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Summer vacation has finally arrived, and if you’re lucky, you’re probably going to have a bit of free time on your hands. One of the best ways to relax and practice your English at the same time is to get into a great book! While it might seem difficult to find recommendations that are appropriate for English students, you can actually find a lot of great lists online.
The list we’d like to highlight here is by the publishing house Pearson. There are some fantastic ideas books that are, first and foremost, fun and interesting to read, and which are also the appropriate level of difficulty for English students (many of the books are in fact versions that have been specifically adapted for foreign readers of the language): http://eltlearningjourneys.com/2016/06/15/top-20-books-for-learning-english-during-the-summertime/.
So, enjoy your summer holiday, have lots of fun, and don’t forget to read a great book in English!
As English teachers, there are some common doubts that our students ask us about all the time. One of these is the question of “people” vs. “persons”. Spanish-speaking students often mistakenly use the word “persons” instead of the irregular plural “people”, and inevitably one of their classmates will shout out: “That word doesn’t exist!” While it’s true that the student probably made an error, it’s also true that “persons” is actually a correct plural form for “people”, although in a different context.
“People?” “Persons?” When should we use one or the other? Get rid of all your doubts with this
interesting article by Merriam Webster Dictionary!
I would not like to bother you with the scientific reasons why singing is such an important
method for learning languages, but rather the emotional ones.
You all know that during our childhood, we learn lots of nursery rhymes and are able to sing
them throughout our whole lives, passing them down from one generation to the next. Music is
what envelopes a language and gives it a certain melody. I would even say that every language is
a long, long song, reflecting the history and way of life people have in their countries. Each has
its own melody and is also well known for it. How often do we imitate the sound of a language
that we don’t know? We do it jokingly, but don’t realize that in that moment we might be using a
very good pronunciation saying words which probably don’t exist, but giving them the right
sound. That happens because we don’t even think about it and let our musical memory flow. We
can all memorise thousands of different melodies and sounds during our lives and many of them
will always remind us of different life situations we have had that are related to those songs.
Music always attracts people. Remember how in former times the news was announced from
town to town. How many declarations of love have been sung under balconies and windows?
Why can stutterers sing fluently, but not speak? Music is magic and expresses all our feelings.
Depending on our state of mind, we listen to different types of music and sing out loud or whistle
with it. Music makes us pass over that inhibition threshold and lets us forget our fear of
speaking, because everything comes out much easier when we sing it. How fun was it to learn
the ABCs, numbers, days of the week or names of the months by a song?!
So, go on with it! If you are learning a foreign language, just feel it and sing it! Have a look at
the lyrics of songs you like, and translate them to find out their meaning or message. Get into it
and sing it, without worrying about your pronunciation. Let yourself be taken away by the music
and how the words sound. Give words or phrases which seem difficult to you a rhythm, and say
them while clapping your hands, for example. Percussion is also very useful, because it gives
your expression a certain swing, which helps you to remember all you learn much better.
Try to understand what the people whose language you are learning are like. Feel like them, and
you will speak like them!
“Everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy”.
I’ve already lost count of how many times I’ve heard this over the past few months, and I won’t say this is the only reason why our generation is struggling so much with depression, anxiety, lack of self-confidence and so on, but I do believe that the ridiculous amount of stuff we own has definitely something to do with it.
It might sound silly to some people, but being intentional with what you choose to own can impact your way of thinking and perspectives on life, and it even has a name!
The word minimalism has a negative connotation to many. They believe being a minimalist means you are sacrificing things; it means you are not taking advantage of all that is available in the modern world today. And, I know, tidying up and getting rid of your possessions can seem like a daunting task, but going through the detailed process will help you to surround yourself with things that bring you true joy, instead of clutter, which causes unnecessary stress and headache.
Being a minimalist means you value yourself more than material things. It means making decisions based on what you need instead of getting everything you want, although the image some people have of a minimalist lifestyle is giving up all of the modern conveniences of the world. They imagine living in a cabin in the woods without electricity, a wood burning stove and a bathroom you have to go outside to use, but not everyone who is embracing minimalism has to take it this far.
That being said, if you are willing to transform your life a little bit and get rid of the non-essential, here’s a list of 6 things you don’t need:
“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To get rid of what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or drawer that you have forgotten its existence?” – Marie Kondo.