Category Archives: FCE Exam Preparation

Bienvenido a Southampton

Southampton es una de las principales ciudades de la costa sur del Reino Unido, situada a unos 110 kilómetros al suroeste de Londres. Es una ciudad rica en historia y tiene una importante zona comercial para realizar actividades. De hecho, fue una de las ciudades portuarias más importantes bajo el Imperio Romano y un verdadero escudo durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Es particularmente conocida por su puerto que acogió al Titanic” en 1912 para su primer y último viaje. También fue el punto de partida inicial para los peregrinos de Mayflower a América.Debido a su proximidad al mar, el clima es agradable. Las temperaturas son generalmente más altas en Southampton que en otros lugares: los veranos son calurosos y los inviernos suaves.

Southampton es una ciudad llamada bicicleta y ofrece numerosos sitios para pasear y disfrutar de sus alrededores.

Algunas razones para visitar Southampton:

¡Respira aire fresco!

La ciudad está llena de espacios verdes, especialmente en el centro de la ciudad. Creados en la década de 1860, los parques centrales West Park, East Park, Palmerston Park, Houndwell, Hoglands y Queen’s Park se extienden hasta el corazón de la ciudad y están clasificados como parques y jardines históricos por el Patrimonio Inglés. Se pueden contemplar los bellos paisajes y es ideal para pasear al aire libre y disfrutar del verdor.

¡Manténte en forma!

El equipo de fútbol de Southampton juega en la primera liga y la ciudad le da mucha importancia al deporte en general. En los alrededores de la ciudad hay centros deportivos de fútbol, natación y otras actividades.

 Actividades culturales:

La ciudad cuenta con varios museos de interés como el Museo Arqueológico, el Museo Marítimo, el Museo y los jardines de la Casa Tudor. El Museo de Arqueología alberga una de las colecciones más sorprendentes del Reino Unido. El Mayflower Theatre es, por ejemplo, el más importante del Reino Unido después de los teatros de Londres.

 Ocio:

Se organizan múltiples y diferentes conciertos por toda la ciudad. Además, la ciudad alberga uno de los complejos de ocio más importantes de la costa sur, el Ocean Village.

Southampton es una ciudad tranquila pero dinámica gracias al entorno que ofrece y a los estudiantes que atraen sus universidades. Además, la calidad de vida en general es excelente.

¡Así que no lo dudes más, atrévete a cambiar y ven a estudiar a Eurospeak Southampton!

Food in the UK

  • Fish and chips

A must have, it is the most famous British dish in Great Britain! This fish (cod or haddock) covered with a thick layer of batter before being immersed in boiling oil is served with vinegar chips and/or with a pea purée. To be tested at least once! You can still enjoy it today in the oldest fish-and-chip shop still in operation “The Oldest Fish & Chip Shop in the World ” in Yeadon, near Leeds.

  • Full English breakfast

It is also known as “bacon and eggs”. It consists of bacon, fried eggs, sausages, beans, “hash brown” (potatoes and fried bread crumbs, shaped like a hamburger), fried tomatoes and mushrooms, all served with toasted bread next to the plate. It’s a real calorie festival, but it’s delicious!

  • Sunday roast

It’s the most common dish in English cuisine. This roast beef is traditionally served with Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire pudding is a salty cake made from eggs, milk, flour and baked in the cooking fat of the meat. The roast is served with baked potatoes and steamed or roasted vegetables – all washed down with some thick gravy sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Toad in the hole

This all-time British classic consists of sausages wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding-like smooth batter and baked in the oven. They are served with an onion juice sauce mixed with wine or English beer and mashed potatoes. It may seem strange to look at, but it tastes great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Chicken masala

Due to their past, Indian culture has strongly influenced English food. This chicken dish with tomato sauce, cream and fenugreek spice is served in most Indian restaurants. It’s served with rice. It is not uncommon for fast food companies like MacDonald’s or Burger King to launch chicken masala variants of their burgers since it’s so popular.

  • Haggis

This Scottish speciality is prepared with sheep offal, onions, oats and lard. This dish is traditionally cooked in a broth with the meat enclosed in a sheep’s belly. However, we can reassure you that today synthetic casings are used instead. Most of the time, the “haggis” is served with mashed potatoes.

  • Bangers and Mash

Nothing more than sausages served on a generous portion of mashed potatoes, topped with a gravy sauce. Simple, quick and delicious!

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

It’s a pie made with salted beef broth, thickened with flour or cornstach and often with ale or stout added. you can serve a magpie in different ways, depending on the meat you use. If you don’t like beef, other versions with chicken or fish exist.

 

Bienvenue à Southampton

Si vous avez envie d’améliorer votre niveau d’anglais, il n’y a rien de mieux qu’une total immersion dans un pays anglophone et pour changer de Londres pourquoi ne pas venir étudier à Southampton?

Southampton se situe au sud de l’Angleterre, les températures y sont donc bien plus élevées que n’importe quelle autre ville plus au nord. C’est la plus grande ville du comté d’Hampshire avec une population de 250 000 habitants, elle se trouve seulement à 1 heure et 20 minutes de Londres en train et à 30 minutes de Bournemouth, cette dernière possède une très belle plage dont on peut profiter spécialement durant l’été.C’est une ville riche en histoire et une zone commerciale importante du fait de son activité. En effet, elle était l’une des villes portuaires les plus importantes sous l’empire romain et un véritable bouclier durant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale. Elle est notamment connue pour son port qui a accueilli le Titanic en 1912 pour son premier et dernier voyage. Elle fut également le point initial de départ des pèlerins du Mayflower pour l’Amérique.

Pourquoi visiter Southampton?

Respirer de l’air pur !

La ville est pleine d’espaces verts notamment dans le centre-ville. Créés dans les années 1860, les parcs centraux (West Park, East Park, Palmerston Park, Houndwell, Hoglands et Queen’s Park) s’étendent au cœur de la ville et sont inscrits sur la liste des parcs et jardins historiques du English Heritage. On peut y contempler les très beaux paysages et cela est très agréable pour une ballade à l’air libre et pour profiter de la verdure.

Gardez la forme !

L’équipe de football de Southampton joue dans la ligue 1 et la ville donne beaucoup d’importance au sport de manière générale. Autour de la ville vous trouverez des centres sportifs pour pratiquer le foot, la natation ou d’autres activités.

Les activités culturelles:

Pour les amateurs d’arts, d’histoires et de théâtre c’est l’endroit idéal, en effet dans la ville on trouve beaucoup de musées : SeaCity Museum, Solent Sky, Southampton City Art Gallery,Titanic Story, Tudor House Museum entres autres où les expositions y sont totalement gratuites. Ne ratez pas le musée d’archéologie, le musée maritime, le musée et les jardins de la Maison Tudor. Le Musée d’Archéologie détient l’une des collections les plus surprenantes du Royaume-Uni!

Il est aussi possible d’assister à des pièces de théâtres, des comédies musicales, opéra et des ballets au théâtre Mayflower ainsi qu’au théâtre Nueffield. Le théâtre du Mayflower est, par exemple, le plus important du Royaume-Uni après les théâtres londoniens.

Les loisirs:

Des concerts divers et variés sont organisés dans toute la ville. De plus, la ville abrite l’un des complexes de loisirs les plus importants de la côte Sud, l’OceanVillage.

La ville dispose aussi de son propre aéroport avec de nombreuses liaisons pour voyager vers d’autres villes pour moins de 150 livres.

L’autre manière de voyager est en empruntant la mer, de nombreuses croisières partent du port de Southampton. Vous pouvez également prendre un ferry vers l’île de Wight qui est une destination très populaire où un grand festival se déroule en Juin «Isle of wight». Créée en 1968 ce festival a notamment accueilli Jimmy Hendrix, The Who et bien d’autres. 

Pour résumé Southampton est une ville calme mais dynamique grâce au cadre qu’elle offre et aux étudiants que ses universités attirent, c’est de ce fait une ville multiculturelle. De plus la qualité générale de la vie y est excellente.

Alors n’hésitez plus, osez le changement et venez étudier à Eurospeak Southampton !

Improving your pronunciation

Having clear pronunciation is an incredibly important factor in communicating with others successfully, but getting it wrong it can make a situation awkward or embarrassing, and stops us from wanting to practise. Read our tips below to help you practice pronunciation from the comfort of your own home and build up your confidence.

Use a mirror and the BBC Pronunciation Videos

Pronunciation is a very physical activity, and it’s important to pay attention to the shape of your mouth in order to create the right sounds. Use a clear video, like those on the BBC Learning English website, and a mirror to help you make some of the more challenging sounds. ↓

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/pronunciation

Record yourself

Although it might feel a little strange at first, recording yourself is one of the best ways to really understand what you need to improve about your pronunciation. Try repeating a phrase from a film or TV series and then listen back and compare with how the actor sounds. You could even record yourself using video to help you analyse your mouth shapes too.

Talk to Siri

Many of us have a digital assistant, perhaps Siri, Alexa or Google, which can tell us all sorts of information in seconds. But did you know that these clever systems can also help you with your pronunciation? Make sure that you have the language setting to English, and try to have a conversation. You could write down some phrases with sounds that you find particularly challenging and then check that your digital assistant can understand you when you say them.

Sing

Singing is not just good for your mood, but good for you language too. Watch a music video which has the song lyrics included. Listen a couple of times to get familiar with it, then try to sing along in a similar style to the original artist. Pause and repeat as many times as you need to.

Cambridge vs IELTS – Which one to choose?

Some of the most common questions we are asked by students are ‘What is the difference between Cambridge exams and IELTS?’ or ‘Which exam should I take?’ They’re the 2 biggest exams in the UK, so have a look at our handy table below to decide which one is best for you.

  Cambridge IELTS
Types of exam Different exams for different levels – KET (A2), PET (B1), FCE (B2), CAE (C1) and CPE (C2) The same exam for all levels, but you choose the Academic English or the General English exam
Grading Pass A-C grade, or fail, although a ‘high’ fail gets a certificate from the level below You receive a band score between 1-9
Papers 4 papers – Speaking, Listening, Writing, Reading and Use of English (this is focused on grammar and vocabulary). 4 papers – Speaking, Listening, Writing, and Reading
Certificate You have a certificate which is valid forever Your certificate is normally only accepted at institutions for 2 years after you take the exam
Purpose To prove a general level of English; accepted by some university courses To go to university in the UK; for some types of visa; to work in the NHS

If you’re not sure, think about why you’re taking an exam – is it to show your general level, or to take a course? To get a job or to get a visa? Check on the website of the specific organisation to find out what they need – often they will accept either type of exam.

At Eurospeak we have extensive experience with both types of exam, so why not come in and have a chat with one of our friendly staff and let us help you find the exam and course which is best for you!

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Southampton or Eurospeak Reading, please contact us on:

Estudiar inglés en Eurospeak – Southampton (UK)

Estudiar inglés en Eurospeak – Southampton

Eurospeak Southampton abrió sus puertas en octubre de 2018 y es la segunda ubicación de Eurospeak en el Reino Unido, Eurospeak Reading fue fundado en 1991.

Eurospeak Southampton está ubicado en un edificio histórico de 4 pisos frente al parque más grande de Southampton, el Watts Park. A 5 minutos a pie de la estación de tren, a 5 minutos a pie del centro

 

Cursos

La academia ofrece clases de inglés a todos los niveles desde nivel básico A1 hasta nivel avanzado C1. Aquí podrás prepararte para el examen IELTS, o los exámenes de Cambridge B2 (FCE) o C1 (CAE). Además de poder elegir el nivel que mejor se adecue, también podrás elegir el horario al que quieras asistir: de mañana, de tarde, o tarde-noche. Al mismo tiempo podrás elegir entre clases puntuales (el mínimo de reserva son 5 clases) o cursos más intensivos combinando clases: las clases por la mañana tienen una duración de tres horas (con un descanso de 15 minutos), las clases de la tarde y tarde noche duran dos horas.

Los cursos que ofrecemos son inglés general a todos los niveles, preparación de exámenes IELTS, preparación de exámenes Cambridge, conversación baja, conversación alta, clases de escritura y clases privadas 1 a 1.

Precios

La academia te ofrece precios inmejorables. Para los estudiantes de la unión europea cada hora sale a 6£ y podrás elegir entre pagar cada semana (o cada 5 clases), o bien reservar más de 10 semanas y obtener precio de miembro con descuentos desde el 10 hasta 20%.

 

Inglés para menores de 18

En verano ofrecemos cursos para alumnos menores de 12 a 17 años, siempre y cuando tengan padre o tutor que sea responsable de su seguridad y bienestar fuera de la escuela.

 

Las clases y nuestros estudiantes

Somos muy flexibles con nuestros estudiantes, si alguna semana no puedes asistir y nos avisas con antelación podrá recuperar aquellas clases a las que no haya podido asistir. No tenemos periodos de enseñanza por lo que podrás comenzar el curso cualquier lunes y podrás terminarlo cuando pienses que has alcanzado el nivel deseado.

Todos nuestros profesores están perfectamente cualificados por lo que adquirirás excelentes habilidades lingüísticas, la metodología de enseñanza está basada en las últimas investigaciones, facilitando así que el estudiante pueda alcanzar sus objetivos.

 

La media es de 12 estudiantes por clases, siendo 16 el máximo. Contamos con alumnos de diferentes edades y nacionalidades como por ejemplo saudís, franceses, brasileños, españoles, italianos… Por lo tanto es una oportunida perfectad para conocer gente y otras culturas! Organizamos eventos, excursiones y actividades para nuestros estudiantes dentro del programa social, así ellos podrán conocerse mejor y al mismo tiempo divertirse y aprender.

Pancake Day

Durante toda la estancia en la escuela tendrás asesoramiento personal, cualquier duda o problema que te surja intentaremos resolverlo. También te ayudamos a conseguir el libro, y en caso de que lo necesites, te proporcionaremos una familia con la que hospedarte ( solo estudiantes +18).

El edificio tiene excelentes instalaciones. Hay un ascensor hasta la segunda planta, una sala para estudiantes con sofás y una mesa en la cual podrás almorzar o estudiar, una cocina donde podrás obtener café gratis.

En cada planta hay varias clases muy luminosas con vistas al parque. Las clases están perfectamente acondicionadas con mesas y sillas para cada estudiante y con pizarras inteligentes.

Para más información visita nuestra página web o contacta con nosotros:

HOW TO MAKE NEW WORDS

Every time we create or discover something new, we need to name it. This means that we are always adding new words to our language, and it can happen in a few different ways:

  1. Adding two or more words together. For example, if we want to talk about a piece of paper that gives us news, we can call it a newspaper.
  2. Mixing words together. How do you describe a meal that happens between breakfast and lunch? Brunch, of course!
  3. ‘Borrowing’ words from other languages. We get the word ‘robot’ from Czech, ‘shampoo’ from Hindi, and ‘yogurt’ from Turkish!
  4. Using brand names. We ‘google’ information on the internet, we ‘hoover’ our houses and, if we’re lucky, we might use a ‘jacuzzi’ at the swimming pool!

Can you think of any more examples? Do you know how new words are created in your language? Tell us in the comments!

 

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Southampton or Eurospeak Reading, please contact us on:

St. Patrick Day – Traditions

 

St. Patrick’s Day – St Patrick day traditions

Every 7th of March St. Patrick day is celebrated, this traditional festivity comes from an ancient story and has a lot of symbolic elements. Discover the history and the meaning of them:

  • The Shamrock

The shamrock, which was also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism.

  • Irish Music

Music is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day—and Irish culture in general. From ancient days of the Celts, music has always been an important part of Irish life. The Celts had an oral culture, where religion, legend and history were passed from one generation to the next by way of stories and songs.

  • The Snake

It has long been recounted that, during his mission in Ireland, St. Patrick once stood on a hilltop (which is now called Croagh Patrick), and with only a wooden staff by his side, banished all the snakes from Ireland.

In fact, the island nation was never home to any snakes. The “banishing of the snakes” was really a metaphor for the eradication of pagan ideology from Ireland and the triumph of Christianity. Within 200 years of Patrick’s arrival, Ireland was completely Christianized.

  • Corned Beef

Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick’s Day to share a “traditional” meal of corned beef and cabbage.

Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day at the turn of the century.

Irish immigrants living on New York City’s Lower East Side substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors.

  • The Leprechaun

The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.”

Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure.

 

What’s going on with British weather?

If you’ve been living in the UK for even a short time, you’ll know that the weather is very changeable – sometimes we get four seasons in one day! Whether it’s chucking it down, or we’re having a heat wave, you should be prepared – never leave the house without an umbrella and sunglasses!

But why is the weather so unpredictable? Well, geographically, the UK sits between warm air coming from the topics and cold air from the polar regions. When the two types of air meet, the atmosphere can change very quickly, from mild to freezing in just one day.

This is one of the reasons that we love to talk about the weather so much – there’s always something new to say!

Four seasons in one day – when we experience many different types of weather in a short period of time

It’s chucking it down – it’s raining a lot (informal)

A heat wave – a short period of surprisingly hot weather

Mild ­– not cold (especially after a period when it’s been very cold)

Freezing – very cold

If you want to find out more, watch this fascinating video from the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-17223307/why-is-british-weather-so-unpredictable

 

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Southampton or Eurospeak Reading, please contact us on:

FREE APPS TO LEARN ENGLISH

Some of the best and most enjoyable ways to practise your English are also completely free! All you need is a mobile phone and an internet connection, and you’ll have access to an amazing selection of apps that can help you to improve no matter where you are. Here are some of our favourites:

  1. Memrise – This app was designed by a Grand Master of Memory (Google it – it’s very impressive) and a neuroscientist to help people to learn languages more efficiently and to be able to remember more. You can choose from a set of vocabulary, or you can create your own!

www.memrise.com

  1. Quizlet – This also help you to learn vocabulary, but with flashcards. You can study the words first, and then test yourself in lots of different ways. If you have a list of words that you need to learn for class, or for an exam, then you can enter it into the app and learn in no time at all!

www.quizlet.com

  1. Wordreference – We all use Google Translate to help us understand new words, but this dictionary app is much better. It includes lots of different languages, like French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and more! It also helps you to understand more about the grammar of the word and gives you example sentences.

www.wordreference.com

  1. Macmillan Sounds – This is a great app for pronunciation, as it shows you all the different sounds we use in English. You can press on a sound and then repeat it until you are happy with your pronunciation.

http://www.macmillaneducationapps.com/soundspron/

Are there any other apps that you like? Tell us about them!