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The Oscars

Everybody is talking about the Oscars this week.  If you want to be part of it and show how good your vocabulary is try to use these tips 😉

Todo el mundo está hablado de los Oscar esta semana. Si quieres mostrar a todo el mundo a todo tu opinión, no olvides revisar este vocabulario 😉

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CEFR

Do you know The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL)?It is an international standard for describing language ability.

It is used around the world to describe learners’ language skills.

¿Conoces el Marco Común Europeo de referencia para las lenguas? Se trata de un estándar internacional para describir las capacidades lingüísticas.

Se usa en todo el mundo para describir las habilidades lingüísticas de los estudiantes.

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What exams are on the CEFR?

The CEFR describes language ability on a scale of levels from A1 for beginners up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. This makes it easy for anyone involved in language teaching and testing, such as teachers or learners, to see the level of different qualifications. It also means that employers and educational institutions can easily compare our qualifications to other exams in their country.

¿Qué son los exámenes del CEFR?

El CEFR describe las capacidades que se dominan en una lengua en una escala: desde el A1 para principiantes, hasta el C2 para aquellos que dominan la lengua a la perfección. Este método facilita que cualquiera involucrado en la enseñanza o evaluación de una lengua, como profesores o estudiantes, pueda ver el nivel de las diferentes calificaciones. Además también sirve para que funcionarios e instituciones educacionales puedan comparar tus resultados fácilmente con otros exámenes del país.

Such and so

Do you want to learn how to use such and so correctly? Check out the rules 😉

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Bases del concurso

Con motivo del concurso para sortear un trimestre gratis en nuestro centro, os adjuntamos las bases del mismo.

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10 Confusing Homonyms

What are Homonyms?

Words that sound similar and that have different spellings and different meanings are generally referred to as homonyms.

¿Qué son los Homónimos? 

Son homónimas aquellas palabras que suenan igual pero tienen significado y escritura diferente.

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Weather words

Hot or cold, sunny or windy? The weather affects us all. Let’s take a closer look at some words we use to talk about the weather and seasons.

¿Calor o Frío? ¿Soleado o Ventoso? El tiempo nos afecta a todos, repasemos algunas de las palabras que usamos para hablar del tiempo y las estaciones en inglés.

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Weather’ refers to the conditions in the air above the Earth. This determines the temperature and conditions experienced in a specific place.

Weather‘ (El tiempo meteorológico)hace referencia a las condiciones del aire sobre la Tierra. Éste determina la temperatura y las condiciones de cada lugar.

A ‘weather forecast’ is a prediction of what the weather will be for that day. This is done by a ‘meteorologist’ – an expert on weather patterns.

Un ‘weather forecast(predicción meteorológica) nos explica el tiempo que hará ese día, la hace un ‘meteorologist’ (meteorólogo), experto en este campo.

‘Check the weather forecast before heading out so you don’t get caught in the rain.’

Temperature’ refers to how hot or cold a place is. We usually measure temperature in degrees Celsius and use the symbol ‘°C’ to indicate this.

La ‘Temperature’ (Temperatura) hace referencia a el calor o el frío que hace en un determinado lugar. Normalmente medimos la temperatura en grados Celsius y usamos el símbolo ‘°C’ para indicarla.

‘When the temperature goes over 30°C, I go to the beach for a swim.’

There are four seasons in a year – summer, autumn, winter and spring.

Hay cuatro estaciones en el año- verano, otoño, invierno y primavera.

Winter‘ is the coldest part of the year. During winter, we experience snow in some parts of the country. And of course, we take the chance to build a snowman!

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Love definition

How would you define love?

These are some of the responses we have found online about it:

“The best thing in the entire world”

“Something you really treasure, care about or you could enjoy”

“Being married to the same person for 47 years.”

Watch this video from Learn English to find out more and learn how you can express your love.

 

 

¿Cómo definirías el amor?

Éstas son  algunas de las respuestas que hemos encontrado online:

“Es lo mejor del mundo”

“Es algo que atesoras, cuidas o que puedes disfrutar”

“Estar casada con la misma persona durante 47 años”
Mira este vídeo de Learn English para saber más y aprender cómo expresas tu amor.

Valentine’s Day

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? 

Saying I love you is not something that you say once a year… Learn how to express it correctly in different ways so you can do it everyday. ♥

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4 Apps For Learning Languages

We’re living in a golden age of free language learning apps on the go. The main problem is — which one to choose?

Everybody has a different style of learning and you should also think about how you’ll use the language. Need it for a holiday, or want some serious long-term fluency? It all influences what app you pick.

Here are four of the best language-learning apps, all free. Choose well, and you’ll be ordering food and arguing about local politics in the blink of an eye.

1. Best App For Languages You’ve Half-Forgotten: Duolingo

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Duolingo is one of the most popular language-learning apps in the world, for good reason. It won iPhone App of the Year in 2014, — so let’s break down what makes it special. It leads you through many different stages of learning, rather like the levels of a video game.

2. Best App For Visual Learners: Anki

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Anki is the app version of the flash cards you used for vocabulary tests, except with essentially limitless card decks — over 80 million, according to the app itself. It’s designed for people who know the basics of grammar and need to pick up on words and their definitions, but need a visual boost to make things stick.

3. Best App For Improving Vocabulary: Memrise

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If you just wanted some idle bits of vocabulary to toss around the bar on vacation, this is not the app for you. It’s a dedicated system for embedding language deep in your brain. It’s designed around the metaphor of a garden: plant the parts of the language, grow them so that they “root” deep in your head, and revisit them continually so that they remain fresh and vivid.

4. Best App For Social Butterflies: HelloTalk

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HelloTalk uses one of the great learning tools in picking up another language: native speakers. The interface lets you chat with other people who are fluent in whatever language you choose, having conversations with a built-in automatic translation service. It’s calling itself the world’s first “language exchange social network,” and it’s for people who hate sitting alone memorizing vocab instead of chatting with their mates. Awesome.

Choose wisely 😉

 

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