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The PRESENT PERFECT

Why is it called like this?… the term “perfect“ comes from Latin and meaning “finished, completed“ it may explain its relation between something achieved or done with something influencing the present tense, and that’s how it’s made: combining the present grammatical tense (has/have) and the perfect grammatical aspect (past participle). Here’s a visual graphic and a great video explaining its use…hoping it helps all those who suffer confusions with this tense!!

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FATHER’S DAY – AT/ON/IN Prepositions of time.

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On March 19th it’s going to be Father’s Day in Spain (Portugal, Andorra, Belgium, Mozambique, Bolivia, Honduras, Croatia, Italy and Liechtenstein). But this date is not the same around the world!

Apparently in India and Denmark (among others) it’s celebrated in June, in Russia it’s in February, in Australia in September and so on…

Anyhow, no matter at what time of the year it’s celebrated: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all those dads in the planet who love their sons, daughters and families!

Here’s some history:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day

And here’s a graphic for the use of prepositions AT-ON-IN:

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St. Patrick’s shamrock

It’s going to be St Patrick’s Day on March 17th…and I think (unless you’re Irish) here’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves sometime: What the heck is the difference between a CLOVER and a SHAMROCK? Well, even botanists have struggled to agree on what defines a shamrock and one thing is clear: while all shamrocks are clovers, not all clovers are shamrocks.

Check this out:

http://www.instructables.com/id/St-Patricks-Shamrock-aint-a-clover/?lang=es

LIVING IN CANADA: Racoons – love them or hate them!

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Here’s how Wikipedia defines them:
The raccoon, colloquially known as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon has a body length of 40 to 70 cm and a body weight of 3.5 to 9 kg. Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur which insulates against cold weather. Two of the raccoon’s most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its facial mask, which are themes in the mythology of several Native American tribes. Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, with studies showing that they are able to remember the solution to tasks for up to three years. The diet of the omnivorous raccoon, which is usually nocturnal, consists of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates.
The original habitats of the raccoon are deciduous and mixed forests, but due to their adaptability they have extended their range to mountainous areas, coastal marshes, and urban areas, where some homeowners consider them to be pests. As a result of escapes and deliberate introductions in the mid-20th century, raccoons are now also distributed across the European mainland, the Caucasus region and Japan.
Though previously thought to be solitary, there is now evidence that raccoons engage in gender-specific social behaviour. Related females often share a common area, while unrelated males live together in groups of up to four animals to maintain their positions against foreign males during the mating season, and other potential invaders. Home range sizes vary anywhere from 3 hectares (7 acres) for females in cities to 50 km2 (20 sq mi) for males in prairies. After a gestation period of about 65 days, two to five young, known as “kits”, are born in spring. The kits are subsequently raised by their mother until dispersal in late fall. Although captive raccoons have been known to live over 20 years, their average life expectancy in the wild is only 1.8 to 3.1 years. In many are-as, hunting and vehicular injury are the two most common causes of death.

Now, welcome to read more about the urban raccoon:
http://nautil.us/issue/18/genius/the-intelligent-life-of-the-city-raccoon

To pull someone’s leg

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To pull someone’s leg

I remember a day, as I was a child, eating at home with my family… My dad told my younger (and only) sister something strange and then said: “c’mon, I’m just pulling your leg!”. So what did she do next? Well, she looked under the table because she didn’t feel any pulling. And we all laughed!! And here’s why (in case you don’t know this English idiom):

To pull someone’s leg = to tell someone something that is not true as a way of joking with the person, for example: Stop pulling my leg– you didn’t have lunch with Madonna!

(Definition of pull someone’s leg from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Ya no hay excusas

Muchas veces, cuando le pregunto a alguien por qué no se anima a aprender inglés escucho cosas como “es que a mi edad… de mayores ya no aprendemos igual” o  “¡Los idiomas se me dan fatal!”.

El vídeo a continuación tira por tierra todas estas teorías y debería animarte animarte a intentarlo ¡sólo hacen falta ganas! Nosotros ponemos el resto.

Además, ahora que viene el otoño y tenemos que cumplir los propósitos que nos hicimos en  verano… ¿cuál es tu excusa? ;)

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