lunes, 26 de octubre de 2015

344. Listening dictation 2.

First, listen to me say these short sentences in English and see if you can understand them.
Later, write them in English.
(See the solution below after the song) 



video

America sings "A horse with no name"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpSdePGgVyQ



Solution

1. He doesn´t know what to do

2. Where did you say you´re from?
3. How long will you be away?
4. We´re all going to the party
5. I´m feeling better
6. Are your friends coming?
7. I often go by bike to work
8. Susan doesn´t like to go shopping
9. Some streets smell awful
10. My boss gives me a hard time (agobiar)
11. What time did you get up last night?
12. I like the way she sings
13. Can you do me a small favor?
14. They came late
15. We finally found the place

miércoles, 21 de octubre de 2015

343. "What´s up" and more

La expresión inglesa "What´s up" en español significa "Que cuentas"
y "What´s going on" significa "Que pasa o Que sucede"

Mas expresiones curiosas
1. Volverse loco = go crazy 
- I´m going crazy = Me estoy volviendo loco
2. Estar de mala leche = be in a bad mood
- My boss is in a bad mood  = Mi jefe está de mala leche
3. Anímate = CHEER UP
- Cheer up and let´s go out and have a drink = Anímate y salgamos y tomar algo
4. Basta ya! = Knock it off
- Knock it off! You´re making too much noise = Basta ya! Estás haciendo mucho ruido
5. Costar un riñon = Cost an arm and a leg
- What a nice car! Yes, but it cost me an arm and a leg

I like this song- It´s by  4 Non Blondes
Enjoy



And I also like this song by Meridith Brooks



This is also one of  my favorite songs by R.E.M ..."Losing my religion"


LYRICS - Losing my mind
Oh, life is bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh, no, I've said too much
I set it up

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spot light
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh, no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour
I'm choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool (fool)
Oh, no, I've said too much
I set it up

Consider this
Consider this the hint of the century
Consider this
The slip that brought me
To my knees failed
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
Now I've said too much

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spot light
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh, no I've said too much
I haven't said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why, try
That was just a dream
Just a dream, just a dream, dream

lunes, 19 de octubre de 2015

342.Listening dictation 1.

Dictation
1. Primero escúchame a ver lo que entiendes
2. Escuchar de nuevo y escribirlo en inglés
          3. Después traducir el texto (debajo de mi "listening") del español al inglés
              4. Y después ver como escribo en inglés el texto (debajo de la canción)


The top of Sierra Mariola


Listen to me and later write in English

video



Traducir y después ver mi traducción del dictado
Todos estamos cansados. Hoy, andamos alrededor de viente kilómetros empezando desde un pequeño pueblo llamado Ares todo el trayecto hasta la cima de la montaña.
Era un día bonito y no hacia demasiado calor.
Fue una escalada fácil al principio, pero los últimos cinco kilómetros fueron un poco duros.
Cuando alcanzamos la cima, todo el mundo se quitó los zapatos para andar por la nieve.

En este video John Denver canta "Rocky mountain high" = Las altas montañas rocosas




TEXTO EN INGLES

We`re all tired. Today we walked around twenty kilometers starting from a small village 
called Ares all the way to the top of the mountain.
It was a nice day and it wasn´t too hot.
It was an easy climb at first, but the last five kilometers were a little hard.
When we reached the top, everybody took off their shoes to walk in the snow.



martes, 13 de octubre de 2015

341. "Figs"


I loveFIGS”, and I even like eating the peel.

The word “FIG” comes from early French…”figue”.
From old Provencal it is called “figa”, which is also used in Valenciano.

Thus, the word “figa” in Valenciano has a double meaning.


The Greek and Italian use a slang word for fig which is “vulva”.  I wonder why?
Hence, we see the sexual connotation from the word “fig”, figa, and it´s very similar to the word in English.


In English, there is also a sexual slang word for "figa", which is “pussy”. 

In Spanish the slang word is chocho.
And so, we also have the word “fig leaf”=  hoja de chocho (coño).



I guess the fashion in those days was to cover the female and male genitals with a fig leaf.
I first discovered figs when I came to Spain.


As I liked to ride my bicycle in the countryside in Spanish villages, I saw that there were fig
trees everywhere.

One day I stopped and plucked a fig from a tree. To my surprise it was sweet and delicious.


I soon discovered that there are different kinds of figs.  
There are green figs as well as purple and black ones.


I like the green figs, but I don´t mind eating the other ones.
In the summer, I can eat a dozen a day.


I love eating from two to five figs in the morning.
In the afternoon, I will another five figs.


It´s fun to go walking in the countryside looking for delicious figs.
In Xirivella, Valencia, young people celebrate “Nit de les Figues”


There a lot of fig trees in this area, so they eat them in the morning together with “rosquillas”.
Figs are rich in fiber, so they are perfect for people who are constipated.


Figs are also very rich in calcium. Much more than apples and other citrus fruits.
Apart from having vitamins such as magnesium and iron, figs are rich in flavonoids.


Flavanoids can prevent a lot of illnesses.
Flavanoids are antioxident. They also improve blood circulation, reduce cholesterol, protect the stomach and the liver, and are also antiflamatory and protects against bacteria.

This fig fruit orginally comes from Asia and was already eaten in 9000.B.C.


If I remember correctly, there is a passage in the new testament that mentions that Jesus was
walking in the countryside when he came upon a fig tree.





Perhaps he was hungry and he felt like eating some figs.


The only problem was that there weren´t any figs in the tree because it wasn´t the right season yet.
I believe Jesus got a litle angry and cursed the fig tree. In the end the tree died.


Perhaps Jesus didn´t sleep very well and was in a bad mood that day.




Vocabulary


I love figs = me encanta los higos
Peel = piel


Early = antiguo
Also = tambien


Meaning = significado
Wonder = me pregunto


Hence = por tanto
Pussy = chocha, coño


Fig leaf = hoja de chocha
Guess = supongo


Fashion = moda
Female  = hembra

Male = macho

As = como


Countryside = campo
Plucked = arranqué


Sweet = dulce
Kinds = tipos


As well as = tanto como
I don´t mind = no me importa

Love = me encanta

Fun = divertido


A lot of = muchos
Constipated = estreñido


Such as = tal como
Improve = mejorar


Already = ya
Came upon = se cruzó


Perhaps = quizás
Hungry = hambriento


Felt like eating = apetecia comer
Any = ningun


Right season = estacion correta
Yet = todavia


got a little angry = se enfadó un poco
cursed = maldijo


in the end = al final
died = murió


bad mood = mal humor


Tom Jones sings "What´s new pussycat"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga3I5DTIA-E








jueves, 8 de octubre de 2015

340. Frases para traducir al inglés 4.

More translating into English
Apuntar el vocabulario, frases hechas y expresiones para repasar de vez en cuando 

(Ver solución abajo)

1. No tengo mucho tiempo
2. Hay poco trafico
3. Ella no tiene muchos amigos
4. ¿Cuando te vas a Irlanda?
5. Aun no lo se
6. Todo depende si me dan una beca
7. Me gustaría ir contigo
8. No hay nadie
9. Donde está todo el mundo
10. El mundo es un pañuelo
11. Y que lo digas
12. ¿Que te pasa?
13. Me duele la cabeza
14. Dormí mal anoche
15. Va a llover
16. ¿Como lo sabes?
17. Me pica la nariz
18. Es un coñazo trabajar los domingos
19. Mi portátil no funciona bien
20. Mi jefe es un pesado
21. Mantener la calma
22. ¿En que estás pensando?
23. No me acuerdo
24. Me olvidé llamar a mi hermana
25. Hay un atasco
26. ¿Cuanto tiempo vives aquí?
27. Desde que tenia doce años
28. ¿Que haces esta noche?
29. No lo se
30. La próxima vez no iré
31. Había demasiada gente 
32. Está saliendo el sol
33. ¿Que tal el libro?
34. Me gusta mucho
35. No lo puedo dejar
36. ¿Tienes hambre?
37. Mucho. No he comido nada en todo el día
38. ¿Que harías tu?
39. No tengo ni idea
40. Mas vale tarde que nunca
41. Me duele la muela
42. Deberías ir al dentista
43. Tengo miedo
44. No me lo creo
45. Iré si vienes conmigo
46. Que aburrido!
47. Que sucia está la habitación!
48. Ya están aquí
49. ¿Donde van a dormir?
50. En casa de mi abuela
51. Es bastante caro
52. Acabo de hablar con ellos

Listen to Michael Jackson sing "The way you make me feel"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ru6XlZKZDg


Escúchame pronunciar las frases y compararlas a las tuyas antes de ver la solución

video

Solution

1. I don´t have much time
2. There´s little traffic
3. She doesn´t have many friends
4. When are you going to Ireland?
5. I still don´t know / I don´t know yet
6. It all depends if they give me a grant
7. I´d like to go with you
8. There isn´t anybody
9. Where is everyone?
10. It´s a small world
11. You can say that again
12. What´s the matter?
13. I have a headache
14. I slept bad last night
15. It´s going to rain
16. How do you know?
17. My nose itches
18. It´s a pain to work on Sunday
19. My laptop doesn´t work well
20. My boss is a pain in the neck
21. Keep a cool head
22. What are you thinking about?
23. I don´t remember
24. I forgot to call my sister
25. There´s a traffic jam
26. How long do you live here? 
27. Since I was twelve years old
28. What are you doing tonight?
29. I don´t know 
30. The next time I won´t go
31. There were too many people
32. The sun is coming out
33. How´s the book?
34. I like it a lot
35. I can´t put it down
36. Are you hungry?
37. A lot. I haven´t eaten anything all day
38. What would you do?
39. I have no idea
40. Better late than never
41. My tooth hurts / I have a toothache
42. You should go to the dentist
43. I´m afraid
44. I don´t believe it
45. I´ll go if you come with me
46. How boring!
47. How dirty this room is!
48. They are already here
49. Where are they going to sleep?
50. At my grandmother´s
51. It´s rather expensive / It´s pretty expensive (ver el tema acerca del uso del "bastante")
52. I just spoke to them

La palabra "JUST" significa acabo de o solamente.
Aqui en esta canción corta de Alan, se usa "just" para decir solamente



video


martes, 6 de octubre de 2015

339. Listening Comprehension 1.

Hi! everybody. I´m Alan. Listen to me and see if you can choose the correct answer
(Ver respuestas abajo)

A ver quien acierta todas las respuestas 

video

1. a. I´m sick
    b. I slept badly

2. a. She´s going to work soon
    b. She can´t find a job

3. a. He´s angry about something
    b. He wants to eat something

4. a. The house they live in is too expensive
    b. They don´t have too much money

5. a. There´s a lot of traffic in the city center
    b. The city center is full of bars

6. a. He has already finished the book
    b. He´s still reading the book

7. a. It´s a quarter past two
    b. It´s 1.45

8. a. She´s doesn´t work 
    b. She has no time to study

9. a. It´s going to rain soon
    b. It´s a sunny day

10. a. They live on a noisy street
      b. They have noisy neighbours

11. a. She loves buying clothes
      b. She doesn´t have much money to buy clothes

12. a. His friend didn´t come
      b. He was waiting for the bus

13. a. He wants to go out
      b. He´s going to watch a movie at home

14. a. There wasn´t enough food
      b. They didn´t feel well because they ate too much

15. a. She´s already here
      b. Mary is on her way 


Listen to Simon and Garfaunkel sing "The sound of silence"


://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZGayaTPQ4I




   Respuestas

1.b  2.a  3.b  4.b  5.a  6.a  7.b  8.b  9.a  10.b  11.a  12.a  13.a  14.b  15.b