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Curious Expressions in English

The English language is full of interesting expressions and words. Take a look at the following  examples:

Dressed to the nines

Some think this refers to the 99th Regiment of Foot, whose uniforms were notably splendid, but the expression predates the British army. In Old English, the plural of “eye” was “eyne” and it is believed that “dressed to the nines” was once actually “dressed to the eyne” – in other words, making oneself look as pleasing as possible to the beholder.


It used to be believed that to hear private conversations going on inside a house, you should press yourself against the wall, just under the eaves of the roof. If anyone saw you, you could pretend you were just “dropping in” to visit.


In US cities in the late 19th century, it became customary to refer to out-of-towners as “jays”, after the bird of the same name that was commonly seen in rural areas. When motor vehicles first appeared, city dwellers soon learned caution when crossing the street. Their country cousins were less circumspect, so “jaywalking” came to mean wandering carelessly – and in the USA illegally – through traffic.


This comes from the old word eke, which meant “also”. If a person had an additional name, it was called an “eke name”. Over time, this gradually became a “neke name” and then eventually a nickname.


For many years it was believed that “posh” was an abbreviation for “port out, starboard home” – the preference of wealthy passengers on the voyage to India, as it meant a cooler cabin. This explanation is now discredited in favour of an older word poosh, sometimes spelled “push”, which meant smart and dandified. PG Wodehouse uses it in an early story from Tales of St Austin’s (1903) when a character describes a bright waistcoat as “quite the most push thing at Cambridge”.

Red carpet

Between New York and Chicago, there used to run a luxury train known as the 20th Century Limited. It was first-class only and from 1938, its wealthy passengers could walk the entire length of their departure platform on crimson carpeting. VIPs everywhere soon grew to expect the same treatment.

Comparative marketing on smartphones

Before we start discussing ‘battery lives’ or ‘which brand’s phones last longer’, watch this video and have a good laugh. It is a video/advertisement made by Samsung that makes fun of Apple users being glued to power sockets in the airports.



Well, in general, smartphones with low battery lives aren’t newsflash anymore. You could solve this problem in many ways too, like using a portable charger or having a spare etc. But here are some ‘cost-free’ ways (suggested by our young English student Alvaro Garcia) to make your phone last longer:
1.Use your Smartphone until it has almost no battery (0/1%)
IMPORTANT!!: Never charge it when it still has 20% or more.
2.Charge your smartphone until it reaches 100%
IMPORTANT!!: If you stop in the middle of the charge.
Don’t re-charge it again right away. Wait till it is at 0% again.
 Keep the brightness to the minimum
 Close the apps that you are not using
 Charges faster on airplane mode

Practice your English Listening with… Jack Kerouac


Practica tu English Listening con… Jack Kerouac

Hoy 12 de Marzo, Jack Kerouac habría cumplido 91 años. Lo celebramos escuchando una de sus obras, cumbre de la “generación beat“: “En el camino”
En el siguiente vídeo, podremos escuchar al propio Kerouac leer la última página de su obra “En el camino”. Antes de eso, realiza una breve introducción de un minuto, y comienza a leer en el segundo0:59. Debajo del vídeo, podréis leer a la vez que le escucháis recitar.

Practice your English Listening with… Jack Kerouac

Today 12th of March, Jack Kerouac would have turned 91 years old. We celebrate it listening to one of his works, top of the “Beat Generation beat“: “On the road”.
In the following video, we could listen to Kerouac reading the last page of his own book “On the road”. First of all, he made a 1-minute introduction, and began to read at 0:59, you could also read what he’s reading below the video.

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Formas para mantenerte motivado mientras aprendes un idioma


Formas para mantenerte motivado mientras aprendes un idioma


Ramses Oudt nos cuenta en este pequeño vídeo como mantenerte motivado mientras estás aprendiendo un idioma extranjero. Ya sea a través de la televisión, libros, películas, música o cualquiera de tus aficiones.
Y vosotros, ¿cuáles son vuestras formas para manteneros motivados estudiando un idioma extranjero?

Ways to stay motivated while learning a foreign language


Ramses Oudt tells us in this short video how could we stay motivated while learning a foreign language. Whether you watch television, books, films, music, or any of your hobbies.
And you, what are your ways to keep you motivated while studying a foreign language?

Happy Birthday, David Gilmour!

Hoy, es el cumpleaños de David Gilmour, vocalista, compositor y guitarrista del grupo de rock británico Pink Floyd,

Today, it’s David Gilmour’s birthday, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist of The british rock group Pink Floyd.

Did you know… the name for every Chinese relative?

¿Sabías qué… en Chino hay un nombre para cada pariente en nuestra familia? Dependiendo si pertenece a la parte de la madre o del padre, si son mayores o menores que tú, o si son hombres o mujeres, cada miembro de la familia tiene un nombre distinto en Chino.

En esta píldora de vídeo de menos de 5 minutos, “Off the Great Wall” nos muestran el “complicado árbol genealógico chino”


Fuente: Off The Great Wall

Did you know… that in Chinese there’s a name for every relative of the family? Depending on wheter’s is from the mother’s side or the father’s side, if they’re older or younger than you, or if they’re male or female, each relative has a different name in Chinese.
In this video pill in lese than 5 minutes, “Off the Great Wall” shows us “The Complicated Chinese Family Tree”


Source: Off The Great Wall

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