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domingo, 27 de febrero de 2011

THE KING'S SPEECH- Winner for the 83rd Academy Awards

The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. It was nominated for 14 BAFTAs, of which it won seven; 12 Academy Awards nominations, of which it won four including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor; and seven Golden Globes, with Colin Firth winning for Best Actor.

Firth plays King George VI, who, to overcome his stutter, is introduced to Lionel Logue, an unorthodox speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. The two men become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates, the new king relies on Logue to help him make a radio broadcast at the beginning of World War II.



Lyrics Training

Lyrics Training is an easy and fun method to learn and improve your foreign languages skills like English, through the music videos and typing the lyrics of the songs.
It's a fantastic page where you can listen to songs and then try and fill in the missing words of the lyrics.Click here to go to LYRICS TRAINING

It is really very good, hopefully also fun, and definitely a brilliant way to improve your listening skills and your English!!



There are three levels to choose from, BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE and EXPERT. In the search bar you can also search for the songs YOU are most interested in. First listen to the song, then fill in the blanks according to the level you have chosen.

You can't advance if you don't complete the lyrics properly, but  you can listen to the song as many times as needed  just by clicking  intro.
More than 470 songs from Cat Stevens  to Lady Gaga, or from Metallica to Alicia Keys, all kind of music to choose.

miércoles, 16 de febrero de 2011

SONG: WHATEVER (Hay razones para creer en un mundo mejor)

This song is from Coca-Cola advertisment on TV.

"Whatever" preaches the importance of being yourself and being able to do what you choose
"Whatever" is a song by the English rock band Oasis (formed in Manchester in 1991).


Listen to the song and ...



Fill in the blank using the given VERBS. (One of them is used three times).

LIKE / PLEASE / CHOOSE / SAY


I'm free to be whatever I

Whatever I _________

And I'll sing the blues if I want


I'm free to say whatever I

Whatever I _________

If it's wrong or right it's alright


Always seems to me

You only see what people want you to see


How long's it gonna be

Before we get on the bus

And cause no fuss

Get a grip on yourself

It don't cost much


Free to be whatever you

Whatever you _________

If it comes my way it's alright


You're free to be whatever you

Whatever you ________

If it comes my way it's alright


You're free to be wherever you

Wherever you _________

You can shoot the breeze if you want


Whatever you _________

If it comes my way it's alright

Now you can listen the original version by Oasis.



viernes, 4 de febrero de 2011

INFINITIVES AND GERUNDS GRAMMAR

 GERUNDS:

* The gerund can be used as subject of a sentence.
Living in Japan is expensive.
Smoking is bad for your health.


* Prepositions + gerund

He left without saying goodbye.
After having breakfast, she went to the office.

* After certain verbs such as admit, avoid, consider, deny, imagine, involve, miss, postpone, suggest, etc.

He admitted being jealous.
He is considering buying a country house.
Imagine yourself lying on the beach.
I miss riding my horse.


* After like, dislike, love, hate, enjoy (to talk about general preference)

I like painting.
I hate cooking.


INFINITIVES:

* Some adjectives are followed by TO + INFINITIVE

Able, afraid, angry, delighted, difficult, disappointed, easy, glad, happy, impossible, possible, sad, sorry, supposed, surprised.

They are delighted to see each other again.
You are supposed to come here at 8:00.
She was surprised to see her old friend.
It’s not possible to play football today.

* INFINITIVE OF PURPOSE.
To express purpose we can use to-infinitive.

She went to the supermarket to buy some meat.
He phoned Mary to tell her that she was ill.

Some verbs are followed by (OBJECT) + TO + INFINITIVE

Advise, allow, afford, agree, arrange, ask, decide, expect, forget, help, hope, invite, learn, manage, prefer, promise, refuse, regret, seem, teach, tell, want.

She decided to go to the party
I forgot to phone her.
They asked him to wait for a few minutes.
He seems to be a pleasant man.
I want to teach him to read.
He decided not to wait.

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