with me.
  • I really need to go to the shop but it is raining. I need to go outside and face the music.
  • Yes I am very happy to buy your car for $4,000. That price is like music to my ears!

Step 3: Review

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Something for the weekend

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Movie of the week: Anna Karenina

kinopoisk.ruAnna Karenina is a theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.

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Album of the week: The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

justin-timberlake-suit-and-tieThis is the first album for Justin Timberlake after his music hiatus in 2006 and with his new music label. The album features his new singles ‘Suit & Tie’ and ‘Mirrors’. Justin was heavily praised for the style and quality of his new album by critics, which led to performances around the world, notably in the United Kingdom during the BRIT Awards. You can watch the video of his performance below.

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Amazing facts of the week: Movie facts!

Stages-of-Movie-ProductionThe Avengers movie was not filmed in 3-D, instead it was converted to 3-D in post-production for release in cinemas.

Arnold Schwarzeneggar received a total of $15 million for his role in The Terminator. In the whole movie he spoke around 700 words meaning he was paid $21,429 per word!

The distant shots of the submarines in The Abyss were all models filmed in smoky air instead of water.

Nuevo vocabulario

theatrical = dramatic performances given the actors and actresses

timeless = unaffected by time

to surge = to suddenly increase or a sudden onrush

post-production = the final stage of a movie’s production where sountracks and effects are added

abyss = a large, deep and unmeasureable space or cavity

Something for the Weekend

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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.

Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Oz the Great and Powerful

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descargamovieWhen Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.

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Album of the week: The Truth About Love by Pink

The-Truth-About-Love-CD-Booklet-pink-32032800-600-338The Truth About Love samples rock music influences and is generally themed about relationships, breakups and the different stages and cases of love. It features guest stars Eminem, Lily Rose Cooper and Nate Ruess. To support the album, Pink began her Truth About Love Tour in February, 2013. The tour is expected to continue through 2013 and will include America, Australia and Europe. ‘Blow Me One Last Kiss’ was the name of the main single released from this album.

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Amazing facts of the week

snailsThe only two animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are rabbits and parrots.

The price of the Titanic cost about $7 million to build and the price of the Titanic movie was about $200 million to make.

Snails can sleep for up to 3 years.

Nuevo vocabulario

dubious = doubtful, raising doubts and uncertainty

hurled away = thrown away with great force

jackpot = a top prize or reward

reluctantly = unwilling to do or resisting against doing something

inhabitants = a person or animal that is a permanent resident of a particular place or region

influence = something that has the power to sway or affect someone’s decisions

breakups = when a relationship between two people ends

Something for the Weekend

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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

VIDEO: Brit Awards 2013

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6657-brit_awards_2013_420x250The Brit Awards are an annual pop music show which recognises the achievements of musicians and singers from around Great Britain  and who have had international success. They have many different categories such as Best Male Solo, Best Female Solo and a new category in 2013 called Global Success.

This year saw many live performances from artists such as Emili Sandé, Muse and One Direction. In recent years, a British designer creates a new theme for each award. The award for 2013 included in this image was designed by Damien Hirst and featured polka dots. Previous years have seen the Union Jack flag being featured on the award and ared, white and blue pattern the year before that. Watch the video below to see the highlights from this year:

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achievements (n.) = something accomplished through superior ability, skill or effort

performance (n.) = a musical, dramatic or other entertainment presented in front of an audience

designer (n.) = a person who executes or designs works of art or structures

polka dots (n.) = a dot or round spot repeated to form a pattern

gigs (n.) = concerts; where musicians perform for their fans

to be stoked (v.) = to be very pleased or elated

speech (n.) = a form of communication in spoken language of a pre-written text

Something for the Weekend

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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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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.

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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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