Category Archives: Activities in English in Madrid

It’s Summer!!!

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It’s summer and we know what you’re thinking…beach, sea, a nice spot under a tree…but remember

WE

are still open in July and August. Don’t miss the opportunity to keep practising your English. We will be open Monday to Thursday, mornings and evenings in both the academy in La Elipa and en San Blas/Pueblo Nuevo.

We are offering our usual general English, Cambridge exam preperation and conversation classes as well as French and German, all with native speaker teachers.

We are also running intensive First and Advanced Cambridge exam preperation classes. See details of our SPECIAL OFFER here.

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and on our blog. Sea, tree, we…did you see the connection???

Wishing everyone a great summer!!!!

 

Phonics: the long and short e

Welcome to the next part of our phonics series. Today we are going to look at the long and short “e” sounds. (part one is here)

The short “e” sound has the same phonemic symbol e. It is a short sound used in many words. Some examples are below. The important lesson, if an e is between 2 consonants, it usually has the same sound.

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The sound sound we are looking at is the long “e” sound, iː. It can be written using a variety of letter combinations.

ee,

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ea,

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or ie

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but all of these letter combination often create the same sound.

One more important point, there is a shorter “long e” that is NOT included in the phonemic chart! It is a similar to but only appears at the end of words with more than one syllable. The phonemic symbol is i. Usually it is spelled with either y or ey. Here are some examples.

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English can be inconsistent with its spelling so although you can never be 100% sure, these letter blends will help you guess how to pronounce and new word when you see it. And remember, you can always use a dictionary and the phonemic chart to check pronunciation of any word.

Phonemic-Chart

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English idioms #17

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To Sit on the Fence

 

meaning: to be neutral in an argument or discussion, or to not know which side to choose.

 

example:

Tom: I think we should have the party in a restaurant.

Dave: I disagree, we should have the party at my house. What do you think Bob?

Bob: I don’t know, I’m going to sit on the fence.

Stereotypes

 

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Is this really how Spaniards see Europe ? And do British really believe believe these things? At the Language Corner we are happy to teach many languages to people of all different nationalities (we have teachers from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, America and students from Spain, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova…) but it is interesting to see what kind of stereotypes exist. But in an international city like Madrid, do people really believe these things??
Stereotypes or bigotry ?

Stereotype
ˈstɛrɪə(ʊ)tʌɪp,ˈstɪərɪə(ʊ)

a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
“the stereotype of the woman as the carer”
synonyms: standard/conventional image, received idea, cliché, hackneyed idea, formula

Bigotry
ˈbɪɡətri/
In English the word “bigot” refers to a prejudiced, closed-minded person who is intolerant or hateful toward people of a different group, especially racial or religious.

Juegos de Trivia – Martes 17 Mayo 20.30

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We’ve nearly at the end of our free activites in Ciudad Lineal season and we’re finishing with Juegos de Trivia. Lauren, one of our native English teachers in Madrid is hosting a trivia quiz covering a wide range of subjects. The quiz should be suitable for all levels, the challenge is – do have the general knowledge needed to win???

Come along to the academy in la Elipa on Tuesday for a relaxed hour practising your English in a natural way. It’s completely free and there are prizes!!!

You can reserve your space at the Language Corner academies in La Elipa or San Blas/Ascao or call us on 673340106 or 910014281

We ‘re looking forward to seeing you there!