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

Monday, February 27, 2012

Watsap ? Wassup ? or Whatsup ?

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Perhaps you use it everyday,
Or a friend of yours uses it frequently.
I’m sure you know what it is.
And probably, you pronounce it correctly 
( ... even with an English accent ).
But … 
 ... How do you write it properly?

Watsap ?  Wassup ?  or  Whatsup ?

… ??
(No idea ??)


It’s…  “WhatsApp” !!

And “WhatsApp” comes from English:

WhatsApp =  
What  +  App (Application)

… and playing with words…
You also have, in English, the expression
“What’s up?” (meaning “What is it going on?”),
pronounced in a very similar way.


 What is a “WhatsApp" ?

According to the English version of Wikipedia,

“WhatsApp Messenger is an instant messaging application for smartphones. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp Messenger users can send each other images, video and audio media messages.” (…)

According to the Spanish version of Wikipedia,

“WhatsApp es un software de mensajería instantánea para smartphones. Además del envío de texto, permite la transmisión de imágenes, video y audio, así como la localización del usuario siempre y cuando exista la posibilidad. La aplicación utiliza la red de datos del dispositivo móvil en el que se esté ejecutando, por lo tanto funciona conectada a internet a diferencia de los servicios tradicionales de mensajes cortos o multimedia.” (…)


FURTHER READING.- (English  &  Spanish)
You can read more about “WhatsApp”
its advantages and disadvantages, 
on the following blog .


But, If you are a user of “WhatsApp”,
… Be careful !!
“WhatsApp” can be “dangerous” on some occasions.
As an example of it,
Have a look at the following 
short film “Doble_Check”
(in Spanish with English subtitles):

And you… ??
Do you …“WhatsApp”  ??

Let’s finish this post with a video from the “Carnival of Cádiz” (a well-known city from the South of Spain, famous by its Carnival).  The feeling of this Carnival is the sharp criticism and the funny play on words. The most famous groups are the chirigotas”; satiric popular groups singing about politics and household topics, wearing the same costume.

The following video is a song about “WhatsApp” , by a “chirigota” called “Los Puretas del Caribe” from the 2012 edition of the Carnival of Cádiz”.

Hope you like it !

 ¡¡ Menuda "guasa" !!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Some Orchids and a Song...
To all those who are STILL in LOVE
"Orchids", by Meral Alkan

Let's celebrate Valentine's Day
with a picture (taken by a friend of mine)
and a well-known song.
Let me share both of them
with all of you.
Listen to the song
"You're still the one"
by Shania Twain
and smell (?) the "Orchids"
by Meral Alkan.

Thank you, Meral
Thank you, Shania

Monday, February 13, 2012


If an "alcoholic" is a person addicted to alcohol,
a "chocaholic" is a person addicted to chocolate,
and a "workaholic" is a person addicted to work,...

... How can you call a person addicted to "Karaoke"?
... "Karaholic" ??
I don't think so.

Nowadays, there are many new words in the English language ending with "-holic" and meaning: "addicted to (something)". In fact, We can hear today to the man / woman in the street using words such as...

 "alcoholic","chocaholic","workaholic","sexaholic","shopaholic","wikiholic", etc; 

So,... why not using "Karaholic" ??
Perhaps, it is because it doesn't sound very well...
At least, ... to the Spanish speakers!!

whether you have a "Karaoke-addiction" or not,
you can practise Karaoke and have a good time!!
It is not bad. It can be a great fun!!

Karaoke (according to Wikipedia) is a form of interactive entertainment in which people sing along with recorded music, while the lyrics of the song are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol or changing color to guide the singer.

Why don't try singing Karaoke with the help of ...,
for example,... 
Whitney Houston?

Try  Vevolyrics ...
I hope you like it!! 

Good luck & Enjoy your singing!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Whitney Houston dies at 48

Today, Legendary Pop Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48.

You can read more about this BREAKING NEWS either in English or in  Spanish.

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Let’s pay tribute to Whitney Houston, 
remembering her first film role in “The Bodyguard
released in 1992 and co-starring Kevin Costner.

The film's soundtrack, like the film itself, also enjoyed a big success. 
She produced and contributed with six songs for the film's soundtrack of that film. 
The main single was "I Will Always Love You".
Houston's version of the song was acclaimed by many critics, regarding it as her "signature song".

* * *
 Listen to
"I Will Always Love You"

I hope you like it!

... And if you have not watched yet
"The Bodyguard" ("El Guardaespaldas") ...
here you are some images of the film
illustrated by the previous song.

                                                                               Good-bye Whitney

(Rest In Peace)

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Photo "Reflection on the Window"
by Meral Alkan

Today is World Cancer Day.
World Cancer Day is marked on February 4
to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage
its prevention, detection and treatment.

Don't forget that...
Cancer can be prevented !!

It can be prevented, according to experts, through changing your lifestyles habits.
This year 2012 the campaign "Stand Up and Do Something" emphasizes
that 40 % of cancers can be prevented through different healthy behaviours...
For example:

- Provide a smoke-free environment
- Be physically active
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet, and avoid obesity
- Learn about vaccines against viruses that cause cancers
- Avoid over-exposure to the sun

Have a look at the following video about the mentioned campaign...

For Further Information about it you can have a look at this link .


To commemorate this date,
let's listen to the song "Just Stand Up"
performed by different artists:
Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Mariah Carey,
Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood,
Leona Lewis, Keyshia Cole, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashanti and Ciara.

There is a mesage in this song
and this is what it's about...

Can you complete such a message:
_____  _____  up,
_____  _____  up !!

You can check your anwers at the lyrics of the song (line 18)
Remember that...
Cancer can be prevented !!