Intensive Advanced 2

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Intermediate 1. The Tale of Stingy Jack

Watch the video and enjoy!

The Tale of Stingy Jack

Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him, but true to his name Stingy Jack didn't want to pay. Somehow, he managed to convince the Devil to turn into a coin so that Jack could use it to buy his round. However, as soon as the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money for himself and put the coin into his pocket next to a silver crucifix. This had the effect of preventing the Devil from changing back into his original form.

Jack eventually freed the Devil, but he imposed several conditions beforehand. The first was that the devil would not bother Jack for one whole year and that - should Jack die - he would not be able to claim his soul. The Devil agreed and Jack let him go.

The following year, the Devil found Jack again and was determined to see him punished after the trick that was played on him. However, Jack tricked the Devil again, fooling him into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil was unable to make his way back down again. Once again the Devil had to remain there until he promised Jack that he would never bother him for a further ten years.

Soon after, Jack died, and as the legend goes God refused him entry into heaven because of his unsavory deeds. However, neither would the Devil allow him into Hell as he had already promised not to claim his soul. The Devil sent Jack back to the living, but he was only to appear at night with a piece of burning coal to light his way.

The story goes that Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has roamed the Earth with it ever since. The Irish referred to this ghostly figure as 'Jack of the Lantern'', but as the centuries passed it was eventually shortened to Jack O'Lantern.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Intermediate 1. Pronunciation

Would you like to learn the sounds of English? Visit these webpages and use the phonetic charts if you want to practise the sounds we learnt in class. Click here and here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Intermediate 1. Series

"Living English" is a TV programme and website for learners of English. The drama series "Sisters and Brothers" will help you to learn and revise your skills. Click here and select the episode that interests you (plus a full transcript and notes). Enjoy!
New link here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Intermediate 1. Families (listening comprehension)

Click here and listen to Nicola. She talks about her twin brother, their similarities and differences. If you click on QUIZ: COMPREHENSION Q'S on the right, you can answer the questions as you listen.
Useful vocabulary:
"We used to" means "solíamos"
"A's" means "matrículas de honor"