The clients of Inglés Málaga have a lot to celebrate. 2015 has definitely been a year of overcoming challenges, success and achievement. Indeed, on a professional level we have:
- passed a lot of official English qualifications
- set up new businesses
- won new clients
- got jobs abroad
- got better jobs in Spain
- had job interviews and recruitment assessments in English
- improved and used our English to meet new people and help lost tourists in the streets of Málaga
- been visited 14,000 times from 120 different countries
Furthermore, between us we have had our first baby, our first wedding, and, we are pregnant again! On a personal note, I have successfully NOT burnt down the kitchen which, for those of you who know me well, IS a massive achievement.
Inglés Málaga clients are deliciously amazing and you should all be proud of yourselves. We certainly aren’t sheep, we do stand out from the crowd, and, like Star Wars, ‘our force has awakened’!
So, say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016; it is going to be a year of joy, fun, ambition and success!
The well-known American writer, Mark Twain, wrote: “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” Yep, it’s that time of year to make personal promises, to jot down your resolutions and to start changing things in your life for the better.
Unsurprisingly, most people give up things in January such as alcohol, junk food and smoking. I, on the other hand, prefer to take up new things for two reasons:
- Firstly, why bother quitting things that you are keen on doing? Yes, I know: the doctor said, my partner said, the mirror said, according to experts, nutritionists, Wiki-pedia, blah de blah de blah….. Well, I say, ‘in one ear, out the other’; do everything in moderation and experience as much as you can, while you can.
- Secondly, if you try new things, you learn more about yourself as well as other people.
So, 2015, is the year I’m going to do things to improve my mind, my body and my purse, all of which can’t involve prescription medication, cooking, retail therapy or Nietzsche. Have I started, I hear you ask? Well, truth be told, no; but perhaps a nice bottle of red, a quick puff on some mushrooms and a huge slice of 4 cheese pizza will give me some inspiration!
To summarise Twain, life is short so change your world today! Moreover, remember, chocolate can’t get you pregnant but excessive alcohol can lead to poor decision making or a broken wrist! Yep, think before you drink and eat as much chocolate as possible!
2014 has been a great year for the Inglés Málaga community.
Unbelievably, we represent 114 countries, of which I am ashamed to say, that before this year I hadn’t heard of some of them. We have been viewed over 15,000 times, of which over 10,000 hits came from Spain.
We have worked hard, we have laughed a lot and we have achieved: we have passed language qualifications, we have got new jobs, we have been promoted, we have moved abroad; we have even had a wedding and a birth! We have had requests and enquiries from our competitors and we have had a formal complaint! I am so proud of you all!!
So, are we ready for 2015? Do you have you grapes ready? I think we are: bring on the joy, the happiness and hopefully a lot of wine. Finally, if you decide to go ice skating to celebrate the New Year, don’t do as I did and break your wrist.
My family have told me that I look great in a cast, but, I think I look better next to George. See you in 2015!
Happy New Year Inglés Málaga
At this time of year it is customary to make a few wishes so you start the New Year in a good mood. Since I was 25 my wish list has always been the same. Namely:
- Someone gives me a 1963 Aston Martin Convertible
- George Clooney knocks on my door wearing his birthday suit holding a 6 pack of beer
- Leeds United win the English Premiership and beat Real Madrid in the Champions League
Unfortunately, my wishes have never been granted.
Seriously, what’s the story with my fairy godmother?! I wonder if she is permanently on strike?!
Anyway, this year, my wishes are for you.
I wish that you all have a healthy year; full of joy, happiness, success and a lot of naughty moments. Live life to the full!
Thank you for an amazing 2013. It has been a riot! Enjoy the start to 2014 and I’ll see you soon!
“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I’ve ever heard of.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
― Albert Camus
New Year Celebrations
People all around the world celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another year in different ways. However, there is usually one common element; everyone wants to have a better year and if you’re superstitious you might do a variety of things on the 31st of December at midnight to help bring you good luck. For example, you might eat 12 grapes, or wear red underwear.
Listen to a short extract about different: New Year’s Superstitions
In the Philippines, people set off fireworks and firecrackers with the belief that the noise will scare evil spirits away and prevent them from bringing them bad luck. Coins are also jumbled in tin cans to make noise with the belief that this will bring more money to the revelers. Children are encouraged to jump about as there was an old belief that this was supposed to make you taller.
It’s soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo noisy! Check it out: Fireworks in The Philippines
Polar Bear Plunge
On New Year’s Day, people in certain countries gather on beaches and run into the water to celebrate the New Year. Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States and Australia are the most popular countries for this, although this is also becoming more popular in ex-pat communities in Spain. These events are sometimes known as polar bear plunges, and are sometimes organized by groups to raise money for charity.
Have you participated in a Polar Bear Plunge? Have you done anything to support a charity?
Listen to a short extract from a news report about a polar bear plunge.