viernes, 12 de agosto de 2016

Some Inspirational Quotes about Languages

Do you need more than a reason to learn a language?

 Here are some good Insparational Quotes to find more than a reason to learn another language:

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
‒Nelson Mandela

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.
‒Frank Smith

The limits of my language are the limits of my world.
‒Ludwig Wittgenstein

Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.
‒Sarah Caldwell

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
‒Chinese Proverb

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.
‒Geoffrey Willans

To have another language is to possess a second soul.

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.
‒Rita Mae Brown

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
‒Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Those who know many languages live as many lives as the languages they know.”
‒Czech proverb

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

–Maya Angelou.

“Pick a destination, go there, be open-minded and talk to the locals. Eat the things they eat and go where they go. You don’t need to be fluent, just as long as you’ve got a smile on your face- people will be jumping over themselves to show you the stuff they’re proud of.

–Jamie Oliver

“They wound their way through a labyrinth of streets, partly following their noses, partly the orientation of the map. Jardines, Mirasol, Cruz, Puentezuelas, Capuchinas…
Each word held its magic. They were like brushstrokes painting the landscape of the city, each one helping to build up a picture of the whole”

– “The Return”, Victoria Hislop

“Muere lentamente
quien se transforma en esclavo del hábito
repitiendo todos los días los mismos trayectos,
quien no cambia de marca,
no se atreve a cambiar el color de su vestimenta
o bien no conversa con quien no conoce.”

 –Pablo Neruda

“Eso de copiar cosas de gringos es malo para el alma”

 –”Eva Luna”, Isabel Allende

«….les langues étrangères : je ne pouvais pas m’ôter de l’idée qu’il s’y disait des choses trop intelligentes pour moi. »

– “Chagrin d’école”, Daniel Pennac

« On commence à vieillir quand on finit d’apprendre »
– Proverbe japonais

« Je suis certain que le fait d’avoir quitté nos pays respectifs nous a permis d’être nous-mêmes»

–« Partir », Tahar ben Jelloun

“Ahora ella podía decidir qué se decía y qué se callaba. Qué se afirmaba y qué se negaba. Qué se daba a conocer y qué se mantenía en secreto, y en ese momento ése era su principal problema. No sólo se trataba de decir o no decir o de sustituir un nombre por otro, sino que al hacerlo se corría el riesgo de cambiar el significado de las cosas. Al traducir, Malinalli podía cambiar los significados e imponer su propia visión de los hechos y, al hacerlo, entraba en franca competición con los dioses, lo cual la aterrorizaba.”

– “Malinche”, Laura Esquivel.

…the only normal way to begin speaking in a new language is to begin speaking badly!! –Greg and Angela Thomson, Growing Participator Approach

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.

 –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Learning languages is like learning history from the inside out. It encompasses the battles of ethnicity, religion, compromise, politics. So much can be learned from language because it’s been shaped by history.

–David Webb, The Bourne Sanction, Eric van Lustbader

“My language is my homeland”

– Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese Poet.

"Cuando mente, cuerpo y alma chocan... nace una lengua".

"When soul, body and brain collide... a language is born."

–Franco Cartín Brenes, English teacher.

viernes, 17 de junio de 2016

Dictations and listening practices for A2 / B1 students June 17th, 2016

Dictations and exercises Friday June 17th, 2016

Hello dear students, 

Here we have some listening exercises to improve our hearing skills.

I hope you enjoy them!!!

Discount for bringing own cup to Starbucks

Do the Listening ONLY ONCE
Do the Dictation:
Check your spelling:



Quotes 1

Listen once, do the dictation ONCE slowly and listen again; finally check

Man sells British countryside air to China
Check your spelling:
Listening and spelling:


Mixed sentences
Listen once, click on the words:


 Make up and beauty:
Listen to the audio and do the quiz beneath:


Collective Nouns

Listen to the audio and do the quiz beneath:


English Health Vocabulary Working Out At The Gym Conversations At The Gym In English:

Listen to the audio

Spoken English lesson - How to talk about Sickness?

Listen to the audio


Cause and Effect Text Structure Parts 1 & 2

Listen and pen down the most important issues

Dictations and listening practice for A2 / B1 students June 13th, 2016

Dear Students,  here are some exercises you can work with; I hope you will enjoy them:
Dictations and listening exercises for A1 / B1 students

Over-the-counter medicine may shrink brain  
Check your spelling
Do the questionnaire:

McDonald's restaurant to offer all-you-can-eat fries
Check your spelling
Do the questionnaire:

Budweiser beer renamed "America"
Check your spelling
Listening and spelling: