Monthly Archives: April 2014

English Summer School in the heart of the English countryside

This residential course in July features a range of activities to keep your child stimulated and learning English during the Summer holidays. The course runs between 8th and 21st July 2014 and is for children from 10 to 16 years old.

Summer Camp

Highlights include:

  • 32 hours of interesting classes, with maximum class size of 15
  • Creative English activities such as interviewing local people, creating a journal and a cinema visit
  • Day trips to London, York, Oxford and Cambridge
  • A variety of leisure activities such as tennis, swimming, kayaking and cricket

There are options to stay in residential accommodation or with a host family. Children will be well looked after by the host family, who provide home-cooked food and family events. One of the biggest advantages to the Summer School is that children gain confidence speaking English in a natural environment. This comes from both the classes with qualified and experience English teachers and through the children’s interactions with the local community. Children will have a fun and rewarding time learning English like a native English speaker by being immersed in the language in its natural form.

The cost of the Summer Camp is 800€/week fully inclusive, which means you don’t have to worry about any additional costs. All of the activities, trips and events are included in the price.

You can be confident that your child is learning in a safe, friendly and secure place.

Contact us for more information

Free Laughter Activites!

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May4this World Laughter Day! Would you like to celebrate World Laughter Day?
Here are tw
o free events that are open to the public:

La Escuela de Risoterapia Madrid will be meeting Sunday 4th of May at 11am at <M> Opera. This is an opportunity to participate in free laughter games and activities. Check out this video featuring, Pharrell Williams’ HAPPY SONG, that the school made to promote World Laughter Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrQre9ZZZKk

I was fortunate enough to participate in the “Que la Risa te acompañe!” street laughter event on the 2nd of February, 2014. It was a great time to laugh, dance, jump, and play as if no one was watching. It was so much fun, an experience I highly recommend. Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H63eEkHSQ0Aç.

Also you can  celebrate World Laughter Day with the Language Corner Gandhi (https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/113946742314160480222/113946742314160480222/posts). Monday May 5th  we will offer a FREE Laughter Yoga class. Have fun learning English with laughter. The Language Corner is located in Cuidad Lineal on C/ Gandhi, 19.  It is a very short walk from Metro La Almudena or Metro Garcia Noblejas.

Please call 607 204 740 for questions or to sign up
*Class is limited to 12 participants.

Learning English through Social Media

Follow your favourite TV, film, music and sports stars on Facebook or Twitter to improve your English!

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There are various advantages to using social media to improve your English. Perhaps the simplest is that you can access the same information you would receive in your native language but instead in English. This way you can still keep up-to-date with the news, current events or your favourite celebrity but learn English at the same time! This is a great way to expand your vocabulary, on both the topics that you talk about regularly and others that may only be in the news a short time. Following specific topics or hashtags on Twitter will help you focus your reading on particular areas.

Another advantage is if you are overwhelmed by reading full newspaper articles in English then social media is a great place to start. You can use social media such as Facebook or Twitter to receive small bits of information daily. This way you can continually improve your English, not just your reading skills, little by little.

A further benefit is being able to learn in your spare time. If you are on the bus or train, standing in a queue or waiting to meet a friend then spending 5 minutes reading Facebook posts or Twitter feeds in English will mean you are using your time productively.

Facebook specifically is excellent for following discussions, and learning the associated vocabulary and relevant grammar structures that go with them. Posts on Facebook and the comments left are not restricted by the number of characters and so people will generally write grammatically correct sentences or spell correctly! On the other hand you need to watch out for grammar errors (native English speakers don’t always have the best English grammar!) or informal language, although this can also be a benefit as you can get used to up-to-date native English in its natural form.

You can also follow certain channels on Youtube, both for entertainment and for learning English.

You can find a variety of specific pages for learning English, whether that is grammar, vocabulary or for Cambridge Exam preparation. And of course you should follow The Language Corner for daily posts on learning English!

www.facebook.com/LanguageCornerMadrid 

www.twitter.com/TheLangCorner

www.google.com/+TheLanguageCornerMadrid

23 April WORLD BOOK DAY

Reading is a great way to learn another language. Reading gives us the ability to learn new vocabulary, to reinforce the vocabulary we already have and also to see how vocabulary is used in sentence structures.

Often times as adult learners we want to jump right into chapter books and books that are of interest to us in out native language. While, depending on your level, this can be helpful, have you ever considered reading children’s books?
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Children’s books are not only for children! It is true. Adult learners can benefit from Children’s literature. Many picture books cover topics and themes that are of interest to adults. Children’s book are full of vocabulary, captivating illustrations, and the plot is quickly introduced and developed assisting in comprehension.

Children’s literature tends to be short (typically around 25 pages), this allows you to read the entire book in one setting. Being able to start a book and read it in completion (and have the sensation that you have understood the material!) is a very big motivator in your future as an English reader. Mastering the reading of Children’s books is the stepping stone to be a successful reader of novels of all genres and themes.

Here is a tip for you… READ OUT LOUD. Reading out loud allows you to begin to develop the habit of self-correction with English pronunciation. Even if you do not currently feel you know the correct pronunciation, read out loud.

The libraries in Madrid are a great place to begin a search for Children’s books in English.
Madrid also has  J and J Books and Coffee. J and J’s sells used English books for all ages and all subject matters.

Youtube is another great place to search. Here is one of my personal favorites to use when teaching English to adult learners. The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

What children’s books do you recommend for adult English learning?

Free English Class!

Are you interested in having a totally free English class with one of our native English teachers?

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  • Date: 23rd April
  • Time 20.00-21.00h,
  • Place: Calle Gandhi 19. Metro La Almudena or García Noblejas

Now that Spring has arrived and we are all full of energy there is no better time to have a free English class in our academy!

The first 12 people to respond will receive a totally free conversation class with one of our native teachers at  Calle Gandhi 19, Metro La Almudena or García Noblejas.

But hurry as places will fill up quickly! Motivate yourself to achieve your goals in English, whether that is to improve your level of conversation or to gain a certificate such as Cambridge First Certificate.

To confirm your attendance send an email to: madridcorner@gmail.com

Improve your English with Music

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Do you already listen to songs in English? Do you ever look up the lyrics? It is important to also look up the lyrics. Sometimes the artist is saying something different than what we originally thought.
Here is an example:
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And here is the song (with the lyrics) of the song he actually likes: The Rhythm of the Night  It is called, The Rhythm of the night.

Here are some tips for learning English with songs:
-Listen to the radio, go the the club, turn on MTV or VH1, find songs you like.
-Use Shazam or trackID or any other song identification program to remember songs you like.
-Sing out loud to your favorite songs. Songs are more than just lyrics, songs tell a story, they are emotion, passion, excitement, sadness, try to pick up on the emotion and try to capture that feeling while you sing.
-Next check out the lyrics in English azlyrics here is an excellent site with the lyrics to most songs. This step is important to be sure that you are singing the correct lyrics. I am a native speaker and many times I have looked up the lyrics to English songs. This ensures that you are learning the right words.
-If you have any doubts about words or meanings, get your dictionary and attempt to understand or look for the lyrics in Spanish.
-Sing along to the song while looking at the lyrics. You can also go to www.youtube.com and type the name of the song + singer + lyrics (ex: The Rhythm of the Night, Corona, Lyrics) to see the video with lyrics on the screen.
-Feeling brave? Want to have more fun with the song? Practice the song as a Karaoke. Here is a program to convert songs into Karaoke format. Karaoke player
-Keep practicing singing along and revising the lyrics until you have learned it. Once you have learned the words to a song it is something you will not easily forget.

We can guess a lot about a song by the tone of the singer, but please remember to always look up the lyrics!
The Dramatic Song: The Dramatic Song

Do you think you already understand enough English to not need to look up the lyrics? Please check out this site: lyrics training This site allows you to search English songs by level of difficulty and practice your listening skills by filling in the missing words of popular songs. It’s a fun way to enjoy training your listening and writing skills.
Here is another site that has popular songs ranked by level where you must fill in the blanks. saber ingles

Brunch: An Anglo Tradition

While learning English you may have learned the words for meal times, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner possibly you even learned Snack. But, were you introduced to BRUNCH? Brunch is a mix of the words Breakfast + Lunch.

Brunch usually happens on Saturday or Sunday between 12pm and 2pm. This timing allows you to sleep in late and not have to miss breakfast type foods such as eggs and pancakes. It also gives you the meat and carbs more common to lunch so you will not be hungry. Brunch is full of both sweet and savory items.

Brunch

A Little History
Where exactly did Brunch come from?? Some say it began in New York in the 1900’s. Being the “city that never sleeps”, many New Yorkers would party on the weekend and Brunch has foods full of carbohydrates assisting with a faster recovery from being hung over. Another theory claims it was invented by US farmers. The farmers worked long hours six days a week. As Sunday was the only day to rest, brunch, allowed families to save time in the kitchen and enjoy a bigger meal together.

However, while these theories might explain how brunch became accepted in The US, the word actually first appeared in 1895 by a British writer named, Guy Beringer. He wrote an essay titled, ¨Brunch: a Plea”.

Beringer’s idea was a meal to help with hangovers. He saw a later Sunday meal. This would allow people that had stayed out late the possibility to get some sleep before eating. He saw brunch as a time to spend with family and friends to converse about the happenings in life and in the world. He imagined something that would last for a couple of hours beginning with tea and followed by other dishes including meats, sweet things, and more.

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It’s your turn
If you are interested in learning the English language, perhaps you would also like to share in the culture! You can spend this weekend living an “English Experience”. Brunch is a very common way to celebrate the Easter Holiday. Choose a place, gather your friends, taste some traditional brunch dishes and remember to practice your English when you order!

Places in Madrid that serve Brunch
Carmencita Bar, Calle San Vicente Ferrer, 51 www.carmencitabar.com
Café Oliver, Calle del Almirante, 12 www.cafeoliver.com
El Bristolbar, Calle Almirante, 20 www.bristolbar.es
Martinez Bar, Calle del Barco, 4 www.facebook.com/martinezbarmadrid
Iroco, Calle de Velázquez, 18www.restauranteiroco.es

Has anyone found any good Brunch places near <M> La Almudena or <M> La Elipa? Please let us know if you do.

 

Learning English through Online TV

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This is a great way to hear native English being spoken, from both English and American people. Online TV will help you learn vocabulary, phrases and accents as spoken by real native English people. Most TV gives you the option to have the subtitles too, which can help with any English words you don’t hear. Get excited watching interesting series and documentaries in English while you learn!

The Language Corner

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The Language Corner, we opened our doors in October 2013 and we are here to help you Learn English, German, and/or French!

Our office hours are:
Monday 16:30-21:30
Tuesday 10:00-14:00/16:30-21:30
Wednesday 16:30-21:30
Thursday 10:00-14:00/16:30-21:30
Friday 16:30-20:00

We have classes of all levels, and all ages. All of our teachers are native English speakers and we offer small class sizes.

Come visit us today! C/ Gandhi, 19
La Almudena, L2 or Garcia Noblejas, L7
or call today for more information: 91 001 42 81/ 673 340 106