Friday, June 25, 2021

The Benefits Of Reading

9 Scientific Reasons Reading Makes You Smarter
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Education Around the World

Education is something we take for granted but it is not the same all over the world.  Take Honduras, for instance; the video below is an example of how hard it is to get an education in Honduras´ toughest neighborhoods .




Thursday, May 13, 2021

Song: `Wellerman´, by Nathan Evans

There is a project about geographic music bubbles, where they choose the most popular pop songs in different areas and this song, Wellerman, by Nathan Evans,  is, according to this chart, the most popular one in his Nathan´s homeland, Scotland.

You may have heard it in Tik Tok videos, so enjoy the video and sing along to practice your pronunciation. This kind of song is called a `sea shanty´:

sea shanty, chantey, or chanty is a genre of traditional folk song that was once commonly sung as a work song to accompany rhythmical labor aboard large merchant sailing vessels. They were found mostly on British and other European ships, and some had roots in lore and legend.

The first video is an animated version with lyrics; in the second one you will just find the lyrics.





Monday, April 26, 2021

A CODA Story

This video, made by Google, was played during the Oscar ceremony last Sunday. It shows the story of Tony Lee, who works for Google and whose parents are deaf; he is a CODA.

CODA is an acronym for "child of deaf adults"

Thursday, April 22, 2021

World Book Day 2021



Let's celebrate World Book Day with a short story.

Elizabeth Moss reads `The Lottery´, written by Shirley Jacksonwhen it was published in The New Yorker in 1948, it inspired the most hate mail the magazine had ever received in response to a work of fiction. 

Moss plays Jackson in the film "Shirley." 





Monday, April 12, 2021

Galician vs. Portuguese

 

Learn a little bit about the language we speak in Galicia, Galician, and its sister language, Portuguese. The subtitles of the video are automatically generated but they are quite good. Enjoy the video and learn a little bit about one of the official languages in Galicia - the other one is Spanish.



Thursday, April 8, 2021

Jane Goodall & Coronavirus

Watch the video below to listen to Jane Goodall´s opinion about coronavirus. If you need subtitles, click to get captions; they are automatically generated but, apart from the lack of punctuation, they are quite good so they are really helpful.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Plays on Words in English

Can you see the humor in the images or cartoons below? They use puns (=word play) or homophones to make fun with English.








The cartoon below is just the truth when speaking about learning languages. Good luck with it!





Thursday, March 25, 2021

Hair Discrimination


I do not understand, or agree with, the arguments some people use to discriminate black and mixed race people across the world because of their hair but it is  a real problem that can make students be suspended at school and that can make grown-ups lose their jobs. 

This is such a big problem for some people in The US that it has become a political  and a civil rights issue; that is why the House of Representatives has recently passed The Crown Act, a law to prohibit discrimination based on a black persons hairstyle or texture. CROWN stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.

Watch the video below and learn a little bit about this.

 

If you speak Spanish, listen to this podcast where Belén Montalvo, an expat living in Miami, explains how hard the situation is for black women living in the USA.



Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Fighting Anxiety


In this time and age of the covid-19 pandemic, when so many people are feeling anxious, here is some advice from someone who used to (and still does) suffer from anxiety. The subtitles in the video are automatically generated so they are not to be trusted completely but they can be helpful.

Bill Hader is an American actor


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