Tomorrow is 23rd April. This date commemorates the death of two universal writers: Shakespeare and Cervantes. They both died in 1616.
Miguel de Cervantes is possibly the most famous Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright.
He was born in September 1547 in Alcalá de Henares, a city near Madrid (Spain). He was the fourth of seven children. His father was a doctor and his paternal grandfather was a lawyer. When he was young he started writing short poems. He lived in Italy. Before being a writer, he was a soldier in a regiment of the Spanish Navy. Did you know that he was in prison for five years?
His most famous novel “El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha” was published in 1605. It was very popular and Cervantes published the second part in 1615.
He also wrote poems, dramas and comedies.
William Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer in English Literature.
He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, a town near Birmingham (England, UK) en 1564. He was the third of eight children. His father was a prosperous merchant. He was a poet, dramatist and actor. He wrote poems, comedies, tragedies, romance, historical plays...
His most famous dramas are: Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet...
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On April 1st there is a robbery at the Howard Art Gallery in Liverpool.
At nine o’clock the security guards close the art gallery and go home.
Security Guard 1: Good night, Bill.
Security Guard 2:Good night.
Now there aren’t any security guards in the art gallery, but there are some robbers in the cupboard.
Robber 1: Shh!
The robbers take three paintings.
Robber 1:You get the Monet. I can take the Picasso. Al, you get the Dali.
Robber 3:Yes, boss.
In the morning the robbers phone the police.
Robber 1:In the art gallery there’s a map to help you find the paintings.
Policeman: Here’s the map! Now let’s see ... Go down the steps to the zebra crossing.
Policeman: Cross the road and go past the cinema to the traffic lights.Policeman: Turn right at the traffic lights and go straight ahead to the football stadium.Policeman: Turn right at the stadium and right again into the park. Go through the gates and cross the park.Policeman: Wait a minute! Where am I?
Policeman: I’m at the art gallery again. The paintings are in the toilets?
The paintings are in a tube behind the toilet with a note.Policeman: We don’t want the paintings. We hope you like the tour.This time we got three paintings. Next time it might be four!
Newspaper: Bad robbers teach art gallery a lesson.
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Autism affects approximately 1 out of every 100 children around the world. It is a neural development disorder that affects their ability to socialize normally by impacting their abilities to utilize verbal and non-verbal communication.
April Fools' Day is celebrated in many countries on April 1st. It's not a holiday, but on this day, some people play tricks or funny jokes on friends, family members or other people to make the victim feel fool or stupid. In Spain we have a similar celebration on 28th December "Dia dels Inocents".
Traditionally, in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, the jokes finish at noon (12 o'clock), and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". In other countries ( France, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S.A.), the jokes last all day.
SOME TRICKY JOKES
Can you read this?
In this video you can see a teacher playing a funny trick on his class.
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Once upon a time, there were no rivers and lakes in China. There was only the Eastern Sea. Four dragons lived in the sea.
‘I'm the black dragon.’
‘I'm the yellow dragon.’
‘I'm the long dragon.’
‘I'm the pearl dragon.’
One day they visited the centre of China.
‘Come over here quickly!’
‘The people are sad.’ The people prayed.
‘Our children are hungry.’
‘God, please send rain quickly.’ ‘We need rain to grow rice.’ It was very sunny and there was no rain. The rice plants died. The dragons decided to ask the Emperor for rain.
‘The people need our help.’
‘Let's go and see the Emperor.’
The dragons asked the Emperor for rain.
‘Please send rain quickly, Your Majesty.’
But the Emperor was not interested, he was more interested in the songs of the fairies.
‘Yes, yes, OK. Tomorrow.’
‘Thank you, Your Majesty!’
Ten days passed and there was still no rain. The people were very hungry and the dragons were very unhappy.
‘Our rice fields are dry.’
‘We have no rice.’
‘The Emperor isn't worried about the people. He's listening to the songs of the fairies.’
‘I've got an idea. There's lots of water in the sea. Let's take some to the people.’
‘Great idea! Come on. Let's help the people!’
The dragons transported water from the sea to the people.
‘It's raining! It's raining!’
‘We can grow rice again!’
But the Emperor was very angry.
‘How dare the four dragons bring rain. Mountain God, go and get four mountains and trap the dragons so that they can't escape! They can stay there forever!’
The Mountain God was magic and he trapped the four dragons with four mountains.
‘But we can still help the people.’
Each dragon was now a big river. And this is why China has got four great rivers.
‘I'm the river in the centre of China.’
‘I'm the river in the north of China.’
‘I'm the river in the south of China.’
‘I'm the river in the far south of China.’
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1. What are the people praying for? 2. Why doesn’t the Emperor send rain? 3. Why are the dragons unhappy? 4. How long does the Emperor want the four dragons to stay in the mountains for? 5. What are the four dragons now?
Last weekend, I went to the snow in Javalambre (Teruel) with my friends and my family. It was a sunny day with a lot of snow near us. We went up the mountains in a chairlift. In Javalambre there are different ski slopes, and they are classified in 5 groups:
GREEN - They are very easy. BLUE – They are a little difficult. RED – They are difficult. BLACK – They are very, very difficult. PURPLE – They are the most difficult. These slopes are for professionals.
I love skiing because it’s a very good sport. It’s very fun and cool too. Up in a mountain I was very frightened, like Tilly Smith, because the mountain I went up was 2000 metres high. It was a very careful adventure!!
I was wearing a grey helmet, red sunglasses, a red jacket, black gloves and black trousers. There were lots of people in the mountains.
After skiing, my friends and I made a snowball fight. It was very interesting to know who was the winner. Later we were playing in the snow with the sleighs. It was a good time and we laughed a lot.
later... this was the result.
My friend and
I were the winners because… LOOK AT OUR BALL!!!!!!!