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‘Halloween’ in the United States, ‘Obon’ in Japan, ‘Day of the Dead’ in Mexico, ‘Los Finados’ in Gran Canaria. Check this website in which we are told about the different ways we celebrate ‘Halloween’ around the world. Then, let us know if you have ever participated in any of these traditions. What do you do? What do you eat? Any special customs? Tell us all about it!


What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say VIRAL? Some of you would think epidemic, but I’m sure, most of you went straight back to that Viral Video you saw lately and you can’t get out of your head.

Nowadays, the way people become FAMOUS has less to do with their skills or their artistry, but with their ability to reach to the people through the media and mainly via Internet.  These days, it’s all about becoming trending topic (in Twitter) or better, a viral Video in YouTube! (Top Ten current viral videos in YouTube) 

YouTube is a video sharing website, on which users can upload, view and share videos about unlimited topics. At the beginning, most of the content was being uploaded by individuals with no economical intentions, but lately, it has become the new way of advertising  and it has served as a mirror for anyone who wants to try to become famous.

An early example of the social impact of YouTube was the success of The Bus Uncle video in 2006. Later ” Charlie Bit my Finger” (2007)  became such viral that it actually holds the record for the most views for a non-music video, with over 600 million views.

The most viewed music video ever is the Gangnam Style by PSY.  It was added on July 2012, and became the first YouTube video to receive over 1 billion views on December 2012.

It’s also worth mentioning the enormous impact  it’s having in music industry since 2011 when YouTube launched its own weekly music chart and even today, the Billboard Charts have began to include online streams in its Top 100 lists, allowing the popularity of YouTube videos to influence the position of a song in the charts.

Finally, here you have a recent review of 2013’s most watched videos made by YouTube as a way to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014!


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Above you can see a fantastic river Danube sightseeing.

The river Danube is the second longest European river after the Volga.  The Danube is Europe´s longest river which flows west to east, from Central to Eastern Europe. It rises in the Black Forest mountains of western Germany and flows for 2,850 km to its mouth on the Black Sea. Along its course, it passes thorough nine countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine. As you can see in the follow map:

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The Danube played a vital role in the settlement and political evolution of central and eastern Europe its banks, line with castles and fortresses, formed the boundary between great empires, and its waters served as a vital comercial highway between nations. This a incredible sightseeing. It´s the Hungarian Parliament.


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The Danube is of great economic importance to the nine countries that border it all of which variously use the river for freight transport, the generation of hydroelectricity, industrial and residential water supplies, irrigation, fishing and tourism, like an example for the last one here you are a picturesque sightseeing:

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Danube and walts are joined forever since the great composer Johann Strauss the Young wrote The Blue Danube that  became the symbol of imperial Vienna. This is a short version to practice if you play the piano or only to listen.

The Danube basin is home to a diverse system of natural habitats. Among these are the Germany’s Black Forest, the Alps and Carpathian Mountains, the Hungarian puszta plains, the Bulgarian islands and the giant reed beds and marshes of the Danube Delta.

These habitats are home to a rich and unique biological diversity and species.

Now, you can answer my question. I hope all of you want to travel by the Danube.


Caramel and Popcorn

Caramel and Popcorn

Dear students, the question yesterday was Caramel or Popcorn? Those are the names of the two turkeys of this year. If you want to know which of them was pardoned by President Obama, you’ll have to watch the forthcoming video. You can also find more information if you read this article published by NBC News.

As most of you already now, Thanskgiving is an American Tradition and an important festivity as all American families gather around their dining tables to share some moments together and thank for all the good things that have happened to them.

If you want to find out about the origins of this beautiful tradition, I recommend you to watch this video from the History Channel and to take a look at the links below, where I’m linking some of the articles written about the topic in our blog.

Articles from our blog:


Hey, guys!! I hope that you have enjoyed our lesson as much as I have. Here you are the videos we’ve seen in class and the link to the page where you have all the instructions for your podcasts. Don’t forget that you can ask any doubt on our facebook group. Have a nice and scary weekend!!!!

Finally, don’t forget that your story has to be told using past (narrative) tenses, so don’t forget to take a look at the presentation we saw in class, just before the videos.


Last week we were talking in class about interesting opening and closing sentences of famous books. And look what I’ve discovered today on The Telegraph website, a gallery with 30 interesting opening sentences of famous works, starting with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (my favourite).

How many of these books have you read? Which one do you think you would enjoy reading?

Just click on the picture below to see the gallery.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.

Thank you, María Valdés, for sharing this article.


Today Thanksgiving is celebrated in the USA, so we’ve made a compilation of the posts with published about this festival in the last years.

Click here to learn about the History of Thanksgiving with articles from the Wikipedia and The History Channel.

But if you really want to know first hand what Thanksgiving is about, you can listen to President Obama himself explaining it here or here.

And as every year, we are embedding our classic favourit, Obama pardoning his Turkey. Don’t miss it if you want to laugh a bit with his great sense of humour.



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