Monthly Archives: October 2019


Many places around the world celebrate Halloween on October 31st. There are many things you can do to have a great time, and if you’re in Madrid there are lots of events and activities to celebrate it and maybe even practise your English very cheaply.

It’s also a great excuse to rewatch (or perhaps watch for the first time!) some very good movies. Watching movies can be a great way to improve your mastery over a language. So we thought that this could be an especially convenient time to talk about three really fun (and sometimes scary) movies.

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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A veritable classic in the zombie genre. Shaun of the Dead both pays tribute to and makes fun of some of the best movies that deal with the undead. It’s a hillarious comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, directed by Edgar Wright.

Shaun (Pegg) is a thirty-year-old man whose life isn’t going anywhere. He wakes up one day and to realise that the world is now full of zombies. Along with his roommate Ed (Frost), he’ll embark on a path to put his life back together, get his girlfriend back, and not be eaten by his neighbours.



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The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Five young adults decide to spend a weekend in a far-off cabin deep into the woods… and then find out that things are not what they seem. Even though the beats that make the story in the beginning are extremely well-trodden and tropey, The Cabin in the Woods masterfully uses those same beats and tropes to upend expectations.

Starring, among others, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, and Sigourney Weaver, and directed by Drew Goddard and co-written by Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods is a thrilling experience that you won’t regret.

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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

And last but not least The Blair Witch Project. With less comedic elements than the previous movies though not because of this less entertaining, it marked a turning point in the genre upon its release.

Directed and written by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, The Blair Witch Project does not need any fancy CGI or terrifying monsters to make you want to jump out of your skin. It reminds the viewer how scary a noise in the dark can truly be.

And there we have it, three excellent movies to enjoy this Halloween. The best way to experience them would be of course in their original version, with or without subtitles. And if you really want to make the most of them, you could focus on the following to learn even more:

  • What accent or intonation do the characters employ?
  • What idioms, phrasal verbs, and vocabulary do they use?
  • Are there any memorable lines that you particularly liked?

And if you’re in Madrid, and you’d like to talk about more ways of practising your English (or German, French, or Italian!), just drop by any of our academies in La Elipa and Calle Gandhi for information. Our native teachers will be delighted to give you a hand.

Happy Halloween!

How to motivate yourself to learn English this Autumn

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Watching a film (or TV series) that you already know you enjoy can keep you motivated as you’ll already have an idea of what they’re talking about and the kinds of things that are being said, which means you won’t need to concentrate as much on the storyline and you can pay more attention to the language being used. If necessary, try turning on the subtitles IN ENGLISH so that you can read and listen at the same time (but be aware that sometimes the text doesn’t always match the audio 100%)


Here in Spain, there are so many English-speaking foreigners that you won’t have to look hard to find native English speakers in Madrid to practise with. Something as simple as giving someone directions on the metro in English, or even having an in-depth conversation about local history, can be enough to show that you know more than you think you do, as is the case with many English students in Madrid, and can be enough to give you that much-needed confidence boost and keep you motivated to continue learning and improving your English in Madrid.

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Although it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation to get started, once you’ve had that first English class in an English academy, you’ll find that your level of motivation will also increase. Here at our language academies in La Elipa and García Noblejas, we often find that our English students are a bit unsure at the beginning but with time and more English classes both their motivation and their confidence increases.


With the same benefits of watching films on TV series in English, but in a much shorter length of time, watching YouTube videos in English can be a great way of staying motivated. Most of us in 2019 probably have a YouTube account and watch videos on the platform regularly, so why not give it a try?


What better way to motivate yourself (or scaring yourself!) into learning more English could there be than knowing than you will soon be in an English-speaking country, surrounded by people who only speak English and not being able to reply on your native language? Having a specific goal like this in mind can be the perfect way to motivate yourself to improve your English quickly.


As previously mentioned, whether it’s the FCE or CAE exam, or an upcoming trip to an English-speaking country, having a specific goal in mind can be an excellent way of maintaining your level of motivation. If you set reminders for yourself, such as leaving post-its around the house or having weekly meet-ups or English classes to prepare for, you’ll be less likely to forget about these your goals and you’ll be surprised by just how quickly you’re able to advance.

If you’d like to know more and are interested in our English classes in Madrid, feel free to contact us or drop by either of our English academies in La Elipa and La Almudena, where any one of our native English teachers will be able to give you more information on our highly economical English classes in Madrid this autumn.

We hope to see you soon!