EOI B2:2 Inglés Success: Congratulations Paco & Manuel!

Well done Paco and Manuel. The summer is here and you can start this period of the year celebrating your exam achievements. Your achievements were earned under your own steam, and I for one, bow down to your brilliance.  Well done!

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EOI C1 Inglés Success: Congratulations Paula & Ana!

Well done Paula and Ana, I´m so proud of your achievement.  Both of you are nothing short of brilliant. Spectacular!

”Hi Janette, I´m over the moon because I have just found out that I have passed my EOI C1 exam.  It would have been impossible without you.  Thank you again for your classes and for your support! I have had thousands of English teachers during my life, and you are by far the best. You don´t just teach English, you teach how to pass each part of the exam. In fact, I use your techniques to study the other foreign languages I am learning. It´s an honour for me having been one of your students, and I always recommend your classes.” Paula

Linked In is more than a professional networking site

Linked In is a professional online networking tool that allows you to connect with similar professionals across the globe as well as generate business, and for the jobseeker, it can be a very useful resource.

However, I usually connect to get a good brain shake.  Linked In is a great place to challenge your ideas and opinions, and to learn new things about trade, business and innovation.

If you´re tempted, why not check out a CEO´s opinion about leadership?

How much? Is someone pulling my leg?!

House hunting is time-consuming and extremely stressful.  In addition, when you are broke, it is also thoroughly soul-destroying.  How do you get on the property ladder when you can´t get a mortgage, and you don´t want to live in matchbox?

285,000 euros, seriously, someone is pulling my leg!  This is what I call daylight robbery.  And, as importantly, what is the local council doing to ensure that cities provide affordable property for local residents?

As an aside, Edward Elgar is a well-known, and much-loved, British composer from the 20th century. He composed one of my all time classical favourites, so if you want to switch off, chill out and forget your daily problems, then why don´t you listen to Elgar´s Nimrod; it is a life-affirming piece which will warm even hearts made of stone.

Unemployment statistics do not show the real truth!

working contractsAlthough, statistically speaking, the UK has the lowest unemployment rate (5.8%) in the last 6 years, what actually does this really mean?  Well, according to these researchers, absolutely nothing good! If you have enthusiasm, you can read the full article here.

 

 

Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power

”You can kick Jorge Ramos out of your press conference (as Donald Trump infamously did in 2015), but you can never silence him.

A reporter for more than 30 years, Ramos believes that a journalist’s responsibility is to question and challenge those in power. In this compelling talk — which earned him a standing ovation midway through — Ramos explains why, in certain circumstances, he believes journalists must take sides.” (In Spanish with English subtitles)

The 3 Kings / Wise Men are coming!

I have ants in my pants because I hope The 3 Wise Men bring me a divorced George Clooney wrapped in a red ribbon.  However, I wish I had been a better person in 2017 because it´s highly likely that they aren´t going to give me anything.

  1. I hope + present tense= a DESIRE
  2. I wish I had been (wish + past perfect) = a REGRET

In recent years, I have received some very bizarre presents!

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.