Brain picnic

Collection of free educational games of some subjects. When you play you get points every time you are  right, and so you can control the learning progress.


Free eBooks

Would you like to read in English?  Then, browse through a library and find the right book for you.  They are books for English children, but you can find the right one just trying some of them.  Choose the age to the right and you can see a big library of free eBooks and activities to enjoy online.  Click HERE if you want to choose it now.


Cartoon style for you

I have found this editor in a blog (Think in English) and I think it is a very useful tool for class projects.  You can use cartoon style speech and thought bubbles in any image.

You have to upload an image or use a photo from Phrase.it, write some sentences in the bubbles and that's all.  You get it.



Christmas Trivia



Enjoy with music

Noisegames  is a collection of fun, noise-making games.  Would you like to try?  Click on the picture and enjoy!

Un, dos, el micrófono

Image: bigchus /flickr.com



 I'm sure you will enjoy this.  I never knew one  word in the English language that can be a noun,  verb, adjective, adverb,  preposition.

Read  until the end ... you'll  laugh.

This  two-letter word in English has more meanings  than any other two-letter word, and that word  is'UP.'   It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv],  [prep], [adj], [n] or [v]....MORE

Photo from http://www.freephotosbank.com/photographers/1/


English Grammar on line

I've just found this learning website.  It has got grammar lessons, exercises and everything you need to learn English.  This is the link: My English Pages.  I hope you'll find it interesting and useful.

Image: renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

An Ode to English Plural

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?...


April Fool's Day

What do you know about this celebration?  Look at this QUIZ and answer the questions.  Now, read the TEXT and do the matching exercise.

Finally, watch this video, it' is a funny joke in a Maths class.


When the British Isles became Great Britain

The name Great Britain refers to the union of what were  four separate countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  When did it happen?  On March 24th 1603 King James became King of England, but he was already a king - King James VI of Scotland.  He was the first Stuart monarch to rule both countries creating the kingdom of Great Britain.  In 1707 an act of Parliament formally brought the two countries together.


Borrowing days

The last three days of March are said to be borrowed from April according to a Celt tradition.  These days have a reputation for being stormy.  An old ballad tells how capricious March begged generous April for a loan and then rendered the three days awful:

                              The first of them was wind and wet,
                              The second of them was snow and sleet,
                              The third of them was such a freeze,
                              It froze the birds' claws to the trees.

There are different explanations for this: Scottish folklore proposes that these three days were borrowed from April so that March might extend his power.  READ MORE...

But, Irish folklore says that an old brindled cow boasted that even the rigours of March could not kill her, whereupon March borrowed three days from April and using these with redoubled fury, killed and skinned the poor old cow.  READ MORE...


The Spring equinox

The spring equinox is one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, but about to tip over on the side of light. The spring equinox is sacred to dawn, youth, the morning star and the east. The Saxon goddess, Eostre (from whose name we get the direction East and the holiday Easter) is a dawn goddess, like Aurora and Eos. Just as the dawn is the time of new light, so the vernal equinox is the time of new life.  MORE
It occurs on or around March 21st  (this year on 20th).  This day has inspired many rituals celebrating the return of warmth, sunshine, and renewed life in the northern hemisphere.  From ancient times, the pagan peoples of Europe and Asia held their spring festivals, re-enacting regeneration myths and performing magical and religious ceremonies to make the crops grow and prosper. The egg, which miraculously bursts forth with life, was therefore identified with this time of year and was believed to have special powers.
Flowers are also identified with Spring, the country comes alive with meadows of richly coloured flowers; some of the first are Daffodils, heralds of Spring.



House vocabulary

Practise your vocabulary in this virtual house.  Click HERE.



This is an excerpt from one of  Stephen Fry's podcasts, which has been animated by Matt Rogers.  It explores the English language and  Fry wonders why people don't enjoy language.

Source: The English Blog


Becoming Jane

If you are interested, there is a film about Jane Austen's life.  This is the trailer.


Jane Austen's anniversary

Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775 in Hampshire, England. Her father was Reverend George Austen and Jane was the seventh child. Apart from three years of school in Oxford, she was educated at home. Her brother, James, provided reading lists. Early on, she devoted time to writing.

Austen's first work to be published was Sense and Sensibility on October 30, 1811. Other works include: Love and Friendship (1789), A Collection of Letters (1791) Lady Susan (1793-94), Elinor and Marianne (1795), First Impressions (1796-1797), which later became Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (December 1815), Persuasion (1818, published posthumously) Northanger Abbey (originally sold as Susan in 1803, published posthumously in 1818).
Jane Austen is famous principally for her refinement of the English novel. In her works, she mirrored society: manners, customs, and beliefs. She worked magic with the commonplace, seemingly subtle, realities of life.
Brabourne said about her that "she describes men and women exactly as men and women really are, and tells her tale of ordinary, everyday life..."

Source: classiclit.about.com


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In December 1999, the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 54/134 declaring November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The origins of November 25th go back to 1960, when the three Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic were violently assassinated for their political activism. The sisters, known as the "Unforgettable Butterflies", became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women in Latin America. November 25th was the date chosen to commemorate their lives and promote global recognition of gender violence, and has been observed in Latin America since the 1980s.
Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. According to UNIFEM, at least one in three women in the world has suffered from violence, usually by someone known to her. In many societies, bias in the legal system and community attitudes add to the trauma.

Text source: UNIFEM
Picture source:  bristol.indymedia.org


Listening to English - Bullfighting

Practise your listening comprehension with this conversation. 
Ir a descargar
If you want to read the text click HERE.




What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?



Today I've found a place where you can create your own timeline. You enter www.dipity.com and follow the instructions. Very useful! Click on the picture if you want to practise.


Halloween riddle

Welcome! Have a seat. Dinner will be served shortly. Sorry we don't have any garlic bread. I can't stand it. What am I drinking you ask? Don't worry . . . it's . . um . . . grape juice. Now just relax while I look at your neck.

Can you tell me who is talking?


Helping you

Today I've found LINGRO, a useful tool to understand any English text. You enter Lingro and write the address of the webpage, newspaper or whatever you want to visit, choose the language you want to translate it and click on the word you don't know. Easy and free!