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THANKSGIVING DELIGHTS

50 COMMON ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS IN ENGLISH

PHRASAL VERBS: Your homework

Now, sing along!


PHRASAL VERBS AND... ZOMBIES!

Weird but quite clear videos of phrasal verbs in context. They are a bit long, though. Anyway, if you can spare some minutes.... They are going to carry on and on until you're dead!



If these videos go with your learning style, here you have more on the Papa Teach Me YouTube channel.

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE: Accents&Dialects

http://www.bbc.co.uk/voices/
British accents in 11 great films
How to pronounce UK place names (the American speaker gets them all wrong! Such fun!)
Please, when you are planning a trip abroad, avoid mispronunciations of the names of places. Just check the correct pronunciation of the places you are going to visit on forvo.com beforehand.
Anglophenia YouTube channel (Anglo + encyclopedia) Understanding British culture (for American speakers!!!) Illuminating!
Experts demand legal protection for accents: Reading activity Should discrimination based on accent be made a legal offence?
Global map of accents Archive
English accents and dialects Archive
UK sound map


Five lessons that will help sort out your British accent
Scottish accent: video + transcript




For watching this video with subtiles, click here.
Doctor Who: The greatest show in the galaxy



So, name three Scottish inventions. Oh, and you're going to say they weren't invented in Scotland. Yes. I don't know; depends what you say! Well telev…

SONGS TO PRACTICE schwa

The sounds of English (BBC Learning English). Videos for all the sounds. Really helpful! Example:



Useful tip: practise pronunciation using songs and sing along!!!



And Tell her by Kenny Loggins, with lyrics.

Finally, you know that when I tell you that English is a crazy language I'm not joking, hahaha...

SHOULD THE NEED ARISE...

Book your flight to Middle Earth (video + transcript)

Grammar practice: INVERSION
- Rephrasing
- Loads of exercises


Inversion from Luiz Otávio Barros on Vimeo.


For a post about kiwi accent, please do click here.

TVNZ. New Zealand TV (video news)
Radio New Zealand
New Zealand Herald (newspaper)
New Zealand News

ABC Australia (news + transcript)

PANTOMIME 2015: Peter Pan

We are going on Friday, December 11th at 19:30 but you can reserve tickets on your own here: http://madridplayers.org/pantomime/ Not to be missed!
Christmas pantomime is a musical-comedy play found in the UK. Traditionally performed at Christmas, with family audiences consisting mainly of children and parents, British pantomime is now a popular form of theatre, incorporating song, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, in-jokes, audience participation, and mild sexual innuendo. There are a number of traditional story-lines, and there is also a fairly well-defined set of performance conventions. Panto story lines and scripts typically make no reference to Christmas. Plot lines are often 'adapted' for comic or satirical effect, and certain familiar scenes tend to recur, regardless of plot relevance. (source: wikipedia)
Xmas pantomime Madrid 2014: Little Red Riding Hood Xmas pantomime Madrid 2013: Aladdin Xmas pantomime Madrid 2012: A Christmas Carol Xmas pantomime Madrid 2011…

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION: Bonfire Night

Six degrees of separation theory

Six degrees of separation is now three




This theory actually reminds me of a gripping TV series: Touch



For old posts about Guy Fawkes Night, click here.

Gunpowder Plot Game

ALCALÁ DE HENARES AND GUY FAWKES NIGHT: Six degrees of separation (click on the links inside the presentation to expand your knowledge)
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1kOUmAkdaaZUEYj23ix3IYQ6DwX1jBXc3xuyvpeE0pvQ/edit?usp=sharing


Does the name of this London tube station come from "Infante de Castille"? Read this article to know.

The Tudors: Catherine of Aragon and her daughter, Mary