Learning through video channels.

It is impressive the amount of things you can find surfing the net, some of them are good and others not so much, but, luckily, there is always somebody who does the selection for you and that helps wasting one’s time trying to find quality learning material.
And that is the case of today’s post, the guys from http://wwwhatsnew.com/ have just made an amazing discovery that I know will be very useful. In their last post on their website, they lead us to two video channels for English learners with tons of lessons for all levels about a wide of grammar points.
The first is Teacher Phil’s Videos, a YouTube channel of an American institution that offers free lessons on varous topics. http://www.youtube.com/user/TeacherPhilEnglish?feature=watch
The last one is engVid (http://www.engvid.com/), they offer free video lessons by native speaker teachers three times a week. They also run a facebook page and a twitter account.
And now is your turn to find the right stuff for you. Don’t forget to leave feedback, the rest of us here will thank you for that.
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Estudiar inglés en Londres: 10 abreviaturas que debes conocer

In London or away from it, these acronyms are well useful. DYT!



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EOI Los Cristianos

LLAMAMIENTO GENERAL -PLAZAS VACANTES (a partir del 16 de julio de 2013)
Se entregarán las vacantes por riguroso orden de llegada hasta agotar las plazas.

NIVEL BÁSICO 1 MAÑANA (plazas vacantes: 7)

NIVEL BÁSICO 1 TARDE (plazas vacantes: 15 )

NIVEL BÁSICO 1 NOCHE (plazas vacantes: 4)


NIVEL BÁSICO 1 MAÑANA (plazas vacantes: 25)


NIVEL BÁSICO 1 MAÑANA (plazas vacantes: 14 )


NIVEL BÁSICO 1 MAÑANA (plazas vacantes: 15)

NIVEL BÁSICO 1 TARDE (plazas vacantes: 14)

NIVEL BÁSICO 1 NOCHE (plazas vacantes: 14)


NIVEL BÁSICO 1 MAÑANA (plazas vacantes: 12)

NIVEL BÁSICO 1 TARDE (plazas vacantes: 28)

NIVEL BÁSICO 1 NOCHE (plazas vacantes: 30)

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ozdic.com: an online collocation dictionary, at last!

It has been a long time since the ast post, but I hadn’t found anything worth posting. Today I want to introduce you to a new resource I have been waiting for a long time. It is an on-line collocation dictionary and its name is ozdic.comIt is very useful for your writing tasks and even when planning any speech for your class or work.

Most of the times, we stick ourselves to the same combination of words, basically because we are unable to find other words to use or combine with the ones we need. There is when a collocation dictionary like this comes handy. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t know what to write or how to describe something, got to a collocation dictionary and part of the problem is sorted.

Imagine you have to write about your holidays in a little village and you need to describe it. Sometimes we end up describing the place as nice or friendly, but there are more possibilities, as the picture shows, there are a wide range of options we can choose from, it is only us now to pick the most convenient to our interest.

It is also useful if we don’t know how to combine a verb or noun. Remember that most languages have their natural way of mixing words which we need to be aware of so we do not get misunderstood. Take for example the noun “research”, in most cases students use “do” or, in the worst case scenario, “make” which is incorrect. If you look up in a collocation dictionary, you can find out what are the verbs and adjectives most convenient for this noun. Take a look at the picture to check what has been said.
 Hope this brief tutorial can be of help. Any contribution os more than welcome.

Happy 200th Birthday Mr. Dickens

Dickens 2012

On 7 February, 1812, the greates British author of all times was born: Charles Dickens. It was in Portsmouth, South East England. His father was a clerk who went bankrupt and sent to prison when Dickens was only a child. At the age of twelve, he was sent to work in a factory and soon after he started his career as a journalist. A the age of 24, his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, gained a huge success and was the beginning of a prestigious career as a novelist.

And this year we are ceebrating the bicentennary of his birth.

SiestaMovies: Original Sountrack Movies with subtitles



A really nice present for you all to start the year, SiestaMovies is a website with a good range of movies in different languages (mainly English) in their original soundtracks. There you have the option to download them with or without subtitles. In most cases those subtitles are in the original language, however a small number of them come with Spanish subtitles. And that is it! Now click on the link below and choose your next film for the weekend.

  Ingles | SiestaMovies.com


Tips for any speaking test

 Eva Suárez from EOI Santa María de Guía for pointing out to this web site. The Bristish Council is a well reputed institution devoted to, among other things, making the British culture and language accesible to the rest of the world. One of their aims is to provide useful materials to help English Language learners (LearnEnglish). Also, they provide tips to be used when sitting an exam and this si what you will find when you click on the link below: tips in the form of videos to assist preparig and facing a speaking test. Thes videos come with comments on dos and don’ts and the transcripts to make it easier to understand what is said.

If you decide to follow the link, do no miss the opportunity of surfing the site. It’s worth the time!

IELTS Interview Skills | LearnEnglish | British Council


Verbling: practice the language with native speakers

In this post, I want to talk you about Verbling, a website designed for students of English as a foreign language to get in touch with native English speakers from around the world and practice in real time. It is meant to be an exchange between you and your chat partner: 5 minutes for each language.

On top of that, if you don’t know what to talk about, the site itself gives you the possibility of choosing a topic you like and proposes a question that could help as a conversation starter. All you need is a mic, a webcam and an email address. About privacy, these guys are in control of everything and they will not provide any personal information to anybody. You should also remember not to do it yourself!

Ups, nearly forgot! This website is not meant for under 13.

Challenge your vocabulary!!

Vocabulary.com is the easiest, most intelligent way to improve your vocabulary. It combines an adaptive learning system (The Challenge) with the world’s fastest dictionary (The Dictionary) so that you can more quickly and more efficiently learn words.” These are their words and, believe me, it is true. If you are one of those who moans about how little vocabulary you know, or if you are a words freek, or just a regular student, this website will probably be of help. 

Fun with grammar? Road to Grammar

Yes, there is a fun way to study grammar! Road to Grammar is a website specially disigned to offer fun exercises to practice any grammar difficulty you may have. All activities are adult orientated so you will not find them too childish. There you can find online quizzes, extra practice and games, they also do printables if you like to work on paper. If you have children learning English at school, there is a junior version that you can use with them and enjoy learning together. Thank you Antonio Jiménez for the tip.