Thursday, December 25, 2014

Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain

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Celebration of first prize in A Coruna
A ticket seller, right, in A Coruña was among those celebrating after the draw.

(Reblogged from BBC News)

Christmas has come early for thousands of lucky winners in Spain's €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) lottery called "El Gordo" (The Fat One).


The winners included ticket-holders in Madrid, the south-eastern regions of Murcia and Valencia, A Coruña in the north-west and Cádiz in the south.

It is the world's biggest Christmas lottery, and the live televised draw grips the nation.

There were 10 top prizes, worth €400,000 each, for ticket number 13437.

The lottery has a huge impact for the lucky winners in Spain, where the unemployment rate is nearly 24% and even higher among the under-25s. In some cases it can help hard-up people pay off their debts.

As is customary, the winners' numbers, revealed on wooden balls, were sung by a group of 22 children at Madrid's Royal Theatre.

Unlike many other lotteries, there is no single jackpot - instead the winnings are distributed among thousands of people.

The second prize was worth a total of €1.25m and the third prize 500,000.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Labor Walk of Fame 3.0

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The following are our best students for the 1st term. Congratulations!:





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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night: Remember, Remember, the 5th of November - 2014

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ESO Students,

We give you again the post published in previous years about Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder plot. Enjoy it:

In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Among them was Guy Fawkes, Britain's most notorious traitor.






Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Together

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween 2014

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Labor School Students,

Halloween is approaching and to celebrate it at LaborEnglishZone we give you again a very interesting post on the origins of this holiday.

Have a nice Halloween and enjoy the post!



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Daylight Saving Time 2014

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Daylight saving time (DST)—also summer time in several countries, in British English, and European official terminology—is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

ESO 3 & ESO 4 1st Term PBL Assignment

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ESO 3 & ESO 4 Students,

This is your 2014-15 1st Term PBL assignment:

You must DISCUSS everything and anything this tweet brings to your mind: spelling, grammar, meaning, cultural references, etc.
Every student must print this post and bring it to class on Monday 27th October in order to start working on it straight away. IMPORTANT: it is essential to print the picture above.

Every group must email their answers (in English, of course) BEFORE Sunday 16th November at precisely 23:59:59. No mails will be admitted after the deadline, so please do not wait until the very last minute and get down to work as soon as possible.

You must fill in the "subject" section of your mail messages with YOUR GROUP IDENTIFICATION and the word "PBL". You must also include the names of each and every group member and the percentage of work that every member has carried out. Your group identification must be as follows: GROUPCOLOUR_CLASS. Example: BLUE_4A

Points will be deducted for every instruction you do not follow and each group will be deducted 1 point from their mark for every student who does not bring their copy of this document to class next Monday 27th.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lurpak advertisement

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Four Chord Songs

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Australian comedy group 'Axis Of Awesome' perform a sketch from the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Celta’s Cat of Catoira

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(Reblogged from The Guardian)


Celta’s Cat of Catoira denies RCD A Coruña 

to become the king of Galicia
Sergio Álvarez Conde, in only his 30th league game in 15 years at the club, kept out a late RCD A Coruña penalty to earn Celta the bragging rights in a derby that has been a rarity in recent years

Joaquín Larrivey scored the winning goal for Celta Vigo against RCD 
A Coruña in the Galician derby. Photograph: Salvador Sas/EPA



“I held on as long as I could.” Sergio Álvarez Conde was talking about the moment, but this was more than a moment. He’d held on, all right: longer, much longer, than it looked. It was the 88th minute of the Galician derby, Celta de Vigo versus RCD A Coruña, and it was coming up to midnight on Tuesday night. Sergio stood on the goalline at Balaídos, staring at the ball on the penalty spot, mentally going over his study notes. Behind it stood Haris Medunjanin. Celta led 2-1. They had been two minutes from a huge victory, one they needed, but now it seemed they were about to be denied. Sergio waited. He didn’t go early, he didn’t move. He held on. And then, suddenly, he flew left and pushed the penalty past the post.

Monday, September 15, 2014

2014/15 Exam Schedule for ESO 2, 3 & 4

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ESO 2, 3 & 4 Students,

This is your exam schedule for the 2014/15 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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

How Not to Email your Teacher

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In the video below we can hear a professor’s voice criticizing the lack of formality and inappropriate style of an email sent to him by a student.


However, this email was not a word-for-word copy of a student's email but two or three poor emails put together.




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Friday, August 8, 2014

Are You a Nomophobe?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What does the spleen do?

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A Parody of "The Fox" by Ylvis. This video was created for the 107th Annual Second Year Show by the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HMS/HSDM) class of 2016.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Word Crimes

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Labor Walk of Fame 2.3

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And again, these are the best students during the 3rd term of this school year 2013/2014. Enjoy your holidays!

ESO 1A - Unai Rial Rodríguez (9.5)

ESO 1B - Raquel Cordeiro Canosa (9.5)


ESO 2A - Álvaro de Prado Saborido (9.25)


ESO 2B - Marta Rivas Ramallo (8.3)

Friday, June 13, 2014

33 ways to speak better English

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(Reblogged from British English Coach)

If you’re reading this, I imagine you want to communicate with confidence and competence in English.

When we communicate effectively we are able to express our ideas and opinions, share experiences, and build relationships with others. When we struggle to express ourselves, we feel unvalued and insecure. As human beings, we want to participate in group discussions and have an impact on the society around us.

In the modern world, we communicate across borders. English is the closest thing we have to an international language.

By speaking better English, people all over the world can hear our voice. But, to speak better English, you need a teacher, don’t you? You need to take English classes, right?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Solar Roadways

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Monday, June 9, 2014

How Many Words Do You Need?

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What does it mean to know a language? Knowing it perfectly as a native, being capable of having a standard conversation or just knowing a few words or phrases to make yourself understood?


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Saturday, June 7, 2014

This Sentence Has Five Words

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"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.” - Gary Provost



Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Tense Situation

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Monday, June 2, 2014

The End of Juan Carlos' Reign

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Labor Students,

We are witnessing a historic moment. Some time or another in the future you will be asked where you were, what you were doing and what you remember about June 2nd 2014, the day King Juan Carlos announced his abdication:

We give you now an edited translation of his full speech as broadcast on television reblogged from El País in English:

“When I was proclaimed king, nearly four decades ago, I took on a firm commitment to serve Spain’s general interest, moved by the desire to make citizens the agents of their own destinies and for our nation to become a modern democracy, one that was fully integrated into Europe.
“I proposed leading the exciting national task of allowing citizens to choose their legitimate representatives and to carry out the great, positive transformation that we all needed so much.
“Today, when I look back, I cannot help feeling proud and grateful to you.
“Proud because of the many good things we have achieved together throughout the years.
“And grateful for your support, which has made my reign – which I began as a young man at a time of great uncertainty and difficulty – a long period of peace, freedom, stability and progress.
“Loyal to the political wishes of my father, from whom I inherited the historical legacy of the Spanish monarchy, I have always wanted to be a king for all Spaniards. I identified with your aspirations, felt joy at your successes and suffered when pain or suffering overwhelmed you.”
In a speech that made a point of expressing hope in the future, Juan Carlos nevertheless made a reference to the crisis and its effects.
“The long, deep economic recession we are enduring has left serious scars in the social fabric, but it is also pointing out a future path that is filled with hope.
“These difficult years have enabled us to do some critical stocktaking to analyze our mistakes and limitations as a society.
“On the other hand, they have also reactivated the proud awareness of what we have been and continue to be: a great nation. All of this has awakened within us a desire for renewal, for self-improvement, for correcting our mistakes and for paving the way to a decidedly better future.
“A new generation is legitimately demanding a central role in the forging of this future. A younger generation with new energy has the determination to undertake the transformation and reforms demanded by the current situation.
“My sole ambition has always been, and always will be, to help attain progress and wellbeing for all Spaniards in a climate of freedom.
“I want the best for Spain, to which I have dedicated my entire life and at whose service I have placed all my ability, my enthusiasm and my work.
“My son Felipe, Prince of Asturias and heir to the Crown, embodies the stability that is a defining feature of our monarchy.
“When I turned 76 last January, I felt that the time had come to prepare the handover to make way for someone who is in the best possible conditions to maintain that stability.
“The Prince of Asturias has the maturity, training and sense of responsibility that are necessary to fully guarantee his position as head of state and begin a new period of hope that combines acquired experience with the thrust of a new generation.
“I am sure he will always be able to count on the support of Princess Letizia.
“And so, guided by the firm belief that I am doing the best service to Spaniards, and now that I have recovered physically and gone back to my institutional activities, I have decided to bring my reign to an end and abdicate the Spanish crown.
“I wish to express my gratitude to the Spanish people, to all the individuals who have embodied the state’s powers and agencies during my reign, and everyone who has generously and loyally helped me perform my duties.
“My gratitude also goes out to Queen Sofia, whose cooperation and generous support have never failed me.
“Spain will always be in my heart.”
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Passive Voice

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(Reblogged from Grammar.net)

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Friday, May 23, 2014

English: A Stress-Timed Language - American Pronunciation

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(Reblogged from Rachel's English)

English is a Stress-Timed language. That means you need contrast between stressed and unstressed syllables—unstressed words may reduce, and will be low in pitch and flatter in shape. In other words, you DON'T pronounce every word fully and clearly!!


VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION:

In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to go over why some words sound different when they're said on their own than they do when they're said as part of a sentence, like 'for', 'fer'. 

A lot of people think, when they're studying a language and they're new to it, that they need to pronounce each word fully and clearly in order to be well-understood. But in English that's actually not the case. English is a stress-timed language. That means some syllables will be longer, and some will be shorter. Many languages, however, are syllable-timed, which means each syllable has the same length. Examples of syllable-timed languages: French, Spanish, Cantonese. So, when an American hears a sentence of English, with each syllable having the same length, it takes just a little bit longer to get the meaning. This is because we are used to stressed syllables, syllables that will pop out of the line because they're longer and they have more shape. Our ears, our brains, go straight to those words. Those are the content words. When all syllables are the same length, then there's no way for the ear to know which words are the most important.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Speaking Exchange

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A group of young Brazilian students were keen on learning to speak English fluently. At the same time, lots of elderly people living in residential homes in the USA were longing to talk to someone. The idea was to connect them via Internet.

Would you like to experience this type of  “exchange”?



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Monday, May 12, 2014

Look Up

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"Look up from your phone, shut down that display. Stop watching this video, live life the real way".



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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Interviews for World's Toughest Job

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Millions of people saw a job posting by a Boston agency for a "director of operations" position, but only 24 people applied.
In today's tough job market, why did so few people show an interest? It could be because of the requirements of the job.
The website rehtom.net posted the job and paid for ads, hoping to get the right applicant. So what is required from the right applicant? Here's a partial list:
  • Must be able to work 135 or more hours a week
  • Ability to work overnights
  • Willingness to forgo breaks
  • Work mostly standing up and/or bending
  • Must be able to lift up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Crisis management skills a must
  • Ability to manage a minimum of 10-15 projects at one time
  • Ability to coordinate multiple, often conflicting, schedules
  • Ability to work with associates with minimal ability
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in negotiating, counseling and culinary arts
  • Understanding of finance
  • Understanding of medicine
  • Positive disposition at all times

So who would hire for a such a job? Only one way to find out. Watch this video to see the interviews and real-time reactions. Believe us, it's worth it to watch to the end.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Benefits of Reading Books

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THX1138

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THX1138 Director's cut: The Future Trailer

Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society...

In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Power of Ideas

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“The Power of Ideas” is a new contest launched by Cambridge University Press Iberia addressed to Primary School teachers and students.

They believe in the power of ideas and imagination to change reality, to create new things and to improve the world around us.

The idea is to invent one or several powers that people could possess and explain how they could use it to change things. You can participate individually, in small or big teams but an English teacher must take part in the project’s conception.

You must upload your ideas to http://www.quickminds.es/the-power-of-ideas/participa/1 in several formats: video, audio, picture or pdf. Each project must include a description of maximum 50 words in English.

The prizes are as follows:
1st - 4,000 euros
2nd - 3,000 euros
3rd - 2,500 euros
4th - 2,000 euros
5th - 1,500 euros
And a special prize for the school which submits more projects (3,000 euros)

If you are keen on participating, remember that the deadline is 20th October 2014.


You can read all the information in Spanish by clicking here: http://www.quickminds.es/the-power-of-ideas


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hurricane Carter

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (born 6th May 1937, died 20th April 2014) was an American middleweight boxer.

In 1966, police arrested Carter for a triple homicide in the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. Police stopped Carter's car and brought him and another occupant, John Artis, to the scene of the crime. There was little physical evidence. Police took no fingerprints at the crime scene and lacked the facilities to conduct a paraffin test for gunshot residue. None of the eyewitnesses identified Carter or Artis as the shooters. Carter and Artis were tried and convicted twice (1967 and 1976) for the murders, but after the second conviction was overturned in 1985, prosecutors chose not to try the case for a third time.

Carter's story inspired the 1975 Bob Dylan song Hurricane and 1999 Norman Jewison's film starring Denzel Washington. From 1993 to 2005, Carter served as executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. 


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Monday, April 14, 2014

3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

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Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.



Original TED Talk with English subtitles at: https://www.ted.com/talks/ric_elias

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Labor Walk of Fame 2.1

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The following are our best students for the second term:



ESO 1A: Unai Rial, Xacobe Piñeiro and Gonzalo Torres - 9.2

ESO 1B: Raquel Cordeiro - 8.8

ESO 2A: Álvaro de Prado - 9.5

ESO 2B: Rodrigo Otero - 7.96

ESO 3A: Andrea Cobo - 8.55

ESO 3B: Irene Sánchez -9.57

ESO 4A: Asta Rohde -7.78

ESO 4B: Paula Suárez - 5,74


Congratulations!



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Monday, April 7, 2014

Graduation Speech: ESO 4 2013-14 3rd Term PBL Assignment

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ESO 4 Students,

This is your PBL assignment for the 3rd term. All of you have to WRITE and DELIVER your GRADUATION SPEECH.  You have to imagine you are going to stand in the school Assembly Hall before your teachers, classmates, parents and guests at your ESO graduation ceremony (to be held on June 20th) and deliver your speech, which must be at least 350 WORDS LONG.

The best student will be offered the chance to deliver his or her speech at your graduation ceremony... in English!! Of course, he or she will get extra points in the final mark for that effort.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

ESO 2 & ESO 3 3rd Term PBL

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ESO 2 & ESO 3 Students,

This is your PBL assignment for the 2013-14 3rd term. You have a double task concerning 20 inspiring children books quotations:
  • You have to find what book each quotation belongs to and the author of each of those books.
  • You have to translate the quotations into the language of your choice, Galician or Spanish.

And these are the quotations:
  1. If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew. Just go right along and you'll start happening too.
  2. The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
  3. True friends never ask for anything.
  4. Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
  5. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
  6. Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
  7. You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.
  8. There is no place like home.
  9. We all can dance when we find music that we love.
  10. Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.
  11. I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be.
  12. I love you right up to the moon — and back.
  13. If you have good thoughts... they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
  14. It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends.
  15. The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it.
  16. ...The more he gave away, the more delighted he became.
  17. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
  18. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.
  19. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.
  20. Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.

Every group must email their answers BEFORE Sunday 18th May at precisely 23:59:59. No mails will be admitted after the deadline, so please do not wait until the very last minute and get down to work as soon as possible.

You must fill in the "subject" section of your mail messages with YOUR GROUP IDENTIFICATION and the word 'PBL'. You must also include the names of each and every group member and the percentage of work that every member has carried out.

Points will be deducted for every instruction you do not follow.

NB:
ESO 3 students must print this post and bring it to class next Tuesday 22nd April.
ESO 2 students must print this post and bring it to class next Wednesday 23rd April.

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Opportunity

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Opportunity is missed by most people 
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Alva Edison

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Fools' Day 2014

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April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is a day celebrated in many countries on April 1st. The day is named for the custom of playing practical jokes and hoaxes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbours, or sending them on a fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Australia and South Africa the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". Elsewhere, such as in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, The Netherlands, and the U.S., the jokes last all day.

Friday, March 28, 2014

My heart almost stood still

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(Reblogged from Letters of Note)

On the evening of February 1st, 1924, the New York Symphony Orchestra played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York, conducted by Walter Damrosch. Thankfully for those who couldn't attend, the performance was broadcast live on the radio. A couple of days later, the orchestra received a stunning letter of thanks from the unlikeliest of sources: Helen Keller, a renowned author and activist who had been deaf and blind from a young age. It can be read below.

Eight years later, Keller wrote an equally evocative letter in which she described the view from atop the Empire State Building.

(Source: The Baton, Volumes 2-3, via Marcus Williams; Image: Helen Keller "listening" to the radio, c.1929, via Angelfire.)
93 Seminole Avenue,
Forest Hills, L. I.,
February 2, 1924.
The New York Symphoy Orchestra,
New York City.

Dear Friends:

I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony." I do not mean to say that I "heard" the music in the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony. It was a great surprise to myself. I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere. I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but I did not dream that I could have any part in their joy. Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony someone suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the cap, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibrations, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music! The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me. I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roll of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison. How the lovely speech of the violins flowed and plowed over the deepest tones of the other instruments! When the human voice leaped up trilling from the surge of harmony, I recognized them instantly as voices. I felt the chorus grow more exultant, more ecstatic, upcurving swift and flame-like, until my heart almost stood still. The women's voices seemed an embodiment of all the angelic voices rushing in a harmonious flood of beautiful and inspiring sound. The great chorus throbbed against my fingers with poignant pause and flow. Then all the instruments and voices together burst forth—an ocean of heavenly vibration—and died away like winds when the atom is spent, ending in a delicate shower of sweet notes.

Of course, this was not "hearing" but I do know that the tones and harmonies conveyed to me moods of great beauty and majesty. I also sensed, or thought I did, the tender sounds of nature that sing into my hand—swaying reeds and winds and the murmur of streams. I have never been so enraptured before by a multitude of tone-vibrations.

As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marvelled at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others—and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magnificent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.

Let me thank you warmly for all the delight which your beautiful music has brought to my household and to me. I want also to thank Station WEAF for the joy they are broadcasting in the world.

With kindest regards and best wishes, I am,

Sincerely yours,

(Signed)

HELEN KELLER

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Relationship with my Phone

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Monday, March 17, 2014

10 Great Irish Tries

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To celebrate Ireland's brilliant victory in 2014 6 Nations Championship, we give you "10 Great Irish Tries" as chosen by Irish broadcaster, journalist and rugby union pundit, George Hook. Please notice his Irish accent.

This magnificent selection includes a remarkable hat-trick by Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll.


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video

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The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community. 

The LifeCycle Film came about as a desire to bring the energy and passion behind the Manifesto to life through something we love--biking. As we seek to live mindful lifestyles that leave a positive impact on the people and world around us, biking has become a passion that is much more than a transportation alternative. It is a way of fully experiencing the city we love and all of its details.

This Film is a celebration. It is a celebration of gatherings, of diversity, of life, and of the beauty of shared experience. We hope you enjoy.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Don't Worry

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(Reblogged from Brain Pickings)

On 24th November 1942, Clare Boothe Luce wrote a letter to her 18-year-old daughter Ann, at the time a second-year student at Stanford University, which included the following paragraph:

Don’t worry about your studies. When you want to do them well you will do them superbly, but for the moment the main thing is to get what little happiness there is out of life in this wartorn world because “these are the good old days” now.

Unfortunately, a little more than a year later, Ann, Luce’s only child, was killed in a car accident.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Insult better: Quote Shakespeare

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Panyee FC

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This film is based on a true story. In 1986 a football team that lived on a little island in the south of Thailand called "Koh Panyee". It's a floating village in the middle of the sea that has not an inch of soil. The kids here loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn't let that stop them. They challenged the norm and have become a great inspiration for new generations on the island.

Whatever challenges you face in life, if you think you can make a difference... we say you can


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Spelling

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

For, Since and During

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Programa de Inmersión Lingüística en colonias de verano

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Ayudas para participar en el Programa de Inmersión Lingüística en colonias de verano en inglés. Convocatoria 2014

Datos generales:

  • Descripción:
    Los beneficiarios asistirán a colonias de inmersión lingüística, en régimen de internado, durante una quincena del mes de julio, en las que trabajarán aspectos orales de la lengua inglesa mediante actividades lúdicas y deportivas que se desarrollarán en instalaciones situadas en el territorio español peninsular.
  • Modalidades:
    • Grupo I: Alumnos en alguna de las siguientes situaciones:
      • a) Orfandad absoluta.
      • b) Con padre/madre/hermanos afectado(s) de minusvalía legalmente calificada (en grado superior al 65%) o padeciéndola el/la propio/a solicitante (en grado superior al 33%)
      • c) Pertenecer a familias cuyo sustentador principal se encuentre en situación legal de desempleo o con incapacidad permanente absoluta.
      • d) Pertenecer a familia numerosa o monoparental.
    • Grupo II: resto de alumnos
       
  • Destinatarios:
    Alumnos de 5º y 6º de Educación Primaria y 1º de ESO que cumplan los requisitos establecidos.
  • Nº de becas: 
    2.200 ayudas.
    • Grupo I:
      • 660 ayudas para la primera quincena de julio 2014
      • 660 ayudas para la segunda quincena de julio 2014
    • Grupo II:
      • 440 ayudas para la primera quincena de julio 2014
      • 440 becas para la segunda quincena de julio 2014
  • Requisitos:
    • a) Estar matriculado en el curso 2013/2014 en un centro sostenido con fondos públicos, en 5º o 6º de Educación Primaria o 1º de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria.
    • b) Tener, como máximo, 13 años a fecha 31 de diciembre de 2014.
    • c) Haber obtenido en el curso anterior (2012/2013) como mínimo:
      • una nota media de notable
      • una calificación de notable en la asignatura de inglés
    • d) No haber sido beneficiario de la ayuda en convocatorias anteriores.
       
  • Dotación:
    La ayuda contribuye al pago de los gastos de enseñanza, material, manutención y alojamiento; el beneficiario deberá abonar a la empresa organizadora 50€ (Grupo I) o 200€ (Grupo II). Los gastos de transporte hasta la instalación educativa corren por cuenta del beneficiario.
  • Duración:
    • Primera quincena: del 29 de junio al 13 de julio 2014
    • Segunda quincena: del 13 al 27 de julio 2014
  • Plazo de presentación
    • Desde: 26 de febrero de 2014
    • Hasta: 14 de marzo de 2014
    • Plazo de presentación abierto
  • ¿Cómo realizarlo?:
    Mediante solicitud cumplimentada en la sede electrónica del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, apartado “Trámites y servicios” http://www.mecd.gob.es.
  • Destino:
    Instalaciones situadas en el territorio español peninsular
  • Proceso de selección:
    Para cada grupo y quincena, las solicitudes se ordenarán:
    • a) Primer criterio: en función de la nota media obtenida en el curso 2012/2013.
    • b) Segundo criterio: en función de la nota en la asignatura de inglés en el curso 2012-2013.
    • c) Tercer criterio: si persiste el empate utilizando los criterios anteriores, se dará prioridad al solicitante de mayor edad, en función de su fecha de nacimiento.

Convocatoria:

Solicitud:

  • Instrucciones:
  • Documentación requerida:
    • a) Sin certificado digital: Impreso de solicitud certificado validado y sellado por el centro educativo, y certificado o copia del boletín de notas de notas del curso 2012/2013 (sellado y expedido por el centro educativo).
    • b) Con certificado digital: anexar plantilla PDF (validada y sellada por el centro educativo) y certificado o copia del boletín de notas del curso 2012/13 (sellado y expedido por el centro educativo).
  • Lugar de entrega:
    Dirección General de Evaluación y Cooperación Territorial – C/ Los Madrazo, 15 Registro. 28014 Madrid

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Friday, February 14, 2014

12 Love Idioms

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Retrieved at: http://englishwordoftheday2010.blogspot.com.es/2014/02/love-idioms.html

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lego Told Off by a 7 Year Old Girl

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Below you have the letter that Charlotte, a 7 year old girl wrote to Lego Company...



Monday, February 3, 2014

Frozen in 25 Languages

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Disney has decided to release one of the songs of  Frozen’s soundtrack sung in 25 languages.

It has drawn our attention that Latin American Spanish and Castillian Spanish are treated as different languages as well as French and Canadian French, while there is only one version of English, for instance.


We are also happy to discover that Catalan, one of Spain’s regional languages is included. However, we’re a bit dissapointed that others such as Galician or Euskera have not been chosen...





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Friday, January 31, 2014

Groundhog Day 2014

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Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2nd in the United States and Canada. A groundhog (Marmota monax) is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels.

According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. 

The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather folklore, wherein a badger or sacred bearis the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog.

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