Monthly Archives: October 2014

6 Halloween Phrasal Verbs

♦ Look out! – Look out! is an exclamation you shout to warn someone about potential danger.Ghost

Example:

Look out! There’s a ghost behind you!

 

 turn into – when something turns into something else it becomes that thing.

Example:

She drank the magic potion and turned into a witch.

 

♦ dress up – to dress up is to put on costumes or clothes to make yourself look like someone or something else.Halloween-Costumes-For-Men-04

Examples:

1. The children dressed up in their Halloween costumes.

2. I dressed up as a ghost for the Halloween party.

 

♦ scare off – to scare off someobody or something, is to make a person or animal so scared that they go away.

Example:

We scared the neighbours’ children away by dressing up as vampires and shouting loudly!

 

♦ hand out – to hand out something (or hand something out) is to give something to each person in a group of people.Trick-the-Treat-15-Healthy-Treats-to-Give-out-on-Halloween-MainPhoto

Example:

On Halloween, people hand out sweets to children who knock on their doors

 

♦ believe in – when you believe in something or somebody, you are sure that something or somebody exists.

Examples:

1. Do you believe in ghosts?

2. My children still believe in witches and fairies.

 

Quiz Night at The Language Corner

 

Wednesday 29th October, 8.30-10.00pm, Calle Gandhi 19picture-question-mark

Practice your English and have fun at the same time!

You will play with other team members to try to answer as many trivia questions as possible.

-General knowledge

-Music

-News events

-Puzzles

A level of at least A2 will be necessary to be able to participate effectively

8€ participation with a drink and snacks included

Contact us for more information or speak to Jess or Phil in the office!

Using I-pods to learn English

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On October 23rd 2001 the first i-pod was revealed. It later went on sale on November 10th, 2001. The I-pod was introduced to the public and has forever changed the way we listen to music on the go. Do you own an i-pod or an mp3 player? Have you thought about how these devices can help you learn English?

Before the apps and internet connections of the smartphone, i-pods were trusted friends holding all of our music library.

It is great to fill your music library with recordings specifically for English Langauge learners, but don’t be afraid to venture out. There are podcasts available on a wide variety of topics. Think about topics that interest you: sports, news, politics, food, entertainment, etc and download podcasts in that genre.

Listening is a skill that many English learners have trouble with, so dust off your I-pod and play English on repeat.

 

 

FACE YOUR FEARS

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October 14th is FACE YOUR FEARS DAY.

How has fear impacted on your language learning?
Many people suffer from anxiety at the idea of studying or improving English.
Now-a-days English is a very important part of life, but for some the thought of having to have a conversation in English can be nerve-wrecking.
Some students may think;
“I don’t know enough vocabulary.”
“My pronunciation is horrible.”
“I don’t think quickly enough to hold a conversation.”
“What if they laugh at me?”

And for some, listening can be just as frightening;
“I won’t understand anything.”

Today, and everyday, is an opportunity to face your fears!
At The Language Corner we offer English classes to help you gain confidence in your English abilities.
We have two language centers located in Madrid.

For learning English both academies offer small class sizes with native teachers.
We offer flexible class times in the morning and evening. You will be able to practice speaking, listening, writing, grammar, dialogue and practical English to use in your daily life.

At The Language Corner we understand learning a new language can present fears.

We invite you to visit one of our English schools on  C/ Gerado Cordón, 51 or C/ Gandhi, 19
today. After a simple, stress-free, talk with one of our staff we will discuss your current level and your future English goals and place you in a class that will allow you to face your fears and develop your English skills!

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Already a student with The Langauge Corner, and still interested in more ways to face fears with English learning?

  1. Set goals for your language learning. Be sure to set attainable and realistic goals. It is easier to stay motivated if you set an achievable goal that you later achieve. If you set a difficult goal and fail, it is harder to stay motivated.
    Example: Instead of saying “I will do one hour of English study every night,” begin with 15 minutes and once that is achieved increase to 20 and then 30, etc.
  2. Do things you enjoy, in English. Check out  what’s happening at The Language Corner. Frequently there are Book Clubs, television series discussion groups, theater classes, laughter yoga sessions, and more.
  3. Write and read daily in English. This is an excellent way to increase vocabulary and gain confidence to join in on conversations.

 

Weather Idioms

Chasing Rainbows: trying to achieve something that is not possible or practical

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“He wanted to go into show business, but friends told him to quit chasing rainbows.”

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/chasing+rainbows

Face Like Thunder: to have a very angry expression

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“I don’t know what had happened but he had a face like thunder”

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/have+a+face+like+thunder

Storm In A Teacup: a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion

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http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Storm+in+a+teacup+(idiom)