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Consejos para el examen de redacción B2

Escribir puede ser aterrador, especialmente cuando tienes que hacerlo en una segunda lengua en un examen. 

Utiliza estos consejos que te ayudarán a tener éxito. 

 

Gestión del tiempo: 

Tienes 1 hora y 20 minutos para el examen escrito y cada una de las dos partes vale el mismo número de puntos. Por lo tanto, deberás dedicar 40 minutos a cada parte. Si pasas demasiado tiempo en una parte, no tendrás suficiente tiempo para la otra parte y tu nota se verán afectadas. 

 

¿Cuántas preguntas debo responder? 

La respuesta es dos preguntas. Hay dos partes en el examen B2 First Writing. En la Parte 1, sólo hay una pregunta, así que debe contestarla. En la Parte 2, hay tres preguntas, pero sólo tienes que responder a una de ellas. Tú eliges la pregunta que desea responder en la Parte 2. 

 

¿Sobre qué escribo? 

Las preguntas incluyen puntos que usted debe incluir en su respuesta. Tienes que ser capaz de identificar los puntos sobre los que las preguntas te piden que escribas y luego asegurarte de que escribes sobre ellos en tu respuesta. Si no incluyes todos los puntos, perderás puntos. 

 

Estilo y registro: 

Es importante que escribas con un estilo apropiado. La primera parte siempre le pide un ensayo; en la segunda parte, puedes escribir una carta / correo electrónico, revisión, artículo o informe. La forma en la que escribes un informe es diferente a la forma en que escribes una carta, así que si estás escribiendo un informe, ¡asegúrate de que esté en el estilo de un informe, no en el estilo de una carta! 

 

El registro también es importante. Las preguntas te dirán para quién estás escribiendo. Utiliza esta información para ayudarte a decidir si necesitas escribir de manera formal, semiformal o informal. 

 

Coherencia y cohesión: 

Para que tredacción sea coherente, necesitas escribir algo que tenga sentido y para que sea cohesiva, necesitas vincular las partes entre sí – el uso de palabras y expresiones de enlace te ayudará a hacerlo. 

 

Gramática y Vocabulario: 

¡Los examinadores no buscan la perfección! Ellos saben que usted estás aprendiendo inglés y que tu idioma se desarrollará con el tiempo. Por lo tanto, es mejor usar gramática y vocabulario más complejos y cometer algunos errores que usar un lenguaje más simple perfectamente. 

 

¡Pon estos consejos en práctica en tu examen de B2 First Writing y tendrás éxito! ¡Buena suerte con tu examen! 
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ВЫСТУПЛЕНИЯ

Попробуйте выполнить следующие шаги, для того чтобы сделать эффективные презентации.

Что нужно выяснить вначале:

– узнать длительность презентации

– узнать, для кого презентация, так как это повлияет на стиль Вашей презентации

Подготовка:

– не записывайте подробно свою презентацию; вместо этого используйте заметки, которые Вы можете видеть и легко читать

– выделите важные слова

– используйте слова или выражения, связывающие Вашу презентацию вместе

– подумайте о времени и решите, когда Вы собираетесь сделать паузу, и запишите это

Практика:

– зрительный контакт – представьте, что аудитория там, и потренируйтесь смотреть на нее

– говорите достаточно громко, чтобы быть услышанным

– говорите достаточно медленно, чтобы быть услышанным

– стойте уверенно

– используйте жесты рук

– эффективно используйте интонацию

– запишите себя, воспроизведите позже и подумайте, как можно бы улучшить – затем попрактикуйтесь снова!

На презентации:

– делайте все, что Вы практиковали!

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Presentations!

Try going following these stages to help you deliver effective presentations.

Thing to find out first:

– find out how long you need to speak for

– find out who you’re speaking to as this will affect the style of your presentation

Preparing:

– do not write out your presentation in full; instead, use notes in large writing, so you can see what you’ve written and read it easily

– highlight important words

– use linking words or expressions to connect your presentation together

– think about your timing and decide when you are going to pause and make a note of it

Practising:

– eye-contact – pretend the audience is there and practise looking at them

– speak loudly enough to be heard

– speak slowly enough to be heard

– stand confidently

– use hand gestures

– make effective use of intonation

– record yourself, play it back later and think about how you could improve – then practise again!

Delivering:

– do everything that you’ve been practising!

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ESPECULAR SOBRE LAS FOTOS EN LOS EXÁMENES DE EXPRESIÓN ORAL

¿Te preguntas qué decir cuando tienes que hablar de fotos en tu examen de expresión oral? Especular es la respuesta. “Pero ¿qué es especular y cómo lo hago?” Te oigo preguntar. Sigue leyendo para obtener la respuesta. 

Especular es cuando adivinas algo basado en la evidencia, y usar modales de especulación es una gran manera de especular. Aquí tienes algunos ejemplos: 

 

 

I think hmust be happy because he’s smiling. 

 

Aquí usamos must + bare / base infinitive para mostrar que estás casi completamente seguro de que algo es verdad. 

 

He’s looking at a website, so he could be looking for another job. 

 

Aquí temenos could + be + ing para mostrar posibilidad. 

 

He looks injured. I reckon he might have broken his leg. 

 

Aquí usamos might + have + past participle para mostrar posibilidad. 

 

She seems tired, so I think she may have been working very hard today. 

 

Aquí temenos may + have + been + ing para mostrar posibilidad 

 

También podemos usar can’t para mostrar que estás casi completamente seguro de que algo no es cierto, por ejemplo: 

 

She can’t have slept enough last night because she looks tired. 

 

Los dos primeros ejemplos son sobre el presente. Si estás haciendo el examen B2 First, puedes impresionar a los examinadores usando modales de especulación en el presente. 

 

Los últimos tres ejemplos son sobre el pasado. Si estás realizando el examen C1 Advanced, puedes impresionar a los examinadores utilizando modales de especulación del pasado. 

 

Por lo tanto, no te quedes sin palabras cuando tengas que hablar de fotos en tu examen de expresión oral. Especula basado en lo que puedes ver y usa modales de especulación para hacerlo. 

 

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Cambridge vs IELTS – ¿Cuál elegir?

Algunas de las preguntas más comunes que nos hacen los estudiantes son: “¿Cuál es la diferencia entre los exámenes de Cambridge y el IELTS? o “¿Qué examen debo hacer? Son los dos exámenes más grandes del Reino Unido, así que echa un vistazo a nuestra práctica tabla de abajo para decidir cuál es el mejor para ti. 
  Cambridge   IELTS 
Tipos de exámen  Diferentes exámenes para diferentes niveles – KET (A2), PET (B1), FCE (B2), CAE (C1) y CPE (C2)  El mismo examen para todos los niveles, pero eliges el Inglés Académico o el Inglés General. 
Puntuación  Pasar el grado A-C, o suspender, aunque un suspenso “alto” obtiene un certificado del siguiente nivel  Recibes una puntuación entre 1-9 
Pruebas  4 pruebas – Hablar, Escuchar, Escribir, Leer y Usar el Inglés (esto se enfoca en gramática y vocabulario).  4 pruebas – Hablar, escuchar, escribir y leer 
Certificado  Tienes un certificado válido para siempre  Normalmente, tu certificado sólo se acepta en las instituciones durante 2 años tras la realización del examen. 
Propósito  Acreditar un nivel general de inglés; aceptado por algunos cursos universitarios.  Para ir a la universidad en el Reino Unido; para algunos tipos de visado; para trabajar en el NHS

Si no estás seguro, piensa en las razones por las que vas a hacer el examen, ¿es para mostrar tu nivel general o para realizar un curso? ¿Para conseguir un trabajo o una visa? Consulta la página web de la organización específica para saber qué necesitan – a menudo aceptan cualquier tipo de examen. 

En Eurospeak tenemos una amplia experiencia con ambos tipos de exámenes, así que por qué no vienes y charlas con uno de nuestros simpáticos empleados y nos dejas ayudarte a encontrar el examen y el curso que mejor se adapte a tus necesidades. 

Consulta la versión en inglés

Cambridge vs IELTS – Which one to choose?

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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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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.

 

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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?