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Festive drinking

For many people, the festive season usually means more drinking, more eating, more dancing, and less sleeping.  With this in mind, which of the following expressions mean that you have drunk a little more than is socially acceptable?

 

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Ronny says: ”Put that cupcake down and get in shape.”

Get in shape with Ronny the reindeer. Ronny says:  ”If you do 20 minutes of exercise 5 times a week,  you can get legless during the last week of December.”

A big shout out to the graphic designer, Markus Magnusson from Sweden.  Why not check out his animations, or suggest an amazing Spanish animator for me to promote.

What do you want? What do you need?

At Inglés Málaga we believe in continuous improvement and life-long learning.  We know that we don´t know everything, and we consider our clients to be the most knowledgeable and effective source of information and intelligence.

So, with this in mind, how can we, at Inglés Málaga, help you to improve your English language skills in order to achieve your personal and professional goals? What do you want, what do you need?   Fill in the blanks, and let us know.

Janette at Inglès Màlaga says happy festive holidays

Janette would like to wish all her clients and the larger international Inglés Málaga community a very fun and jolly festive season.

It has been a challenging, fun and rewarding 2017. We have improved our English language skills to achieve a lot of personal and professional objectives, including, passing official exams, getting better-paid jobs, setting up businesses, and emigrating abroad.  In addition, the Inglés Málaga community has got engaged, got married and had children.  And, last but not least, our language skills have enabled us to help lost tourists, translate for patients in hospital, and break down geographic, religious, cultural and political barriers. Inglés Málaga clients are not average, they are exceptional.

On a personal note, I have learnt a lot more than I have taught, and without a shadow of a doubt my life is infinitely richer as a result of my clients.  Thank you, it is an honour working with you all!

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Left brain, right brain, which are you?

Hurrah to Australia: Say yes to same-sex marriage

The headlines:

  1. More than 12.7 million people voted in huge 79.5% turnout
  2. All states and territories recorded vote in favour of change

What? If you have no idea what I´m talking about, then  get up-to-date with some international current affairs here.

Yemen: On the brink of starvation

Millions of men, women and children are starving in Yemen. Hunger is the Yemen´s silent killer. Food is unaffordable, unavailable, and humanitarian aid is hindered or blocked by a country devastated by war and genocide.  What? Where? Why? Improve your listening skills by watching this video report.  At the same time, ask yourself why this video has only had 3,350 views, while a video on how many girls Justin Bieber has dated has received over 1.7 million hits.

Disgustingly, the British and the USA governments directly support the war in the Yemen by capitalising on the sale of weapons, arms and bombs.

It´s time for us all to stop looking the other way.  Donating money might help in the short term, but using your voice to lobby governments and hold them accountable for their actions is bound to have a longer lasting effect.

Don´t let governments use your tax to sell weapons. Don´t let your governments justify this heinous action in the name of national economic prosperity. Don´t let the childish behaviour of politicians distract you from the ‘real’ issues.  Don´t let the lawyers and academics cloud your sense of moral and ethical justice with legal and intellectual debate.  Perhaps, I don´t know, or don´t have the intellectual capabilities to truly understand all the issues.  And, quite frankly, I don´t care; selling arms for economic and political gain is just wrong.

Volunteer for a local charity: Bancosol

Unfortunately, the biggest constant in society, from the origins of civilisation to the present digital age, is the systematic presence of inequality. Man has actively coveted and nurtured the continued existence of inequality. We live in a world where wealth, power, knowledge and justice are in the hands of the few to the detriment of the majority.

Regrettably, it appears to be an insurmountable challenge to change this, partially as a result of man´s natural instinct for greed. However, it seems to me that we can all make a massive difference on a local level.  There are lots of local charities that need your time and your altruism; today say NO to hunger and support Bancosol; it´s time to have a heart of gold.  The big food collection takes place on December the 1st and December the 2nd, and you can make a difference. To find out more about this charity, click here.

What British Muslims think about the term ‘British values’

The University of East Anglia is undergoing research into what people think about the term, British values:

Channel 4’s recent programme My Week as a Muslim, in which a non-Muslim woman lived with a Pakistani family for a week, was a reminder of the ongoing curiosity about Muslim life in British society. The programme was criticised for its use of “brownfacing” as the woman wore dark make-up and a hijab to appear Pakistani – highlighting the resilience of assumptions that British Muslims are non-white or somehow non-British.

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What young Britons really think about Brexit and their prospects outside the EU

Avril Keating, Director, Centre for Global Youth, UCL Institute of Education, UCL, reports:

In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, much was made of how devastated young people were by the result. A survey by Lord Ashcroft suggested that over 70% of young people aged 18-24 voted Remain, while almost 60% of over 55s voted to Leave.

In my ongoing research, I’ve found that this view is too simplistic: in practice, young people’s reactions and views are much more diverse and tricky to categorise.

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