Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sky turns orange across UK

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(Reblogged from CNN)

Sky turns orange across UK
(by Judith Vonberg and Brandon Miller)

The sky turned orange across parts of the UK on Monday as dust and smoke from fires in southern Europe swept north.
The reddish tint was a side effect of the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia and the wildfires that have been raging across Portugal and northwest Spain since Friday.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Privilege Walk

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The typical classroom version of this activity involves between 10-40 participants. Throughout the privilege walk, some statements are read by the facilitator and the participants are asked to take a step forward or backward based on their responses. This activity forces participants to confront the ways in which society privileges some individuals over others. It is designed to get participants to reflect on the different areas in their lives where they have privilege as well as the areas where they don't.


(Full video transcription at the end of this post)

Friday, October 13, 2017

«Un palo tártaro», por Herminio Huerta

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Hace unas semanas, en un restaurante de cierto postín, el maître me sugirió como especialidad muy recomendable de la casa el "estik tartar" (así lo pronunció). Al responder yo que se trataría de un "esteik", pues estik significa palo, insistió con gesto contrariado espetándome que, para mi información por si yo no estaba familiarizado con el término, se trataba de carne cruda con variados aliños. Lo dejé por imposible -como dicen los gauchos: hay caballo que nunca coge trote- y pedí el famoso steak, que, por cierto, no estaba nada mal a pesar de que la carne había sido picada con una máquina y no cortada finamente a cuchillo como mandan los cánones y como lo hacen en The Forge en Miami, probablemente donde se come el mejor steak tartare del mundo.

Monday, October 9, 2017

How Spanish got its ñ - the story behind that "n with a tilde"

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The history of an ordinary Latin mark that turned into an extraordinary Spanish letter. This is how espannol became español!

Back in medieval Spain, scribes were putting the Latin alphabet on parchment to hand stories and information down to us in their manuscripts. One of their unique, rare manuscripts tells the story of El Cid. But if you look at this manuscript, you'll see that the script is a bit... strange.

Get close enough to the pergamino (parchment) to see all the little squiggles. In Latin, that squiggle is a "titulus". In Spanish, the word "titulus" evolved into "tilde".

Let's follow just one of those squiggles to learn its story. It's the story of a routine little mark that became one of the world's most recognizable letters.


~ CREDITS & SOURCES ~

Art, narration and animation by Josh from NativLang. Some of the music, too (intro piano, ending, light guitar in the middle, Thoth's Pill bit and "Upbeat Thoughts").

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Arid Foothills, Path of the Goblin King v2, Angevin B, The Show Must Be Go

Sneaky Snooper by Jason Shaw (audionautix.com).

Upbeat Thoughts (soundcloud.com/Botmasher).

No copyright infringement intended. For educational, non-commercial purposes only.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017/18 Exam Schedule for ESO 2, 3 & 4

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Exam schedule for the 2017/18 schoolyear

ESO 2, 3 & 4 Students,

This is your exam schedule for the 2017/18 schoolyear (you can also find a calendar of exams, deadlines and other events at the bottom of this blog):
Please note that all exams and dates are subject to change. PBL's and irregular verbs tests dates to be confirmed. 

DIAGNOSTIC TEST
ESO 2 – Thursday 21st September
ESO 3 – Wednesday 20th September
ESO 4 – Tuesday 19th September

1st Term
UNIT 1
ESO 2 – Thursday 19th October
ESO 3 – Tuesday 17th October
ESO 4 – Monday 16th October

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sow and Thou Shalt Reap

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Dear ESO students,

At LEZ we firmly believe that your actions dictate the consequences. That is why we would like to give you some advice: one of your main goals in life should be sowing... yes, sowing: your deeds, good or bad, will repay you in kind; the way you behave in life will affect the treatment you will receive from others.

Sit back, relax and take the time to listen to Francisco Salvador, Quesitosgiver on Twitter (please think carefully about the meaning of his username), a scholar of failure, as he calls himself. Be patient, listen right up till the end, pay attention and you will learn an invaluable lesson to live a better and happier life. Enjoy!


Quiz: "Quesitosgiver"... Why that name? Why?

NB: 1 point is up for grabs at the next Test for Unit 1 for the first ESO student who sends the first correct answer to our email (IMPORTANT: the message MUST NOT reach us before Thursday 21st at 5 pm so that all students have an equal chance to guess). 

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Why English is Hard to Learn

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