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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.

 

Easter in Spain

Easter in Spain – Seville

Holy Week in Spain is the annual tribute of the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods and fraternities that perform penance processions, declared of International Tourist Interest, they take place on the streets of almost every Spanish city and town during the last week of Lent, the week immediately before Easter. These associations have their origins in the Middle Age, but also in the Baroque Period and in the last two centuries.

It is celebrated in the week leading up to Easter and features the procession of pasos, floats of life like wooden sculptures.
Some of them are of great antiquity and are considered artistic masterpieces, as well as being culturally and spiritually important to the local Catholic population.

 Traditional Dress

The nazareno or penitential are dressed with a tunic, a hood with conical tip, used to conceal the face of the wearer, and sometimes a cloak. The exact colors and forms of these robes depend on the procession. The robes were widely used in the medieval period to demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity. They carry processional candles or rough-hewn wooden crosses, may walk the city streets barefoot, and, in some places may carry shackles and chains on their feet as penance.

The traditional suit worn by women on Thursday is known as “La Mantilla”. This custom has become revitalized since the 1980s. The outfit consists of the lace mantle, stiffened by shell and a black dress. It is expected for the woman to hold and show a rosary.

The Paso

At the centre of each procession are the pasos, an image  set atop a moveable float of wood.

The processions start in the evening and finish in the midnight, occupying the streets with religious images, nazarenos and incense scent.

The Music

Behind the Paso, you can find the band of bugles and drums and sometimes it includes clarinets or the saxophones. Saeta is a way of singing that is full of passion. It is sang to the Image from a balcony or in the street, meanwhile the Paso is going along its path.

Traditional food

For Catholics, one of the routines during Easter is to eliminate meat from their diet. This seeks to symbolically honor the wishes of Jesus that appear in Scripture.

You can enjoy during this period particularly two products: Cod and Torrijas.

Torrijas are pieces of fried bread soaked in milk or sweet wine. Usually it has a touch of lemon, honey and cinnamon depending on the recipe.

Torrijas
Cod

Easter in France

About the history :

In a France fundamentally Christian, Easter is an essential celebration, even more important than Christmas. Indeed, it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus. It takes place on the first Sunday after the first full moon following March 21th, so no earlier than March 22, if the full moon falls on the evening of the 21st, and no later than April 25. It was traditionally mandatory to drop work, to attend Mass and to receive Holy Communion after confessing. Moreover, Easter Sunday is a public holiday in all Christian countries. In France, it is only the following Monday that is.

Easter Sunday puts an end to the Holy Week. During this week, from Thursday to Saturday, the church bells no longer ring as a sign of mourning. Legend has it that, in some Catholic countries and particularly in France, on the evening of Holy Thursday, the bells go to Rome to be blessed by the Pope. On Sunday at the end of the Easter Mass, they begin to sound more beautiful again to announce the resurrection of Christ. When they return, the bells fly over gardens, houses, fields, parks and parks dropping chocolate eggs. In France, it is therefore the bells that bring chocolates to children and not rabbits as in Germanic and Anglo-Saxon countries.

About the traditions :

There are many traditions in France about Easter, but the most popular among young and old is of course the egg hunt. Indeed during Easter Sunday it is customary to find eggs that are hidden in the garden and/or the house.The eggs were laided there by the bells during the night. Equipped with a small wicker basket, young and old will then go on an Easter egg hunt. Be careful not to forget any at the risk of seeing the eggs deteriorate over time!

In France, Easter is especially synonymous with chocolate in everyone’s minds, but then why do we eat chocolate on Easter holidays?

It was in fact from the 19th century that all-chocolate eggs began to appear, particularly in the 1830s thanks to considerable progress in cocoa processing techniques. Originally it was customary to offer very well decorated eggs and one day we had the idea to insert chocolate inside. This pleases the French who swallowed 13,400 tons of chocolate at Easter in 2018 !

Easter in Germany

Connection to the religion

First of all, how much a German person celebrates Eastern depends on what religion you belong to and how religious you are, because in Germany are living a lot of different religious people. For example, for Christians Eastern is very important, since it is the Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is a kind of connection between God and humans, so that they can get rid of their sins through him. In fact, he’s the Messiah for them. Furthermore, many of the believers go to the church for the worship service on the Easter holidays.

In recent years, many migrants have come to Germany, which is why many people at Easter are committed to bring the holidays like Easter closer to the new inhabitants of Germany.In general, Eastern Family feast, where often several generations come together, eat together traditionally an Easter lamb, which is considered as a sacrificial animal for Jesus’ resurrection.

Traditions

For especially the children the most important thing is probably the Easter egg search:

As a child (or not), on the morning of Easter Sunday, they look in the garden for painted Easter eggs and also for sweets or small gifts. These are usually found in self-made Easter nests and were traditionally hidden by the Easter bunny himself. Many families maintain this tradition even as adults: They continue to look for little things they get from their children or other relatives, so all have a little thing as a gift. Because who doesn’t like gifts?

But in the end, it doesn’t just depend on the gifts, however, many have so the possibility to make their loved ones a joy. In addition, many children also do handicrafts, so it doesn’t always have to be something bought.

The traditional Easter decoration is consisting of rabbits, eggs but also chickens. In Germany they represent new life and since Eastern takes place in spring it suits very well: Everything blossoms out and new life arises. Daffodils are placed on many people’s tables and, depending on how religious a family is, also an Easter candle. Light and warmth is coming soon and the dreary German winter time is over.

Contrary to the previous description, there are also many non-believing people in Germany called atheists who either don’t do anything special at Easter.

As you can see there are many ways to spend Easter in Germany. On the whole for the most people it is just important to see their family again and just spend a great time together!

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.

Learn English through a TV series

The final season of event Tv series « Game of Thrones» will be broadcast on the 15th of April. This series started in 2011 and was produced by David Benioffand Daniel Weiss. It’s an adaptation of          A Song of Ice and Fire, series of fantasy novels wrote in 1996 by George R.R Martin.

Since then, it has become a global phenomenon and here are some figures that better illustrate it:

– The last episode of Season 7 attracted nearly 1 million viewers in the United States.

– During this 7th season, episode 2 was simultaneously broadcast in 173 countries around the world, thus allowing the series to win the title of the most simultaneously broadcasted series in the world.

– As for the final season, it should smash its own record since the first episode is scheduled to be broadcasted in no less than 186 countries.

– For the past 6 years, Game of thrones has won the title of the most illegally downloaded series of all time.

If you want to watch the episodes without having to wait for the translation into your own language, it is essential to understand English!

Indeed, you can enjoy your favourite TV show while learning English thanks to the subtitles. This method has may uses – it can help you with:

  • Grammar:

When you read the subtitles, you will realize that some of the grammatical rules you learned in school do not always apply in real life. It is important to know the grammatical rules but also to know how to recognize the more natural expressions that are used in everyday life. This applies for example to contractions such as “gonna” instead of I’m going to, or “she just woke up” instead of “she has just woken up”.

  • Speaking:

Indeed, you will listen to words & expressions and see them in the context of the series. The visual elements will help you to keep up with the story – hence you will understand what those words & expressions mean. Your verbal skills will then improve as a result.

To better train those skills, you can summarize what the episode was about to a friend – in English, of course!

  • Listening:

The more you listen to words, the more familiar they will become to you. The accent is also very important, you will become familiar with the American accent or the English accent which is not the same. You can also learn expressions from different countries. Finally, subtitles will allow you to better understand what you are hearing.

  • Writing:

If you want to improve your writing skills, you can also summarise what happened in the episode on a note book. Just use your own words and keep it simple. This will allow you to practice, re-use the words learned during the episode and thus better assimilate them in your memory.

10 English expressions literally translated into French

In France we use a large number of expressions with meanings that can be very complicated to understand at first, specially if it they have never been explained to us before.

English expressions

So if we literally translated the English expressions into French, what would it look like?

Would you be able to understand all the expressions? See a few examples below:

  1. « You can’t judge a book by its cover» -> « The outfit doesn’t make the monk »

French : « L’habit ne fait pas le moine »

 

  1. « To count your chickens before they hatch »-> « Selling the bear’s skin before you kill it »

French : « Vendre la peau de l’ours avant de l’avoir tué »

 

  1. « To feather your own nest »-> « To fill your pockets »

French : « S’en mettre plein les poches » 

 

  1. « The final straw that breaks the camel’s back» -> « The drop of water that makes the vase overflow »

French : « La goutte d’eau qui fait déborder le vase »

 

  1. « Give somebody a inch and they will take a mile »-> « Who steals an egg steals an ox »

French : « Qui vole un œuf vole un bœuf »

 

  1. « To go jump in the lake »-> « Go cook an egg for yourself »

French : « Aller se faire cuire un œuf »

 

  1. « To have a bigger fish to fry »-> « To have other cats to whip »

French : « Avoir d’autres chats à fouetter »

 

  1. « To have a frog in your throat »-> « To have a cat in your throat »

French : « Avoir un chat dans la gorge »

 

  1. « To have goose bumps »-> « To have the skin of a chicken »

French :« Avoir la chair de poule »

 

  1. « When pigs fly »-> « When chickens have teeth »

French : « Quand les poules auront des dents »

 

Now you won’t be surprised if you’re told you that you have a cat in your throat!

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.

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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!

 

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