To understand autism, don´t look the other way.

”Carina Morillo knew almost nothing about autism when her son Ivan was diagnosed — only that he didn’t speak or respond to words, and that she had to find other ways to connect with him. She shares how she learned to help her son thrive by being curious along with him.”(In Spanish with English subtitles)

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Be inspired: Why women stay silent after sexual assault

Be inspired, be curious, be open-minded.  It´s easy to feel inspired when you surround yourself with inspirational people.  Listen to Ted Talks presentations to improve your English vocabulary, open your mind to different points of view, and to strengthen your ability to listen, think, analyse and debate.

Inés Hercovich talks about why so many women don´t report sexual assault. Spanish with English subtitles.

Formal and Informal Verbs

It is said that informal and colloquial language is becoming much more popular in business contexts nowadays, and I would completely agree with this opinion.

Whether or not this familiarization of professional contexts is for the better or worse, is definitely debatable. However, truth be told,  if you can control both styles of communication, you will be able to open more doors, and seize more opportunities.

If you are interested in more examples of the differences between formal and informal language, why not check out this website?

How Argentina´s blind soccer team became champions

 

 

With warmth and respect, Gonzalo Vilariño tells the captivating story of Argentina’s blind soccer team — and how a sincere belief in themselves and their capabilities transformed the players from humble beginnings into two-time World Champions. “You have to get out there and play every game in this beautiful tournament that we call life,” Vilariño says. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

If you see one film this month, you should definitely go and see: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.Without a shadow of a doubt, it is the best film I have seen in decades. It is horrifyingly brilliant!

Film buffs will salivate over the cinematography, the script, and the second-too-none acting.  However, even if you aren’t a film buff, you will love this film because the plot is so refreshingly unpredictable. And finally, if, like me, you have been trying to wrap your head around how Mr Trump became The President of the USA, this film will give you some food for thought.

New Year: Open your mind – love to read – love Ted!

As a bookworm, I am mad about reading. Books are educational, informative and entertaining.  They give you the opportunity to experience countries and cultures that you have never been to.  They give you the opportunity to think about things in completely different ways.

 

 

Furthermore, reading in English, will quickly help you to improve your language skills and reinforce useful structures, phrases and ideas in context.  In light of this, why not listen to a Ted talks presentation by Lisa Bu who gives us her thoughts about the magic of books? Books can open your mind!

I can’t stand cooking. I can’t bear washing up

I can't bear cookingLots of people take up cookery classes, and, it is said that cooking helps people chill out.  However, I say, cooking is a pain in the ass – it’s an evil necessity, and I personally, can’t stand it, what I mean is, I dislike it intensely.

In fact,  4 years ago, someone showed me how to make lasagna and despite the fact that I’m smiling, I felt stressed, and completely out of my comfort zone. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, for instance, I’m very keen on eating, but I can’t stand cooking, chopping, boiling, frying, baking, squeezing, grating, mixing or washing up.

How about you? What are your pet hates?

Jogging

joggingOne of my New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape by jogging. The problem is, I really can´t stand running, so I need some advice. What should I do to feel more motivated?

For example:

  1. Should I sign up for a race?
  2. Should I start running after attractive people?
  3. Ought I to get a jogging buddy? Help!

New Year: New verb phrases

A new year, a new you!

Well, experientially speaking, my ‘new me’ lasts about 2-4 weeks.  However, in this very short space of time, I can feel smug about trying to save the polar bear, sticking to the recommended amount of daily alcohol consumption, and eating spinach.

How about you? Do you start every new year with your best foot forward? Do you join in and make resolutions to improve yourself and your life? If so, perhaps some of these phrases will be useful.

1 To give up+ ING / Noun
2 To quit + ING / Noun
3 To give something a go
4 To make a promise to do something
5 To take up + ING / Noun
6 To fancy doing something new
7 To try something new
8 To reduce doing something
9 To increase doing something
10 To start up + Noun
11 To cut down+ ING
12 To make amends
13 To apologise to someone for doing something

If you want to learn more things about New Year why not take a look at the New Year´s Resolutions section of the Inglés Málaga blog?

New Year’s Resolutions

NYR1So, what are they, and, are they a good thing, or are they a bad thing?

Firstly, a resolution is a promise that you make to yourself which you hope will improve your life in some way.

Secondly, I think resolutions are constructive as they enable you to think about what you want out of life rather than be directed by the humdrum of daily life.  Having said that, they aren’t easy to stick to.

It is said that the most common resolutions people make are connected to the categories of: health, finance, career, family, and happiness.  In light of this, I’m going to do the same.  How about you?  Are you going to make any resolutions?