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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.

Unterkunft in Southampton

Es gibt viele Arten von Unterkünften, aber wenn Sie Zeit und Geld sparen wollen, empfehlen wir Ihnen, eine Unterkunft in der Nähe der Sprachschule zu wählen.

Zimmervermietung

Die günstigste Art, in Southampton zu leben, ist, indem Sie sich mit anderen ein Haus oder eine Wohnung teilen. Ein Zimmer kostet dann zwischen £300 und £600. Es ist möglich, dass Nebenkosten (z. B. für Strom und Wasser) entstehen, welche bis zu £100 betragen können. Für die Suche nach einer Unterkunft können Sie auf Webseiten wie Spareroom schauen, um eine Unterkunft mit Berufstätigen oder anderen Studenten zu teilen.

Gastfamilien

Eurospeak bietet Ihnen eine Unterkunft in einer Gastfamilie, in der Sie bei einer überwiegend britischen Familie wohnen können. Natürlich kommen nur Parteien zusammen, bei denen beide Seiten mit ihrem Gegenüber einverstanden sind. So wird ein angenehmes Zusammenleben gewährleistet. Die Preise hierfür variieren zwischen £120 und £150 pro Woche (Sommeraufpreis: £10 pro Woche) und hängen davon ab, ob Sie ein Zweibettzimmer mit einem anderen Schüler, ein Einzelzimmer oder ein Doppelbettzimmer wollen.

Für weitere Informationen, schauen Sie bitte hier nach: Unterkünfte in Southampton

Studentenwohnheim

Studentenwohnheime sind eine gute Möglichkeit, andere Studenten kennenzulernen und das Beste aus Ihrer Zeit in Großbritannien zu machen. Kurzaufenthalte sind nur im Sommer möglich, also bitte prüfen Sie die Verfügbarkeit, bevor Sie anreisen.

Innerhalb von einer Minute zu Fuß von Eurospeak entfernt. Die Preise variieren zwischen £150 und £210 pro Woche.

Mit Preisen von £145 bis £285.

Dieses hat sogar ein eigenes Fitnessstudio im Gebäude.

Comment trouver un logement à Southampton?

Il existe de nombreux types d’hébergement à Southampton. Cependant, si vous voulez économiser du temps et de l’argent, nous vous recommandons de trouver un logement dans un endroit proche de l’école.

La colocation est la façon la moins chère de vivre à Southampton. Ainsi, vous pouvez partager une maison ou un appartement avec d’autres occupants et votre loyer sera compris entre £300 et £600. Certaines incluront les factures, d’autres non, dans ce cas vous ajouterez environ £100 à votre loyer sans charges. Vous pouvez consulter des sites comme Spareroom pour trouver des annonces. La particularité de ce site est qu’il vous offre la possibilité de bien définir votre choix (colocation avec étudiants ou personnes actives ? loyer toutes charges comprises ? tranche d’âge des colocataires ? …). Vous trouverez également de nombreuses offres de colocations sur des groupes Facebook tels que Les Français à Southampton.

Chez Eurospeak, nous vous proposons un  Hébergement en famille d’accueil où vous pourrez vivre dans une famille majoritairement britannique. Nous prenons en compte les avis des deux parties, c’est à dire la famille et vous, afin de vous assurer un séjour agréable. C’est l’occasion idéale pour intégrer le mode de vie britannique (améliorer ses compétences linguistiques, découvrir la culture…) dans un environnement chaleureux et hors du cadre scolaire. Dans ce cas, les prix varient entre £120 et £150.

Le logement en résidence étudiante est un excellent moyen d’apprendre à connaître d’autres étudiants et de profiter au maximum de votre séjour au Royaume-Uni. Les séjours de courte durée ne sont généralement disponibles qu’en été, veuillez donc vérifier les disponibilités.

Situé à 1 minute à pied de l’école, avec des prix entre £150 à £210 par semaine

Situé à 6 minutes à pied de l’école, avec des prix entre £145 et £285 par semaine

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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!

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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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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

 

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What is Pancake Day?

The time has come for one of the best days of spring – Pancake Day! But why on earth do we have a day to celebrate pancakes?

Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday, as it is also called) is celebrated 40 days before Easter Sunday, one of the most important days in the Christian calendar.

On Pancake Day we use all of the nice foods in the house, like eggs, butter and sugar, to make pancakes and then we eat very plain food for the next 40 days. One of the most popular pancake toppings in the UK is lemon with sugar, but you can have jam, Nutella, or even cheese!

An important tradition on Pancake Day is flipping the pancakes – you have to throw them up in the air and then try to catch them in the pan! It takes a bit of practice, but it’s good fun. Some towns even have a pancake race, where people have to run and flip pancakes at the same time!

You can see one of these races on Broad Street in Reading, from 12.30pm on Tuesday 5th March.

Come and join us for the Eurospeak Pancake parties this week –

Southampton – Tuesday 5th March, 1pm

Reading – Thursday 7th March, 4pm

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WHY ENGLISH CAN BE HARD

English can be difficult because sometimes words with the same spelling can have different meanings and / or pronunciations.

Here are some examples for you to try to figure out:

  • The bandage was wound around the wound.
  • The farm was cultivated to produce produce.
  • The dump was so full that the workers had to refuse more refuse.
  • We must polish the Polish furniture.
  • The soldier decided to desert his tasty dessert in the desert.
  • Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present to his girlfriend.
  • A bass was painted on the bass drum.
  • I did not object to the object which he showed me.
  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid in his hospital bed.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about who would row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer.
  • To help with planting, a farmer taught his sow to sow.
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail around the mast.
  • Upon seeing the tear in her painting, she shed a tear.
  • I has to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?