Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Santa María de Guía

Letters of complaint, common mistakes

After revising your Letters of Complaint, I’ve discovered some mistakes that should be revised in depth. Take a look at the following presentation and try to learn the correct form for each of them.

Imagining how it was imagined

Have you ever wondered how a story was imagined by its author?

That’s what some people did in this short film entitled George Lucas in love, creating a funny explanation about how Star Wars was conceived:

(9 minutes long. Automatic subtitles can be enabled, although they don’t work perfectly. Other copies of the video can be found, even with Spanish subtitles.)

In a few weeks, the seventh film of the Star Wars saga will be released. That reminded me about this short film. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know too much about Star Wars, most gags are easy to understand because we all know the characters.

Some years ago a brewing company (beers) made a funny campaign based on the concept of how some customs started. I know five videos (more information in this link):

They are quite easy to find in streaming video servers like Youtube or Vimeo.

Do you know any other film about imagining how a something was imagined?

Bonfire Night

5th November is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night in Great Britain. It’s a very popular festival in which there are firework displays and bonfires. But the origins of the festival are not really a cause for celebration.

Listen to this explanation of Guy Fawkes Night from  The first part is about its origins and the second part is about present day celebrations.

You can watch this video to find out more about the history of Guy Fawkes.

Now watch this video about fire safety from the National Health Service in the UK (NHS). Where there’s fire, there will be accidents! Do you think people are as safety conscious where you live?

The Raven: Legacy of a master thief – Interactive graphic novel

In the year 2013 as part of the publicity campaign for the video game The raven, the company released a short interactive graphic novel.

If you want to practice your listening (with optional subtitles) in an entertaining way, give a try to this short prologue of a story about a master thief and a policeman obsesed with catching him.

It just takes from you between ten and twenty minutes. You just need to click in some points in the screen during the scenes, nothing else. Some texts can be reproduced clicking again in the same place, others can’t.

For some reason, the web version is not working with current Firefox or Internet Explorer/Edge, but it works with Opera or Chrome.  You can use it in your mobile phone or tablet too.

But, if you prefer just watching it as a movie, here it is:

I hope you enjoy it!

Location, location, location

Do you remember when Mario Casas came to Guía to make a film last year? The traffic literally stopped for the day. We love to see films made and catch a glimpse of famous actors. And we also love to visit film locations, and take a selfie in the same place as if we were Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. Here are two videos about two locations that have been used for films. The first is of Chatsworth House which was Darcy’s stately home Pemberley in the film version of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice”. Many people now visit Chatsworth House to imagine themselves in the romantic lead roles.

Another film location is the university city of Cambridge. Have you seen the film about Stephen Hawking “The Theory of Everything”? And you also see Ely Cathedral in “The King’s Speech”. You might also remember Trinity College in the film “Chariots of Fire”.

Listening to Podcasts

As we said in class, listening to podcast is an easy way to be in contact with the English language. You can listen to them anywhere and as many times as you want to. You only need to download an app on your smartphone, find a podcast you find easy to follow and interesting, and press play.

You can use a computer to listen to podcasts, but the easiest way is using a portable device. Here are my recommendations:

Podcast Addict for Android users.

Podcasts for iPhone, iPod and iPad users.

I recommend you the NPR programme “Fresh Air“. Why don’t you give it a chance?

Just Dance Now

If you like dancing, this is definitely your app to practise English. You can download it to your Android phone or iphone and start dancing and singing at the same time. You also need to have a computer nearby, so that you can see the moves as you hold your phone with your right hand. The better you dance, the more points you obtain.

There are 5 songs you can dance for free, and that are changed regularly, if you want to access to the whole pack of songs, you have to pay for a subscription.

You can dance on your own, or with friends, as there is a multiplayer mode.

Just check it out and let us know what you think. Click here to download the app.

You can see the instructions in the video below.


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