Alpha Blog
Teething troubles
15
Apr

Teething troubles

Recently in a Business English class, we read a text which had the expression “teething troubles”. The students asked me what it means.

When the baby’s first teeth (milk teeth) come, it’s painful and difficult. Baby is not very happy and there is a lot of crying. Baby looks like this.

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But we know that soon, everything will be OK and baby will look like this again.

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This phase is called teething troubles in English. What’s that got to do with Business English? Well, “teething troubles” has another, figurative meaning.

What do you think it means in the figurative sense?

  1. In a big meeting, everybody agrees and has the same opinion except one person
  2. Short term problems that happen in the early stages of a new project, but are solved soon
  3. There are too many internal ways to communicate in the company and people are confused.

Teething troubles is a very good expression to use, especially in business situations, but also life in general.


The answer is

  1. Short term problems that happen in the early stages of a new project, but are solved soon

We think the best German translation is Anlaufschwierigkeiten. What about you? Please let us know


Rocket Man.
25
Mar

Rocket Man. Reginald Kenneth Dwight is 72 today

Reginald who? Well, that’s his real name but he is better known by his stage name,

Elton John.

Which of these famous songs is NOT by Elton John?

  • Candle in the Wind
  • Last Christmas
  • Crocodile Rock

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Answer:

Last Christmas is by Wham


Lying snow
21
Feb

There is heavy snow all over Europe at the moment.

There is heavy snow all over Europe at the moment. Last week in a B2 level English class, we watched a BBC television weather forecast on the classroom screen and the students saw and heard the expression “lying snow”.

One of the group asked, “What’s lying snow? Snow can’t speak so how can it tell lies?

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Which of these three explanations did the teacher give her for “lying snow”? Which one is correct?

Lying snow means:

  1. Snow which is soft, nicely prepared and comfortable for people to relax and lie down in, as in the picture above

  2. Snow which talks, but does not tell the truth.

  3. Snow often melts when it hits the ground, but when the first snow of winter settles on the ground, we call it lying snow


Lying snow is number 3. That’s the truth, I am not lying.


A very Happy New Year to everyone. We are only human, wir sind nur Menschen
10
Jan

Did you make a New Year’s resolution/Vorsatz/Résolutions du Nouvel an?

Did you make a New Year’s resolution/Vorsatz/Résolutions du Nouvel an?

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Many people make them but we often break them very quickly – they don’t lastvery long.

What about in our school? When our new courses for the New Year began, we asked some of our students and teachers for some examples of their New Year’s resolutions and we found:

  • One teacher’s resolution was to be punctual all the time. It lasted half a day.
  • Another teacher’s resolution was not to swear (fluchen). It lasted 38 minutes.
  • One of our classes told the teacher that their resolution was to do at least two hours extra self-study per day at home after school. It lasted one day.


Well, we are only human, wir sind nur Menschen,


Quiz

In the text above, “It lasted half a day”, the English verb “to last” is tricky because it does not have only one easy, reliable German translation for every situation. What do you think is the most frequent way to translate “to last” into German?

  1. dauern
  2. halten
  3. reichen


We think that, in most cases, “dauern” is the best translation. Do you agree? Let us know.


CAE in 4 weeks?
08
Jan

These days, there is more and more demand for students, teachers, bankers and a host of other career professionals to have theCambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

These days, there is more and more demand for students, teachers,
bankers and a host of other career professionals to have the

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Busy people don’t always have the time to study in England
or do a long evening or weekend course. That’s no reason to get left behind.

We have a new solution for you. For goal-focused, determined people,
we are now offering this unique CAE preparation course:

20-day intensive, 3 hours per day, from
January 7th till February 1st 2019

Our highly experienced Cambridge team focus on extensive,
authentic examination practice and will provide you
with all the tips and tricks you need for exam success.

Please contact us for more information

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We wish everybody a very Merry Christmas from the best location in Zurich.
19
Dec

We wish everybody a very Merry Christmas from the best location in Zurich.
Where is that?

Where is that?

Here is a group of our students speaking English and enjoying an excursion to the Christmas market at the Opera house, das Zürcher Wienachtsdorf am Bellevue.

We think it’s the best location in Zurich for another reason – it’s just across the road from our school at Stadelhofen. Feel free to drop in any time of year, whether it’s Christmas or not.

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The Mona Lisa. Ihr rätselhaftes Lächeln.
06
Dec

Our students really find it interesting and useful when our language courses have a connection with the real world outside. A few weeks ago, our class Girvan went on an English-speaking excursion to the Zurich Kunsthaus. The project was to choose and discuss a picture, and then, later on back in school, to write a description.

Our students really find it interesting and useful when our language courses have a connection with the real world outside. A few weeks ago, our class Girvan went on an English-speaking excursion to the Zurich Kunsthaus. The project was to choose and discuss a picture, and then, later on back in school, to write a description.

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The lady in the picture on the right, above, is one of our students during the excursion. Compare that picture with the world famous Mona Lisa on the left. When you look at the two ladies, notice the similarity of the hands, hair and ihr rätselhaftes Lächeln. Did the Mona Lisa jump out of her frame in the Louvre in Paris and come to the Zurich Kunsthaus to join in our excursion? Well, no, but our students had a great time and really enjoyed communicating in a realistic task in English.


How would you say ihr rätselhaftes Lächeln in English?

a. her puzzled laugh

b. her annoying giggle

c. her enigmatic smile


The answer is c. her enigmatic smile


English outside in the real world – but who is the teacher?
31
Oct

Here is one our classes with their teacher on a recent excursion to the cinema

Here is one our classes with their teacher on a recent excursion to the cinema. The teacher told us that the class watched the film in English and then had an interesting discussion about it when they returned to school. It’s so important to take your English out into the real world.

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But wait a moment! Which one in the photo is the teacher? The gentleman at the back? The lady standing next to him? We are a school for adults and sometimes it’s hard to tell. Well, this is the teacher, Janet, the lady on the front row, third from the right as you look.

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TAG DER OFFENEN TÜR - OPEN DAY
18
Oct

Samstag, 27. Oktober 2018 - Saturday, 27th October 2018

TAG DER OFFENEN TÜR
Samstag, 27. Oktober 2018

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Am Samstag, 27. Oktober laden wir Sie zwischen 13.00 und 16.00 Uhr herzlich dazu ein, in unserer Schule vorbeizukommen, um von folgenden Möglichkeiten zu profitieren :

  • Lernen Sie unsere sehr zentrale Lage in Zürich kennen
  • Nehmen Sie an einer 10-minütigen Tour durch die Schule teil
  • Treffen Sie die hochqualifizierten, muttersprachigen Kursleitenden
  • Erleben Sie die modern eingerichteten Klassenzimmer in Aktion
  • Erhalten Sie einen Überblick über unsere kommunikative, teilnehmerorientierte Unterrichtsmethode
  • Schauen Sie sich in Ruhe unser Kursmaterial an
  • Besuchen Sie eine Schnupperlektion – egal welche Sprache, Niveau

Wir freuen uns auf Sie!


OPEN DAY
Saturday, 27thOctober 2018

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On Saturday, 27thOctober, between 13.00 and 16.00, we invite you to drop in to our school, directly next to Stadelhofen station, and choose any combination from:

  • Visit our excellent, central Zurich location
  • Take a 10-minute tour of our school and step inside our modern classrooms
  • Meet our highly qualified, native speaker teaching team
  • See our modern, state-of-the-art classroom equipment in action
  • Get an overview of our communicative, student-centred teaching methodology
  • Look at our teaching materials and how they work
  • Try out a quick mini demonstration of a typical lesson - any language, any level

Hopeto see you there!


She’s a tough cookie
20
Sep

When you talk about someone, if you say, “she’s a tough cookie” in English, what does it mean?

When you talk about someone, if you say, “she’s a tough cookie” in English, what does it mean?

Normally it means

    1. She used to be a nice, sweet person, but now she is cold and horrible
    2. She is strong, determined and not easily hurt and you can’t push her around
    3. She has no feelings or emotions, she won’t listen and she’s very hard inside


And if you say “she’s a tough cookie”, it is

    1. Negative, an insult (eine Beleidigung)
    2. Positive, a compliment


Would you want your boss to be a tough cookie?

Solution below

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It means 2 “she is strong, determined and not easily hurt and you can’t push her around” and 2 it is positive, a compliment. Yes, your boss has to be a tough cookie sometimes. If not, everyone is in trouble.


Our new German course for restaurant personnel
06
Sep

Here is a very old restaurant joke.

Here is a very old restaurant joke.


Customer:What is this soup, waiter?
Waiter:It’s bean soup, sir.
Customer:I don’t care what it’s been. What is it now?

What a misunderstanding! Bean (Bohne) and been (gewesen) sound the same in English.

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It’s so important to get things right and keep the customers happy in the restaurant, and that means a good level in German, not just English.

Damit im voraus alle Missverständnisse aus dem Weg geräumt sind

We are starting a new Gastro-Kurse in German for restaurant service personnel. Look out for details.

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Here is another old restaurant joke.

Have you heard about that new restaurant on the moon? Great food but no atmosphere.


Happy holidays. Schöne Ferien. Bonnes vacances. Buone vacanze. Buenas vacaciones.
20
Aug

Have you already been or are you going soon?

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Have you already been or are you going soon?

Is your holiday in Cinque Terra, Andalusia, Cote d’Azur, Austria or San Francisco?

Wherever it is, it’s always a great feeling if you can at least order a meal or check in at the hotel in the language of your hosts (or go back to good old English)


Quiz

The two photographs above are:

  1. Cinque Terra and Cote d’Azur
  2. Cote d’Azur and Austria
  3. Cinque Terra and Andalusia


Answer below

Come to Alphasprachwelt, your local expert to help you speak speak speak in daily situations
in any of the languages in all those wonderful places


Quiz answer

Cinque Terra and Andalusia


Trotz Hochzeit im Unterricht
30
Jul

Wenn zwei Menschen sich finden und beschliessen, die Abenteuer des Lebens von nun an gemeinsam zu bestreiten und zu heiraten, kann einem nur das Herz aufgehen. Fügt man dann noch ein Bisschen Alpha Sprachwelt hinzu, wird das Bild nahezu perfekt.

Wenn zwei Menschen sich finden und beschliessen, die Abenteuer des Lebens von nun an gemeinsam zu bestreiten und zu heiraten, kann einem nur das Herz aufgehen. Fügt man dann noch ein Bisschen Alpha Sprachwelt hinzu, wird das Bild nahezu perfekt.

Am 6.7.2018 wurde der Alpha Sprachwelt die Ehre zuteil, die Heirat einer Englisch-Schülerin und ihres Partners zu feiern.

Nach der standesamtlichen Trauung beschloss eben diese Schülerin nämlich, trotzdem noch am nachmittäglichen Englischkurs an unserer Schule teilzunehmen.

Nach einer derart ambitionierten Tat, die das ganze Team natürlich mit nicht nur wenig Stolz erfüllte, konnte sich die Alpha Sprachwelt natürlich nicht lumpen lassen. Gemeinsam mit der Klasse wurde beschlossen, mit den gegebenen Mitteln einer Sprachschule eine kleine Hochzeitsfeier zu veranstalten.

Snacks wurden zubereitet, das Zimmer dekoriert und auch der obligatorische Prosecco fehlte nicht.

So bedankte sich die Sprachschule bei der frisch verheirateten Schülerin, welche trotz Eheschliessung den Unterricht nicht missen mochte.

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The day when two people decide to get married and face the challenges of life’s great adventure together is a heart-warming day for everyone. Add a little bit of Alpha Sprachwelt to the mix and the day comes close to perfection.

On the 6th of July, Alpha Sprachwelt was given the honour of joining in the wedding celebrations of one of our students of English and her partner.

Although her civil marriage ceremony had just taken place earlier that day, our student decided that she wanted to attend her afternoon English class.

The whole Alpha Sprachwelt team felt more then a little inspired by this keen and spirited act and it was decided that we just couldn’t let the occasion slip by without hosting our own small version of a wedding reception with the bride’s fellow students in the classroom.

Snacks were prepared, the room was decorated and, of course, the obligatory Prosecco was present in good supply.

This was Alpha’s way of expressing our thanks to the newly wed student who didn’t want to miss her English class even after her wedding.


The fast way to Cambridge First
05
Jun

Once again this month, we are running our successful one-month,daytime intensive preparation cours for the Cambridge First Certificate in English.

Here are just a few of the comments our students made after completing the last course

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Lugares sagrados y rituales maya en Guatemala
31
May

El próximo 6 de junio el Sr Carlos Arroyave, Ministro Consejero de la Embajada de Guatemala en Berna, dará una conferencia en español sobre el tema lugares sagrados y rituales maya en Guatemala.

El próximo 6 de junio el Sr Carlos Arroyave, Ministro Consejero de la Embajada de Guatemala en Berna, dará una conferencia en español sobre el tema lugares sagrados y rituales maya en Guatemala.

Si tu nivel de español es a partir de B1, será una experiencia interesante aprender cosas nuevas sobre el fascinante mundo de los mayas.

¿Te interesa? ¡Atrévete y participa!

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Excursions outside school - Sechseläuten in English
24
Apr

Here’s a photo of our English class Ripley on an excursion to the Sechseläuten procession last Monday.

Excursions outside school - Sechseläuten in English

Here’s a photo of our English class Ripley on an excursion to the Sechseläuten procession last Monday. On the right is Joanna, the class teacher.

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Part of our programme is to step outside the classroom and into the real world to do a language activity. Students always really enjoy the chance to engage with the teacher and use their English in a different sort of easy-going, informal environment. The change of scene and atmosphere is good for everybody. There is always a language task attached to the outing and it is always good fun. And it always takes place in the target language

So, on this occasion, teacher and class spoke English the whole time. As well as informal chatting about life in general, they talked about the Sechseläuten tradition, described the procession and had a drink together. Joanna tells us that the whole group enjoyed it very much.


One word that class Ripley needed was “Zunft”. What’s that in English?

  1. guilt
  2. guild
  3. quilt

Answer below


The class didn’t have to travel far. We are right round the corner from the Sechseläuten procession, at Stadelhofen. Come and see us any time.


“Zunft” is guild in English


Sächsilüüte – Das ultimative Quiz zum zünftigen Zürcher Frühlingsfest
16
Apr

Du weißt noch gar nichts über das wichtigste Fest in Zürich oder du denkst, du bist bereits ein wahrer Experte? Lerne etwas über Zürichs bedeutendstes Frühlingsfest oder teste dein Wissen und finde durch das Ankreuzen der richtigen Antworten das Lösungswort heraus!

Du weißt noch gar nichts über das wichtigste Fest in Zürich oder du denkst, du bist bereits ein wahrer Experte? Lerne etwas über Zürichs bedeutendstes Frühlingsfest oder teste dein Wissen und finde durch das Ankreuzen der richtigen Antworten das Lösungswort heraus!

Diese Webseiten helfen dir dabei:

https://www.sechselaeuten.ch/

https://www.zuerich.com/de/besuchen/sechselaeuten

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Viel Spass und viel Erfolg beim Lösen!

1.Worin liegt der Ursprung des „Sächsilüüte“-Brauchtums?

Bereits im ... beschloss der Rat, zusammengesetzt aus Mitgliedern mehrerer Zürcher Handwerker-Zünfte, dass der Feierabend in den hellen Sommermonaten eine Stunde später als in den dunklen Wintermonaten beginnen sollte, nämlich statt um fünf erst um sechs Uhr abends. Diese Umstellung wurde am ersten Montag nach der Tagundnachtgleiche Ende März von der zweitgrössten Glocke des Grossmünsters pünktlich um sechs Uhr verkündet, daher auch der Name: „Sächsilüüte“ – Läuten um sechs.

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15. Jahrhundert

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16. Jahrhundert

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17. ahrhundert

2.Dieses Jahr findet das Sächsilüüte am... statt.

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Montag, 16. April

A

Montag, 23. April

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Montag, 30. April

3.Was ist ein „Böögg“?

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Der „Böögg“ sieht aus wie ein Schneemann und verkörpert den Winter. Er wird auf einem grossen Holzhaufen verbrannt und damit wird als heidnischer Brauch der Winter vertrieben und der Frühling begrüsst.

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Der „Böögg“ ist der Holzhaufen, auf dem eine Puppe in Gestalt eines Schneemanns zur Begrüssung des Frühlings und Verabschiedung des Winters als heidnischer Brauch verbrannt wird.

4.Der „Böögg“ und das Sächsilüüte...

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... sind seit jeher untrennbar miteinander verbunden.

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... sind zwei Bräuche, die Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts zusammengelegt wurden.

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... gehören auch heute nicht zum selben Fest.

5.Der „Böögg“ und der Sommer: Im „Böögg“ sind eine Menge unterschiedlicher Kracher versteckt und machen ihn hochexplosiv. Je schneller der „Böögg“ explodiert,

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... desto regenreicher und kälter wird der Sommer.

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... desto schöner und wärmer wird der Sommer.


6. Dem Anzünden des Feuers auf dem Sächsilüüte-Platz am Montag um 18 Uhr geht ein Zug der Zürcher Zünfte zum Feuer mit.... voraus.

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... rund 2500 Personen, 250 Reitern, 40 von Pferden gezogenen Wagen und 40 Musikkorps

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... rund 3000 Personen, 300 Reitern, 30 von Pferden gezogenen Wagen und 30 Musikkorps

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... rund 3500 Personen, 350 Reitern, 50 von Pferden gezogenen Wagen und 30 Musikkorps

7. Während der Verbrennung...

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... reiten die Reitergruppen in der Umzugsreihenfolge dreimal um den „Böögg“.

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... laufen die Mitglieder der Zünfte in der Umzugsreihenfolge dreimal um das Feuer.

8. Nach der Verbrennung ab circa 20 Uhr...

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... beginnen sogleich die Aufräumarbeiten und das Fest ist zu Ende.

N

... werden mitgebrachte Würstchen auf der verbleibenden Glut gebraten.

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... wird um die Feuerstelle feierlich der Sächsilüüte-Marsch gespielt.

9. Dem Verbrennen des Bööggs geht ein Kinderumzug voraus, bei dem jedes Jahr rund 3000 Kinder im Alter von 5 bis 15 Jahren in unterschiedlichsten Trachten oder historischen Kostümen teilnehmen und von ca. 800 Musikanten aus Jugendmusikgruppen der Region Zürich begleitet werden. Er findet immer am...

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... Sonntagmorgen statt.

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... Sonntagnachmittag statt.

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... Montagmorgen statt.

Lösungswort: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Du möchtest beim Wettbewerb teilnehmen und tippen, wie lange es geht, bis der „Böögg“ explodiert, dann schau hier: https://www.zuerich.com/de/bang

und verpasse auf keinen Fall, live beim wichtigsten Zürcher Frühlingsfest dabei zu sein!


Cuando se habla de España lo primero con lo que se la relaciona es con el flamenco. Pero...
12
Apr

¿Qué es el flamenco?

Cuando se habla de España lo primero con lo que se la relaciona es con el flamenco. Pero...

¿Qué es el flamenco?

El flamenco es un arte andaluz que está compuesto por cuatro elementos fundamentales: el cante, el baile, la guitarra y la percusión.

Los bailaores interpretan los sentimientos que expresan los cantaores. El lenguaje del baile flamenco consiste en movimientos de brazos y muñecas, giros, zapateos, ritmos ycontratiempos. La guitarra y la percusión, que se ejecuta con el zapateo, las palmas, las castañuelas y el cajón, lo convierten en una pieza musical completa. Las palmas son unacompañamientoacompasado que se realiza golpeando con los dedos de una mano en la otra palma o con las dos palmas, una contra otra. El cajón es uno de los pocos instrumentos musicales donde el artista se sienta sobre él y transmite el ritmo utilizando sus palmas o las puntas de los dedos para tocarlo.

El flamenco nació a mediados del siglo XVIII en Andalucía, los grupos marginados lo usaron para expresar sus vivencias emocionales. El flamenco casi siempre se asocia con los gitanos, quizás porque es el grupo que más aportó a su nacimiento y desarrollo.

En 2010 la Unesco declaró el flamenco Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad.

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La interpretación en el baile depende mucho del tipo de cante que se esté interpretando. El flamenco es un arte que expresa sentimientos profundos: el dolor, la soledad, la angustia, la desesperación, el amor, el desamor, la pasión y la alegría son los temas centrales.

La estética es muy importante: las mujeres llevan eltraje de flamenca. Se compone de un vestido entallado y largo que se adorna con variosvolantesofaralaes. En alegres colores, los más típicos son los trajes delunares que se complementan con un mantón. Es tradicional llevar el pelo recogido en un moño, flores en el pelo y pendientesgrandes.

Los hombres llevan el traje campero que se compone de pantalón, camisa, fajín, tirantes y chaqueta. Su sello de elegancia procede de sus orígenes de clase alta. Ambos usan zapatos de tacón ancho con suelas especiales para el zapateao.

Los palos del flamenco son cada uno de los estilos de cante de este arte y existen más de cincuenta. Para entenderlos es importante saber que cada uno de los palos del flamenco tiene una estructura, con una parte fija y con una parte variable, porque en un tablao (lugar donde se representan los

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espectáculos de flamenco) puede pasar de todo y hay que dejar un espacio a la improvisación.

Se podría decir que cada palo flamenco expresa un tipo de sentimiento diferente. El cante jondo o loscantes grandesexpresan sentimientos dolorosos y profundos: soleás, fandangos, seguiriyas. Los cantes fiesteros expresanalegría, sensualidad y pasión: alegrías, bulerías y sevillanas.

A veces la música vocal, instrumental y de percusión, junto con el arte de la danza, se fusionan hasta el punto que el público puede experimentar el duende. El duende es una sensación envolvente que llega a poseer al espectador gracias a la magia del flamenco. Éste traspasa las fronteras de la técnica y de la inspiración, y va más allá. El “duende” sorprende porque llega sin avisar y, cuando un artista experimenta su presencia, se emplea la expresión “tener duende”.

¡Olé!

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Spot the mistakes. Ringo Starr, the second “Sir Beatle”
05
Apr

There are 6 mistakes in the English in the text below. Two are given, marked in bold. Can you find the other four?

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There are 6 mistakes in the English in the text below. Two are given, marked in bold. Can you find the other four

Two weeks ago, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (1) is knighted. That means that he (2) got Sir Richard Starkey (his real name). Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was knighted and became the first “Sir Beatle” twenty one years ago. He and Ringo are yet good friends and they had diner together in Los Angeles before Ringo went to Buckingham Palace in London for the ceremony. Ringo was a bit nervous and would to hear about Paul’s experiences and get some tips. And so what advices did Paul give to Ringo about the ceremony? “Keep smiling”.

The first two mistakes:

  1. was knighted
  2. became Sir Richard Starkey


Can you find the other four?

Try it with your friends and family or with your work colleagues at lunchtime. You will find the solution at the bottom of the page.

Here’s a tip. The mistakes are all as in the examples above - single words, the wrong word or wrong form etc. You don’t have to try to reformulate sentences, just find four single words.


Quiz:

There are other famous rock stars who have been knighted. From the list below, which one is (or was) not knighted and so not “a Sir”? Answer below

Mick Jagger

David Bowie

Elton John

Rod Stewart

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Sir Ringo and Sir Paul together recently


Here is the correct text in full

Last week, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (1) was knighted. That means that he (2) becameSir Richard Starkey (his real name). Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was knighted and became the first “Sir Beatle” twenty one years ago. He and Ringo are (3) still good friends and they had (4) dinner together in Los Angeles before Ringo went to Buckingham Palace in London for the ceremony. Ringo was a bit nervous and (5) wanted to hear about Paul’s experiences and get some tips.

And so what (6) advice did Paul give to Ringo about the ceremony? “Keep smiling”.

  1. was knighted
  2. became Sir Richard Starkey
  3. still good friends, not yet
  4. dinner, not diner
  5. wanted to hear, not would
  6. advice, not advices

Quiz answer

David Bowie. He was offered a knighthood in 2003, but turned it down and so never became Sir David.

Brendan Dorian


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