Monday, January 25, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccines

 


Watch the video below to learn about the differences between the vaccines for coronavirus that are available right now.





Sunday, January 24, 2021

Alice Merton´s Song `No Roots´

`No Roots´ was the first success of Alice Merton, a German-Canadian-British singer-songwriter. 

It is a good song to sing along and practice your pronunciation.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

One More Ad

Mute the sound and just read the subtitles as you watch the video. Once you have seen it, you may want to watch it again with the audio on so as to enjoy the beautiful Mexican  accent of the characters:

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Joe Biden´s Inauguration Ceremony

For me, two memorable moments occurred at the ceremony where Joe Biden became 46th President of the USA: Kamala Harris, a woman, sworn in as Vice-president and Amanda Gorman reading her poem, `The Hill We Climb´ - the way she recited, she moved her hands....I thoroughly enjoyed it. Listen to her in the video below and judge for yourself.

Amanda Gorman is a 23-year-old poet whose work focuses on feminism, marginalization, oppression, race and the African diaspora. 

Kamala Harris´s speech `Believe in What We Can Do Together´ is worth listening to as well. 

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Vocabulary: USA Elections

Tomorrow Joe Biden will become the next president of the USA; the elections took place last November but this time we have been hearing a lot about this topic due to Donald Trump´s refusal to acknowledge Joe Biden´s win.

Here is a video where you can learn the vocabulary related to the Elections in the USA. This is the vocabulary included in the video; how many of these words can you recognize before watching the video?

  • absentee ballot
  • ballot
  • ballot box
  • blue state
  • campaign
  • campaign stop
  • candidate
  • caucus
  • conservative
  • convention
  • debate
  • delegate
  • democracy
  • democrat
  • elect
  • election
  • endorsement
  • exit poll
  • front runner
  • gerrymandering
  • GOP
  • incumbent
  • independent
  • issues
  • landslide
  • liberal
  • majority
  • mudslinging
  • nomination
  • nonpartisan
  • petition
  • platform
  • poll
  • polling place
  • popular vote
  • precint
  • public office
  • race
  • rally
  • red state
  • recount
  • referendum
  • register
  • republican
  • running mate
  • runoff
  • swing state
  • tally
  • term
  • third party
  • ticket
  • undecided voter
  • vote
  • voting booth
  • voting machine

Monday, January 18, 2021

Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me”

American singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton sings this song, `Black Like Me´, which describes what it feels like to be marked as different in a supposedly inclusive place: "if you think we live in the land of the free, you should try to be black like me". One of those songs we easily associate with the movement BLM (= Black Lives Matter) 


Thursday, December 31, 2020

If I Could Make a Wish Right Now,...


If you could make a wish right now, what would you wish for? 

Turn off the sound of your computer and watch the video; you should be able to understand all the opinions given in it; if you do find it difficult, turn the sound on but keep reading the messages as they come out.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Dogs as Pets Vs. Dogs as Meat

What is the weirdest thing you have eaten?  Click here to listen to some people talk about this.

We eat a lot of octopus in Spain - specially in the north-west, where I live - but some people associate octopus with aquariums and they would never think of tasting it. 

Think of rabbits, some people keep them as pets, just like some people have dogs or cats, and the idea of cooking them would never cross their minds. But some people in Asia do...

Listen to some Koreans share their opinions on whether to eat dogs or not 


Click here if you want to learn more about dog meat trade in China and South Korea 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Kid Of The Year

 

Gitanjali Rao, who is 15 years old, is defined as a scientist and an inventor and she has been chosen TIME´s first ever `Kid Of The Year´. She is an expert on technologies and she has invented a device that can identify lead in drinking water, and an app that detects cyberbullying.

Watch the video below to listen to her talk about herself.


Click here to learn more about her reading the interview with Angelina Jolie.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Swamp Dogg´s Song `Billy´


Swamp Dogg sings this song ,`Billy´, which tells a story. Watch the videos below and see if you are able to answer the five questions: who?, when?, where?, what?, why? If you manage to answer them, you can also tell the story

The first video is the official one, in the second one you can read the lyrics.



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