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domingo, 30 de noviembre de 2014

FIRST SUNDAY ADVENT IN UNITED KINGDOM - 30th November

The first Sunday in Advent is the Sunday closest to St. Andrew's Day. This date marks the start of the liturgical or church year. It marks the start of the Christmas season for many people in the United Kingdom.



What do people do?

Some Christians attend special church services on the first Sunday in Advent. Some churches also hold a Christingle service for children and families. During a Christingle service, each child is presented with or carries a Christingle. Parishioners collect money for the Children's Society to help support children facing violence, neglect or poverty in their daily lives.

Many people put up Christmas decorations in their homes, schools and offices on or just after the first Sunday in Advent. Some people write or post Christmas cards to family members and friends. Others bake a Christmas cake or cook a Christmas pudding on this date.

The Christmas lights in town centers and shopping centers and lights on large Christmas trees in public places are also turned on in ceremonies in this week. The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London is an annual present from the Norwegians to express their gratitude for the UK’s support for their country during World War II.

Public life
The first Sunday of Advent is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. Churches and shopping centers may be busier than usual as people prepare for the Christmas season.

Background
Advent and particularly the four Sundays before Christmas Day have been a period of preparation for Christmas for many centuries. More information on the background to these celebrations and observances are given in our general article on the first Sunday in Advent.


Symbols
Advent wreaths are groups of four candles with leaves and twigs from evergreen trees and plants. People light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second Sunday, three on the third Sunday and all four on the fourth Sunday. Some people then continue to light all four candles during the Christmas period.

About First Sunday of Advent in other countries

Read more about FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT


ADVENT: A TIME OF PREPARATION

In the Catholic Church, Advent is a period of preparation, extending over four Sundays, before Christmas. "Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays." That means that the First Sunday of Advent can fall as early as November 27 or as late as December 3. Advent 2014 begins on the First Sunday in Advent, November 30th. 




The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, "to come to," and thus refers to the coming of Christ. This refers, first of all, to our celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas; but second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and finally, to His Second Coming at the end of time

ADVENT DATES 2014

Advent Dates for 2014
 
November 30 - First Sunday of Advent
December 7 - Second Sunday of Advent
December 14 - Third Sunday of Advent
December 21 - Fourth Sunday of Advent



In Western Christianity, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts through Christmas Eve, or December 24. When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it is the last, or fourth Sunday of Advent.

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VERBOS IRREGULARES

LOS VERBOS IRREGULARES
Sin verbos no se puede hablar.
Saberse los verbos significa decirlos sin dudar, ni tan siquiera por un momento, cómo se pronuncian y se utilizan dentro del contexto de una conversación. Razón por la cual, te animo a que te lo tomes en serio y aprendas de una vez por todas los verbos. ¿Cómo? A continuación te lo explico:
La lista de verbos irregulares en inglés incluye tres columnas.

La primera columna son los verbos en infinitivo, es decir, la raíz del verbo. Por ejemplo, el verbo "to do" sería en español, "hacer".

La segunda columna son los verbos en pasado (para todas las personas igual). Por ejemplo, el pasado del verbo "to do", sería "did".

La tercera columna, es el participio del verbo. Por ejemplo, del verbo "to do" sería "done", es decir, "hecho". En español son los verbos terminados en -ido (comido), -ado (trabajado) o algunas formas irregulares, como por ejemplo, visto, hecho, etc.

Hay que repetir la lista de verbos regulares e irregulares hasta la saciedad. Esto significa que debes encerrarte en una habitación y proponerte, por ejemplo, aprender cuatro verbos cada día. También puedes ir durante el día repitiendo los verbos en voz alta, o mentalmente. Es muy importante que cuando estés haciendo esto, intentes borrar de tu memoria el sonido en español. Recuerda que si no intentas aprender el sonido en inglés, no entenderás lo que te dicen, ni tampoco te entenderán.

A continuación te muestro una seria de enlaces sobre los verbos irregulares en inglés. Puedes oir la pronunciación.

IRREGULAR VERBS

IRREGULAR VERBS 3 GROUPS


PRACTICA CON ESTOS EJERCICIOS

IRREGULAR ENGLISH

PAST TENSE 1

PAST TENSE 2


PUEDES PRACTICAR CON LOS SIGUIENTES VIDEOS








SAINT ANDREW 'S DAY:ACTIVITIES AND MUCH MORE


Related pages :

Scotland (civilization) - Scotland (geography) -
United Kingdom (civilization) - United Kingdom (geography) - United Kingdom (history) -
United Kingdom : Traditions

History and Traditions :
 
  • St. Andrew's Night
    "St. Andrew's day is celebrated all over the world with fine Scottish food and a ceilidh..." 
    (scotlandsmusic.com)

  • Saint Andrew and St Andrews Day Trivia (uttertrivia.com)
    "Information, history, pictures and trivia about Saint Andrew and St Andrews Day including when it is and why it is celebrated."
    - with a quiz
  • St Andrew's Day is observed on November 30 in both the Eastern and Western churches, and is the national day of Scotland.
    (Wikipedia)


Listening : 
  • Ceilidh Dancing 
    "Here you can find out how to do many of the popular dances and listen to some of the best professional Scottish Ceilidh Bands around today."
    (ceilidhdancing.co.uk)


INTERACTIVE activities :


Activities TO PRINT : 


Lesson plans :
  • St Andrew's Day - November 30 (British Council) 
    "Take a look at the article, poem, cartoon, poll, UK Culture materials, word games, trivia and links."


ANIMATED STORY OF ST. ANDREW




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ST.ANDREW'S DAY- THE NATIONAL DAY OF SCOTLAND

St Andrew's Day is celebrated in Scotland on 30 November, in honour of St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.


Who was St Andrew?
St. Andrew was one of Christ's twelve apostles. Some of his bones are said to have been brought to what is now St. Andrews in Fife during the 4th century. Since medieval times the X-shaped saltire cross upon which St. Andrew was supposedly crucified has been the Scottish national symbol.


What is the national emblems of Scotland?
The national emblem and national flower of Scotland is the thistle, a prickly-leaved purple flower which was first used in the 15th century as a symbol of defence.
The Scottish Bluebell is also seen as the flower of Scotland.


What is the National Dress of /Scotland?
The national dress of Scotland is a kilt with shirt, waistcoat and tweed jacket, stockings with garter flashes, brogue shoes and a sporran.



viernes, 28 de noviembre de 2014

PAST SIMPLE - REGULAR AND IRREGULAR VERBS










SIMPLE PAST:

Pronouncing the -ED ending. Read, listen and practise: 12345678
Affirmative Form:
Regular verbs: 1234
Irregular:  234567891011
Regular and Irregular: 1, 234, 5, 67
Negative Form: 12

Watch the video clip and fill in the blanks with the verbs in the Simple Past:
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