Sites to help you

LISTENING

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/ : loads of materials to improve your skills including General & Business English, Grammar, Vocabulary &  Pronunciation and The Flatmates.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/081222_download.shtml  (Downloads)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/ (Six-minute English: you can download the audios and the transcriptions.

http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/ : Ir a “Our programs” (abajo a la derecha) y elegir el tema. Incluye transcripciones de los textos.

http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-podcasts.htm: Podcasts en diferentes categorías: Elementary podcast, Themes, Stories and Poems, Professionals, Kids, & Science. Se pueden descargar tanto los audios como las transcripciones.

http://www.elllo.org : Diferentes tipos de listenings : Views, Mixer, Games, Step, & News.  Actividades variadas con cada listening: archivos de audio descargables, ejercicios de vocabulario, páginas para imprimir… Diferentes acentos.

http://www.esl-lab.com : Página web para comprensiones orales. Los audios vienen clasificados por niveles y tienen sus ejercicios correspondientes también.

http://www.manythings.org : Hacer clic en “Listening and Reading”. Diferentes secciones. Es interesante “Listen and read along” para mejorar la lectura.

http://www.listen-to-english.com/:  Podcasts. Ir a “Latest podcasts” a la derecha.

http://www.mansioningles.com/listening00.htm : Ejercicios de listening.

RADIO:

 http://www.vaughanradio.com/ : Emisora que retransmite desde España con una amplia programación para aprender inglés. Muchos programas son en inglés y en español.  Ir a “Vaugham radio en directo” (a la izquierda). Para ver la programación ir a “Programas” a la izquierda.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/ : BBC radio (British English).

http://www.voanews.com/english/portal.cfm : Voice of America: Ir a “Learning English”.

www.npr.org  : Ir a “Listen” y luego se puede elegir entre “Hear continuous streams”, “Hear the latest show” o “Hear the latest news”. También se pueden descargar audios en“Podcasts”.

TELEVISION:

http://tvweb360.com/ : Se eligen los canales por idioma y por país. Ir a “Tv by language” y “TV by country”.

PRONUNCIATION / prəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/

http://www.fonetiks.org :

-Para oír como se pronuncia una palabra, hacer clic en “howjsay.com” (abajo a la izquierda).

-Para hacer dictados, hacer clic en “dictationsonline.com” . Clasificados por niveles (abajo a la    derecha).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/sounds/chart.shtml  : Para oir los “Sounds of English”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/sounds: Para ver vídeos en los que se nos explica como se pronuncian cada uno de los sonidos ingleses.

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/try/resources/pronunciation/phonemic-chart: Aquí se puede descargar el “Phonemic Chart” para instalarlo en nuestro propio ordenador.

http://inogolo.com/pronunciation: Para la pronunciación de nombres propios (de personas y lugares).

VIDEO

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/video_and_audio : Breves vídeos sobre noticias de actualidad. Especialmente interesante es “One-minute World News”.

http://www.abcnews.go.com: Noticias de la cadena norteamericana ABC. Ir a “Video” y luego elegir la categoría: “Most popular / Money and business / Health…”

http://www.videojug.com: Vídeos de carácter informativo/divulgativo (“How to…” videos) sobre distintos temas de actualidad: salud, deporte, tecnología, etc.

http://www.5min.com: Videos educativos sobre diferentes categorías.

READING

http://www.magatopia.com : Links a revistas en inglés. Por ejemplo ir a “news” para links a Newsweek, Time, International Herald Tribune

http://www.onlinenewspapers.com : Links a las páginas webs de miles de periódicos.

MUSIC

http://www.subingles.com/: Canciones en inglés con su letra.  Ir a “Ejercicios” para rellenar huecos en la letra de algunas canciones.

DICTIONARIES

www.wordreference.com : Diccionario bilingüe y monolingüe.

http://www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/teachersites/oald7/?cc=es : Diccionario monolingüe Oxford.

http://www.ldoceonline.com/ : Diccionario monolingüe Longman.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ : Diccionario monolingüe Cambridge (con pronunciación).

http://www.macmillandictionary.com : Diccionario monolingüe MacMillan (con pronunciación).

VARIOS

typicallyspanish.com: Temas de la actualidad española en inglés.

ego4u.com : “English Grammar online for you”.

manythings.org : Diferentes secciones como “Reading (with MP3)”, “Listening and Speaking”…

HALLOWEEN

Hello to you all! It is that time of the year again…hahaha, terrific it is and I love it! Take a look at this infographic…spooky!

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THEATER PICTURES

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Finally! Here they are, for all of you to enjoy! Thanks again for all your hard work!

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SUPERLATIVES AND COMPARATIVES

Hello to you all…this is just to review what you already know….exercises and more explanations at the end of the post….enjoy!

To make the comparative form of adjectives (like ‘bigger’ or ‘more expensive’) and the superlative form (like ‘biggest’ or ‘most expensive’), first we need to know how many syllables are in the adjective.
Adjectives with one syllable

Usually if an adjective has only one syllable, we add ‘er’ to make the comparative form. We add ‘est’ to make the superlative form.

  • clean → cleaner / cleanest
  • cold → colder / coldest
  • small → smaller / smallest
  • young → younger / youngest
  • tall → taller / tallest

There are some spelling changes. If there is one vowel followed by one consonant at the end of the adjective, we often double the consonant.

  • wet → wetter / wettest
  • big → bigger / biggest
  • hot → hotter / hottest
  • thin → thinner / thinnest

If the adjective ends in ‘y’, this often changes to ‘i’.

  • dry → drier / driest

If the adjective ends in ‘e’, we don’t add another ‘e’, just ‘r’.

  • nice → nicer / nicest
  • large → larger / largest

There are a few adjectives that we have to use ‘more’ or ‘most’ with, even though they only have one syllable. We CAN’T add ‘er’ or ‘est’.

  • fun → more fun / most fun (NOT funner / funnest)
  • real → more real / most real (NOT realer / realest)
  • right → more right / most right (NOT righter / rightest)
  • wrong → more wrong / most wrong (NOT wronger / wrongest)

Adjectives with two syllables

For adjectives with two syllables we generally use ‘more’ or ‘most’.

  • careful → more careful / most careful
  • bored → more bored / most bored

But some two syllable adjectives can take ‘er’ or ‘est’. It’s also fine to use ‘more’ (for the comparative) or ‘most’ (for the superlative).

  • clever → cleverer / cleverest
  • simple → simpler / simplest
  • narrow → narrower / narrowest
  • quiet → quieter / quietest

Adjectives with two syllables that end in ‘y’ usually can add ‘er’ or ‘est’ (y generally changes to i). It’s also fine to use ‘more’ or ‘most’.

  • dirty → dirtier / dirtiest
  • pretty → prettier / prettiest
  • lovely → happier / happiest
  • ugly → uglier / ugliest

Adjectives with more than two syllables

Adjectives with more than two syllables can only make their comparative by using ‘more’ and their superlative by using ‘most’.

  • beautiful → more beautiful / most beautiful
  • intelligent → more intelligent / most intelligent
  • interesting → more interesting / most interesting
  • expensive → more expensive / most expensive

Irregular adjectives

There are also some irregular adjectives. We just need to learn these forms.

  • good → better → best
  • bad → worse → worst
  • far → further → furthest
  • little → less → least
  • much → more → most

Try an exercise about making the comparative here.

Read about how to use comparative adjectives here.
Read about how to use superlative adjectives here.

READING AND CLOZE TESTS

Hello guys!  I have just found out about this website with lots of exercises for your reading comprehension part. I am sure it´s going to be very useful for you. Please pay attention to the level, follow the stars….stars

The core and quirks of English grammar

 The core and quirks of English grammar is a site for learning the basics of English

grammar different from anything you may find on the net.

It offers explanations of the key points of English grammar  through timelines, visuals and examples.

The grammar points explained on the site so far include:
– The tenses and modal verbs.
– The passive voice.
– Reported speech.
– Conditional sentences.
– Relative clauses.

XMAS PARTY 2014

Hello guys! here are the pictures, videos and recipes from our party. We had a fantastic time and I want to thank you all for coming and participating!

XMASRECIPES2014

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IS IT GOING TO SNOW?

Hi guys! Look at this wonderful video that I found on http://www.multimedia-english.com/. Pay attention to the verb tenses and follow along the characters together with the script. Happy winter!!

charli

Exam practise

The British Council offers English language learners of almost all levels (those who are in the A1-B2 range) the possibility of improving their listening, reading and writing skills through activities and exercises in exam format.

There are around 10 prepared activities in each of the four levels (A1, A2, B1 and B2), and they all come complete with texts, exercises, answers, transcripts and audio files, all of which are downloadable.

The British Council Skills are specially suitable for learners who must sit skill-based exams.

THANKSGIVING DESSERTS

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because we celebrate our cultures with our families surrounded by something other than gift giving… and lots of great grub. From a classic pumpkin pie and gooey pecan tart to an updated apple cake with porter fudge caramel, here are nine delicious desserts to round out your holiday feast. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie  Fried Apple Hand Pie

Almond & Orange Cake with Plum Compote  TarteTatin

Apple Cake with Porter Fudge Caramel & Hazelnut Granola  Pecan Tart

Coconut Custard Pie  Bread Pudding

Apple-Raisin Crumb Cake

These recipes are taken from http://andrewzimmern.com/

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