Re-starting

Id like to re-take my lost blog again. I guess it´s a very good way to practice and keep in touch English lessons. So, let´s get started. See you soon.

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Writers

Writers (and readers)

Recently, I started to follow a guy who writes on WordPress. His name is Cristian Mihai. I really like the way he writes, because he´s very easy and simple writer. He says things about the day-by-day life, things you and I know and things we manage in our current life. And I´m trying to be this kind of writer: a normal one. We can´t take apart Science,  Economy, policy parties, etc. But, we neither must take apart simple life. Think about it.

It gets better when we say whatever we need to say, without hurt anybody, of course. And it seem to be things we´ve got inside they come to be those what can become the world a little bit better. Do you know why? It´s simple: inside us, in the bottom of our heart and mind,  there are the most beauty wishes and hope and we must let them out as much as it can be.

Let´s do that. Let´s write and say our words easy, meanwhile they do not revile anybody.

English: The target

Another way to….learn, practice and increase language skills

I´m becoming a frequent writer because I´ve found this is another way to learn. I have an idea and talk about it. It´s a nice way to express my opinion about things I´m thinking about. Last night I saw how a pub is managing a good idea: “language tables” (this is the name I give to that, that is not its official name). People from many nationalities get into the pub, look for a table with a placard: “spanish-english”, “italian-japanese”, “french-german”, take a beer and start talking……. do you know what I mean? Is fantastic ! Real good. People feel as at home, they release, get free and stay on a real loose talking, learning, practicing….. Very good.

That must be the trend. Whether you are either an advanced or a beginner english learner, that is your place to be ! I´d like to encourage people to go to that kind of places.

Take a little brief: take a look.

English talkings: topics, issues, appointments.

English talkings: topics, issues, appointments

As an english student, as far as I´m concerned, the most difficult area we find as we´re studing english is the conversation. Perhaps we can write, read or say things with a certain lightness. There are many words we know and it can be easy take them in a statement as we understand they must be said or written. But, what do we do when is another one who say something to us? Do we really understand what we´ve been said? It´s very important to get used to listen to others, to share points of view about other things that don´t represent only our needs or interests.  The normal trend is we´re used to understand our things and interests but not what is inside other ones. 

We need to leave the fear away. Let´s act naturally. People is really aware of we are trying to do the best. Step by step.

In order to get used to that soon, we might be wanting to look for an easy topic, for instance, sport: the football. Join people you know that they like sport and start a conversation. You can start by asking: “Who won the match last night?”, or: “when is the next match?”, for instance. You will see how someone get rise his hand so as to answer. Or you can try with an issue, an important fact at the moment: economy, an accident, etc.

Make it normal. It is normal. Go on. Just try.

Take a look on this link. Just a little brief.

See you next time

English talkings

English talkings

Whether you are at home or taking a little walk along the park or bay, you must be thinking in english. Place yourself in an unreal situation: for instance, you are in a pub and here comes the time you must have a pill urgently because an illness. What will you do: call the waiter so as to tell him to bring a glass of water to you or will you stand up and look it for?

Many times, we are playing roles without mind on that. We always remain situations without thinking about it. Why do not we do it into english too? We must get used to that. Right away !

Think about it. Old teaching english methods don´t  take you to think into english. Just remember words but not situations. Look at this. Here I am thinking and writing as normal as it can be. As far as I´m concerned, it would be a very good way to do. Try talking about you and your close life: appointments, purchasing lists, your car, things you or your friends want or need. Not as a duty, but as a custom. Take steps on, day by day, time after time. You will realize changes after a while.

English: False friends

That’s curious!

FALSE FRIENDS OR FALSE COGNATES

Se denominan false friends (falsos amigos) o false cognates (falsos cognados) a las palabras que por escribirse de la misma forma (o parecida) en español son confundidas, pero que en realidad en inglés significan otra cosa.

Por ejemplo, “conductor ” en inglés no significa conductor, sino que se refiere al director de la orquesta o al cobrador que se encuentra en los autobuses. Aquí se encuentra una lista de los false friends más conocidos.

an abstract: resumen (y no abstracto)

to achieve: lograr (y no archivar, que se dice to file)

accommodation: alojamiento, hospedaje (y no acomodamiento, que se dice arrangement)

actual: real, efectivo (y no actual, que se dice current)

actually: en realidad (y no actualmente, que se dice nowadays, at present)

to advertise: anunciar (y no advertir, que se dice to warn)

Esto es sólo una pequeña muestra de la gran cantidad que hay. Por eso, recomiendo este enlace:

En este vídeo se explica bastante bien:

English: Idioms

Algunas expresiones y frases agrupadas por palabras claves

as as a rule / as usual / as a matter of fact / …
at at a loss / at least / at large / at length / …
beyond beyond question / beyond doubt / …
by by all means / by and large / by chance / …
down down and out / down to earth / …
for for certain / for free / for good / for once / …
from from now on / from scratch / from side to side / …
in in a hurry / in advance / in abeyance / in brief / …
of of age / of late / of course / of benefit / …
off off and on / off duty / off guard / off season / …
on on and on / on behalf of / on duty / on foot / …
out out and about / out cold / out of breath / out of hand / …
over over and over / over the hill / over the top / …
so so far / so long / so much / so to speak / …
to to and fro / to date / to some extent / to the letter / …
under under arrest / under control / under the counter / …
up up and around / up and away / up front / up in years / …
when when least expected / when the chips are down / …
to be to be on the carpet / to be slow on the uptake / …
to beat to beat around the bush / to beat the rap / …
to bite to bite the bullet / to bite the dust / …
to blow to blow a fuse / to blow the lid off / …
to break to beak even / to break loose / to break the news / …
to bring to bring down the house / to bring home the bacon / …
to call to call a spade a spade / to call it a day / …
to carry to carry the ball / to carry the torch for / …
to cast to cast doubt on / to cast the first stone / …
to catch to catch red-handed / to catch off guard / …
to come to come alive / to come clean / to come to an end / …
to cut to cut class / to cut corners / to cut the chase /
to do to do a double take / to do one’s duty / to do the trick /
to draw to draw fire / to draw a blank / to draw the line /
to drop to drop a bombshell / to drop a line / to drop a brick / …
to eat to eat crow / to eat dirt / to eat one’s words / …
to fall to fall asleep / to fall in love / to fall into place / …
to get to get a break / to get a grasp of / to get a raw deal / …
to give to give birth to / to give chase / to give rise to / …
to go to go astray / to go broke / go at it / to go bad / …
to hang to hang loose / to hang tough / to hang by a thread / …
to have to have a big mouth / to have a word with / …
to hold to hold a grudge against / to hold court / to hold good / …
to jump to jump all over someone / to jump the gun / …
to keep to keep a stright face / keep one’s cool / …
to lay to lay an egg/ to lay low / to lay waste to / …
to let to let off steam / to let bygones be bygones / …
to lose to lose face / to lose one’s cool / to lose heart / …
to make to make a fuss / to make a fool / to make a killing / …
to pay to pay one’s dues / to pay through the nose / …
to play to play fair / to play hooky / to play it safe / …
to pull to pull a boner / to pull oneself together / …
to put to put an end to / put on airs / to put the blame on / …
to run to run a risk of / run an errand / to run low on / …
to set to set fire to / set one`s mind at rest / to set sail / …
to stand to stand a chance of / to stand to reason / …
to take to take place / to take a bow / to take pride in / …
to throw to throw a fit / to throw in the towel / …
to turn turn a blind eye to / to turn one’s back on / …

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