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Thursday, June 28, 2018

WHAT DO THEY REALLY MEAN?

From Friday: The Experiment, BBC Learning English - [Images: GETTY IMAGES]

'What They Really Mean' shows how misunderstandings can be caused when people say things indirectly.

Each of these 5 episodes shows you how to avoid these misunderstandings.


🎬 EPISODE 1 ⇒ QUESTIONS AS WARNINGS 
Mark can't understand why Chloe is asking about his hat. She's trying to warn him about something - but he just doesn't understand. Watch the video and learn how to tell when someone's questions are trying to warn you.


(For a full transcript, a quiz and much more, CLICK HERE)

🎬 EPISODE 2 ⇒ SUGGESTIONS AS INSTRUCTIONS
Mark can't understand why Chloe is annoyed. She had been giving him instructions - but he just didn't realise. Watch the video and learn how to tell when someone's suggestions are really instructions.


(For a full transcript, a quiz and much more, CLICK HERE)

🎬 EPISODE 3 ⇒ EUPHEMISTIC FEEDBACK
Emily didn't like Mark's ideas. She tried to tell him, but he didn't realise. Watch the video to find out why. It shows you how to identify euphemistic feedback. This is where people try to say to something negative without causing offence.

(For a full transcript, a quiz and much more, CLICK HERE)

🎬 EPISODE 4 ⇒ SARCASM
The British summer's fantastic, isn't it? Mark thinks Chloe is trying to trick him. Watch the video to find out why he got it wrong. It shows you how to identify sarcasm. This is where people say the opposite to what they mean.

(For a full transcript, a quiz and much more, CLICK HERE)

🎬EPISODE 5 ⇒ DISGUISED REQUESTS
Olivia's had a house party. It's late at night and now she just wants everyone to leave so she can go to bed. She uses disguised requests to let Mark know she wants him to leave. But he doesn't realise.

Disguised requests are questions people ask to gently suggest that another person should do something. Olivia says "Is it 10 o'clock?" but what she means is, "go home." Watch the video to find out how to identify disguised requests.
(For a full transcript, a quiz and much more, CLICK HERE)


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Types of Job Interview Questions, by Alison Doyle (from The Balance Careers)

By ALISON DOYLE (Updated May 25, 2018) From The Balance Careers 


When you go on a job interview there are a variety of different types of interview questions you'll be asked. You'll be asked about your employment history, your ability to work on a team, your leadership skills, your motivation, as well as other interview questions related to your skills and abilities.

Your responses need to be targeted for the job you are interviewing for. Your responses should show the employer why you're a qualified candidate and why you are a fit for the job and the company.

Take the time to prepare for a job interview, in advance, by reviewing the different types of interview questions you'll be asked, as well as by taking a look at sample answers for each type of question.


During a job interview, you'll be asked questions about your abilities. The key to successfully responding is to focus on your abilities as they relate to the qualifications required for the job. Review common interview questions about your abilities and sample answers.


When you're interviewing, you will be asked why you left or are going to leave your job. Here are interview questions, along with sample answers, related to leaving your job, getting fired, and what you have been doing if you're not currently employed.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The skill that will survive automation, by Livia Gershon (from BBC Capital)

Robots are poised to replace workers in many industries. But some professions can never be automated away, and require investment, writes Livia Gershon.

Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data are changing the world of work. Retail jobs are disappearing in the US while the online sellers supplanting them fill their warehouses with robots instead of human workers. In China, manufacturing businesses that fled wealthy countries to find low-wage workers are now replacing those humans with machines. And on farms around the world, automated systems are beginning to take on backbreaking tasks like weeding lettuce. Studies have found that new technologies threaten around 40% of existing US jobs, and two-thirds of jobs in the developing world.

There is one kind of job though, that is both indispensable and difficult – perhaps impossible – to automate: the kind that requires emotional skills. Artificially intelligent software is being built that can recognise emotions in people's faces and voices, but it is a long way from simulating genuine empathy, and philosophers have been arguing for centuries that a machine with real feelings is impossible. Computers are nowhere near being able to compete with humans on the ability to really understand and connect with another human being.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

WEEKLY PICKS - 5

This post offers you a selection of recommended free online exercises, games, videos and resources so that you can improve your English language skills while having fun! ENJOY!

📜READING PICKS – Articles, blog posts, quizzes and more:

Article from Mind Tools: Beating Self-Sabotage: Recognizing and Overcoming It
"You can't do that!" "That's way too difficult!" "If you try, you'll probably just fail anyway." These statements sound as if they're coming from a tyrannical and cruel person with a mission to destroy self-confidence. Unfortunately, all too often, we can be the tyrant and our target can be ourselves. (Continue reading)

Article from BBC TRAVEL: The end to a French cheese tradition?
After years of lobbying, industrial producers are now allowed to make camembert with pasteurised milk. As a result, one of France’s beloved cheeses may be disappearing for good. (Continue reading)

Article from BBC CAPITAL: Why suppressing anger at work is bad
How faking your feelings at work can be damaging – We all put on a front a work, but researchers have found that burnout can relate closely to how employees manage their emotions during emotional or stressful interactions. (Continue reading)

🎬 VIDEO PICKS – Short and fun videos:

5-TO-10-MINUTE VIDEOS:
A LITTLE LONGER BUT WORTH IT!
💬 VOCABULARY PICKS:
💡 GRAMMAR PICKS – Assorted exercises and games:
QUIZ ⇒ Random Phrasal Verb Quiz (Test your understanding of phrasal verbs with these random phrasal verb quizzes. Each time you 'start again', it will show you a new quiz generated from a phrasal verbs database.)



    MORE PICKS NEXT WEEK!

    GRAMMAR PILLS: ORDER OF ADJECTIVES

    First things first… 

    What’s an adjective?

    An adjective is a word or a structure that describes, qualifies or modifies a noun (= NOMBRE / SUSTANTIVO) or pronoun. 

    ¿Por qué es necesario estudiar el orden de los adjetivos en inglés? 

    Porque los adjetivos se colocan normalmente en un orden en particular según el tipo de adjetivo que sea (por ejemplo: opinión: interesting/beautiful, forma: square/round, material: wooden/gold, etc.). 

    Básicamente, los adjetivos se colocan en 2 posiciones

    1) ATTRIBUTIVEBEFORE THE NOUN (as an attribute):
    → [That blue car] is mine.
        adjective + noun

    2) PREDICATIVE ⇒ AFTER THE VERB (in the predicate):
    → My car [is blue].
               verb + adjective

    💡Tip: La mayoría de los adjetivos pueden usarse en ambas posiciones, pero algunos pueden usarse solo en 1 de las 2 (attributive or predicative):

    ✅ It was our main problem. [‘main’ ⇒ attributive = before the noun]
    ✅ The children were alone at home. [‘alone’ ⇒ predicative = after the verb]

    These sentences, on the other hand, are not correct:

    ❌ Our problem was main. [‘main’ cannot be used in the predicative position]
    ❌ Some alone children [‘alone’ cannot be used in the attributive position]

    🔗 Click here for more examples

    Además, hay una 3ra posición: 

    3) POSTPOSITIVE AFTER THE NOUN:
    → All candidates present on the test day...
                  noun + adjective

    🔗 Click here for more examples + an exercise

    ORDER OF ATTRIBUTIVE ADJECTIVES

    Cuando colocamos más de un adjetivo en attributive position, debemos seguir un orden: 1ro van los adjetivos que expresan opinión (lo que pensamos de algo, nuestra percepción subjetiva, como beautiful, interesting or cute) y luego, los que expresan un hecho (fact), es decir que son objetivos, como el tamaño, la forma o el color.

    Según Cambridge English Grammar Today, el orden más común en el que colocamos attributive adjectives es el siguiente (esto podría modificarse en frases enfáticas):


    Friday, June 22, 2018

    LEARN ENGLISH THROUGH SONGS AND MUSIC

    Do you like music? Would you like to practise your English skills using songs?

    🎼 THIS is a great tool to learn English and other languages through music and the lyrics of your favourite songs.

    🎼 You can practise your listening skills and enjoy listening to your favourite music videos at the same time. (Of course, it's free, and you don't need to sign up (if you don't want to) to be able to play! ⇒ Lyrics Training)

    🎼 JUST FOLLOW THESE 3 EASY STEPS: 
    • Step 1 ⇒ Choose a language and a video. Then, click on “Play now” (you can browse for songs/singers you like as well) 
    • Step 2 ⇒ Choose you level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Expert 
    • Step 3 ⇒ Decide whether you want to “click on” or “type in” the missing words, and PLAY!

    🎼 Keep in mind that the language used in songs is informal, and HAVE FUN!

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    What's your outlook on life? (from Mind Tools)


    Learn About –and Change– How You Think

    "A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."– Mahatma Gandhi.

    When it comes down to it, positive, optimistic people are happier and healthier, and enjoy more success than those who think negatively. The key difference between them is how they think about and interpret the events in their lives.

    So, how do you think about your successes and failures? Do you have a predictable thinking pattern?

    QUIZ Instructions: For each statement, click the button in the column that best describes you. Please answer questions as you actually are (rather than how you think you should be), and don't worry if some questions seem to score in the 'wrong direction'.

    When you are finished, please click the 'Calculate My Total' button at the bottom of the test. (DO THE QUIZ HERE)

    Sunday, June 17, 2018

    WEEKLY PICKS - 4

    This post offers you a selection of recommended free online exercises, games, videos and resources so that you can improve your English language skills while having fun! ENJOY!

    📜 READING PICKS – Articles, blog posts, quizzes and more:

    Article from Mind Tools: 10 Common Time Management Mistakes
    Avoiding Common Pitfalls - How well do you manage your time? If you're like many people, your answer may not be completely positive! Perhaps you feel overloaded, and you often have to work late to hit your deadlines. Or maybe your days seem to go from one crisis to another, and this is stressful and demoralizing. (Continue reading)

    QUIZ from Mind Tools ⇒ How Good Is Your Time Management?
    Discover Time Management Tools That can Help you Excel

    Article from BBC CULTURE: The writers who defied Soviet censors 
    Underground publishers in the USSR broke rules in ingenious ways – such as hiding books in fake binding and making records on X-ray film, writes Benjamin Ramm.
    In anticipation of the poet’s arrest, his creations were concealed by inventive means – sewn into the insides of cushions and shoes, or hidden in mattresses and saucepans. The police confiscated most of his papers, but others were smuggled out, or hidden surreptitiously in obscure locations. The most important poems were inscribed where even the wiliest investigator could not find them – in the memory of a devoted reader, who would pass them on.  (Continue reading)

    🎬 VIDEO PICKS – Short and fun videos:

    LESS-THAN-5-MINUTE VIDEOS
    5-TO-10-MINUTE VIDEOS:
    A LITTLE LONGER BUT WORTH IT!
    💬 VOCABULARY PICKS:
    💡 GRAMMAR PICKS – Assorted exercises and games:


    MORE PICKS NEXT WEEK!

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Body Language (from Mind Tools)

    Picking Up and Understanding Nonverbal Signals

    Lauren sighed. She’d just received an email from her boss, Gus, saying that the product proposal she’d been working on wasn’t going to be signed off after all.

    It didn’t make any sense. A week ago, she’d been in a meeting with Gus and he’d seemed really positive about it all. Sure, he hadn’t made much eye contact, and he kept looking out of the window at something. But she’d just put that down to him being busy. And, he’d said that "the project will probably get the go-ahead."

    If Lauren had known a little bit more about body language, she’d have realized that Gus was trying to tell her that he wasn’t “sold” on her idea. He just wasn’t using words.

    The difference between the words people speak and our understanding of what they are saying comes from non-verbal communication, otherwise known as “body language.” By developing your awareness of the signs and signals of body language, you can more easily understand other people, and more effectively communicate with them. (Continue reading)

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    WTF is slow fashion? by Hilary Milnes + 2 VIDEOS

    The problems raised by fast fashion go deep.

    The industry — embodied by giant retailers like H&M, Forever 21, Zara and Uniqlo that crank out cheap, disposable garments — is beset with problems stemming from pollution to waste to unsafe working conditions. Fashion Revolution Day, happening this Friday, April 24, is an annual day of awareness to memorialize the 2013 collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh that killed over 1,100 workers and injured 2,400 more. Sixty-five countries will participate, asking consumers to tag the brands they wear and ask #WhoMadeMyClothes on social media.

    Fashion Revolution Day will hype “slow fashion” as the antidote to the ethical and environmental havoc wreaked by the fast-fashion industry. The slow fashion movement has been taking shape since designer Kate Fletcher coined the term in 2008, but it’s still not at the front of many consumers’ minds.


    HERE's what slow fashion is and why it’s on the rise with conscious shoppers.







    Sunday, June 10, 2018

    WEEKLY PICKS - 3

    This post offers you a selection of recommended free online exercises, games, videos and resources so that you can improve your English language skills while having fun! ENJOY!

    📜 READING PICKS – Articles, blog posts, quizzes and more:

    Article from BBC CAPITAL: The science of being charmingby Tiffanie Wen
    From the first moment you walk into a room people are making judgements about how much they like you. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your chances.
    Charmers. What makes these lucky individuals so effortlessly likeable when many of us have to work so hard at it? While many would have you believe social grace or winning people over is something of an artform, there is a surprising amount of science behind it, too. (Continue reading)

    Article from BBC TRAVEL: We may have cracked the mystery of Stonehenge, by Vivien Cumming
    The more archaeologists study Stonehenge, the more mysteries unfold. But a coherent story is beginning to emerge. (Continue reading)

    🎬 VIDEO PICKS – Short and fun videos:

    LESS-THAN-5-MINUTE VIDEOS
    5-TO-10-MINUTE VIDEOS:
    A LITTLE LONGER BUT WORTH IT!
    💬 VOCABULARY PICKS:
    💡 GRAMMAR PICKS – Assorted exercises and games:


    MORE PICKS NEXT WEEK!

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