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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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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 – Welche Prüfung ist die richtige Wahl für mich?

Einige der häufigsten Fragen, die uns von den Studenten gestellt werden, sind: Worin besteht der Unterschied zwischen Cambridge-Prüfungen und IELTS oder Welche Prüfung sollte ich ablegen? Es sind die 2 größten Prüfungen in Großbritannien, also werfen Sie einen Blick auf unsere praktische Tabelle unten, um zu entscheiden, welche für Sie die Beste ist. 

 

  Cambridge  IELTS 
Prüfungsarten  Verschiedene Prüfungen für verschiedene Stufen – KET (A2), PET (B1), FCE (B2), CAE (C1) und CPE (C2)  Die gleiche Prüfung für alle Stufen, aber Sie entscheiden sich für Akademisches Englisch oder Allgemeines Englisch. 
Benotung  Wenn Sie die A-C-Note bestehen oder aber scheitern solltenbekommen Sie, wenn die Stufe hoch genug war, trotzdem ein Zertifikat von der darunter liegenden Stufe.  Sie erhalten eine Punktzahl zwischen 1-9. 
Lerngebiete  Lerngebiete – Sprechen, Hören, Schreiben, Lesen und Gebrauch des Englischen (letzteres konzentriert sich auf Grammatik und Wortschatz).  Lerngebiete – Sprechen, Hören, Schreiben und Lesen   
Zertifikat  Sie erhalten ein Zertifikat, das für immer gültig ist.  Ihr Zertifikat wird in der Regel nur für zwei Jahre nach Ablegung der Prüfung an entsprechenden Institutionen akzeptiert.  
Zweck  Um ein Allgemeines Englischniveau nachzuweisen; akzeptiert von einigen Universitätskursen.  Um an eine Universität in Großbritannien zu gehen; für einige Arten von Visa; um im NHS (National Health Service= Nationaler Gesundheitsdienst) zu arbeiten. 

 

Wenn Sie sich nicht sicher sind, denken Sie darüber nach, warum Sie eine Prüfung ablegen wollen – machen Sie es, um Ihr allgemeines Niveau belegen zu können oder einen Kurs an der Universität zu besuchen? Oder um einen Job oder ein Visum zu bekommen? Auf der Website der jeweiligen Organisation finden Sie heraus, was sie brauchen – oft werden beide Arten der Prüfungen akzeptiert.  

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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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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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?
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THE EASIEST LANGUAGES TO LEARN

Mastered English? Then these languages should be a breeze. Here are the six easiest languages for English-speakers to learn:

Dutch

The sixth easiest language for English-speakers to learn is Dutch. Many Dutch words are written the same as English ones – but be careful as the pronunciation can be different.

Portuguese

Portuguese also shares many words with English but watch out for false friends!

Indonesian

Indonesian is one of the few Asian language that shares the same alphabet as English. A lot of the pronunciation matches the written form too.

Italian

Some Italian words are similar to English. English has also stolen a lot of Italian food words, so if you know these words in English, you know them in Italian too.

French

There are a lot of shared words in English and French as the languages have influenced each other throughout history.

Swahili

The easiest language for English-speakers to learn is Swahili. Swahili has very straightforward pronunciation and grammar, and it has also borrowed some words from English.

So, now you know English, which language will you learn next?

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5 reasons to learn English!

Five of the most important reasons to learn English:

  1. English is one of the most widely spoken languages

One in five people in the world can speak or at least understand English. English is one of the official or main spoken languages in more than 50 countries.

  1. English will make you more desirable to employers

An important reason to learn English is for your career. You will feel more comfortable to speaking English, even with native speakers and earn your manager’s respect.

  1. English improves your memory and keeps your brain engaged

There is some evidence that suggests being bilingual can protect your brain as you get older.

  1. English is the language of the Internet

Many Websites are written in English- you will be able to understand them and to take part in forums & discussions

  1. Because it’s fun!

By learning English, you will also learn about other cultures. Few experiences will make you grow as a person more than learning the values, habits and way of life in a culture that is different from yours.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION IN SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton has a varied number of Bus Operators, Coaches, Trains and Ferries; giving you a big range of options to travel around town and from the city. Passes and tickets are not interchangeable between the buses of different companies, the best thing to do is to plan your journey in advance online.

Southampton is also a bike friendly city with plenty on offer for cyclists with cycle lanes along congested routes, advanced stop lines at busy road junctions and shared use lanes for cyclists and pedestrians.

Bus Operators: Blue Star, City Red and First Solent, Salisbury Reds, Uni-Link, Wheelers Travel and Xelabus.

There are also Coaches operating from town: Mega Bus, Travel Express.

Rail Operators: National Rail Enquiries, Cross Country, Great Western Railway, Southern and South Western Railway.

Ferry Operators: Hythe Ferry and Funnel Ferries.

Ticket options: Cash, Online tickets, Contactless payments, mTickets, PlusBus, Solent Go, Touch Card, Apps

Blue Star: http://www.bluestarbus.co.uk/page.shtml?pageid=788

Ticket for City Reds and more details: https://www.firstgroup.com/southampton/tickets/ticket-prices

Unilink: https://www.unilinkbus.co.uk/fares-and-tickets

For more information and updates can be found on the Council website: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/roads-parking/travel/

Journey Planner and Live Rail Departures you can access: https://myjourneysouthampton.com/

Public Transport Map: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/images/southampton-public-transport-map-aprill-2018-final_tcm63-365520.pdf

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MUSEUMS & EVENTS

SeaCity Museum

The exhibition shows the live of the families affected by the Titanic that left the port in Southampton in 1912.

The SeaCity Museum is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm, including Bank Holidays.

Last entry at 4pm. Adult tickets £8.50, children £6.00, ticket is free for under 5’s.

Solent Sky Museum

Solent Sky is Southampton’s Aviation Museum giving a home to over 20 aircrafts from the golden age of aviation including the fighting Submarine Spitfire, Short Sandringham flying boat, as well as racing planes.

Solent Sky is also the home of the Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Collection.

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm), with tickets: £8 adult, £5.50 children and family tickets: £18

Southampton City Art Gallery

Showing high-quality exhibitions of paintings, drawing, sculptures, photography and even film, the gallery holds an internationally important collection of over 5,300 works of art, and displays are changed regularly ensuring new experiences every time.

Accommodating around 100 people Southampton City Art Gallery can be hired for events such as weddings, drinks receptions, business events and more. And the best: it has free entrance!

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

The only steam driven brickworks in the UK. Opens three days a week to conserve its fragile structure. The heart of the collection is the original brick making machinery, steam engine and related smaller equipment once used at Bursledon Brickworks. The steam engine and machinery were restored about 20 years ago and are operated on special events.

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