Languages are Alive!!! by Jessie

The cool thing about languages is that they are always changing—obviously the English that Shakespeare spoke is not the same as the English we speak today! Every year we find new words in the English language, and many of them become popular with people your age and my age. Here are some expressions you might hear (some common ones and some that are “new”) and that you might like to use yourself.

Have a one-track mind: when you only think about one thing

Example: “Thomas only thinks about football, he has a one-track mind.”

Walk the walk: to act according to the words you say (some people say a lot but do not act the same way!)

Example: “Carly says that she really wants to go to university, but she never studies. She needs to walk the walk.”

A piece of cake: something that is really easy

Example: “That English exam was a piece of cake, I got a 10!”

FOMO: “Fear Of Missing Out”—when you go somewhere because you don’t want to miss anything fun.

Example: “It was so rainy this weekend and I wanted to stay home, but then my friends invited me to a party. I had FOMO so I ended up going.”

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basic: someone who is very boring/plain/does everything that is popular at the moment that everyone else is doing it

Example: “Allyson is wearing her white Converse sneakers with jeans and a short shirt. She’s so basic.”

YOLO: “You Only Live Once”—an expression used to motivate us to do something, because life is short

Example: “I was super nervous to go skydiving, but hey—YOLO!”yolocatsilver_fullpic

babe: a name for a really attractive person, also a name we use for boyfriends/girlfriends

Example: “The actor from The Hunger Games is such a babe, I love him.”

busted: when you get in trouble

Example: “Stephanie had a party in her house when her parents were gone, but they came home early and were so mad. She was busted.”

geek: a name for someone who is a little strange and likes things that are less popular (stereotypically they do not have a lot of friends, do not dress well, and are very intelligent—look for Steve Urkel on Google and he is the perfect example!)

Example: “That kid over there with the huge glasses and white socks is always on the computer alone. He’s kind of a geek.”

Hope to hear some of these in class with me this week and next! 🙂

Do dogs say “GUAU” in English?

ANIMAL ONOMATOPOEIAS

     A funny question that I have sometimes heard from the youngest students is “Do dogs say ‘Guau’ in English?”, or “How do dogs bark in English?”. It may sound naive or childish but it is not so stupid to make that question as most people think.

     To begin with let me show you this illustration that provides the onomatopoeia used in many languages of the sound dogs make. This will show you that we are dealing with a cultural aspect radically different from one language to another. 

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     It is funny to notice the amount of onomatopoeias that there are in English.  There are lots of words that imitate sounds and whose meanings are related to the sounds they evoke. Crash, crack, splash, zip, twank, boo, flip, knock, hiss, jingle, twinkle, boom, … and many more, are good examples.

      When it comes to animal sounds, and in spite of a few similarities, it is funny to notice how different animals sound in English, that is, how different the word used to reproduce the sound of an animal in English is from the one used in Spanish. This is a very interesting cultural aspect.

If a cow says “moo” in English, what does she say in Spanish? Mu, of course. But when we’re talking about sounds that animals make, it isn’t always that simple.

That shouldn’t be surprising — after all, in English words such as “bark,” “bow-wow,” “ruff-ruff” and “arf” are used to imitate the sound of a dog.

The following list shows the sounds made by various “Spanish-speaking” animals and the equivalent word or sound used by the “English-speaking” animals.

  • abeja(bee):bzzz (zumbar)— buzz
  • búho(owl):uu uu (ulular)— who, hoo, hoot
  • burro(donkey):iii-aah (rebuznar)— heehaw
  • caballo(horse):jiiiiiii, iiiiou (relinchar)— neigh, n-a-a-a-y
  • cabra(goat):bee bee (balar)—baa, b-a-a-a-a
  • cerdo(pig):oink-oink, oinc-oinc (gruñir)— oink
  • gallina(hen):coc co co coc (cacarear), kara-kara-kara-kara— cluck
  • gallo(rooster):kikirikí, ki-kiri-ki (cantar)— cock-a-doodle-doo
  • gato(cat):miau (maullar)— meow
  • león(lion):grrrr, grgrgr (rugir)— roar, growl
  • oveja(sheep):bee, mee (balar)— baa, b-a-a-a-h
  • paloma(dove):cu-curru-cu-cú (arrullar))— coo
  • pato(duck):cuac cuac— quack
  • pavo(turkey):gluglú— gobble
  • perro(dog):guau guau, guau (ladrar)— bark, bow-wow, arf, ruff
  • pollito(chick):pío pío— chirp, tweet (That’s why Tweety is Piolín in Spanish)
  • rana(frog):cruá cruá, berp, croac (croar)— ribbit, croak
  • vaca(cow):mu, muuu (mugir)— moo
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Some Advice from Jessie

“At this point I have been in Lopez de Arenas almost seven months! The time has flown by, and I have just one month left. It has been great seeing the students’ English improve and I am continuously impressed by how much they understand. One thing we could work on more, however, is RESPONDING in English. Students are quick to let me know they understand, but when it comes to forming their own sentences they tend to be much quieter. Here are some pieces of advice I have for students to help them improve their vocabulary and fluency:

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Even if you feel silly, always TRY to speak in English in class. Even if it is not perfect, mistakes are the only way to learn what is correct and what is not. I remember making lots of mistakes while learning Spanish, but I learned far more from making myself speak than I ever did from a book. Besides, what is the point of learning another language if you never use it?
When you watch American/British movies or television, listen to the original version with Spanish subtitles. It’s an easy way to get used to hearing how different words sound pronounced by a native speaker without being bored! I really like the shows Modern Family and The Voice. If you ever go to Seville center, there is a movie theater that plays new movies in the original version with Spanish subtitles (Avenida 5). On Wednesdays they are cheaper too!
315subtitlesIf you don’t know the word for something, it’s ok! Just use words that you do know. For example, if you don’t know how to say “granja” in English (farm), you could say “the place where there are animals and land.”
Look up the song lyrics (letras) in English to American songs that you like. A lot of popular songs in Spain come from the United States or England, and it is an easy way to learn vocabulary that you can actually use (when you sing you will know what you are saying).
Keep up the good work in class, and talk to you soon!”
By Jessica Gibian

WORLD BOOK DAY

World Book and Copyright Day.

The 1995 UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris, decided to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on 23rd April, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those writers, who have contributed to the social and cultural progress of humanity.

23rd April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

This celebration was first held in Spain in 1926 and initially it was celebrated on 7th October, although in 1930 it was changed to 23rd April.

Surprisingly, in Ireland and in the United Kingdom the Book Day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of March. This year it was 3rd March, 2016.

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Despite the controversy regarding the true dates of the famous authors’ death, it is a perfect day to start reading a good book and continue doing it all the year long. Please, read texts in English, in Spanish or in any other language you are able to use, but read. It will help you learn so much not only about the world and the other people’s life but about your own life and emotions.

“Literacy is the door to knowledge, essential to individual self-esteem and empowerment.  Books, in all forms, play an essential role here. “

Irina Bokova

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Employee Tilly Shiner looks at a book in the aMAZEme labyrinth at The Southbank Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo used 250,000 books to create the maze which will be on display until August 25, 2012. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Here you have a link to access to the official World Book Day site with lots of resources, games, puzzles and ideas.

Bilingüismo: THANKSGIVING

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Last Thursday, the 26th of November, our conversation assistant, Jessica Gibian, showed us a bit more about her country’s culture, since that day Thanksgiving is celebrated in the U.S.
!Thanks Jessie for helping us to learn more English every Thursday
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El jueves 26 de noviembre nuestra auxiliar de conversación, Jessica Gibian, nos enseñó algo más sobre la cultura de su país, ya que ese día se celebró “Thanksgiving” (Acción de Gracias).
!Gracias Jessie por ayudarnos todos los jueves a aprender más inglés!
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Trinity College

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En marzo publicábamos en esta web que alumnos del IES López de Arenas, pertenecientes a cursos que van desde tercero de ESO hasta segundo de Bachillerato, se presentaban por primera vez en nuestro centro a los exámenes oficiales para la obtención del nivel B1 en inglés organizados por el Trinity College.

Pues bien, ya están aquí los resultados, y os anunciamos que el 90% de los alumnos y alumnas presentados han conseguido superarlos.

Desde aquí les enviamos nuestra más sincera felicitación por este éxito personal y académico que llenará de orgullo y satisfacción a ellos y a sus familias.

ENHORABUENA

Para aquellos interesados que el próximo curso quieran presentarse a las pruebas, deberán solicitar información al comienzo del curso al departamento de Inglés.