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Thu. 22nd Nov: ALCINE shorts festival

More info about the shorts for Thu. 22nd November at 12:00.
Flea (Vanessa Caswill): here you are a trailer and this link will help you to understand the film: click here and hereNegative Space (Ru Kawahata, Max Porter):  this is the trailer and this link shows you some facts like the numerous awards, like this onePoles Apart (Paloma Baeza): here you are this link with information about this film.The Nest (Jamie Jones): this is the trailer and a bit of info hereWe Love Moses (Dionne Edwards): here you are this review and this is another reviewPre-watching help:
Nooks and crannies Not to have the knack

This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween,...

Learn English with songs: This is Halloween Learn English with songs: Thriller

Halloween corner: Treasure hunt Listening exercise Reading exercise
History of Halloween: listening comprehension Halloween quiz: spooky destinations Halloween in the USA: listening comprehension
Learn English with songs: prepositions exercise
Halloween vocabulary: Spooky idioms and ghostly phrases Idioms and proverbs for Halloween quiz
Guess the Halloween idiom powerpoint
Seriously scary TV shows to watch this Halloween: The Walking Dead (more than just zombies) Buffy, the vampire slayer (more than just vampires) Stranger Things (I want more...) The X-Files (a classic) Twin Peaks (who killed Laura Palmer?) Black Mirror (British accent) Fringe (binge watch alert)
For bookworms: Dracula by Bram Stoker Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (yes, The Treasure Island guy) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (remember Rebecca?) Edgar Allan Poe Anne Rice

Put it in your diaries: THE BLA CHRISTMAS BAAZAR


VAGUE LANGUAGE You all know we use vague language or approximating expressions when we don't want to or cannot be accurate. In order to practise this specific speech feature a bit more, click on the following direct links: Using vague language Vague language quiz The Flatmates (BBC Learning English website). Listen to the episode, then read the language point and do the quiz.

Using Vague Language – How to Sound Like a Native Speaker – Video Lesson
Black-ish is an American TV series in which a  family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighbourhood.

Black-ish spin-off is Grown-ishin which theJohnsons' eldest daughter Zoey heads off to college and begins her journey to adulthood. She quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest she always knew.


STORY OF YOUR LIFE - a good read

Here is Ted Chiang‘s short story on which the movie Arrival is based: Story of Your Life (39 pages).
Story of Your Lifeis a science fiction short story written by author Ted Chiang, which is a part of his Stories of Your Life and Others collection, originally published in 2002. 
Alien lifeforms suddenly appear on Earth. When a linguist is brought in to help communicate with them and discern their intentions, her new knowledge of their language and its non-linear view of time (she remembers the future as well as the past) allows her to see future events and all the joy and pain they may bring.
Stories of Your Life and Others is the most entertaining and thought-provoking collection of science fiction stories I've read for a long time.
The story begins with the first-person narrator (Dr. Louise Banks) telling her child of the night she was conceived, and of the conversation between Dr. Banks and her daughter’s father. “This is the most important moment in our lives, and I want to pay a…

Mediation in CEFR

I've just come across this YouTube channel, Amigos ingleses. The only drawback is that they mix Spanish and English in their videos but I have to admit that they use translation in specific situations in a very efficient way. Highly recommended! Check this video, for instance:

Another interesting video from their channel:

FACT FILE: How languages are special (Answers)

Exercise a: 1 The woman is using the points of the compass when we would expect her to use an expression like Could you move up/along a bit? instead. 2 The passenger is not using the colour but instead is using the shade. We would expect someone to use red rather than dark in this context. 3 The man is giving an extremely precise definition. In English, fruit would not be defined in such detail. Saying A kilo of bananas, please would be sufficient.
Exercise c: 1 interpret 2 differentiate 3 distinguishes 4 illustrate 5 indicate 6 conveyed 7 embodies


Cambridge Dictionary: READ What I like about it:    - Level is specified  - Idioms and phrasal verbs related to the word
Oxford Dictionary: READ What I like about it: 
  - More examples available   - Synonyms
Longman Dictionary: READ What I like about it: 
  - Top spoken and written words code   - Examples with pronunciation   - Grammar patterns   - Thesaurus
Macmillan Dictionary: READ What I like about it: 
  - Activator-like   - Explore Thesaurus available   - Synomyms and related words   - Phrases and phrasal verbs   - Red words and stars for frequency of use: Lots and lots of games and resources

PODCASTS: Making English a daily part of your life


Can you name the European Cities by their name in phonetic alphabet form? Quiz

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 beforehand. 

British accents in 11 great films 

I say tomato, you say tomeito
From the film Shall We Dance (1937)



Why is English so hard to learn article. How hard is English? How weird? The Economist article. How to Speak English With Confidence in 9 Easy Steps


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

Subtitles can be disabled (check the image below).

History of the English Language: more info.

Keen on history? Check the following 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