Hello, nice to meet you!

Congratulations to my Third year students this year for your Project: Personal nice to meet youIntroductions! They are all unique and very interesting!

In this Project we introduce ourselves and talk about our interests, hobbies, people we admire and what we like doing in our free time.

I’m very happy to share our first project in the blog. You can see our introductions here.

I hope we can make more interesting projects together!

Final Project: Let’s go to the cinema!

Congratulations to my 5th year students of the first term of the year for your final work!!!

I’m very proud of you and happy to show your projects in my blog!

Now everybody out there, get ready! Get some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the videos they made:

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A film trailer based on Peppa Pig by Franco, Joaquín and Lucas. They chose some scenes of the well-known series and used the app called Narrator’s voice to convert the script they invented from text to voice. And here is the result. Well done, boys!

Pay Day, a short film by Felipe, Santiago, Julián, Nicolás Agüero and Jano. What happens when a group of thieves hack the security system and plan their robbery, but also have some time to listen to their favourite song?

The Final trailer was made by Maite, Valentina, Beltrán and Mateo. What happens when a student is “hooked” by the screen of his computer? What will his desperation lead him to do? Watch and see!  Special thanks to the teacher Emilio Garcia Munitis and the student Juan Balaguer for collaborating in this project! Great acting and very good English!!

A video interview to celebrities on TV by Julia, Bianca, Ángeles, Sabina and Rebeca. Are you into celebrity gossip? Then, don’t miss this programme! But always watch the weather forecast first!

A short film, a thriller at school by Valentino, Nicolás Melía and Kevin. Fiction inside fiction. A group of students don’t know what to do for their final English project. They have been absent to the last class and now they need to fix the situation and pass their final. What will they do? Coming soon! It needs a little editing.

 

 

Our favourite things

Welcome to our first mini project my dear second-year students this year!

We all have different interests, and things we love. My favourite pictureMy passion is teaching English, and I love learning, too. There are three things I can’t live without: books, music and Art.

Here’s my favourite picture at home, it´s very special for me, it’s got very soft colours and the drawings ‘go out’ of the frame:

I love making handcraft. One of my favourite objects is a glass clock I made years ago, with the technique called Tiffany, for making vitraux or glass objects. I love workiMy glass clockng with glass, it’s magical, every object you make with this technique is unique.

I love language and enjoy learning about new words and phrases, reading, specially fantasy and mystery stories and watching films. In my free time I like meeting my friends and I love getting together with my family. Sometimes I go for walks in our wood and listen to my favourite music. I like pop, classical rock, and a music style called classical crossover, a fusion of classical, opera music and pop. One of my favourite singers with that style is Sarah Brightman. She is a British singer and is very famous for musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and others. I listened to her at the Luna Park, in Buenos Aires, in 2009, it was a great concert! Here you can watch a clip of that song when she sang here again in 2013:

What about you? What are your favourite things? Who are your favourite people? What do you love doing in your free time?

Let’s read!

Would you like to read a story in English? Do you often read in English or are you just starting? No matter if you are a beginner or an experienced reader, you will find lots virtuallibraryof free e-books to choose from here: english-e-books.net

What about reading and also listening to an e-book in English?

You can not only download the written version but also the audio of the story, so you can get great listening practice, too, while you learn new words and their pronunciation.

e-readerWhy don’t you pick an e-book you like, read it and then leave your comments here? Tell me the book you read and what you thought about it and why.

World Mysteries Project: Mermaids

A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish; many non-Latin languages distinguish the original siren (Siren, German Sirene) from the siren with fish tail. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa, Asia and precolombine Cultures. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of smermaid-1hame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

Hybrids of woman and bird

Although at first it was shown as hybrids of woman and bird with which the Egyptians symbolized Ba, later the Church, they became representatives of the voluptuousness and assimilated their songs with the attractiveness of the false doctrines. In the West, they became metamorphosed in pisciform beings from century IX, when the Liber Monstrorum began to spread.

In the context of Greek mythology, sirens are slightly diffuse creatures because of the remote and rich background of their origin, probably linked to the world of the dead. According to the original myths, they were beings with a bird’s body and a woman’s face or torso, which are unmistakably always distinguished by the fact of having a musical voice, prodigiously attractive and hypnotic

In pre-classical times they began to assimilate, but never fully, certain isolated aspects of other nymphs such as Naiads or Nereids: in particular, the more or less direct association with the liquid medium and the fatality of their attractiveness.

Naiads and nereids were lethal to men because of their aquatic nature, although they were usually beneficial and aided; On the other hand, the sirens acquired an evil character of monstrous hue, for the irresistible influence of their song led intentionally to perdition. The ships that approached their island ended up crashing against the rocks and they devoured the sailors, leaving the coast full of bones.

In the British Isles: Sirens were observed in British folklore as omens of bad luck. Mermaids could also swim in fresh water and reach the rivers and lakes and drown their victims, making them believe they were drowning people. Sometimes sirens could cure illnesses. Some sirens were described as large monsters up to 600 m

In China: In some ancient tales, sirens are a species whose tears become precious pearls. Mermaids can also weave a very valuable material that is not only light but also beautiful and transparent. Because of this, the fishermen always wanted to catch them, but the singing of the sirens made it difficult. In other Chinese legends, mermaids are wonderful creatures, skillful and versatile and it was badly seen that the fishermen wanted to capture them.

In the Iberian Peninsula: The siren stories are also very famous in the peninsula, there are a lot of stories about fish-women seducing the  sailors, although in others, these nymphs are totally benevolent

The Neo-Taíno nations of the Caribbean identify a mermaid called Aycayia with attributes of the goddess Jagua and the hibiscus flower of the majagua tree Hibiscus tiliaceus. In modern Caribbean culture, there is a mermaid recognized as a Haitian vodou loa called La Sirene (lit. “the mermaid”), representing wealth, beauty and the orisha Yemaya.

The best-known example of mermaids in literature is probably Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, first published in 1837. In the original story, a young mermaid falls in love with a human prince whom she saves from drowning when his ship is wrecked in a storm. Although her grandmother tells her not to envy humans, who live much shorter lives than mermaids, and whose only consolation is an immortal soul, the mermaid chooses to risk her life in order to be with the prince. She trades her tongue and her beautiful voice to the sea-witch in exchange for a draught that will make her human and allow her to live on land. She will have to rely on her beauty and charm to win the prince’s love, as she will be entir<img class=”alignright size-medium
Catholicism and the Sirens:

The sirens were used as a symbol of the dangerous temptation embodied by women, regularly throughout the Christian art of medieval times; However, in the seventeenth century, some Jesuit writers began to assert their real existence, including Cornelius, who said of the woman, “her look is like that of the legendary basilisk, her voice as mermaid, which enchants and with her beauty Deprives of reason. ” Antonio de Lorea and Atanasio Kircher argued that the sirens would have appeared aboard the ark of Noah. Others indicate that the sirens were sinners who somehow managed to survive the flood, but claim that God does not create human beings part and animal part.

World Mysteries Project: The Loch Ness Monster

loch-ness-monsterThis is one of the most well-known mysteries, the Loch Ness Monster in Scottland. You have probably seen this photo before. But is this a real mystery or is this a fake photograph?

Some people in Argentina have heard about a similar mystery, the Nahuelito, or the Nahuel Huapi monster.

But let’s find out more about the original enigma in this presentation made by Camila Marchán, María Maimone, Valentina Lamoureux, Oliverio Di Paolo and Nicolás Campodónico.

 

World Mysteries Project: Big Foot and Yasy Yateré

Have you ever heard about Bigfoot?

In this presentation by Luna Cabutti, Lola Alonso Citon, Malvina Harispe, Mora Pervieux and Malena Torino, you will see what these mysteries are about.

What about Yasy Yateré? You can listen to it in Spanish and read the translation into English, made by Luna.