"An attempt to integrate the teaching of the English language & ICT, using MUSIC as a mere pretext."


Sunday, January 24, 2016

"HELLO"

"HELLO"

Adele at Madame Tussauds (London)


Adele says "Hello" to the 1 Billion Club

According to CNN, 
the song "Hello" has reached 1 billion views on Youtube
becoming the fastest video in YouTube's history to do so. 
The music clip received its 1 billionth view in just 87 days.

Apart from Adele's "Hello",
you can watch other video clips
with more than 1 billion visits on YouTube 
in here.



Adele also says why

The song "Hello" is taken from the new album 25.

Adele introduces, on her official website
her new famous song ...


Hello

When I was 7, I wanted to be 8. When I was 8, I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12 I just wanted to be 18. Then after that I stopped wanting to be older. Now I’m ticking 16-24 boxes just to see if I can blag it! I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn’t ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored. Wishing I wasn’t so matter of fact all the time. Wishing I’d gotten to know my great grandmother more, and wishing I didn’t know myself so well, because it means I always know what’s going to happen in the end. Wishing I hadn’t cut my hair off, wishing I was 5’7”. Wishing I’d waited and wishing I’d hurried up as well.
My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk. I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back. When I was in it I wanted out! So typical. I’m on about being a teenager: sitting around and chatting shit, not caring about the future because it didn’t matter then like it does now. The ability to be flippant about everything and there be no consequences. Even following and breaking rules… is better than making the rules.
25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.
                                 Love,
                                                        Adele

* If you are interested in the LYRICS of the song click here.

Highly Recommended.-

To get to know more about Adele's "Hello" ...
it is worth having a look at the lesson published by RealLife English.
In such a lesson you can: have a look at the lyrics of the song; 
pay attention to grammar, vocabulary and expressions, 
learning some tips to improve pronunciation 
and even take a quizz to check 
"How well you know Hello"

Have a look at RealLife English.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Let's keep on dancing



LET'S KEEP ON DANCING


"Let's dance
put on your red shoes
and dance the blues"

Let's dance (1983)
by David Bowie



David Bowie has died today.

Although that is sad news
let's think about all the legacy he has left us all and...
... Let's Keep on dancing !!

Let's pay tribute to him 
remembering his song
"Let's dance"



Thanks, David
Rest in Peace

Lyrics:
Let's Dance

FURTHER READING.-
In English: SKY NEWS
In Spanish: EL PAIS 
.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ORANGE THE WORLD !!

"Girls shouldn't be hit,
not even with a flower"



Do you know that...?



Today we celebrate...
the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

According to the United Nations ...
Prevention is the 2015 theme of the International Day 
for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.


Why this International Day?

  • Violence against women is a human rights violation
  • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
  • Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
  • Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential
  • Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.
 (Source: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday) 

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On this special occasion, 
we have selected a different video 
to make people aware about this problem in our society.


Before watching the video, can you answer the following questions?

                                                  1- What's your name?
                                                  2.- How old are you?
                                                  3.- What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?

             Now, watch the video and discover the message ...



( "Slap her"  is a video by Fanpage.it to their YouTube channel, Fanpage Media.)


What's the message?


If you need any help with your English (or with your Italian),
 you can watch the following video with Spanish subtitles:




Because...

"In the kids' world
Women don't get hit".

                                                         (Alessandro, 6 years old)

I'm against violence...
And you?

TASK.-

This post is the first one without a video with MUSIC. 
On this occasion, I would like you select the music for this post.
Write a comment with the title of the song you would select for this
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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Remember...

"END VIOLENCE 
AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS"
;-)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

LIBRARIES




In Spain
We celebrate today ...


the Library Day



…to raise awareness among people 
on the importance of Libraries
in our society as a cultural meeting point 
for readers of all ages and backgrounds. 



"Books" (Department of Modern languages. CEPA Edrissis. Ceuta.)


By the way, 
Do you know the Spanish word for LIBRARY?
.....

Which of the following translations is the correct one?

a) LIBRERÍA          b) LIBRETA         c) BIBLIOTECA

BE CAREFUL!!

The word "LIBRARY" is an example of "False Friend" (or "falso amigo", in Spanish), 
because it is written in a similar way to a Spanish word, but the meaning is totally different.

(* You can have a look at more examples of  FALSE FRIENDS.)


What can you do in a LIBRARY?

Mark with a tick the correct answers:


Read books, comics, e-books, maps, ...

Visit expositions

Read newspapers, magazines, …

Use internet

Study

Meet interesting people (writers, …)

Watch films, listen to audio-books, …

Make friends (who love reading)

Use encyclopaedias, dictionaries, …

Enlarge your culture
... among many other things 
(apart from studying -of course) 
;-)

According to the dictionary...
A Library is a place containing books, recordings, or other reading, viewing or listening materials arranged and cataloged in a fixed way.

Do you normally go to libraries? 
What for?

To commemorate that date, the Library Day, 
we have selected a video recorded in a Public Library (TOLEDO, 2013)

Before watching the video,
Imagine any Public Library...

Can you guess what it is going to happen?


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That social phenomenon is called a flashmob.

A flashmob is a group of people who meet suddenly in a public place 
and perform an unusual act for a brief time before quickly dispersing. 

They are often organized via Internet / Social Media. 

FURTHER READING.-
Using Wikipedia in Spanish
You can learn more about this new term here.

Can you think about the Spanish equivalent of FLASHMOB? (in only one word)


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Talking about MUSIC,..

Do you know the MUSIC that appear on the previous video? 
( Listen to MUSIC at 2'55'')

You can DISCOVER the MUSIC using...


Shazam is an app for smartphones that identifies MUSIC.

It is one of the world's most popular apps,
used by more than 100 million people each month 
to identify music, artists and get song lyrics.

The result is shown on the screen 
complete with different details.

And the best of all...
... It is FREE !! 

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ANSWER: 
Music Video by L_ _ _ _
performing "P ---- R--- A-----" .

Monday, October 19, 2015

Day Against Breast Cancer


DAY AGAINST BREAST CANCER


Let's commemorate this Day against Breast Cancer 
with the post published on this blog 2 years ago.

Have a look at:

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With love...

to share our support 
to all those women,
 and their families, 
who have suffered 
or are suffering this illness.

Jesús Canca