Saturday, 31 December 2016

NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

Today is 31st December. It's NEW YEAR'S EVE !!!
Many countries celebrate New Year on 1st January in different ways. Celebrations start on the New Year's Eve on December 31st. Hotels, restaurants, clubs and pubs organize New Year Eve parties. People sing, dance and have fun. 




And just when the clock strikes midnight ( 12 o'clock ) everyone join hands and sing a traditional old song "Auld Lang Syne". 



"Auld Lang Syne" is a poem written by Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, in 1788 and it is very popular in English- speaking countries.
People sing this song to celebrate the start of the New Year, but also in emotional moments, at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. 


 Here you have a version with English and Spanish subtitles, so that you can understand the lyrics.


Here you can listen and read two different subtitled versions adapted to today's English. Which one do you like best?





People kiss, drink champagne and say " Happy New Year". With loved ones and friends at a distance people exchange greetings through SMSs, Whatsapps and phone calls. 


And YOU? What do you do on New Year's Eve? 
Write a comment and tell me !!! 


Monday, 26 December 2016

BOXING DAY

Today is December 26th, the day after Christmas Day. It's Boxing Day and it's a bank holiday. For many people Boxing Day is a time to recover from the excesses of Christmas Day and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends .
Some people choose to go for a walk in the countryside or park.
Some others watch or play sports. Football and horse racing are the most popular activities.Some people go fox hunting.
They also play boardgames at home... 
... or watch TV. 
In many countries Boxing Day is a Shopping Holiday.

Some shops are open and the New Year sales start with reduced prices. 
Lots of people go shopping .

And you, what do you do the day after Christmas Day?
Do you like shopping? Write about it in a comment.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

CHRISTMAS EVE

Today is December 24th and  it is a very special day for young children because Santa Claus is coming tonight.
In the United Kingdom children put Christmas stockings at the ends of their beds or near the fireplace. 
If the children have been good, Father Christmas will  fill them up with small presents and candy. 


In the past, people put up Christmas decorations on Christmas Eve, but today, most people decorate their homes one or two weeks before Christmas Day. 

In the past, people decorated the house with evergreen: holly, mistletoe and ivy.




HOLLY

     MISTLETOE  
       
    IVY

Now, people decorate the inside and outside of their houses with  lights, garlands, bells ...  
Red and green are the traditional colours of Christmas decorations.
Do you have a Christmas tree full of decorations in the living room? Do you put presents under the tree? What's on top of your tree? A star or an angel?
Is there a wreath on the front door?

Write a comment and tell me about how you decorate your home and what you do on Christmas Eve.



Wednesday, 21 December 2016

SONG: I WANT A ZOO FOR CHRISTMAS



What do you want for Christmas? Write a comment and tell me. 


Monday, 19 December 2016

Friday, 16 December 2016

VIDEO: IT'S CHRISTMAS

This video and its rights are property of Oxford University Press. 
The share in this blog has no commercial, but educational purposes.



Jessica: It’s Christmas Eve! This is my advent calendar.
Ben: Look at the Christmas tree, Jessica!
Jessica: Ben!
Mum: Here are your Christmas stockings!
Jessica: Thanks Mum!
Dad: Do you like mince pies?
Ben: Yes. Thank you.
Ben: It’s Christmas Day!
Jessica: Look at our presents!
Mum and Dad: Happy Christmas!
Jessica and Ben: Happy Christmas!
Jessica: Oh, thanks Mum and Dad! I’ve got a CD!
Ben: I’ve got a football! Thank you!
Jessica: This is our Christmas dinner. We have roast turkey. I love turkey!
Everyone: Happy Christmas!




Write a comment and answer the questions.
Win 1 extra point per correct sentence.


1 Jessica opens her advent calendar. What day is it?

  •  It’s Easter.
  •  It’s Christmas Eve.
  •  It’s Christmas Day.
2 What does Mum give them on Christmas Eve?
  • stockings
  • decorations
  • presents

3 The next day they open presents. What’s Ben’s present?

  • It’s a CD.
  • It’s a stocking.
  • It’s a football.
4 The next day they open presents. What’s Jessica’s present?
  • It’s a CD.
  • It’s a stocking.
  • It’s a football.
5 Where are the presents?
  • They are next to the Christmas tree.
  • They are under the Christmas tree.
  • They are on the Christmas tree.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

STORY: A REAL COWBOY ( BS 4 UNIT 1)

This video and its rights are property of Oxford University Press. 
The share in this blog has no commercial, but educational purposes.



Here you can watch the story and read the subtitles too.



Write a comment and answer the questions.
 Get 1 point per correct sentence.

1 Why is Tom not a real cowboy?
 He doesn’t like canoeing.
 He doesn’t like horse riding.
 He doesn’t like swimming.

2 What does Sue-Ellen like?
 She likes jogging.
 She likes fishing.
 She likes canoeing.

3 What does Sue-Ellen like?
 She likes swimming.
 She likes skateboarding.
 She likes sledging.

4 Where are Tom and Sue-Ellen now?
 They are on the riverbank.
 They are in the park.
 They are in the water.

5 Is Tom a real cowboy now?
 Yes, he is.
 No, he isn't.
 I don’t know.




STORY: SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER

It's Christmas Eve. Can Santa deliver all the presents in time? Watch the story to find out!
Click on the CC button to read the subtitles in English.



What is Christmas Eve like where you live? Do you get presents on Christmas Eve? Who brings the presents? Is it Santa? When do you get presents? Write a comment and tell us all about your Christmas Eve! 

You can win 1 extra point per correct sentence.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

CHRISTMAS GAME

Click on the image and play the game. There are 10 sentences to rearrange.
Write a comment and win 1 extra point per correct sentence.







Thursday, 1 December 2016

ADVENT CALENDAR

An Advent Calendar is a calendar where you can find a surprise for every day from December 1st to December 24th. Click on the Christmas tree and you'll find out different facts about Christmas in England. But don't try to cheat! You cannot click on the dates which have not arrived yet. Be patient!







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