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)

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!

The must link-in websites

English Link InThere is a lot of information on the Internet that you can use to improve your English and get yourself linked-in.

Why not check out the sites that Janette and Inglés Málaga recommend? The Inglés Málaga Link In section gives you direct links to external sites which will help you improve your English level.  To help you on your way, here are a selection of online resources you might find useful:

  1. Downloads: Provides general information for grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  2. Topic of the Month: Provides ideas for writing and speaking on specific topics.
  3. Link In: Provides links to external support.
  4. Written Work: EOI suggested Levels: A2, B1, B2
  5. Written Work: The British Council
  6. Cambridge Write and Improve

Happy surfing!

 

I make animal sounds!

LISTENING: I Make Animal Sounds!?!
Animal soundsTruth be told, I’m really keen on bizarre people. My favourite participant on the reality TV show, Big Brother, was a Welsh woman who said her favourite hobby was ‘blinking’. I mean – BLINKING, BLINKING, it’s a biological impossibility not to blink, how can that be a hobby?

And then, in Vietnam I met a British guy who told me his favourite pastime was to make animal sounds, so he spent the next 3 hours entertaining me with a lot of woof woofs, cluck, clucks, eeaw eeaws, and a cock a doodle do or two. It was hilarious, but not as hilarious as the next night when I hooked up with him and some other people from different nationalities and I found out that animals don’t make the same noises in different countries. OMG – I kid you not!

Don’t believe me? Well, check out this video

Accents, dialects and pronunciation

Geordie AccentAccents Dialects and Pronunciation.

An accent is the way people in a certain area pronounce words and a dialect refers to the specific words that are characteristic of a particular group of people. Despite the fact that I can’t understand the Geordie accent, it is my favourite British accent. 

The first 4 minutes of this Youtube video are all British accents.  I stopped counting how many he impersonates. However, there are a lot!  He also uses some very bad language which my mother wouldn’t approve of so please take care not to repeat anything he says!  In addition, I’m not too keen on his Yorkshire accent; it isn’t like mine, is it?

Finally, what is he saying in the Cork accent? OMG, your guess is as good as mine!!  So, which accents are the hardest and easiest to understand?

 

Cooking spooky biscuits!

As many of you know I can’t stand anything to do with cooking, baking, boiling or frying; not to mention the fact that washing up is as dull as dishwater.

However, I have an extremely sweet tooth and spend a lot of time stuffing my face with chocolate, cake and biscuits. Consequently, if anyone wants to try out this recipe for spooky biscuits, it would be my pleasure to eat them for you.

The wonderful and weird hobbies: Gongoozling

wierd hobbiesImagine you have seen this announcement in a national lifestyle magazine:

‘Some hobbies are physical, some challenge our mental capabilities but some are just bonkers. We recently interviewed 1000 people about their hobbies and we think: Planking, Cosplay and Gongoozling are three of the most wacky and insane hobbies we’ve ever heard of’

To win a 4 day City Break to a European destination of your choice, please write about the strangest hobby you have ever heard of.  Keep it short; no more than 150 words please.

To give you some inspiration here is one of the aforementioned hobbies that  we think is just plain wacky:Water hobby

 

 

 

 

However, if you need more ideas, why not check out the hobby and interests section?

Hobbies and Personalities

hobbies personalitiesMost people believe that the hobbies you take up and keep up are a reflection of your personality.  In addition, it is also said that your hobbies give an indication of your specific skills and abilities.

With this in mind:

  1. What types of personalities and which skills and abilities do you think match the aforementioned hobbies?
  2. What do your hobbies say about your personality?

janette poolFinally, in my free time I am nuts about watching sport, doing adventure activities, disco dancing, opening bottles of wine and playing pool. So, do you think I’m a well-balanced person or do I need a therapist or maybe a witch doctor?

 

Popular hobbies in the past and new ones to try

hobbies past and presentThere is nothing better than spending a little time doing things that make you feel over the moon.

Listen to popular British presenter, Zoe Salmon, talk about how incredibly beneficial hobbies are.  She explains how hobbies can be  a fantastic way to unwind and how they can even boost your creativity. However, please take some of what she says with a pinch of salt as she does suggest that baking is therapeutic and obviously that’s just nonsense!

Click here to listen to Zoe

Hobbies past and present

scottish dancingMy mother was very keen on exposing me and my siblings to lots of different hobbies and experiences. Unfortunately, her idea of having fun, for example: boiled egg painting, playing the violin, stamp collecting and learning Scottish dancing (by the way, you can tell from this photo that not only did I feel like a complete moron but I obviously didn’t know what the hell I was doing) was not the same as mine. Indeed, none of my mother’s ideas were close to my top two million favourite pastimes.

Yep, we  are like chalk and cheese.

So, after years of doing what she wanted me to do I decided to put my foot down and I begged her to allow me to take up disco dancing. She said that despite the fact that disco dancing was vulgar she would allow me to do it if I paid for the classes. So, first I learnt how to make jewellery and then I sold it and then I started my life-long love affair with disco.

So, what 3 hobbies did you do when you were a kid and what 3 hobbies do you do now if you have time? Write your list and post it quick.