Páginas vistas la semana pasada

sábado, febrero 16, 2019

If you are watching this, relax. No classes today ;-) (NOTE to students at weekend)

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Message to students at weekend
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for @moodle (Aula Virtual)


Cómo decir gracias, de nada, por favor en latín ( y algo más ...)

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cómo insultar en latín

Learn English for Hotel and Tourism: "Checking into a hotel" | English c...

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The dollar sign

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Why is the dollar sign a letter S?
-via observationdeck.kinja.com

"The letter S appears nowhere in the word “dollar”, yet an S with a line through it ($) is unmistakably the dollar sign. But why an S? Why isn’t the dollar sign something like a Đ (like the former South Vietnamese đồng, or the totally-not-a-joke-currency Dogecoin)?

There’s a good story behind it, but here’s a big hint: the dollar sign isn’t a dollar sign.

It’s a peso sign.

Though the dollar and peso symbols are inextricably linked, the origin of the word “dollar” is rooted in elsewhere. Its story begins in 1500s Bohemia, a central European kingdom spanning most of today’s Czech Republic.

Central Europe had just become rich with silver. After centuries of sending its silver (and gold) abroad in trade for consumable luxuries like silk and spices (very little of which ever found its way back), new sources of silver ore were discovered in Saxony, German Tyrol and Bohemia. With far more silver than still-scarce gold, Tyrol began replacing its teeny-tiny gold coins with big heavy silver coins of equal value. The newly-minted guldengroschen coin, 32g of nearly-pure silver, was an instant hit." (...) 
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Las luces de los hermanos Dalton (Eugenio Fouz)

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viernes, febrero 15, 2019

Vowel Sounds

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The Best American Poetry (five books) by Elisa New

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Bob Dylan 

The Best American Poetry
recommended by Elisa New
Interview by Eve Gerber

"With the help of a good anthology and a heaping dose of American classics, anyone can be converted to being a lover of poetry. Elisa New, Harvard scholar and host of the new PBS series Poetry in America, recommends her favorite American poets, from Emily Dickinson to Elizabeth Bishop.

You proselytize for poetry as a professor at Harvard and through Poetry in America, a multi-platform program that includes online courses and an intensely-entertaining television series. What inspires you to be such a spirited self-described “poetry evangelist”?

People are so phobic about poetry and so easy to convert. An ‘aha’ moment often occurs after just one poem; people just need a nudge to incorporate poetry into their lives. Plus, the process of opening poetry up is really fun.

Your television series Poetry in America throws off what you’ve called “the scholarly harness.” Tell us about this approach to poetics.

The series endeavors to enhance the experience of poetry using tools that are unique to TV. When I taught Langston Hughes to students, to relay how he was influenced by jazz and blues, I brought a clumsy cassette player to class. When I taught Edna St Vincent Millay, to convey how she embodied ‘the new woman,’ I brought in 1920s magazines so students could see how she wore her hair and her hemlines" (...)

martes, febrero 05, 2019

Functional language for Business English 1 (I, II)

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Functional language 

What …..your name? _My name …. ……….
What is her surname?_Ask her! / What … your surname, please? _My surname … ……..
What …. his Christian name?_His Christian name is Anthony
What ….. her brother´s name?
My name is John. My brother´s name …. Peter
My last name / surname … Smith
Our uncle´s name ….  George

How  …  you? _I´m fine, thanks!
How are you? _Not too bad

What are … doing here? _ I am reading this book
Are …. coming to the cinema with us? _ Yes, I am

Do you speak Chinese? _No, I don´t
Do … speak French?_ Yes, I ….
Does ….. understand English?_Yes, she …

Can I help you? _ Yes, pl……….
…. I go to the toilet, please? _No, wait!
Can …. type? _No, I c…….

sábado, febrero 02, 2019

The Sun This March and other poems (WALLACE STEVENS)

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The Sun This March

The exceeding brightness of this early sun
Makes me conceive how dark I have become,

And re-illumines things that used to turn
To gold in broadest blue, and be a part

Of a turning spirit in an earlier self.
That, too, returns from out the winter’s air,

Like an hallucination come to daze
The corner of the eye. Our element,

Cold is our element and winter’s air
Brings voices as of lions coming down.

Oh! Rabbi, rabbi, fend my soul for me
And true savant of this dark nature be.


SPANISH VERSION by Esteban Moure: 

17 Essential Etiquette for Young Men

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Exámenes, profesores, alumnos y aprendizaje

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Un debate entre Toni Solano y Andrés Rivera en Twitter
(@tonisolano vs. @followero)