Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Intermediate 2: In the kitchen.

Vocabulary lesson. Click here and watch the video.
Expressions about the kitchen. Click here.
Cooking vocabulary. Click here.

Basic Level. Families.

First revise the vocabulary that we learnt in class. Click here.
Now practice the use of the possessive case ('s). Click here.
Now click here and practice.

Intermediate 1. Questions with or without auxiliaries and pronunciation of the -ed.

Watch the video as many times as you want and practice. The video has two parts: the first one is about questions with or without an auxiliary and the second is about the pronunciation of the -ed in the past tense.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Intermediate 2. Food: Pleasure Or Fuel?

Rob Stevens is the author and founder of the Thintuition weight loss programme. In this video he explains why he regards food as fuel. Click here and watch the video. While you listen, read the script and try to fill in the gaps with the missing words. When you finish, select the blanks to see the actual words he uses.  

Pleasure is a part of eating, and an important one.  That’s why it’s so vital to choose foods you like. But there is a big difference between pleasure being a part of eating and a purpose for it. The only purpose of eating is to replenish the nutrients and calories your body uses up. As a person who follows your Thintuition, you understand that food is just fuel. Any other meanings food has acquired for you are arbitrary. These meanings may enhance your pleasure in consuming what your body needs, but they become harmful when they lead you to consume food that your body doesn’t need; that’s called overeating, which leads to weight gain.
If you are not hungry and eating out of loneliness, your body doesn’t differentiate any reason why you’re overfeeding it. Only that you are. So it lays down the extra energy as fat.  When you truly understand that food is just fuel, hunger feelings begin to guide your eating, and you don’t eat for other reasons.
It can be challenging to stay focused on this idea. In a culture where we are bombarded with all sorts of contrary messages, advertisers are constantly enticing us to equate food with irrelevant emotions and conditions. Each time you are exposed to one of those distracting messages, you say to yourself: “Nonsense. Food is just fuel.”

You also begin to notice all the desires besides hunger that tempt you to eat. How your own mind proposes food as a solution to problems that have nothing to do with hunger. You feel bored, frustrated, or disappointed. And you imagine for a moment that eating something might make you feel better. When that happens, you remind yourself that food has never truly solved any problem for you except to satisfy your hunger. You repeat to yourself: “Food is just fuel.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Intermediate 2. Spanish Food.

Spain is famous for many things, and of course food is one of them. In this article you will find 15 reasons why the Spanish are better at life (or so it seems...). Click here and enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Intermediate 2. Video. My blackberry is not working.

You are going to watch a video in which a customer complains about a blackberry he has just bought from a fruit stall. Click here and do the pre-viewing exercises. Click here to see the video. Finally, if you want to read the original script, click here.

Intermediate 2. Interview: Steve Anderson (Seu Xerea).

Read the interview with Steve Anderson, a famous chef who runs a renowned restaurant in Valencia. Click here.

Basic Level. Countries and nationalities.

Where are you from? Click here and practice.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014