Tuesday, 29 December 2009

How do you say Happy New Year in other languages¡

  • Yuan Tan (Chinese)
  • Shougatsu (Japanese)
  • Hogmanay (Scottish)
  • Chaul Chnam Thmey (Cambodian)
  • Nouruz (Iranian)
  • Tet Nguryen Dan (Vietnamese)
  • Festival of Saint Basil (Greek)
  • Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
  • Muharram (Moslem)
  • Sylvesterabend (Austrian)
  • Ano Nuevo (Hispanic)
  • New Year (American)
  • Diwali (India)
  • Nos Galan (Welsh)

Monday, 21 December 2009

Xmas Cookies recipes

For this Xmas I would like to share a special tradition that is xmas cookies. Here you can find the ingredients and instructions and in this way learn vocabulary and structure.

New words

  • apricot
  • baking soda
  • to sift
  • to chop or to snip
  • to beat
  • to drain

English structure

What can you see in this sentence?

e.g. Cover with boiling water.

You can use it in any kind of instructions such as recipes.

Apricot Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 36

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
6 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 375F. Sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside. Chop or snip dried apricots into pieces slightly smaller than chips. Cover with boiling water. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until mixture is light and creamy. Add egg and apricot preserves. Continue to beat until well blended. Pieces of apricot will remain visible. Stir sifted ingredients into creamed mixture until it is well blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Drain water from apricot bits. Fold apricot bits into batter. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-12 minutes or until edges of cookies are slightly browned.

Note: The dried apricots used in this recipe should be plumped, moist and tender. If you're stuck with brown, shriveled and brittle fruit, simmer the apricots in water until they've softened enough to easily chop before using.

From: http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes

Image: knoxnews.com

Friday, 27 November 2009

Family Vocabulary

From Englishclub.com

Your family members are also called your relatives. You have an immediate or nuclear family and an extended family. Your immediate family includes your father, mother and siblings. Your extended family includes all of the people in your father and mother's families.

Your sibling is your brother or sister. If you have 1 brother and 2 sisters, then you have 3 siblings. Your parent is your father or mother. Your child is your son or daughter. Your spouse is your husband or wife.

You may also have a stepfamily. Your stepfamily includes people who became part of your family due to changes in family life. These changes may include death, divorce or separation. New partnerships create new children. The new children and their relatives become part of your blended family. Some people are born into a stepfamily.


relative of whom I am the child

Father, Daddy, Dad, Papa

Mother, Mummy, Mum, Mommy, Mom, Mama, Ma




we have the same father and mother

first name; sometimes Bro

first name; sometimes Sis





sibling of my parent

Uncle [first name]

Aunt/Auntie [first name]


parent of my parent

Grandfather, Grandpa

Grandmother, Grandma




child of my uncle or aunt

first name


relative to whom I am married

first name




relative of whom I am the parent

first name





child of my sibling

first name


child of my child

first name



great grandfather

great grandmother

parent of my grandparent

Great Grandpa

Great Grandma


mother in-law

parent of my spouse

first name; Dad

first name; Mum, Mom


sister in-law

sibling of my spouse; spouse of my sibling

first name



my previous spouse (we divorced)

first name



my sibling born to my father or mother but not both

first name


new spouse of one of my parents

first name




child of my spouse but not of me

first name



In a family, the word generation
means all the people in one stage of the family. For example, your parents are one generation, you and your siblings are the next generation, and your children and their cousins are another generation.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Andy Warhol exhibition

Andrew Warhola,
Taken from wikipedia

August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987), more commonly known as Andy Warhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy aristocrats.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Do's and don'ts when you travel abroad

Usually you are going to have these kind of situations. Also, in our own country we have many different ways of how to behave. Here I found a very useful article from Forbes magazine that can help you understand more about oter cultures and what do they consider rude or not.

Have fun and I receive comments, and experiences.


Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Saint Patrick day

Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17.

The day is the national holiday of Ireland. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Montserrat. In Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday. [1]

It became a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding[2] in the early part of the 17th century, and is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The feast day usually falls during Lent; if it falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it is Good Friday), the obligation to abstain from eating meat can be lifted by the local bishop. The date of the feast is occasionally, yet controversially, moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having been observed on 15 March.

Taken from wikipedia.com

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

New Blog: TOEIC Tea Time English

I am really happy to announce my new blog specifically to people who are interested in presenting this exam from the ETS organization. www.toeicteatimeenglish.blogspot.com.

You will find information about the exam, vocabulary, grammar and more!!! Suggestions are welcome!!

This exam is designed to people who are interested in ceritifying their Business English proficiency, and also to companies who are interested in evaluating their employees in the Business English area.

Also coming soon the TOEFL blog and the IELTS blog.

See you soon!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

English Classes for this year

This year you will have more and better opportunities to learn and practice your English. These are the courses I will be offering during the year.
  • Elementary, Basic, intermediate, high intermediate and advanced English: For anyone who would like to learn the language. At the end the goal is to present an ETS exam or any of Cambridge University.
  • English for different purposes: These courses are for people who will like to practice their English depending on their work field or necessity. It could be for people who will travel to an English country or Business English.
  • TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Michigan etc.: If you are interested in presenting an exam to study abroad of for any other purpose this is your course.
  • Conversation clubs: could be individual classes or group classes max 4 people. You must be level B2 from the common european framework.
  • SOON skype classes as the new classroom: for all of those who would like to have classes in their homes, and using the latest technology.
All classes could be one to one or group lessons. The group lessons are max 4 students. At the beginning of any course you will have a placement test with details of your exact level and a chat of your personal goals in your learning process. The teacher would tell the students suggestions and other aspects to take into account during the whole process.

The books and material are mainly from Cambridge press and Longman. In the classes I will give you material like copies, flash cards etc.

Also, there will be extra activities developed in different environments and that will help you have more confidence in the language.

For prices and other details you can write to englishhh@gmail.com or phone me to my mobile in Bogota Colombia 3158733781
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