A perfect world…

Once upon a time there was a huge and multicultural world… There were people from everywhere that you could imagine and the most important thing, they were all happy. They were all kind, hard-working and multilingual people. They worked and lived in peace. They were respectful with each other and they tried to help each other. The baker made the bread for everybody and the teacher taught all the students. There were never problems or disrespectful times. They were all respectful with each other and they thought about the future as something very important. They wanted to live in peace and happily. Their only concern was the future of the new generations. They wanted to give them an even better future. They knew that they had to learn from each other, respect each other and think about progress.

 

That was a perfect world. Full stop.

About adjectives…

Hello dear friends,

today I want to introduce the topic of adjectives:

“An adjective is a describing word”.This can be defined as the easiest way to describe an adjective, but I would like to include that an adjective is something else, it is a word full of life. This means that adjectives are full of color, they are full of life or death at the same time. An adjective is a magic word that completes a noun. It describes the noun next to it.

We all know what is a house, what is a friend and what is life. But a white house is different from a brown house. A good friend is the opposite of a bad friend. A wonderful life is not the same that a sad life. Now can you see how important adjectives are? They take you to a different level of language and concepts. They are very important, indeed.

I have decided to write about adjectives because yesterday I read a post about Spanish adjectives, the 100 more used adjectives in Spanish:

http://www.practicaespanol.com/los-100-adjetivos-mas-usados-en-espanol/

I listened to them, they sounded like a whimsical song to my ears. I enjoyed them a lot, then I thought that I needed to write about adjectives. What do you think about them? Can you use this resource in your class to teach adjectives in Spanish? I would like to listen to your opinions.

Hasta pronto!

 

 

 

 

10 Mandamientos Sobre La Educación Y Sus Traducciones

Hola queridos lectores,

me gustaría hablar sobre la educación, desde mi humilde perspectiva, pues para mí es algo importantísimo y me gustaría saber lo que opinan sobre ella también, así es que si queréis añadir algún otro mandamiento, podéis hacerlo.

Bueno, me embarco en una nueva aventura en mi vida, esta aventura va a ser difícil pero espero que merezca la pena, y es que más vale intentarlo que dejarlo pasar. Hacía tiempo que me quería dedicar a la enseñanza y en un mes estaré en una clase, con alumnos y con todo lo que ello conlleva.

Dedicarse a la enseñanza es muy bonito, también duro, pero lo más importante es que estás formando a otra persona, a nivel social e intelectual. Los profesores son como los agricultores de la tierra, ellos siembran una semilla de esperanza, de ilusión y de creación en los alumnos, riegan esa semilla cada día con su ilusión de enseñar, y al final, se pueden ver los resultados.

Por esto, pienso que es muy importante tener claro y saber los 10 mandamientos esenciales sobre la educación, estos van dirigiados a profes, padres y alumnos. También, van a ir acompañados de su traducción al inglés.

  1. Aprende a respetar a tu profe y a tus compañeros. Learn to respect your teacher and peers.

2.  Cada día es el mejor día de tu vida. Every day, it is the best day of your life.

3. Sé trabajador y ayuda a tus compañeros. Work hard and help your peers.

4. Aprende cada día algo nuevo. Learn a new thing every day.

5. Sonríe y ama la vida. Smile and love your life.

6. Piensa, imagina y crea. Think, imagine and create.

7.  Haz algo positivo cada día. Do a positive thing every day.

8. Los errores están permitidos. Mistakes are allowed.

9. No te olvides de decir una palabra mágica: gracias. Don´t forget to say a magic word: thanks.

10. No te canses nunca de aprender. Don´t get bored of learning.

Y es que como afirmaba Joseph Jouber, “enseñar es aprender dos veces”, un profesor aprende a la misma vez que sus estudiantes están aprendiendo. Uno no deja nunca de aprender algo nuevo, por eso, tenemos que mantener la curiosidad y el interés siempre despiertos, con nuestros estudiantes y con nosotros.

About England, English and pubs

Inma and a pub

England is a really beautiful country with a lot of culture and pubs.

One of the first sayings that I was told when I came to live to Norfolk, UK is the following one:

In Norfolk, there is a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day of the year…

And this is so true, we can find in all England many pubs and churches. Almost in every street you can find a church or a pub. This is surprising and amazing. But, the most surprising thing for me it is the comparison between churches and pubs. This can tell us that pubs are great place to socialize, meet with your friends at the end of the day or at the weekend to talk about your life, your work, your future holidays, your new house, etc… Pubs are great places to talk and in this sense, interesting, new and old words take place in these unique places.

I think that if you want to have a real taste of England, you need to go to a pub in England. Not only that, once you have passed through the door, you can feel the beginning of a unique experience. This is an English experience. Then, you can order a nice drink or chat with the friendly and helpful staff to know more about a drink or the food that is served in that pub. I would recommend you a nice cold cider, you will enjoy it! Cheers!

But, let’s not talk now about alcohol or drinks, that is not my style anyway. Let’s talk about words. Yes, words and conversations in a pub. Now, you must think that we are talking about a different topic or something else, but it is not like this. Let me introduce you to this idea. This one is the English language talked in a pub.

From my own experience, I have been working in a pub for two years, I can tell you that there is something extraordinary happening right now at any pub in England. This is the conversation that takes place between customers and staff. You could learn every day a new thing, because every day is different. This is what I adore from this culture. The people who love going to the pub to talk and converse, like if we were in other times. Like if we were in the past with a group of intelligent people conversing about important matters. Imagine that you are in a book, that you play the main role in this and now you are living here and enjoying from this experience. Imagine that you have entered in this beautiful pub, you order your favorite drink and now you feel lucky because you have a couple of friends waiting for you in a table on the beer garden. It is sunny, warm and you just can’t wait to catch up with your besties. Now, everything makes sense and you are enjoying the full experience.

English, words, meanings and expressions take place in these unique places. I have learnt so many interesting words, expressions and different ways of seeing this world that you would be amazed at the end of it. Why do I recommend you to live this experience? Because it is unique, yes, it is. It is another way of learning, it is a practical and real way of learning English with real English people. The best of everything, it is the freedom of expression that you can feel in a pub. People, customers, feel relaxed and they are willing to communicate with each other and with you, if you try it.

Learning a language implies experiences and practicality. This place can provide you with the real experiences that you haven’t had before. At the same time, it feels special, because you can observe the difference between somebody who is in the pub and somebody who is outside. It is like the mindset of that person would change completely. There is like a beginning and a end. It is really interesting, but only if you want to master a foreign language completely, you need to drink from their culture. I can tell you that there is culture in the pubs. The pubs are culture in this country.

The word of the week: SERENDIPITY

SERENDIPITY

noun

(mass noun)

  • The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way:a fortunate stroke of serendipity.
  • Serendipity. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/ Web page, 8th September 2015.

FR: sérendipité, chance.

SP: serendipia.

DE:  Serendipität.

Besides, I would love to add a link to 32 beautiful words in the English language:

32 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The English Language

Enjoy it!