RECOMMENDATION FOR THE SUMMER

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Looking for ways to improve your English this summer? Here’s a website that will keep you busy for a few weeks. It contains real spontaneous English videos from beginner to advanced level plus ejercises for each video. CLICK ON THE LOGO BELOW:

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extr@ English…

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extr@ English…

promises language learning with laughter, in an authentic London setting. With 30 hilarious, half-hour sitcom programmes, the extra@ series is a delight for anyone learning English, especially young adults. The adventures of the four main characters in their London flat are stylish and funny.

The programmes feature lively, colloquial English dialogue. The characters speak naturally, but clearly with constant repetition and use of visual prompts (subtitles) that help learners without detracting from the storyline. The series follows a syllabus in line with the aims of modern EFL curricula, practicing functions and structures suitable for intermediate level learners.

The Episodes of extr@ English:  CLICK HERE

 

SPEECHYARD

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Speechyard is a platform that allows English students, specially those at an intermediate and advanced level, learn English through films, series and books.

You have to sign up with your Facebook account or email address and then select your language, which will be used for translations.

Go to the content tab to choose either films or series or books. In the learning page you can learn the words and expressions that you have previously selected while watching a film or reading a book. And you can use the community page to practise your English with other learners.

There are thousands of full movies, series and books to choose from.

This video explains how Speechyard works.

ACCENTS – Can you distinguish all these different accents?

HOAXES… and gullibility!

…HERE ARE SOME OF THE GREATEST HOAXES EVER. ENJOY!!!

SPAGHETTI HARVEST 1957

Not everybody was amused by the BBC’s famous spaghetti harvest documentary.Hundreds of people called the corporation after the broadcast asking where they could get hold of a spaghetti bush so they could grow their own crop.

And many viewers – including BBC staff – who had been taken in by the Panorama April Fool criticised the use of a serious factual programme to make an elaborate joke.

But the broadcast, which showed a Swiss family harvesting spaghetti from trees, has gone down as one of the best April Fools of all time.

SOME VIEWERS’ MEMORIES OF THE APRIL FOOLS DAY HOAX:

I was five years old and remember my mother saying that she never knew spaghetti grew on trees! I remember thinking “Spaghetti? What’s spaghetti?” We hadn’t even had the tinned variety by then, let alone sticks of the stuff! A brilliant item which showed that the BBC had a real sense of fun.
Marilyn Prowse, Great Britain My dad lovedPanorama, so of course we watched the spaghetti harvest with great interest. We were completely taken in. Richard Dimbleby was so revered that he could have sold us the Brooklyn Bridge! I remember my dad saying afterwards,”So that’s where spaghetti comes from.” We hadn’t a clue – all our spaghetti came out of tins!
Val Ford, Tunbridge Wells, UK

When this was broadcast I was just eight years old and – of course – believed everything I was told or saw on the television. The TV was a bit of a novelty for my family in 1957 and I had no reason then to disbelieve this new and amazing media. My problem was that for years and years afterwards I believed that spaghetti grew on trees. It wasn’t until many years later when I was in my late teens that I realised this was perhaps not the case and even now at 56 I’m hopeful of spotting one or two trees as I drive around the country and the continent. One of the great April Fools jokes and one I’ll always cherish.
Tony Frost, England

I remember it well, I was five at the time, and watched this with my dear old Dad. Mum was out for the night. We were taken in totally. Very pleased with ourselves that we knew how spaghetti was produced, we told Mum when she got back in. We could not understand why she fell about laughing! I still have fond memories of Panorama in the old days.
Sue Elsey, England 

INSTANT COLOUR TV HOAX


Sweden’s most famous April Fool’s Day hoax occurred on April 1, 1962. At the time, STV (Sveriges Television) was the only television channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white.

The station announced that their “technical expert,“ Kjell Stensson, was going to describe a process that would allow people to view color images on their existing black-and-white sets.

The broadcast cut to Stensson sitting in front of a television set in the studio. He began to explain how the process worked. His discussion was highly technical, going into details about the prismatic nature of light and the phenomenon of “double slit interference.“ But at last he arrived at the main point. Researchers, he said, had recently discovered that a fine-meshed screen placed in front of a black-and-white television screen would cause the light to bend in such a way that it would appear as if the image was in color.

Stensson told viewers they could experience the effect at home with the help of some simple, readily accessible materials. Nylon stockings, it turned out, were the perfect fabric to use as a fine-meshed screen. So all viewers had to do, Stensson said, was to cut open a pair of stockings and tape them over the screen of their television set. The image on the television should suddenly appear to be in color.

MORE HOAXES AT http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/

YOU CAN EVEN TAKE A “GULLIBILTY” TEST TO SEE HOW NAÏVE YOU ARE: HERE. AND THERE’S ANOTHER TEST HERE

Are You Gullible? YOU TUBE TEST

The guy on this video uses the word “baloney” see our next Word-of-the-week” instalment to find out what that means!

VIDEO WHICH SHOWS THE SIMPLICITY OF SOME…AND THE GULLIBILTY OF OTHERS!!

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