miércoles, 25 de enero de 2017

Hidden Figures

If you want to go to the cinema during the next weeks, Hidden Figures is an excellent choice. Based on the homonym book written by Margot Lee Shetterly, this film tells the story of three Afro-American women who played key roles in the NASA during the 70's. However, discrimination was at hand (not only because of their origin, but also because they were women). During the film, we are aware of the difficult and injust situations Afro-American people had to endure, that is, all the consequences that segregation brought about. It is through work, determination and intelligence that these three figures gained the respect they deserved and they started to break unacceptable social barriers. 

The great thing about this film is that it makes us think and reflect on the consequences of racism and narrow-minded consciousness. No matter who we are or where we come from, because at the end we are capable of doing something great.

viernes, 20 de enero de 2017

Shakespeare forever!

When talking about universality, it quickly comes to our mind Shakespeare. Piles of expressions that are part of our daily speech are linked to this author and his stunning understanding of human passions. How often have you uttered all that glisters is not gold or every cloud has a silver lining? They are truly Shakespearean.
A good way of improving our knowledge regarding this author or the Elizabethan period is having a peep at the following webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/shakespeare in which you can find different videos, quizzes, grammar and vocabulary in context, depending on the Shakespearean work chosen. 

You will be amazed when you discover how prevailing Shakespeare is in our daily speech!

jueves, 19 de enero de 2017

The Chaos Poem

We all know that English pronunciation can be at times difficult and tiring, with so many exceptions to the established rules. For that reason, Gerard Nolst Trinité wrote a poem entitled "The Chaos", containing more than 800 hundred irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation.
In the following video on youtube, you can listen to the poem. Check it out and more important: DON'T PANIC!