📺 Travel Man: 48 Hours in… Valencia

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Something for the weekend! If there is nothing good on telly atm here is my recommendation: Travel Man: 48 Hours in… Valencia.

“Richard and Sara Pascoe visit the birthplace of paella, for cocktails, zorbing, a four-wheel bike ride and a hunt for the holy grail”. – www.channel4.com

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😅 What do you mean? 🇪🇸

Warning! This post contains swearing.

Sometimes when you are in a foreign country or in a place where a foreign language is being used you can experience this phenomenon when a word or expression means something different in another language you are familiar with.

Some of the most recent cases I bumped into are:

Firstly. this fabulous frame that I found while I was shopping at Paperchase (damn I love stationary!).

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😂Summer time: Despacito 🇮🇹❤️🇪🇸

It is not even summer yet and I think we can officially declare “Despacito by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee as THE song of the summer of 2017. Unless you’ve been isolated in a remote location you must be familiar with this song:

It’s been played on radio stations all over the world several times a day and then, back in April Justin Bieber made it even more viral if possible by releasing his own version (even though he is not quite familiar with the lyrics still).

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🤔Opinion: Spanish ONLY?! 🇪🇸

When I was a teaching assistant, one of the most popular questions I got asked was: “Do you actually talk to the students in Spanish ALL THE TIME?”

This ‘Spanish only’ approach is actually quite old*. A great example that illustrates how old this matter is is the following sketch from SNL. *Eddie Murphy old.

There is a thin line between helping the students and making them feel stupid (big mistake) or disengaged. So where is the key for me? It is not that simple.

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🤔 Makeover for poorly-prepared English teachers 🎓🇬🇧

Last week I was chilling out, just watching some telly and suddenly I remembered that a TV program called Cámbiame (highly recommended for the topic of fashion) was just about to get started. It is quite popular and entertaining but that day… it made me feel really depressed.

The show is about people who ask for a makeover because they want to change their style and for various reasons they have struggled but this post is not about fashion. It is about something that really shocked me and that sadly I had the misfortune to see on other occasions. English teachers that do not seem to have a solid basic level of the subject they teach.

What do I mean? Please, take a look at the following video. The girl is Rocio, an English high school teacher from Spain who has to translate sentences about herself (into English) to random people who passes by.

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