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Are you sitting too much?

This post has been proposed by our teacher Grace Wong.

We all know that sitting too much is bad for you. But how bad exactly?  A backache at the end of the day or something longer and does more damages to your health in the long run? Here’s a funny and easy to follow ‘whiteboard’ video for you to watch from AsapScience.

 I called it a ‘whiteboard’ video because it is the kind of video where they speak and draw at the same time, addling keywords on the board, making it easier for English learners to follow.  

Turns out that even two hours of gym a day doesn’t compensate 6 hours of sitting at your desk! And I doubt most people even go to the gym everyday and 6 hours of sitting is an understatement…

Differences between Many / Much

Diferencias entre “Many” y “Much”
 
Many” se usa con sustantivos plurales y “Much” se usa con sustantivos singulares y colectivos.
 
Para más información: podéis ver este vídeo de Let’s Talk Institute.
Puedes practicar lo aprendido con estos ejercicios.
 
Ver el infográfico completo.

Differences between “Many” & “Much”
 
We can use “Many” with plural nouns, and “Much” with singular and colective nouns.
 
For more information you could watch this Let’s Talk Institute video.
You could practice what you’ve learned with this exercises.
 

See full infographic.

 

Chinglish or “Why Chinese people cannot pronounce well English”

 

¿Por qué a los Chinos les cuesta tanto hablar bien Inglés?
 
Al igual que los hispanohablantes, a menudo tienen una pronunciación “spanglish“Descúbrelo en este vídeo cuáles son los puntos débiles de los Chinos al hablar Inglés.
 
Si hablas Chino, o tienes algún amigo que hable Chino y quiera mejorar su Inglés, enséñale nuestra aplicación para aprender Inglés

Why it’s so hard for Chinese people to speak good English?
 
The same happens with spanish speakers, that sometimes have an “spanglish” pronunciation. Discover in this video which are the weak spots of Chinese people when talking in English.
 
If you speak Chinese, or have some friends that need to improve their English, check out our app for Learning English

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?

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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Business English: Meeting John Hopkins, an assistant director

 

Reunión con John Hopkins, ayudante de dirección
 
JH: Hola, ¿eres Peter Read?
PR: Sí…
JH: Mi nombre es John, John Hopkins. ¡Bienvenido a IBS! Trabajo en el Departamento de ventas en el extranjero, que ahora es el departamento en el que estás, así que te mostraré un poco como funciona…
PR: Gracias, John. ¡Estupendo! Quiero conocer todo lo antes posible.
JH: Me alegra oír eso. Es un departamento pequeño, así que terminaremos en dos minutos. ¿Te apetece un café?
PR: Sí, gracias. Sin leche y con dos de azúcar, por favor.
JH: Aquí tienes. Cuidado con la taza, está caliente. Todo lo que ves por aquí es el Departamento de ventas en el extranjero. Nosotros dependemos de la Oficina de Gestión y Expansión de Negocios, que se encuentra en el piso superior. Hay dos asistentes de dirección, tú y yo, seis economistas, un par de abogados, un técnico y una secretaria. Estás de suerte porque hoy estamos todos aquí.

Meeting John Hopkins, an assistant director
 
JH: Hello, are you Peter Read?
PR: Yes…
JH: My name’s John, John Hopkins. Welcome to IBS! I work in the Overseas Sales Department, and that’s the department you are in now, so I’ll show you around…
PR: Thanks, John. That’s great. I want to get to know everything as quickly as possible.
JH: I’m happy to hear that. It’s a small department so we’ll finish in two minutes. Do you fancy a coffee?
PR: Yes, thanks. No milk and two sugars, please.
JH: Here you are. Mind the cup, it’s hot. Everything you see here is the Overseas Sales Department. We depend on the Business Expansion Management Office, which is right upstairs. There are two Assistant Directors, you and me, six economists, a couple of lawyers, one technician and a secretary. You’re lucky because everyone’s here today.

British Council Tips: How (not) to chat someone up in a nightclub

British Council Tips: How (not) to chat someone up in a nightclub
Consejos de British Council: Cómo (no) charlar con alguien en un discoteca

Transcript

Man: Hello there!
Woman: Hello.
Man: Listen, if I err…if I told you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?
Woman: I’m sorry?
Man: I said, if I told… oh forget it… Hey er, did you know there is a mistake in the English alphabet?
Woman: Erm, no. I didn’t.
Man: Yeah! They should have put U and I together!
Woman: (shakes her head)
Man: No, err, seriously though, do you believe in love at first sight?
Woman: No.
Man: Then maybe I should walk in again then!
Woman: Or just walk out.
Man: Hey er… do you have any raisins?
Woman: No.
Man: Then how about a date?
Woman: I don’t think so. No.
Man: Are we err… are we near the airport?
Woman: No.
Man: Then maybe that was my heart taking off.
Woman: (sighs and shakes head)
Man: Is it hot in here?
Woman: No.
Man: Then it must be you.
Woman: I don’t think so.
Man: There er… seems to be some problem with my mobile phone.
Woman: What?
Man: Yeah, it doesn’t have your number in it!
Woman: Listen, just forget it…
Man: OK, I’m sorry. Listen. What I actually wanted to say was, you know, I think you’re really nice. I’d like to get to know you more.
Woman: Oh. That’s much better! Of course you can! So, what’s your name…?