“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

20 May 2011


You see, I was watching TV yesterday and, as usual, there was nothing on. I was just about to turn it off when I came across a programme from AprendeInglés TV . It was about one of the most popular shows on Spanish television nowadays. Maybe you are fans of "El Hormiguero", too. Would you like to know how some of the famous people working there get by in speaking English?

Learning English enemy: dubbing

18 May 2011


Hello, guys, here you have a link to a video about telling an anecdote, which is good practice for the monologue part of the speaking exam you are going to take in June. The girl is speaking about a time she did something personally challenging.

I want you to focus on how she structures the information, how she moves on from one idea to another one, how she stops to think, how she uses topic-related vocabulary and so on and so forth. Use the play and pause buttons to listen to her and then to repeat after her, trying to imitate her, actually.

Come on! You can do it!Emoticono Animo

10 May 2011


As I promised, here you can see the video about New Zealand tourism again.

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  • green and pristine environment
  • the kiwi way of life
  • the main reason visitors come to NZ is for our environment so looking after it is not only vital for tourism but also the country's economy.
  • gross domestic product
  • environmental protection and sustainability measures
  • Real Journeys (700,000 tourists a year). The possible environmental effect to that volume of people could have is daunting but the company is well aware of its responsabilities.
  • Real Journeys achieve being environmentally responsible in a number of ways:
- we support conservation causes
- we invest in technology
- we ensure we are operting modern low emission top equipment
- we get into recycling
- we do whatever we can to ensure that we operate in the most environmentally sustainable manner
- we also support a number of organisations
  • Real Journeys like many other operators works closely with the Department of Conservation (DOC)
  • DOC's job is to protect and preserve our natural resources and with 30% of NZ set aside on reserves is a big job.
  • With many business operating within our National Parks, this relationship between conservation and tourism needs to be symbiotic.
  • We've learnt to live together because we have a common objective. DOC is essentially focused on making sure that our natural places are healthy and that they are there for people to enjoy.
  • A good example of using natural resources to re-energize a failing economy is Whale Watch Kaikotours.
  • The primary aim was to create employment. Unemployment was very very high, especially among the Maori and we needed to find a way to create a future here for our people. We didn't have the option to move to another part of the country. This is where we have our roots.
  • We are looking after you, visitors, sharing with you, visitors, and the natural resources that we have here but doing it in such a way that they'll be here for tomorrow.
  • I believe in the idea of conservation but I believe whole-heartedly in the idea or the concept of restoration, restoring the natural resources we used to have a hundred years back.
  • Another marine enterprise working hard to deliver a quality and sutainable tourism experience is Dive Tutukaka, located just off the north east coast of NZ, one of the ten top diving spots in the world.
  • A fantastic environment, subtropical waters, lots of fish life, tunnels and sea caves ... the spirituality of the place, the Maori history.
  • Education is actually one of the biggest returns we give to our customers besides having a good time and really enjoying the marine environment. They come back with a lot of knowledge about the marine environment here in NZ and they start to see the benefits of marine reserves and the practice of using marine reserves in a sustainable manner.
  • Around 2,500,000 visitors come to NZ every year. Managing those numbers is key to the survival of the country and the tourism industry. While NZ's strategy is to promote travel off-peak, it also encourages visitors to travel to most of the country's regions.
  • With transport, one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions, NZ's largest transport network, InterCity, recognizes its obligations to the environment.
  • The Carbon Zero programme allows us to do that at the moment.
  • Our goal is to use technology ultimately to get to a point where we actually have zero emission coming out.
  • NZ geographic isolation and long period without human habitation have resulted in a unique natural environment.
  • A bird sanctuary roaming with rare and endangered flora and fauna.
  • It's the most important reason why tourists come to NZ because of the image that we portray.
  • NZ is a unique and extraordinary place. It may be a small country but it's big on the environmental pledge.
  • We touch visitors in a certain way when they come here. They go away feeling enriched and with a different attitude to the world and I'll sum it up by saying that we perhaps could change the world, one visitor at a time.

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