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

26 February 2014

Br.E. vs. Am.E. and other stuff














British English vs. American English previous post (vocabulary, grammar, spelling and pronunciation + SONG!!)

For a list of countries where English is an official language, click here.

And finally, the videos we saw in class this morning:




Whole interview here.

22 February 2014

30 GREAT OPENING LINES IN LITERATURE


"A few miles south of Soledad, the Salina River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green."
Sounds familiar? Of course, it does. It's the opening line in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

According to an article published in The Telegraph today, position number 1 of the ranking is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: "It's a truth universally acknowledged...". You can check it out here.

Let me recommend two wonderful websites which provide free books online:

More literature? Sure! Do you know that today, 22 Feb. marks the 75th anniversary of Antonio Machado's death at Collioure (France)? Antonio Machado was one of the greatest Spanish poets. I'm sure you remember your Spanish Literature teachers and their lessons about Machado's poetry, don't you?

17 February 2014

I AIN'T GOT NO HOME












Here you have different versions of the song we listened to when working on unit 9B:

The original song by Woodie Guthrie:



Bob Dylan's version:



Bruce Springsteen's version:



Do you recall who Woodie Guthrie was, don't you? He was a folk music singer whose songs relate to the setting and time of Of Mice and Men. If you want to know more about him, you can watch this BBC documentary:


He was the author of "This Land Is Your Land", one of the United States' most famous folk songs. Check out this video (Obama's Presidential Inaugural Concert, January 19, 2009 with Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen and Tao Rodríguez-Seeger):


Lyrics