Promoción BLACK FRIDAY AIT 2018

CLASE DE INGLÉS GRATUITA (*)

Para celebrar el Black Friday en Aprende Inglés Today queremos proponerte una promoción a la que no podrás resistirte.

Pásate por nuestras academias de La Garriga o L’Ametlla entre el miércoles 21 y el viernes 23 de noviembre, y te obsequiamos con una clase de inglés “Método Callan” GRATUITA.

Además, si decides inscribirte a alguno de nuestros cursos tras esta prueba gratuita del «Método Callan», también te obsequiamos con la MATRÍCULA GRATIS.

AIT L’ Ametlla del Vallès
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Tel: 938 430 014
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¿A qué estás esperando? Aprende inglés 4 veces más rápido gracias al «Callan Method» y supera por fin tu asignatura pendiente.

Si no puedes venir a vernos antes del viernes (23/11), escríbenos a info@aprendeinglestoday.com o rellena el formulario de contacto.

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There is always a proverb for that

Esta semana os traemos una recopilación de algunos proverbios en inglés. ¡Un poco de sabiduría popular siempre viene bien!

What are proverbs?

Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called «proverbs».

How can you use proverbs to learn English?

It’s good to know the really common English proverbs because you hear them come up in conversation all the time. Sometimes people say the entire proverb to give advice to a friend. More often, someone will say just part of a proverb like this:

You know what they say: when the going gets tough…

(Read #5 below to learn the rest of this proverb and what it means.)

Learning proverbs can also help you to understand the way that people in English-speaking cultures think about the world.

Proverbs can also give you good example sentences which you can memorize and use as models for building your own sentences.

The most important English Proverbs

This is a list of some of the most important and well-known English proverbs. Below each one, there’s a simple explanation.

The meanings of some of these phrases have shifted over the years, so a proverb might have originally had a different meaning than the one I explain.

  • «Two wrongs don’t make a right.» When someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things worse.
  • «The pen is mightier than the sword.» Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.
  • «When in Rome, do as the Romans.» Act the way that the people around you are acting. This phrase might come in handy when you’re traveling abroad notice that people do things differently than you’re used to.
  • «The squeaky wheel gets the grease.» You can get better service if you complain about something. If you wait patiently, no one’s going to help you.
  • «When the going gets tough, the tough get going.» Strong people don’t give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.
  • «No man is an island.» You can’t live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.
  • «Fortune favors the bold.» People who bravely go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live safely.
  • «People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.» Don’t criticize other people if you’re not perfect yourself.
  • «Better late than never.» It’s best to do something on time. But if you can’t do it on time, do it late.

Aprende la diferencia entre “fun” y “funny”

Saber diferenciar entre estos dos adjetivos es muy sencillo con una buena explicación

Los adjetivos fun y funny a menudo se confunden porque se parecen. Sin embargo, tienen significados diferentes.

La palabra “fun” significa divertido. Se usa en inglés para describir lo bien que pasaste haciendo una actividad.

Pero la palabra “funny” significa gracioso. Lo usamos para referirnos a cualquier persona, objeto o situación que nos hace reír.

Ejemplos:

  • Playing football can be fun.

          Jugar a fútbol puede ser divertido

  • I went to Port Aventura, and it was fun.

          Fui a Port Aventura y era divertido

  •  Comedies are very funny.

          Las comedias son muy graciosas.

  • The clown did things that were funny.

          El payaso hizo cosas que eran graciosas.

Un error común

¿Cuál es la frase correcta: “Simón is fun” o “Simón is funny”?

Todo depende del contexto.

Por ejemplo, si lo que quieres decir es que lo pasas bien con Simón, lo correcto sería:

  • Simon is fun”.

            ¿Por qué? Porque das a extender que Simón no es una persona aburrida. Las personas disfrutan de su compañía.

Pero si Simón cuenta chistes o hace cosas que te hacen reír, entonces la frase correcta sería:

  • Simón is funny”.

            ¿Por qué? Porque Simón hace o dice cosas graciosas que producen la risa.

The Royal Wedding

By J. O’Fee (teacher at AIT Language School)

La boda Real fue uno de los acontecimientos del año 2018 en Reino Unido

Royal wedding

Last Saturday, London witnessed the great event of the year in the UK. Do you know what I’m talking about? Let me give you some clues…

There were crowds cheering, waving British flags, eager to get a glimpse of the beautiful couple. The streets were full of colourful flowers and shops overloaded with souvenirs. Horses and cars were parading along the streets, trumpets and drums were played by smart, uniformed soldiers.

So, do you know what I’m talking about? Yes, of course you do: it’s the Royal Wedding! Prince Charles and the late Lady Di’s youngest son, Harry, married the American actress Meghan Markle. The ceremony took place in St. George’s Chapel, which is the place the groom was christened when he was 3 months old. The chapel is just twenty minutes from London in beautiful, cosy surroundings. It was a day to remember!

Royal wedding Royal wedding

Long gone are the days the cheeky, freckled-face, red haired boy would always be in trouble, so naughty! He’s grown into a fine, handsome young man who has married the girl he’s fallen in love with. Just like a fairy tale. And as fairy tales always end… I hope they live happily ever after!

Royal wedding

La Garriga or L’Ametlla to London with a Difference

By Joseph Salazar

Viajar a Londres desde La Garriga o L’Ametlla es más fácil de lo que piensas

If you live in La Garriga or L’Ametlla, travelling to London isn’t difficult. In fact, these days it can almost be as easy as travelling to any city in Catalonia. There is no shortage of flights to the English capital—on average, every two hours one passenger airplane takes off from El Prat to London.
TrainHowever, if you want to try something refreshingly different, why not take the train. The romance of rail travel is hard to describe. A train journey has a contemplative appeal that no other form of transport can offer. You can stare out of a window, read or simply contemplate the good things in life. A relatively new high-speed service connects Barcelona Sants to Gare de Lyon in Paris. And another bullet train links Paris Gare du Nord to London’s St. Pancras Station. Travel time is about 8 hours in total. So, it is possible to have breakfast in Barcelona, lunch in Paris and dinner in London—all in one day!

TrainA Rail Europe ticket to London from Barcelona allows you to break your trip in Paris, not just for a few hours but for several days if you wish, at no extra cost, before you continue your journey to London—and all for less than €200 return. So why not take a trip with a difference. Enjoy the best of three worlds, and do it in style.

                                                                                        

Oatmeal and Tangerine Cookies with Olive Oil

By Alicia Martínez, German and English Teacher at AIT Language School

Practica tus habilidades de lectura (y de cocina) con el artículo de esta semana: ¡Una receta de galletas de avena!

You were on a diet and have lost the desired weight? CONGRATULATIONS! Now your aim is to maintain what you have reached but you cannot avoid eating some sweet? Here we have an easy and delicious recipe to enjoy a sweet without having remorse.


Ingredients:

  • 3 tangerines or an orange (juice and grated)
  • 100 gr whole wheat flour Oatmeal and Tangerine Cookies with Olive Oil
  • 200 gr of fine oat flakes
  • 100 gr of brown sugar
  • 100 ml virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of chemical yeast
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Preparation

  1. Grate the skin of the tangerines or orange and extract both their juice.
  2. Put the grated rind, the flour, the oats, the brown sugar, the yeast and the salt in a bowl and mix everything well.
  3. Make a hole in the center and add the egg, the oil, the juice of the tangerines or the orange and the honey and mix it again.
  4. Wet the hands and make small balls that we will put in the oven tray previously covered with vegetable paper.
  5. Flatten them lightly with your hands. – If we want them spongy or crispy depends on the thickness-.
  6. Put them in the oven previously preheated to 200º (up and down) for 10 or 15 minutes until they are golden brown

As optional ingredients to vary the flavor you can add chocolate chips, nuts or raisins.

Enjoy it!

Easter Holidays

by J. O’Fee, teacher at AIT Language School.

Con las vacaciones de Semana Santa a la vista, te explicamos cómo se celebran tradicionalmente estas fiestas en UK.

Everyone looks forward to holidays… Who doesn’t! Holidays are designed for us to enjoy ourselves, to forget about the daily routine, relax and do things we normally don’t have time to do.

How do we celebrate Easter in the UK?

Easter in UK is short (and usually rainy) holiday. We eat chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies.

The normal thing to do is to go to the park with a picnic and “roll your egg”. This consists of rolling a chocolate or hard-boiled egg (previously painted by the owner) down a hill. It represents the  stone in Christ’s tomb being removed before his resurrection.

Would you like to know more about the British Easter and practice your listening skills? Watch this video by English Like A Native!

We wish you all a Happy Easter… Eat lots of chocolate, and enjoy yourselves!

The Haunting Beauty of the Lake District

by Joseph Salazar, teacher at AIT Language School

En el post de esta semana os llevamos de viaje a un parque nacional de Inglaterra … ¿Te animas a visitarlo en tus próximas vacaciones?

 

The Laklake districte District is a region in the north west of England that is renowned for its outstanding beauty. It is England’s largest national park and receives around 15 million visitors each year. It is also home to England’s tallest mountains. Its natural beauty captivated the hearts of famed writers and poets, such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The Lake District became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.

lake districtBut it’s not just the scenery and tranquillity that attracts visitors. The Lake District also hosts a number of music festivals that draws young and old alike. The region is riddled with fine hotels and B+Bs, offering hospitality that will make you want to return again and again.

So, if you want to practice your English and at the same time enjoy one of the most stunning locations in England, why not visit the Lake District. You can fly from Barcelona to Manchester Airport, and either rent a car or take a train direct from the airport to Windermere, at the heart of the Lake District. Journey time is about two hours.

For more information, check the following Web site: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/england/cumbria-and-the-lakes/lake-district/travel-tips-and-articles/a-beginners-guide-to-the-lake-district/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d2762f11 

Be happier!

Hello everyone! Hoy queremos compartir un artículo muy interesante de Kathy Caprino, empresaria y coach, sobre la felicidad. En él relata cómo a través de uno de sus conocidos descubrió cinco maneras de ser más feliz y alcanzar el éxito deseado.

Este es un texto bastante difícil, de modo que está especialmente recomendado para estudiantes avanzados de inglés.

5 Easy Steps to Accessing More Happiness and Boosting Your Success

Kathy CaprinoKathy Caprino is the Founder/President of Ellia Communications, Inc., and internationally recognized women’s career and personal growth coach. And this is an article about how through one of her clients she came up or discovered five useful ways to finding more happiness and becoming more successful.

One of the things I love most about my work is that my fascinating, knowledgeable clients teach me things I’m excited to learn. Recently a client shared with me the riveting TED talk by the world’s leading positive psychology expert and bestselling author Shawn Achor on The Happy Secret to Better Work. Shawn is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard, and has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 4 million views, and he has a new lecture airing on PBS called “The Happiness Advantage.”

 

When my client told me about the talk, I questioned whether there would be anything new that I hadn’t already heard about happiness in my training as a therapist, but wow, was I wrong. Throughout it, I laughed out loud (Shawn’s a hoot!), but then stopped in my tracks and pondered hard on how my own level of happiness and joy are impacting my success.

I reached out to Shawn to learn more about how our brains in “positive” mode versus negative, neutral or stressed actually give us an enormous advantage in life and work, and how we can influence our minds to embrace more happiness through our daily actions. This Happiness Advantage as Shawn calls it can be the difference between leading a fulfilling, joyful and successful life and living far beneath our potential (see his book The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work for more).

Shawn explained that our society’s most commonly held formulas for success are broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. We think, “If I can just find that great job, or win that next promotion, lose those ten pounds, or (fill in the blank), then happiness will follow.”

But Shawn’s extensive research and other recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is completely backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been borne out repeatedly by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the world. Shawn now spends his time teaching, advising and lecturing at top organizations on how we can — in five easy steps — reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work and create more success, happiness and reward in our lives.

I asked Shawn what I wanted to know about happiness and success. Here are his answers:

What specifically impacts our happiness and how can we shift it? 

The three greatest predictors of happiness are optimism (the belief your behaviour will eventually matter), social connection, and how we perceive stress (as a challenge or as a threat). If we want to raise happiness we need to make both mind-set and behaviour shifts.

What are the five key steps that we can take each day to increase our experience of happiness?

1) Bring gratitude to mind: Write down three NEW things that you are grateful for each day
2) Journal: about a positive experience you’ve had recently for two minutes once a day
3) Exercise: Engage in 15 minutes of mindful cardio activity
4) Meditate: Watch your breath go in and out for two minutes a day and
5) Engage in a random, conscious act of kindness: Write a two-minute positive email thanking a friend or colleague, or compliment someone you admire on social media

Do these steps for 21 days, and you will begin to see a lasting shift in your mind-set towards more positivity.


Source Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-caprino/5-easy-steps-to-accessing_b_4380490.html

 

AT, IN & ON to express location

Hoy publicamos la continuación del post de la semana pasada sobre las preposiciones AT, IN y ON para expresiones de tiempo. En la publicación de este lunes, veremos cómo se usan para expresar una ubicación.

Este tema es un poco más complejo que el anterior pero ten paciencia, ¡todo se aprende!

Tabla resumen del uso de preposiciones de ubicación en inglés

Aquí tienes otra tabla-resumen. A veces, la diferencia de uso entre algunas de las preposiciones no es muy clara. La mejor manera, pues, de aprenderla es practicar tanto como sea posible.

AT IN ON
When we think of a place as a point (including at home; at school; at work; at university) – We have to get off the bus at the next stop. – Turn left at the traffic Lights – Who is that man standing at the door? – Let’s meet at Jenna’s house – I’ll be at work until 5.30  When we think of a place as an area – When we were in Italy we spent a few days in Venice – There were some people swimming in the pool  To talk about a position in contact with an area – I sat on the beach – You’ll find details of TV programmes on page seven – Have you seen the notice on the notice board?
To talk about an event with a number of people – We went to a concert at the National Concert Hall – The meeting took place at the company’s head office in Frankfurt For cars and taxis – Laura arrived in a taxi – Come on; get in the car! With means of transport (apart from cars and taxis) – The bus was very full. There were too many people on it.
For addresses – The party is at 367 Wood Avenue Normally with class; hospital; prison; court (in class; in hospital…) – Anna’s mother is in hospital With coast; road to; the outskirts of; the edge of; border; the way to/from; etc. – We stopped to buy some things in a shop on the way home – The town where you live? Is it on the coast or inland?
At the top (of) I at the bottom (of) I at the end (of) – Write your name at the top of the page – Jane’s house is at the other end of the street With people or things that form lines (in a line; in a row; in a queue) – When I go to the cinema; I like to sit in the front row For technology – He’s been on the phone for hours – I found out about it on Facebook
For the world; the sky; the country; the countryside – There isn’t a cloud in the sky With left/right – In Britain we drive on the left / on the left-hand side
For enclosed spaces – There’s no-one in the room – What have you got in your hand? – All the rooms in the hotel have air Conditioning – There is a TV in the corner of the room (* but we say at/on the corner of a street) With premises; farm; floor; island – The hotel is on a small island in the middle of a lake – She lives and works on a farm – Our office is on the first floor
In a book / in a paper (= newspaper) / in a magazine / in a letter – Have you seen this picture in today’s paper? On a menu / on a map / on a list – Here’s a shopping list. Don’t buy anything that’s not on the list!
At the front / at the back of a building / theatre / group of people… – The garden is at the back of the house – Let’s sit at the front (of the cinema) In the front / in the back of a car – I was sitting in the back of the car when we crashed On the front / on the back of a letter / piece of paper… – I wrote the date on the back of the photo

Y ahora, toca practicar.

Ahora, es momento de practicar con estos ejercicios (las soluciones están a continuación).

  1. Look at those people swimming … the river
  2. There’s something wrong with the car. We’d better stop … the next petrol station.
  3. There’s nobody living … that island.
  4. There was an accident … the crossroads this morning.
  5. I like that picture hanging … the wall … the kitchen.
  6. We went to the theatre last We had seats … the front row.
  7. I don’t have your address. Could you write it … the back of this card?
  8. San Francisco is … the west coast of the United States.
  9. What is the tallest Building … the world?
  10. I couldn’t hear the She spoke quietly and I was sitting … the back of the class.
  11. … the end of the street, there is a path leading to the river.
  12. I don’t like cities. I’d much prefer to live … the country.
  13. We walked to the restaurant, but we went home … a taxi.
  14. The exhibition … the Museum of Modern Art finishes on
  15. My parents live … a small village about 50 miles from

 


Here are the answers

  1. In
  2. At
  3. On
  4. At
  5. On/in
  6. In
  7. On
  8. On
  9. In
  10. At
  11. At
  12. In
  13. In
  14. At
  15. In

Exercises from R. Murphy (2012): English Grammar in Use, 4th Ed, Cambridge University Press

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