Monthly Archives: October 2015

From Burning to learning, in La Elipa!

burning rockThe other day one of the other English teachers at the Language Corner academy said to me, “did you know that the band Burning are from La Elipa?”

I have to confess that I did NOT know that, nor did I know much about the band at all, so I set out to read about them online. This year is their 40th anniversary and they are playing a series of concerts including one in Madrid in December. You probably know more about them than me, Burning are a classic rock band who formed in 1974 in La Elipa. Their most famous song is “Que hace una chica como tú en un sitio como éste” (“What’s a girl like you doing in a place like this?”) Singing in English originally (their first single was “I’m Burning”) they quickly switched to Spanish and from then on the only English they have used is in their band name.

So then, why am I writing about this Spanish language rock band on a blog for an English language academy in Ciudad Lineal? Well, while I was reading about them, I found it was fun reading all their song names and where I could, translating them. (Just as our students are learning English, French or German, I am still learning Spanish) I like the ones which sound the most ´”rock”. Their recent album contains“Pura sangre” (“Pure Blood!”), “Bestia azul” (“Blue beast!” ) and “Dolor” (“Pain!”)

Next, I listened to some of their songs. English learners often tell me that’s it´s difficult to hear lyrics to English songs and I know how they feel! Listening to songs in Spanish can be hard work for me, so I looked up the words online. I think songs are a really great way to learn languages, because the lyrics are often quite simple and once you’ve read them them, you can listen to the song and remember them. Soon enough I was reading and singing along to Burning’s hit song “Mueve tus caderas” (“Move your hips”) and, without even trying hard, doing some language learning.

So, my point is, learning languages doesn’t always have to be hard work, you can practice English in La Elipa, or Pueblo Nuevo or wherever, without even leaving your bedroom. The most important thing is finding a topic (songs, films, whatever) that is fun for YOU!

English idioms #4

barkingupthetree

Go barking up the wrong tree

meaning: to completely misunderstand something/get the wrong idea

 

example:

a:Did you see Bob with that older woman? Maybe it´s his girlfiend?

b:Ha ha! You´re barking up the wrong tree, that´s his mother!!!

more idioms will be appearing over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

English Idioms #3

cryoverspiltmilk

 

Cry over spilt milk

meaning: Something bad has happened, but you cannot change it now

 

example:

a:Oh no I hate my new haircut, it´s so short and horrible!

b:Well, there´s no use crying over spilt milk, you will just have to wait for it to grow back.

more idioms will be appearing over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

English Idioms #2

eggsinbasket

 

Put all your eggs in one basket

meaning – to put all your opportunities or resources into one place

example:

a: I´m only applying for one job.

b:You should apply for more, don´t put all your eggs in one basket

 

more idioms will be appearing over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

English Idioms #1

Here is the first in our series of English idioms. We posted it on facebook and have had various suggestions, but the correct answer is…

 

undertheweather

 

Under the weather

meaning – to feel sick or very tired

 

example: “I don´t want to go out today, I feel a bit under the weather.”

more idioms will be appearing over the next few weeks so stay tuned!