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

03 December 2014


 When you start to pursue your dreams, these 13 things will happen

How to carve time for yourself and pursue your dreams

9 reasons you won't pursue your dreams

pursue /pəˈsjuː/

Crazy jobs you don't need anymore video


Come on Baristas, don't let them do you wrong Come on Baristas, the union makes you strong
Working in a coffee shop, it’s hard to keep a good attitude
 (it's so damn hard to keep a good attitude)
You have to stand all day, and when it's busy customers get rude
 (Those cranky customers can sure get rude)
The boss is on your case when you have made a mistake
And says don't even think about your fifteen minute break
Hey Baristas, (Come on Baristas) Don't let your bosses do you wrong
 (Come on Baristas don't let them do you wrong) Come on Baristas
Hey Baristas
if you unionize then you'll be strong
 (Come on Baristas, the union makes you strong)
Because a union is a way that we can all connect and if we all stand up to management we'll get respect
Hey Baristas (Come on Baristas)
We can't always just go along.
Sometimes I work a double shift and other times they cut my hours.
 (Oh how I hate it when they cut my hours)
I scrub the floor so hard but still my supervisor only glowers
 (That nasty supervisor only glowers)
I try to pull a shot but the machine won't run,
while customers are mad because their latte's can't get done.
Hey Baristas (Come on Baristas)
Don't let your bosses do you wrong. (Come on Baristas, Don't let them do you wrong)
Come on Baristas (Hey Baristas)
If you unionize then you'll be strong (Come on Baristas the union makes you strong)
Because a union is the way that we can all connect
And if we all stand up to management we'll get respect
Hey Baristas (Come on Baristas)
We can't always just go along.
"I hate it when they cut my hours"
They tell us don't complain you're lucky that you have a job at all,
 (You're lucky that you have a job at all)
But why should we put up with their crappola when we can stand tall?
 (Don't need crappola when we can stand tall)
Let's stand up for our rights no matter what they say,
we'll fight for recognition and for better pay.
Hey Baristas (Come on Baristas)
Don't let your bosses do you wrong
 (Come on Baristas don't let them do you wrong.)
Come on Baristas (Hey Baristas) If you unionize then you'll be strong
 (Come on Baristas the union makes you strong)
Because a union is the way that we can all connect
And if we all stand up to management we'll get respect,
Hey Baristas (Come on Baristas)
We can't always just go along.
Come on Baristas don't let them do you wrong. Come on Baristas the union makes you strong

Starbucks rant song: Employee fired after making YouTube video

28 November 2014


Breaking Bad is one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of the last decade and, honestly, the best TV series I've ever seen (and I could name a bunch of TV series that are also extraordinary such as The Wire, House of Cards, True Detective, Forbrydelsen, The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Twin Peaks, Mad Men, Six Feet Under). Not only has it received numerous awards and nominations but it is subject to academic research and PhD. theses as well.

If you have already seen it, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, you should really think about doing it at some point in your life. The performance of Bryan Cranston along with the rest of the cast is absolutely brilliant.

I'm writing this post because I've just come across the parody Jimmy Fallon did of Breaking Bad, Joking Bad, and I loved it so I thought you had to see it. Here it is:

If you have already seen the series, you'll be amazed at the way they turned the most important aspects of the show into the concept of joke-dealing. You'll laugh yourselves into stitches.

For more profound reading on Breaking Bad:
The Theology of Breaking Bad
Series that should be read (Las series que se leen). Both checking even though it is only available in Spanish.
Breaking Bad: 20 great quotes (The Telegraph)

Well, for Game of Thrones fans, Jimmy Fallon also has a parody: Game of Desks. Have fun!

26 November 2014


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

If you have cable TV at home such as Imagenio or Canal +, surely you have CNBC channel (the European channel for NBC) so you can enjoy this show every day at 12:00PM.

25 November 2014


One of the best ways to learn English. Plenty of TV series, subtitles,.... And if they are speaking too fast, you can play the videos at a slower speed. Isn't it amazing!


I've been checking the series they offer and I've come across one I didn't know: Better Off Ted. It turns out that it is a satirical comedy and pretty good it is. I've just watched the first 3 minutes of the pilot episode and I found it hilarious. They are trying to find a way to turn pumpkins into weapons (because there is a country with whom they do business that grows a great deal of pumpkins and would welcome additional uses for them... as well as cheaper ways to kill their enemies).

The critical reception of this TV series was very positive. It only lasted for two seasons, though.

20 November 2014


Reading comprehension: multiple choice

'COMPUTER SAYS NO' Little Britain

For more Carol Beer videos, click here.

And now, singing time:

How do you convert pdf to jpg

My world is a document
I can, put it in a disc on key
It's my key to the word
It's my key to the world

How do you convert pdf to jpg

Digital camera, picture my grief
What format should I use to fine joy
Loosing my image quality
What would I have done without the internet

13 November 2014


On the other hand


     In addition

On one hand I count the reasons
I could stay with you
And hold you close to me
All night long
So many lover's games
I'd love to play with you
On that hand there's no reason
Why it's wrong
But on the other hand
There's a golden band
To remind me of someone
Who would not understand
On one hand I could stay
And be your lovin' man
But the reason I must go
Is on the other hand
In your arms I feel the passion
I thought had died
When I looked into your eyes
I found myself
And when I first kissed your lips
I felt so alive
I've got to hand it to you girl
You're somethin' else
But on the other hand
There's a golden band
To remind me of someone
Who would not understand
On one hand I could stay
And be your lovin' man
But the reason I must go
Is on the other hand
Yea the reason I must go
Is on the other hand

Read more: Randy Travis - On The Other Hand Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

09 November 2014


9/11/2014 Remembrance Day (100th anniversary of WWI)

9/11/2014 (25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall)

WAR POETS: Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.


Learn English with ABA English: the effective natural method.

The EFL SMARTblog: learning and practice activities for smart students of English.

Just in case you are bored stiff this Sunday afternoon;) BTW, this idiom reminds me of  HBO Bored To Death:noir-otic comedy (2009-2011).

All the shadows in the city
Used to love ya, what a pity
I miss the questions you used to ask me
All the shadows in the city
All the shadows in the city
Bored to death, plus expenses
The only trouble is my sentence
You said you'd never love another
Russian doll, one inside the other
Russian doll, one inside the other
Bored to death, cut, mad and lonely
Bored to death, cut, mad and lonely
Bored to death, cut, mad and lonely

Read more: Coconut Records - Bored To Death Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

03 November 2014


Meglio Stasera (known in English as It Had Better Be Tonight) is a 1963 song with music by Henry Mancini, Italian lyrics by Franco Migliacci and English lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was composed for the 1963 film The Pink Panther where it was performed by Fran Jeffries. In addition to the vocal performance, instrumental portions of the song appear in the film's underscore, sometimes as an introduction to the main "Pink Panther Theme".

The beginning of the song, in the original Italian, is here followed by a literal translation and the first two lines of the English version which contains an Italian expression, "Fa' subito!", which translates as "do it right away", but which does not appear in the Italian lyrics. However, all the versions carry the same underlying meaning of "Let's make love tonight, because who knows what will happen tomorrow."


23 October 2014


History of the English Language

Roman Britain
Roman Britain timeline

History of English podcast

Online etymology dictionary

The History of English in 10 minutes (with English subtitles):

HORRIBLE HISTORIES videos. Horrible Histories is a series of illustrated history books and a British children's sketch comedy television series that shows you the sides of histoy they don't teach at school. The names for the different historical periods are Ruthless Romans, Smashing Saxons, Stormin' Normans, Terrible Tudors, Vicious Vikings, and so on. You'll find yourself laughing into stitches!!!

Horrible Histories: The Anglo-Saxon report

Horrible Histories: Anglo-Saxon language

Horrible Histories: Historical Masterchef Saxons

Horrible Histories: Words we get from the Vikings

Horrible Histories: The Viking song

Horrible Histories: Normonolopy

Horrible Histories: The Roman invasion of Britain report

21 October 2014


Introduction to The Great Gatsby

Bookmarks (Book Drum is the perfect companion to the books we love, bringing them to life with immersive pictures, videos, maps and music).

"The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. 
The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature."

"Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy" F. Scott Fitzgerald.

What's make The Great Gatsby great? The Guardian article.

'Gatsby' references in popular culture.

15 October 2014


For the whole show, "Here and Now", click here.

How to procrastinate: a guide

The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing

13 October 2014


The Barking Mouse (interesting introduction about Antonio Sacre's life)
The Solo Collective: Antonio Sacre

Storytelling: benefits and tips

19 September 2014


Ya están publicados los horarios para los cursos de perfeccionamiento de nivel C1 que el departamento de inglés oferta durante el curso 2014/15 en horario de mañana y tarde.

Novedades en el curso C1 de Inglés Avanzado para la Comunicación: Horarios y solicitud

La matrícula es del 24 de septiembre al 3 de octubre y se obtendrá plaza por orden de entrega de solicitud. El número máximo de alumnos por grupo es 15 y el mínimo 8. La solicitud se descarga desde la página web de la EOI de Alcalá.

I'm really looking forward to seeing you all there!!! I'm sure we'll have a fantastic time!!!

Let me whet your appetite...

Learn English with Ricky Gervais... worst English lesson ever!! Ricky explores the English language with Karl Pilkington.

These two English comedians are famous for series such as The Office or An Idiot Abroad.

28 May 2014

21 May 2014


I don't have a kiwi accent video.
Robin Williams tackle the kiwi accent video.
Learn to speak New Zealand English in 45 seconds video.
New Zealand English pronunciation practice.
NZ sustainable tourism video.
More on accents post.

20 May 2014

Resolución de 9 de mayo de 2014, de la Dirección General de Política Universitaria, por la que se convocan becas para la participación en un programa intensivo de inmersión lingüística en inglés en España, destinadas a estudiantes de Bachillerato, de Grado Medio de Formación Profesional, de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, de Enseñanzas Deportivas, de Enseñanzas Profesionales de Música y Danza y de Idiomas de nivel intermedio y avanzado.

19 May 2014


Monty Python wiki.
Monty Python's Flying Circus: BBC comedy.
Monty Python's 25 funniest quotes.

The Life of Brian trailer:

The Life of Brian top ten funniest moments:

#10 He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy
#9  Crucifixion?
#8  What have the Romans ever done for us?
#7  Grammar lesson
#6  The Haggle
#5  Welease Woger (Release Roger)
#4  The People's Front of Judea
#3  The Stoning
#2  Biggus Dickus (joke name)
#1  I am NOT the Messiah

Some of them with subtitles (the ones I managed to find):

CENTURION: What's this, then? 'Romanes Eunt Domus'? 'People called Romanes they go the house'?
BRIAN: It-- it says, 'Romans, go home'.
CENTURION: No, it doesn't. What's Latin for 'Roman'? Come on!
BRIAN: 'R-- Romanus'?
CENTURION: Goes like...?
BRIAN: 'Annus'?
CENTURION: Vocative plural of 'annus' is...?
BRIAN: Eh. 'Anni'?
CENTURION: 'Romani'. 'Eunt'? What is 'eunt'?
BRIAN: 'Go'. Let--
CENTURION: Conjugate the verb 'to go'.
BRIAN: Uh. 'Ire'. Uh, 'eo'. 'Is'. 'It'. 'Imus'. 'Itis'. 'Eunt'.
CENTURION: So 'eunt' is...?
BRIAN: Ah, huh, third person plural, uh, present indicative. Uh, 'they go'.
CENTURION: But 'Romans, go home' is an order, so you must use the...?
BRIAN: The... imperative!
CENTURION: Which is...?
BRIAN: Umm! Oh. Oh. Um, 'i'. 'I'!
CENTURION: How many Romans?
BRIAN: Ah! 'I'-- Plural. Plural. 'Ite'. 'Ite'.
BRIAN: Ah. Eh.
CENTURION: Nominative?
CENTURION: 'Go home'? This is motion towards. Isn't it, boy?
BRIAN: Ah. Ah, dative, sir! Ahh! No, not dative! Not the dative, sir! No! Ah! Oh, the... accusative! Accusative! Ah! 'Domum', sir! 'Ad domum'! Ah! Oooh! Ah!
CENTURION: Except that 'domus' takes the...?
BRIAN: The locative, sir!
CENTURION: Which is...?!
BRIAN: 'Domum'.
BRIAN: Aaah! Ah.
CENTURION: 'Um'. Understand?
BRIAN: Yes, sir.
CENTURION: Now, write it out a hundred times.
BRIAN: Yes, sir. Thank you, sir. Hail Caesar, sir.
CENTURION: Hail Caesar. If it's not done by sunrise, I'll cut your balls off.
BRIAN: Oh, thank you, sir. Thank you, sir. Hail Caesar and everything, sir! Oh. Mmm!
ROMAN SOLDIER STIG: Right. Now don't do it again. 
MAN: Hey! Bloody Romans.

And, of course, don't forget:

For the whole film, click here.

Celebrating 40 years of the Monty Python: Not the Messiah trailer (2010)

Last but not least, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM...

Handel - "Messiah"/ The Choir of King's College, Cambridge.

15 May 2014


Here you have the Flight to Middle Earth video, as you requested:

Video + transcript

For old posts with inversion practice, do click here.

07 May 2014


BBC VIDEO: US society divided over gun controls

A culture of fear post.

Education for all post.

Why British police don't have guns:
Article 1
Article 2
Article 3
Article 4

Eminem might be right after all: "This is survival of the fittest, this is do or die"

29 April 2014


CNN: Georgia law allows guns in some schools, bars and churches
GBP News: Georgia Governor to sign unprecedented gun bill
The New York Times: Amid Wave of Pro-gun legislation, Georgia proposes sweeping law
HLNTV: Will 'guns everywhere' make Georgia safer? (video)

BBC News: Why British police don't have guns

For EnglishWithoutEnd older crime and punishment posts, click here.

28 April 2014


for you to continue working on your own until the day of your exam. Have fun!

Exam practice

22 April 2014


"Remembering is easy for those who have a good memory. Forgetting is difficult for those who have a heart"

Gabriel García Márquez:

23 March 2014


Proposal writing basics
Writing proposals and letters of intent
Improve your writing
Written expression
Guide to grammar & writing

Now, if you feel like it, check out the trailer for the film The Proposal. I haven't seen it, well, I had never heard about it, actually. I guess it's a light comedy but don't you agree it suits us fine? ;)