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boda-papisCheck this link to watch some videos of great love stories selected by The New York Times for this year’s Valentine’s Day. Watch them and let us know which one is your favourite.

This is a photo of my parent’s wedding. They got married in the Sahara and that’s why my mum is holding a bouquet made from plastic flowers. Their love story lasted as long as those flowers. They were happily married for forty years! Do you know any good love stories (about your grandparents’, parents’ or your own story)? Share them with us here or on your Facebook classroom group. We just love love stories!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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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!


Speaking tests are one of the most disgusting situations students experience.

The British Council has published a set of videos explaining what you should and shouldn’t do during a speaking test. Please watch them and take notes, the advice given will probably be useful for you in the future.

Can you give your classmates any other useful piece of advice?


I don’t know if this is the right place to do this, but I think that a great man has abandoned this world.

As this is a place to learn English, I’m going to leave you some links for you to know who this sir was and what he did in his life.

I strongly recommend you to see the following video from 2005 at Stanford University. He was invited to give a commencement speech and his words are now part of history. During his speech he talked about his life and his career and gives us some good advice on how to follow your dreams. He also believed that learning should never be disregarded, as you never know how you can get to use that knowledge.

Today I’ve read many articles about this creator, but this is the one I’ve enjoyed the best. In it, David Pogue (for The New York Times) compares Mr Jobs with Walt Disney or Leonardo da Vinci among others. I don’t know if it might seem exaggerated, but I really think that he was unique and that we can learn a lot from him.

Mashable, a blog about technology has also included several posts about this issue today. Undoubtly this is the most interesting one, where they collect the 13 most inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs. Read them, they are really worth it.

Finally, if you wish to know more things about Steve Jobs, don’t miss what the Wikipedia says about him.

RIP Steve Jobs.


I have to tell you that there is not much you can do if you haven’t worked within the year to improve you English, but you still have 2 weeks to practise as much as possible and try to do your best in your final and certificate exams.

As you know, this blog is full of resources thought for our students and for everybody who wants to practise English. I just want to give you some recommendations for these last days:

  • Read as much as you can:
  • Listen to English everyday, you can check our resources section.
  • Watch TV, news, series, etc in English of course.
  • Listen to songs in English, when driving, working at home, etc.
  • Do exams, you can find many examples here.

What do you do to practise for your exams? Why don’t you leave your answer in the comments section and practise your writing at the same time?


Have you ever realized how many sounds of our lives have their own name? Snore, sniff, hum, tap, whistle, roar…

What's that noise?

What's that noise?

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How much can we believe our own eyes when we watch TV?

Special Effects cartoon

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