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False friends

Hello everyone!

Today we’re going to talk about ‘false friends’, words in English that, given their similarity with Spanish ones, are often confusing for students. Let’s start with, probably, the most common false friend:

Sensitive vs Sensible

When students want to say ‘Sara es muy sensible’ they often write ‘Sara is very sensible’. However, it should be written ‘Sara is very sensitive’ as ‘sensible’ in English  means sensata/o.

Now, take a look at the following list of words in Spanish, how would you say them in English?

  1. Decepción
  2. Embarazada
  3. Actualmente
  4. Asistir (a un evento)
  5. Estar constipado
  6. Librería
  7. Carpeta
  8. Carrera (universitaria)
  9. Largo
  10. Simpático
  11. Terrorífico
  12. Fábrica

The correct answers are:

  1. Disappointment
  2. Pregnant
  3. Currently
  4. Attend
  5. To have a cold
  6. Bookshop
  7. Folder
  8. Degree
  9. Long
  10. Friendly
  11. Terrifying
  12. Factory

Notice the difference between the correct word and the false friend:

  1. Disappointment vs Deception (engaño)
  2. Pregnant vs Embarrased (avergonzada/o)
  3. Currently vs Actually (en realidad)
  4. Attend vs Assist (Ayudar)
  5. To have a cold vs To be constipated (Estar estreñido)
  6. Bookshop vs Library (Biblioteca)
  7. Folder vs Carpet (Alfombra/moqueta)
  8. Degree vs Career (Carrera/trayectoria profesional)
  9. Long vs Large (Grande)
  10. Friendly vs Sympathetic (compasivo)
  11. Terrifying vs Terrific (genial, fantástico)
  12. Factory vs Fabric (tela/tejido)

 

Now that you know the difference, fill in the gaps with the correct word:

  1. Jamie is ___________ studying a __________ in Biology.
  2. It is a ____________ way from Coruña to Barcelona.
  3. I’m going to the _____________ to study because it is quieter than in my house.
  4. Sara is a very __________ person, everyone likes her.
  5. Insidious is a ____________ movie, I was really scared when I watched it
  6. Please, don’t forget to take your __________ at the end of the class.
  7. Are you going to ___________ the meeting?
  8. Silk is said to be the softest ___________
  9. Losing the game was a huge _______________
  10. I am going to stay at home today as I have a terrible __________

How did it go? Scroll down to check your answers at the end of the post!

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Have a great January everyone!

 

  1. Jamie is CURRENTLY studying a DEGREE in Biology.
  2. It is a LONG  way from Coruña to Barcelona.
  3. I’m going to the LIBRARY to study because it is quieter than in my house.
  4. Sara is a very FRIENDLY person, everyone likes her.
  5. Insidious is a TERRIFYING movie, I was really scared when I watched it
  6. Please, don’t forget to take your FOLDER(S) at the end of the class.
  7. Are you going to ATTEND the meeting?
  8. Silk is said to be the softest FABRIC
  9. Losing the game was a huge DISAPPOINTMENT
  10. I am going to stay at home today as I have a terrible COLD

 

British Council (Part 1)

Hello everyone!

Today we have something really interesting for you, we are going to talk about the British Council.

What is that? Most of you must be wondering. Well, exactly! That’s why we have asked our teacher Chris Hurling to explain.

Some of you may not know Chris so a brief introduction is in order: Continue reading “British Council (Part 1)”

The Passive Voice (Part 2)

Hello everyone!

Last January we wrote a post about the passive voice (you can check it out here) but we told you that it was part 1! So today we are going to take a look at 2 other types of passives (usually for Intermediate students and above) which can be quite tricky to master.

Let’s take a look at the following active sentence: Continue reading “The Passive Voice (Part 2)”

Learning English through play

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How did those question tags go? Check your answers here:

Answers

And as for the extra challenge….

Continue reading “Learning English through play”

Internet slang

Hello eveybody!

HRU? What do you think our renewed website and blog? Judging by your hits on the site it must be pretty cool, eh?

Well, FYI, pretty cool new things are going on at Euroschool! Everybody is B2W and I promise you will soon know about them but, meanwhile, let’s take a look at some internet abbreviations, shall we? 🙂 Continue reading “Internet slang”

Each step counts

Hi folks!

How’s the weekend going? I hope you have enjoyed our quiz on idioms in the previous post, our students surely have! And as promised, here are the answers: 1B, 2A, 3A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 7C, 8A, 9A, 10B, 11A, 12C.

Today we have a post about the younger students, our kiddies. Carol Banet (Head of Junior Department) has written the following article to shed some lights on the YLE exams, why they are becoming so popular and her experience when students prepare and take these exams. Enjoy!

How many times as a teacher or as parents have we asked ourselves ‘How can I motivate young children to study English?’ ‘What can be done to maintain their interest?’ ‘How can they be motivated?’ ‘What about making the time spent at school more enjoyable and entertaining?’

Cambridge Young Learner exams can be one of the ways to answer these questions.

What are Cambridge Young Learners exams?

Cambridge Young Learner exams are tests specially designed for children at primary and lower- secondary school. These tests are an excellent way to motivate our students to learn English, build their confidence using a foreign language and  show parents the progress the students make.

Why should students take Young Learners exams?

These are not the classical tests students normally do at their schools. These are activity- based tests which focus on putting into practice English for everyday situations, covering familiar and interesting topics for the students specially designed to develop the skills students need to communicate in English as a second language in a natural way.

Tests where the most important thing is not what students cannot do but what they can do!

What level are the exams?

There are three levels: STARTERS, MOVERS & FLYERS. All of them designed so students improve their English following a well planned, interesting syllabus. These exams are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The exams are divided into three parts, covering all language skills appropriate to each level: Reading & Writing, Listening & Speaking.

What do students get after doing the exam?

All students will receive an award. They will be awarded a Cambridge Certificate which will show a number of shields, according to the student´s performance in the different parts of the exam.

Personally speaking, I really think that this is an excellent way to motivate students to see how they can make the study of a subject something more interesting, enjoyable and practical. Soon students at this early age will not be afraid of taking exams and they will see them as something natural and normal in their education. Parents would be surprised if they knew how many times students who have done one of the tests are asking when they will be taking the next.

Written by Carol Banet