Intensive Advanced 2

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Advanced 2. Video: Reading

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Part 1 V: Hi. I read a lot, mostly non-fiction books about history and politics, but I also like some poetry, too. I’m outside the Tate Modern in central London asking people about reading. Do you read much?
 M1: I do, yeah. I try to read as much as possible. W1: Yes, I do. I’m a great reader.
M2: Yes, I do, yes. Er, mostly non-fiction. W2: Um, I read a lot of mag, fashion magazines.
W3: Er, yeah, I read a fair bit.
M3: Yeah, I read er, a lot of, sort of, art criticism and things, um … things like that. But I also, um, I read a lot of comic books as well.
Part 2
V: What was the last book you read?
W1: Well, the last book I read was Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen which was a book recommended to me by some friends – I’d never heard of her, or indeed, the book – but I enjoyed it very much. It was a story about a circus in the 1930’s America.
M1: The last book I read was a novel called The Search by a London author called Geoff Dyer, and it’s about, it’s … it’s set in the States. It’s about a man who’s paid to pursue another person and he travels across the land trying to catch him.
W2: The last book I read: Breaking Dawn, part of um, The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Myers. I was re-reading it for the third time because I really enjoy the books. They get you quite hooked.
 W3: I read a collection of short stories by Sylvia Plath called Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams.
M2: Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, um, which was an “easy read”, and it was fun, it was humorous. It was a book I, I’d had on my shelf for ages and I just, it took me years to get round to reading it. Part 3 V: What’s your favorite book?
 W1: My favorite book of all time is a book called One Fine Day by Mollie Pan, Panter- Downes, which is a book about a, a, a housewife, just after the Second World War, and it just traces her, her existence in a day of her life. It’s terribly mundane.
M3: Um, probably The Killing Joke, which is a Batman graphic novel.
W3: Well, one of them is definitely a book by Jean Cocteau called Les Enfants Terribles, which is about, er, two siblings and their kind of twisted relationship.
Part 4
V: Which fictional character would you most like to be, or meet?
M1: I’d most like to meet the fictional character, er, John Self from Martin Amis’ novel Money, which is the funniest novel I’ve ever read.
M2: I think that would be the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Um, just his irrationality, or irrationality to everyone else who looks at him, um, but to him, he’s completely normal.
M3: That’s quite an easy one: Batman. I’d love to be Batman, and I’d love to meet the Joker.
W3: Um, I think I’d like to meet, um, Humbert Humbert from Lolita, which is by Nabokov, um, because he’s such a complex character, and in the book you really empathize with him even though he’s got such dark and monstrous desires.

W1: Perhaps one of my, the people I’d most like to meet would be Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. And I suppose, by default, that means I’d quite like to be Elizabeth Bennett.

Advanced 2. Video: E-books or print books?

Click here. Listen to some people talking about e-books vs print books. Read the transcript below and fill in the gaps with one or two words (select the blanks to see the answers).

1.- Customers walk in and go “ahhh, the smell of books”. I completely underestimated that element of print books.
2.- When you’re moving around like I think a lot of people in our generation do these days, it’s just much more convenient to have sort of a digital device to have all of your books organized in one spot.
3.- There are some customers that just totally want a book to put in their hand. They have the smell of the book, they have the feel of the book. They love a book.
4.- What I like about it so much is that a lot of backlist from writers that you really like and you were sorry that their books were out of print, you couldn’t get them anymore except in collectors’ edition. It’s really nice to have those e-books available again.
5.- Well, I guess I think information is information, and however we get it, is significant.
6.- The amount of people who have e-readers are still buying physical books and there’s some static  only 2 % of the people only read digitally you know, I mean , that doesn’t include just reading books but newspapers or whatever. And so it seems that there’s definitely room for both formats.
7.- People who have e-readers also like a regular book. They love the e-reader and they’re addicted to the e-reader but they also do like regular books.
8.- Some people will say that if they like the book enough or they want to give the book to somebody or they want make notes in the books or they want, you know, just simply, you know, an extra copy that they will, you know, have both.
9.- There are some that I do actually have both ways and the reason I do that is because I either have a copy I’ve had for decades at home that I still love or that’s got marks in it or meditations of various kinds. And I still prefer to read a paper book if I get a chance. But they’re books that I love to have with me where I am as well.
10.- I can’t help but believe that we will always have print books.
11.- I don’t think books are gonna die. That’s not gonna happen. No. I think people really appreciate books.
12.- What we might see is if e-books become more popular, people also might get rid of their older copies of the used books and you might see just more used books.
13.-There’s an analogy, it’s not perfect but an analogy that I like when the camera came out, painting didn’t go away. It will be a different thing in print books, but this industry has been evolving for the last 20 years.
14.- The iPod changed most everyone’s reading. I was listening to music listing because I think partially you could have your collection on one device and shuffle through it, but a book is a longer commitment than a song.

15.- I like to think of what is going on with vinyl records, you know, vinyl records are oddly coming back in some ways a kind of boutique music medium. And everybody thought they were completely died out with the CD, but they haven’t. They’ve actually made this comeback. Paper books, you know, don’t totally get replaced by e-books because it’s part of the experience you can’t just reproduce. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

White Christmas Cartoon Song

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Advanced 1 & 2. Video. A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a short story by English author Charles Dickens first published in 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
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Merry Christmas! May all your wishes come true!

History of Christmas

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The digital story of Nativity

Christmas for technology lovers. Really funny. Click here.

Christmas: How to Have a British Xmas

Learn more things about how the British and the Americans celebrate Xmas. Click here.

Christmas Recipes.

If you like cooking, click here and have a look at this webpage with hundreds of delicious recipes. Enjoy the taste of Xmas!!!

* Jamie Oliver is a well-known British chef. He is famous for his TV show, "The Naked Chef", and also for his campaings in favour of healthier diets.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Advanced 2. Beautiful lines from literature.

Click here and read some of the most beautiful quotes you can read in books. Have you got a favourite line? If you do, leave a comment so that other visitors can enjoy it as well.