B1 · B2 · Idioms · songs

Katy Perry’s Roar

This song’s real fun! Makes you feel good and strong and ready for almost any of the daily battles we come across.

This song by Katy Perry is about overcoming a bad situation in life, may that be at work, in a romantic relationship or a challenge we had set ourselves and somehow failed to achieve. It is about a person who used to accept a situation, even though she was not happy about it, but one day,  felt tired of feeling this way and decided to face her problems and sort them out. I think it’s definitely a very motivational and inspiring song.

The video is quite funny and has used the cliché of Tarzan (King of the Jungle), but in a humerous way, representing the typical things Tarzan did ( like killing crocodiles or any other animal in sight), however, adapting them to the female role represented in the video.

Here I’ve used the video for the purpose of learning some expressions and idioms related to problems and relationships. I hope you enjoy it.

A2 · B1 · B2 · phonetics

Silent letters in English words

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When you have a phonetic language like Spanish, for instance, it is quite easy to say the words you have learned from a book or  a dictionary because if you know the sounds of each letter you can do quite well when speaking the language and everybody will understand you. But this is not the case with English which for a lot of people seems like a `crazy´language with its own rules. I already mentioned this feature of English in a post on phonetics and here I’m going to mention another feature of English that will also look pretty strange to many language learners, that is, letters that appear in words but should not be pronounced. I have created a slide with some of these letters and a practical activity that you can do if you click on the button below.

B1 · B2 · Grammar activity

Art or reality?

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British contemporary artist Anish Kapoor stands next his artwork “Descent into limbo” during the opening of his exhibition entitled “Works, thoughts, experiments” at the Serralves Foundation in Porto, on July 6, 2018.  Photo by Miguel Riopa Getty Images.

Can you imagine visiting an art gallery or a museum, seeing something very interesting and then, surprise! What you took for one thing was something quiet unexpected.

Let’s say for example that you visit the Natural History Museum in London. You’re in the creepy-crawly section taking selfies of yourself in front of what you believe is a huge, gigantic, enormous fibreglass model of a scorpion and suddenly it starts to move its pincers and tail. Eeeeks! It’s alive!!!! What a fright that would be wouldn’t it?

Anyway, don’t fret because this post isn’t about gigantic creatures coming to life, but another bit of news  about a man who fell into a hole at a Portuguese museum because he ‘d walked over it thinking it was a dot.
The news is from Huffpost and you will have to fill in the gaps with one of the words on the left-hand side of the activity. I made the activity with a free online application from the website ‘clickschool ‘ just to see how it goes and try out some new learning tools.

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culture

50,000!

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This tongue-twisting post is just to say how thrilled I am! A year and a half after having set up this blog for my English classes and it has reached 50,000 visits. Of course, this hasn’t  only been my  students, but people from all around the world and all walks of life.

Many thanks for sticking around as well as a warm welcome to all the new visitors that may find something useful in the blog.

Serena

Idioms

Idiom: Every cloud has its silver lining

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This idiom has always sounded a bit old-fashioned to me, but it’s the only one I know that can be related to what you feel when something bad happens  and you eventually see the good side of it. Not long ago, this  happened to me and  at first I felt really bad and depressed, but eventually it turned out well and today I feel that it was the push I needed to leave my ‘comfort zone’ and try other things in life.  As I always say , ‘A problem should always mean that a stronger and better version of ourselves will be the result‘.  After all, that’s what life is about, isn’t it?