jueves, 26 de noviembre de 2015



Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. It is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have. While today's Thanksgiving celebrations would likely be unrecognizable to attendees of the original 1621 harvest meal, it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table - albeit with some updates to pilgrim's menu. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie and vegetables. 

Thanksgiving Day parades are held in some cities and towns on or around Thanksgiving Day. Some parades or festivities also mark the opening of the Christmas shopping season. Some people have a four-day weekend so it is popular time for trips and to visit family and friends. This day is one of the busiest periods for travel in the USA. This can cause congestion and overcrowding. Seasonal parades and busy football games can cause disruption to local traffic.


- Bet you didn't know - Thanksgiving
- The real story of Thanksgiving


Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Since the early 2000s, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US, and most major retailers open very early (and more recently during overnight hours) and offer promotional sales.

It isn't an official holiday but California and some other states observe "The Day After Thanksgiving" as a holiday for state government employees, sometimes in lieu of another federal holiday such as Columbus Day.

Nowadays, more and more Spanish companies are getting used to offering discounts in order to start Christmas shopping season too.


It is a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. The term "Cyber Monday" was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online.

The deals on Cyber Monday are online-only and generally offered by smaller retailers that cannot compete with the big retailers. Black Friday offers better deals on techonology, with nearly 85% more data storage deals than Cyber Monday.

martes, 17 de noviembre de 2015



    Aquí os dejamos la primera actividad de este año.
    Al final se nos ha echado el tiempo un poco encima pero ya estamos aquí.
Estos días os mandaremos a los socios la agenda con el resto de actividades que estamos preparando a los mails.

    Este año tendremos un poco de todo. Actividades abiertas y otras solo para socios. Otras habrá que pagar una cuota y de otras se hará cargo la asociación. Algunos talleres de años anteriores (como cocina), y otros nuevos que os iremos anunciando. En inglés, en francés y si no se tuerce el tema.. tocaremos algún otro idioma.

    Este primer taller será de manualidades, trabajaremos materiales como el vidrio (botes, botellas), y aluminio (latas, botes,y otros cuencos ..).
Una oportunidad para reciclar materiales dándoles una segunda oportunidad, crear elementos decorativos, o incluso preparar algún regalo de cara a las Navidades que se acercan.

   Pero eso sí, será en FRANCES.

    Animaros y apuntaros, será muy entretenido.

martes, 10 de noviembre de 2015


Global warming: World already halfway towards threshold that could result in dangerous climate change, say scientists

The world is heading towards unchartered territory at 'frightening speed' 

“Every year we report a new record in greenhouse gas concentrations. Every year we say that time is running out. We have to act now to slash greenhouse gas emissions if we are to have a chance to keep the increase in temperatures to manageable levels,” Mr Jarraud said.

Ways to Reduce Air Pollution

At home
*Conserve energy - turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.*Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. (This conserves energy and reduces production emissions.)
*Buy green electricity-produced by low-or even zero-pollution facilities.
(not all the energy companies produce the same quantity of green electricity, but they have the obligation of show you the rate of it they are selling if you ask them)
*Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.

Buy Smart
* Buy ENERGY STAR products, including energy efficient lighting and appliances. They are environmentally friendly products.
*Choose products that have less packaging and are reusable.
*Shop with a canvas bag instead of using paper and plastic bags.
* Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently.

Drive wise
* Keep tires properly inflated and aligned.
* In the summertime, fill gas tank during cooler hours to cut down on evaporation.
* Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines, for example, at fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go in. STOP YOUR CAR while you are waiting
* When possible, use public transportation, walk, or ride a bike.




jueves, 5 de noviembre de 2015


What do you know about this rhyme?

"Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot..."

Exactly! It refers to Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night. 

On the 5th of November 1605, Guy Fawkes (or "Guido" as he prefered to be called) was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with 36 barrels and a number of fuses. It was a conspiracy to kill James I and his government! Fawkes was sentenced to death and the form of the execution was one of the most horrendous ever practised (hung, drawn and quartered) which reflected the serious nature of the crime of treason.

In England, the 5th of November is still commemorated each year with fireworks and bonfires culminating with the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes (the guy) and people chanting the rhyme. Guys are made by children by filling old clothes with crumpled newspapers to look like a man. Tradition allows British children to display their guys to passers-by and asking for "A penny for the guy". 

Nowadays, families and friends meet to have dinner all together. They usually have baked potatoes, bangers and mash, toffee apples... for dinner.

If you want to know more about this festivity, follow these links:

Moreover, if your goal is to practise listening or if you want to do some exercises, you can follow these links:

- Video British Holidays - Guy Fawkes Day (with English subtitles)
- Video This is Britain Bonfire Night (with English subtitles)
- Reading, listening, multiple choice... exercises

Finally, could you tell us if you have find out the meaning of the following words?: 

- To learn of
- Effigy
- Sparkle
- To chant
- Rhyme
- Fireworks
- Bonfire
- Plot
- Fuse