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Not my last goodbye....

Dear All,

Some of you probably already know, and some don't. I've temporarily changed jobs, and I'm currently teaching English to singing students in Madrid's conservatoires. This is a motivating challenge and I'm sure it's going to be a fun and beautiful job. 

I'll be available through the blog and email, if you want to contact me. I wish you the best for this academic year, and I hope our paths cross again at some point  ;-)

Keep learning and keep singing no more guachi-guachis ;-) 

Hugs for everybody! 



Tainted Love

Hi there again!
This morning I woke up with this song... Hm "Sometimes I feel I've got to run away..." Why such sentence on a day like this? ;-)

Welcome back!


IPA Tweets

Hi there!
I just started following a Twitter account that has all its tweets in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). It's a fun way of practising your phonetics ;-)

You can follow them here or visit their webpage here.


News in English (with subtitles)

Did you know the CNN has a You Tube channel for students? Check this link


Improving your speaking skills

Check this link on typical pronunciation errors by Spanish speakers


Summer Readings (revisited)

Dear All, 

Some of you asked me to recommend some readings for the summer. Sorry it took me a while (the last weeks have been a bit crazy...)

This year we've lost some great authors, so you may want to pay them some tribute by reading one of their books:  
- Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. You can read the first chapter here
- Alistair MacLeod's No Great Mischief (novel) or any of his stories collected in Island. I have both, so let me know if you want to borrow them. 
- Three stories by Ana María Matute translated into English. I found this PDF online; the stories start on page 8, and then you have the Spanish original as well.
- All of the books by Gabriel García Márquez can be found on Amazon in English translation. But if you want to print or read Love in the Time of Cholera online, you can find it here

Other books that you may also want to read easily are:
- John Steinbeck's The Pearl
- Any of the novels in the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series that you already know about
- Typical teachers' recommendations include: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Kite Runner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, etc. 

Here's a link I found with original books recommended by levels.
And here's another one my colleage Ms Bermejo just gave me, including other non-fiction genres.

A couple of years ago, my NA1 students wrote a review on the books they read during the course. Here's the post where you can read their reviews and see if there's something you'd like.

I hope you can find something to read and enjoy this summer. 
I'll post the call for oral exams next week, so I'm not saying goodbye yet! ;-)