Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The history of Easter

Easter is coming near. It is celebrated in many countries of the world, but not in the same way. In many European countries and in the U.S.A., people give away chocolate eggs and bunnies. To learn more about this tradition, have a look at this video and then answer the questions.

In this link you will find more information about Easter.
Besides more information, there are several related videos in this link.

How is Easter celebrated in your part of the world?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Flags of the world

How good are you with flags? And with the names of countries in English? With this test you can check how much you know. You are given some clues to help you but some flags are difficult to locate. Good luck!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The history of St. Patrick's Day

On March 17th, millions of Irish people all over the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day wearing green clothes and shamrock (a three-leafed clover), drinking green beer and participating in parades. Green is so much associated with this day that in some cities like Chicago they even dye the river in that colour!
But why is St. Patrick so important in Ireland? Well, he was a Roman priest that converted Ireland to christianity. But if you want to learn more about this saint and the customs of this day, have a look at this video:

Now you can test what you have learnt doing this quiz.
You can also play hangman or try this vocabulary quiz

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The London Eye

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The London Eye, the biggest ferris wheel in Europe, is celebrating its tenth birthday these days. It was built to celebrate the 2000 Millenium, but it was not until March 2000 when it was open  to the public. It's 135 metres tall and it's got 32 egg-shaped passenger capsules, each of which can fit up to 25 people. It moves so slowly that it doesn't have to stop to let people on and off.
More than 36 million passengers have travelled in it: it's become one of the main attractions in London, ant it's even a romantic place because many people have got married on board.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Learning English can be fun!

Learning English can be fun. Have a look at this video and discover how Manuel is enjoying while practising his English and cleaning at the same time. Meanwhile, the Major is astonished to see a moose head talking and Mr. Fawlty thinks he's had too much to drink!

This video is a little excerpt from the wonderful series "Fawlty Towers", produced by the BBC in the 1970s. It takes place in a little hotel run by Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) and his wife Sybil, and there are other hillarious characters like Manuel, the Spanish waiter, the retired major or Polly, the maid, who was always trying to mend the mess that Fawlty used to get into. They are certainly a really funny lot and, in my opinion, not many TV series can surpass Fawlty Towers. The episodes can be watched once and again without losing any charm. It has become a classic of television.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Singing in the rain

Meteorologists say this has been the rainiest winter in southern Spain so far since records started, and I guess they must be right. Just have a look out there: it's still raining! We are not used to so much rain, but let's look on the bright side: there won't be any restrictions on water consumption next summer!! Don´t be under the weather because every cloud has its silver lining. Pay heed to Gene Kelly, who is so much in love that he doesn't care if he gets wet under the rain.

After you watch the video, you can do this exercise.
And what about looking for an equivalent expression in Spanish to the bold ones in the text?
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