The Tale of the Voice, by Emma Donoghue

Useful Language from Sex Education

  • Actually I’m going to walk. I love walking
  • You better learn your lines = Más te vale aprenderte el papel
  • Are you sure there’s nothing else you wanted to talk about?
  • It is possible to reignite passion
  • My mum, she’s staying with me
  • I’ve been trying to call you
  • What do you call a …?
  • That s their loss = Ellos se lo pierden
  • I messed up with you
  • I’m very happy for you
  • This is tricky (unfastening a bra)
  • I don ‘t mind being on my own. I can look after myself
  • You always came up with the most original ideas, but you never had any self- believe
  • We could do some father- son bonding
  • Please come, I want you to see how well I’m doing
  • We need to find a spot near a source of water(Camping)
  • Try and relax
  • I’m doing a vagina workshop
  • We have casual sex = A veces nos enrollamos
  • Can you give me a hand? Why would I do that?
  • You said you wouldn’t take long
  • She told me she has feelings for me
  • This way = Por aquí
  • Even we did not actually have sex, we kissed
  • Ask Google, like everyone else
  • You’re a real dick, you know = Eres un gilipoyas, sabes
  • It’s OK to admit we are lost
  • You’ve cheated on her again and you had no place to go
  • Please, never leave us again!
  • I think we got it wrong = creo que nos equivocamos
  • We should be friends
  • Are you breaking up with me?

Useful Language from Big Bang

With functional translation

• I just got the chills = Se me acaba de poner la carne de gallina
• There you go! = Eeeso es / Ahí le has dao / Adelante / Ahí vas!
• Of course not = Claro que no
• This is the right thing = Estamos haciendo lo k hay k hacer
• Sheldon’s quirky = Sheldon es raro
• Knock it off! = Stop it!!!
• That’s SO not true!!! = Halaaaaa qué (cacho) mentiraaaaa
• For starters, you might want to rethink = para empezar quizá tendrías que volver a pensar…
• It’s creepy when sb stares at you ad then asks you… = Da grima cuando alguien te mira fijamente y después te pregunta…
• Sb slapped me across my face = Me pegó un tortazo
• The longer I’m alone the more desperate I grow = Cuanto más tiempo llevo solo más desesperado estoy
• Instead of focusing = en lugar de concentrarme
• Perhaps I should soften the blow first = quizá mejor suavizar el golpe primero
• You probably had it coming = Probablemente te lo merecías (por malo!)
• When is your visa up? = ¿Cuándo expira tu visa?
• We’ve got a little off topic = Nos hemos ido un poco del tema
• There’s no point in dwelling on it = No tiene sentido seguir ahí (sufriendo por algo, dándole vueltas a algo)
• Instead of wallowing in sadness about Amy, it is time I find myself a new female companion
• Good for you = Muy bien
• Sup? / What’s up?
• Isn’t that a little unreasonable? = ¿No te estás pasando un poco?
• Off the top of my head? = Así de pronto?
• Damn it! I should’ve brought binoculars! = Mierda! Debería haberme traído los prismáticos
• Someone will show = Alguien aparecerá
• Can we call it a night? = Bueno, me marcho, si no te importa (cita o quedada de noche)

The Rebecca Solnit Project for C1.2’s

Dear C1.2’s,

Today I bumped into Almudena at hospital. It was so good to see her in spite of the fact we were both ill!! ❤

Well, I’ve had a look at some material we did not work on together last year, and fixed it further and I think you might want to use it these days to do some reading, language work and listening, until we meet again and decide on stuff. Please, feel free to request or suggest whatever. I’m doing tons of resting and relaxing, but I can also “practice working” for a few hours a day! So this is precisely what I’m doing now!

Have a look! Of course, feel free to work on whatever it is you want to do. Just don’t NOT work on your English. English is part of our everyday lives at the advanced level, right? ❤

Hugs for all!

Black out – please, post your sentences!

Antonio C1.2 had this word in his Spring story.

To blackout – can be a verb, yes!

But because to say “I blackouted” is kind of awkward, we can also say “I had a black out”

Have you ever had a blackout?

For C1.2s on December Teamwork Project & Proposal of Oral Mediation Task for October

As I think that my proposal on the Employability project did not go down well, I’ve designed the following Writing Workshop on Jazz, by Toni Morrison to work on in November so that you can share your teamwork projects in December. Please, have a quick look asap so you can bring this issue up in class this week! ❤
Check this out: (first download)
And we can come back to the world of employment after the winter holidays.

As you well know, I get nervous when I see people don’t find the time to work on their orals at home, particularly to overcome fossilized mistakes under the level, so supposing you are not into preparing your individual OPs on your summer or any other topic of your choice, my proposal is you work on this challenging 4-minute talk by taking notes so we can create its transcript (please, don’t cheat, we’ll work together in class, too). This talk uses vocabulary for many of the topics you are required to speak about in certificate tests, and includes the crosscurricular subject of Education for Equality: Federica bianco on How we use astrophysics to study earthbound problems. Furthermore, it’s about science and technology, and creative human minds!

L&R: Start your Listening Log now!

Prepare your Template for the Listening Log and start keeping a record of your listening work. Here’s some help!

Consolidate your grammar by listening and repeating to these episodes a few times in the week (2 hours daily, finding little moments in the day, combined with watching TV series, videos on the net, listening to radio programs/podcasts….) Get organized and jot this work down in your Listening Log, to hand in at the end of the month if you wish to qualify for E.C. We will notice your English (spoken, written) improves and consolidates as you use it with us!

There are many more audio materials on my podcast, the Talking People Podcast, for your perusal. Feel free to take advantage of this great resource to help you impove your FLUENCY AND ACCURACY when speaking English!

Tips: Speaking about your language skills

An advanced learner needs to be good at describing his or her language skills. This is done with tables or key words in CVs or resumés, at times. But you need to gather Useful Language for whole-sentence descriptions.

A good tip is that you get acquainted with the different ways we have to do this depending on where we live or want to live. In Europe, we have a systema called the Common European Framework (CEF), with A2 (Elementary ad pre-intermediate), B1 (Intermediate), B2 (Upper Intermediate) and C1 (Advanced). But when you look for resources, notice how this is not the usual wording in other countries.

Share your resources here or in class.

I’m sharing this one, for countries in the CEF system: