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La publicidad topic at AS Spanish level - videos to help!

Writing is tricky in a foreign language - there is no doubt about it. These two videos posted on YouTube are there to help. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqYZAjFjpPg&feature=c4-overview&li...
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7 Ways to Develop Good Language Learning Habits

Simply speaking, developing habits is a great way to get stuff done. When it comes to language learning, especially self-motivated learning, developing habits i
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40 años despúes, un nuevo adiós a Neruda - BBC Mundo - Video y Fotos

40 años despúes, un nuevo adiós a Neruda - BBC Mundo - Video y Fotos | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Amantes de la poesía de Neruda se despiden del poeta en el 40 aniversario de su muerte. Visitantes en la casa del escritor en Santiago, La Chascona, leen fragmentos de Farewell (Despedida) para BBC Mundo.
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¿El poeta más grande del siglo veinte?

 

¿qué piensas?

 

Vale la pena de escuchar algunos de sus poemas - escucha el video del BBC.

 

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¡Viva la moda! - Mary Glasgow Magazines

¡Viva la moda! - Mary Glasgow Magazines | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
¡Viva la moda! Es la semana de la moda en Madrid
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¿Te gusta la moda?

 

¡Personalmente, me da igual!

 

Do you know the expression "me da igual?" - it basically means, "I am not bothered". Use it in your oral work!

 

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Obras chinas, cerebros españoles

Obras chinas, cerebros españoles | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
El número de emigrantes al país asiático casi se duplica desde 2008. Decenas de arquitectos acuden a la llamada del urbanismo
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Dado el nivel de desempleo en España, se van los españoles....a China en este caso.

 

¿Qué opinas?

 

¿Irías a China para trabajar?

 

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¿Por qué cuesta tanto terminar la Sagrada Familia? - BBC Mundo - Noticias

¿Por qué cuesta tanto terminar la Sagrada Familia? - BBC Mundo - Noticias | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
La catedral de Barcelona es considerado uno de los proyectos arquitectónicos más largo del mundo. Sepa por qué esta famosa obra religiosa es hoy un desafío incluso para la tecnología más avanzada del s.XXI.
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Un artículo muy interesante.

 

¿Conoces Barcelona y los proyectos de Dalí? Vale la pena.

 

Notice the instruction SEPA in the first paragraph. It is from the verb "saber" (to know, as in to know a fact). It is the polite form (usted) meaning literally "know"). Why not go onto www.verbix.com and look up the verb "saber" to help if you are not clear.

 

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Luz reflejada de un rascacielos derrite un coche de lujo en Londres

Luz reflejada de un rascacielos derrite un coche de lujo en Londres | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- No importa el tráfico, ahora los propietarios de autos en Londres se enfrentan ante un nuevo riesgo que los preocupa: Un rascacielos refleja luz que tiene el poder para derretir autos.
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¿Los arquitectectos son tontos - verdad o mentira?

 

Vocabulario clave - he copiado la frase imporante del artículo.

 

Un rascacielos refleja luz que tiene el poder para derretir autos.


un rascacielos - a skyscraper (note the word order in Spanish)


derretir - to melt


note use of autos for cars (the word for car in Spain is "coche")


Bueno - ¿qué piensas? ¿Tontos o no?


Hasta pronto


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Los europeos crecieron 11 centímetros en el último siglo - BBC Mundo - Noticias

Los europeos crecieron 11 centímetros en el último siglo - BBC Mundo - Noticias | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Mejoras en higiene y nutrición contribuyeron al "estirón" entre los varones del Viejo Continente. Salarios y genes también se mezclan para explicar la tendencia.
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This is a great piece as background for the A2 Health and Wellbeing topic (la salud y bienestar).

 

Los hombres europeos crecieron 11 centímetros entre 1871 y 1975. La altura media de los varones se elevó sustancialmente entre mediados del siglo XIX y mediados del XX a pesar de las penurias padecidas en las dos guerras mundiales.


I have copied the opening paragraph because it is full of useful vocabulary


crecieron - grew (from crecer - to grow)

la altura media - average height

a mediados de - in the middle of

(related to the above - a principios de - at the beginning of and a finales de - at the end of)

 

Suggestions for use:-

 

1. Skim read

2. Perhaps look at the original text on the BBC website in English

3. Note down another three useful phrases that you find in the text and learn them and recycle them into your next piece of writing / speaking.

 

¡Hasta pronto!

 

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Mujeres deportistas, ¿sinónimo de empresarias exitosas? - BBC Mundo - Noticias

Mujeres deportistas, ¿sinónimo de empresarias exitosas? - BBC Mundo - Noticias | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Un número creciente de organizaciones está analizando si practicar deportes puede ayudar a las mujeres a mejorar sus habilidades en el ámbito de los negocios.
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¿La libertad de la mujer - un sueño o una posibilidad?

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el paro | Resultados de la búsqueda | Infografías en castellano

el paro | Resultados de la búsqueda | Infografías en castellano | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Infografías interesantes en español
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Notas

 

El paro sigue aumentando en España. Es un desastre para el país. 

 

¿Sabes el nivel de paro en Inglaterra? 

 

¿Porqué hay una diferencia tan grande entre los dos paises? 

 

Notes

 

1. the expression "sigue aumentando" means "keeps on going up". It is a good expression to use in your speaking and your writing.

 

2. Do you know what the level of unemployment is in the UK? - it is about 8%.

Hay un nivel de paro de 8% en Inglaterra.

 

3. Why is there such a gap between Spain and the UK?

 

En términos generales hay mucha protección para los que tienen trabajo, y, por lo tanto, menos posibilidades de trabajo. También, después de la crisis, ha habido y hay menos trabajo.

 

¡Hasta pronto!

 

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50 maneras de hacer feliz a alguien

50 maneras de hacer feliz a alguien | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
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I like this infographic for two reasons (1) some of the sentiments are so true and (2) note the use of the tú form of the imperative. 1. Sonríe, 2. ayuda, 3. envíe, 5.llama, 6. llévale. Do you know how they are formed? In essence, you take the second person singular, present tense, and knock off the "s". Et voilà, as they say in French.
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Spanish language infographic

Spanish language infographic | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Spain, Spanish, French, France, England, English Steven is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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Infographics encapsulate key language. They are attractively produced with lots of visual support for the reader.

 

As such, they are undoubtedly a great way to read contemporary Spanish on topics of current interest and sit well within the "A" level topic areas.

 

Thus, to my mind, infographics are ideal reading material for "A" level students.

 

As an exercise, why not:-

 

1. Skim read - does anything catch your eye? Are you intrinsically interested in what is being written about?

 

2. If so, read more in depth. Note down key vocabulary. Use it in your next written piece. Most importantly - act on it!

 

3. Book mark, or print the piece off.

 

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España y los "escraches": ¿protesta legítima o acoso? - BBC Mundo - Noticias

España y los "escraches": ¿protesta legítima o acoso? - BBC Mundo - Noticias | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Mientras se espera que la UE se pronuncie sobre la legislación española en materia de desahucio, la atención se centra en los "escraches", una polémica forma de protesta usada para poner en evidencia a políticos señalados.
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First some key vocabulary from first three paragraphs

 

su ubicación - his / her address 

el desahucio - eviction

avalada - signed

firmas - signatures

está por aprobarse dicha ley - are in favour of approving the law


The law against evictions is clearly a result of the current economic difficulties in Spain.


Do you think the action, known as "escrache" (desribed in the first paragraph) is democratic? Why not put your thoughts below?


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La publicidad topic at AS level.

 

This video will give you ideas on:-

 

(a) structure

(b) preparation

(c) including good phrases and lexis.

 

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Foreign Office beefs up diplomats' language training

Foreign Office beefs up diplomats' language training | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Language centre provides a permanent location where staff undergo intensive training to prepare for overseas postings
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This is one reason why choosing A level Spanish an amazingly good choice!

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12 Popular English Songs in Spanish

12 Popular English Songs in Spanish | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Popular English songs in Spanish that cross over succcessfully between the two languages. Listen to samples. Canciones en inglés con versiones en español.
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What better way to learn some Spanish.

 

¡Escucha!

 

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El clima de 2030| El Espectador | | Movil

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¿El clima - un problema verdadero?

 

Lee este artículo para informarte.

 

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Un pantano tóxico, abandonado en el Parque Regional del Guadarrama

Un pantano tóxico, abandonado en el Parque Regional del Guadarrama | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
La fiscalía investiga el origen de los 300.000 metros cúbicos de lodos con metales, hidrocarburos o materia orgánica
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Los problemas del medio ambiente sigue.

 

Lee este atículo para darte unas ideas para esta parte de tus estudios A2

 

¿En tu opinión, qué se debe hacer?

 

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¿Por qué desperdiciar agua? #infografia #infographic #medioambiente

¿Por qué desperdiciar agua? #infografia #infographic #medioambiente | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Infografías interesantes en español
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A great infographic for the A2 Environment topic.

 

Suggestions for use:-

 

1. Skim read

2. Find a short piece which is of genuine interest to you.

3. Read and understand - look up words you do not know.

4. Write down the vocabulary.

5. Recycle in your speaking and writing the new vocab / phrases

 

Why?

 

1. This means that you have engaged with the Spanish.

2. You have actively worked with the Spanish - e.g looked a word up and written it down.

3. In recycling the vocab, you begin to own it.

4. Repeat the above with all new texts, over and over and over.

5. This is the way to make real progress in language learning.

 

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Si solo se leen los titulares| El Espectador | | Movil

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Skim read the first paragraph.

 

¿Crees que los periodistas son independientes del poder en Inglaterra o en el país donde vives?

 

¿Qué prueba tienes de tu opinión?

 

¿Es demasiado fuerte el poder político?

 

¡Unas preguntas difíciles!

 

¡Hasta pronto!

 

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What makes a language difficult?

What makes a language difficult? | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
EVERYONE has the intuition that some languages are more difficult than others. For the native English-speaker, professional agencies that teach foreign languages...
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A great insight into learning languages from a respected source.

 

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¿La oferta de 133 millones de dólares del Real Madrid por Bale es una falta de respeto?

¿La oferta de 133 millones de dólares del Real Madrid por Bale es una falta de respeto? | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- “Una falta de respeto para el mundo en general”.

Gerardo Martino, director técnico del Barcelona, criticó las cifras que se manejan en el inminente traspaso del futbolista galés Gareth Bale al histórico rival Real Madrid.
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¿El deporte - es un negocio o un deporte?

 

El Real Madrid tiene mucho poder o demasiado poder? ¿Qué piensas?

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Infographics in Spanish

Infographics in Spanish | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
¿Eres adicto a tu celular?
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¿Eres adicto? 

 

Se puede ver que 49% de las personas entrevistadas, se confesaron ser adictos.

 

¿Cómo utilizas tu móvil? SMS? o más?

 

Note the use of CELULAR instead of MOVIL - an indication of the difference between Spanish Spanish and Latin American Spanish (and also the use American English - cell phone and British English mobile).

 

Topic Area - Youth Culture

 

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Spanish language infographic

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Pinterest infographics (in Spanish, lo siento)
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Some quick questions!

 

1. How many registered users are there of Pinterest?

 

2. How many employees does Pinterest have?

 

3. What has been the daily increase in usage since January 2013?

 

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La mujer que confrontó a los atacantes de Londres - BBC Mundo - Noticias

La mujer que confrontó a los atacantes de Londres - BBC Mundo - Noticias | A level Spanish | Scoop.it
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, de 48 años, se bajó de un autobús y se puso a hablar con los hombres que mataron a cuchillazos a un soldado británico en Woolwich, en el sur de la capital británica.
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A horrible story. You will know the content.

 

Here are some grammatical / lexical insights.

 

1. Note the personal a in the title. How easy it is to forget in our own work.

 

2. se puso a is the preterite of ponerse a - a great construction that means "she began to"

 

3. cuchillazo - a blow with a knife

 

the suffix -azo gives the idea of a sudden , sometimes violent, movement

 

un portazo - a slam of a door

 

un codazo - a knudge

 

un cabezazo - a header

 

Some useful tips here.

 

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Hasta pronto!

 

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